Period cups. What are they? Why are you hearing about them more? Is it right for you? I have seen period cups coming up more and more recently. I think this is because some well followed social media influencers are posting about their period cups.
Also, there is a large focus on natural food, house-hold products, and beauty products with the more research that comes out showing the detriments of chemicals.
What are Period Cups?
Period cups aka also commonly referred to as menstrual cups is a feminine hygiene product that is inserted into the vagina during menstruation. They are typically made of medical grade silicone and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be worn between 4-12 hours depending no the menstruation flow, the cup is removed, emptied, rinsed, and reinserted. Unlike tampons or pads, cups collect blood versus absorbing it. A cup is reusable for up to 5 years, think about all those dollars saved and how eco-friendly, and not to mention no chance of developing toxic shock syndrome.
Menstrual Cup Options
One of the most popular cups is the Diva Cup, which can typically be bought at Whole Foods or other drug stores. However, there are tons of other cups. Each woman’s anatomy is different so there are plenty of options for you. The website: www.putacupinit.com has a wealth of information as well as a quiz that will help you determine what cups would work best for you. Most cups come in two sizes, a pre baby and post baby size. Menstrual cups can be worn with no risk even when there isn’t an active flow. This is great for that returning period after you have had a baby.
Are Period Cups Right For Me?
We have had many clients have success with period cups! Whether they are pre-baby or postpartum, it is a great alternative to tampons and pads. They can be worn for longer periods of time, as well as during the time you aren’t as regular during your postpartum period.