Menstrual Cups Vs Tampons or Pads: Which One is Safe For You?

HealthGeekss | Aug 1,2019

Menstrual cups are using widely especially in western countries due to their reusability. But one question arise are they safe to use as pads or tampons?

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Menstrual cups have been around as long as tampons but are not using currently in United State. It is a funnel shaped container which is made up of silicon, rubber or latex. It can be reused after cleaning. 

Menstrual cups collect menstrual fluid rather than absorbing it. These are preferable choice for women now because they can be worn up to 12 hours. It is durable and can be used for 10 years.

One study found that women had to change menstrual cups 2.8 times less frequently than pads or tampons and liquid is leaked 0.5 times less.

Menstrual cups are safe for women as they don’t contain any chemical, bleaches, that’s why not responsible for any allergy or sensitivity reactions. Women can also wear them during intercourse as they make experience less messy for them and their partners also.

But one question that comes in mind that they are less safe, safer than disposable pads or tampons. They are proved to be safe by one study that was published in journal “The Lancet Public Health”.

Menstrual Cups are Safe as Pads or Tampons

The researchers from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom, Kenya, India and U.K analyzed the effects of menstrual cups on European, African  and North America populations.

In the analysis, researchers reviewed 43 studies and data on 3319 women and girls on the international use of menstrual cups.

The report concluded that menstrual cups are same or less as pads or tampons in preventing fluid leakage.

In this study people who are familiar with the usage of cup were happy to use them. As leakage rate was less because they know how to use and when to empty it.

The review also stated that women had less information about menstrual cup, how to tuck them in vagina. Some people were even less aware that reusable product is also available.

The analysis described that only 11-33% of women who use menstrual products know about cups. Only 21 of 69 educational websites (having information about puberty, periods or menstruation) from 27 countries provide information about menstrual cups.

In additionally evidences suggest that menstrual cup could save a significant amount of money than pads or tampons over a span of 10 years.

Women can also save plastic waste by using menstrual cups. One cup produces 0.4% of the waste which is much less than the pads or tampons in span of 10 years.

Water can also be saved that’s why a cup can be used in arid areas by the women and girls of African countries.

For some women who are not familiar with cups face difficulties in insertion and removal. Bot this difficulty can be solved with education. Also women face problem in the cleaning of cups which can also be overcome by use of disposable cups.

Summary: Menstrual cup can be used as safe hygiene option during menstruation for women in high income and low income countries due to their reusable property and less leakage of fluid.
Disclaimer: This article provides generic information. Consult your doctor or specialist for more information. Please don’t rely on above information. HealthGeekss doesn’t claim any responsibility of information.

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