How to use a menstrual cup

To be honest, I didn’t realize inflation was hitting pads and tampons until the large number of articles about it. That’s because I’ve been using a menstrual cup for almost a decade and haven’t bought pads or tampons in almost that long. There are other reusable menstrual products like absorbent underwear, reusable sanitary pads, and menstrual pads, but I still love my menstrual cup. Although it was intimidating at first, I will never go back to a life of mishaps with soggy tampons and pads.

Menstrual cups cost more up front than a pack of pads or tampons, typically $10 to $30, but they can be reused cycle after cycle for a decade, which could add up to thousands of dollars in savings.

Ready to take the plunge? Here are some criteria to consider before embarking on your menstrual cup journey.

What is a menstrual cup?

Menstrual cups are bell-shaped devices that are inserted into the vagina during a period. Most have a stem or loop for easy insertion and removal. They are often made of silicone, but can also be made of latex or rubber. The cups collect, rather than absorb, the blood as it is spilled. Once full, simply remove the cup, pour the contents down the toilet, rinse the cup and reinsert. Depending on your flow, they can be worn for up to 12 hours at a time. Cups can last for years if they are cleaned and cared for regularly.

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