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Menstrual cup dangers

"Tiffany" (2016-10-11)

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A friend of mine here in the UK uses a menstrual cup during her period. Can you explain what the dangers are in using one?

Most menstrual cup brands are safe and pose no real danger say all the health experts i spoke with. They are safer than a tampon, because they have a lower risk of toxic shock syndrome, a bacterial infection. And compared with pads, there’s no chance of chafing or rash.

The only possible danger in using a menstrual cup i can think of lies in fitting problems. Sometimes a females individual anatomy can make proper use of the cup difficult. For instance, if you have fibroids or a dropped uterus, it may not fit in place properly and this could be dangerous.

There are two kinds of menstrual cups which are both safe for use with proper handling and care: The first is a soft, flexible cup that is worn internally, in the natural space under the cervix and behind the pubic bone, where it conforms to your body. You can wear it for up to 12 hours, after which it is thrown away and a new one is inserted. Other menstrual cups are bell-shaped and are inserted internally to form a suction seal once inside the vaginal canal. These are emptied, cleaned and reinserted. Both types of menstrual cups are designed to collect your menstrual flow rather than absorb it.

There are several advantages to using either type of menstrual cup. Many UK women prefer menstrual cups because they can be safely worn for up to 12 hours, which allows women to use fewer disposable cups than sanitary pads or tampons.

The menstrual cup design and duration of use also means that women can continue to lead active lives. Cups can be worn during one’s workday or while swimming, playing sports or doing vigorous exercise such as bicycling.

Soft, disposable menstrual cups are also the only feminine hygiene product that can be worn during intercourse while you have your period. However, do not use a menstrual cup for contraception. A menstrual cup does not protect against pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.

Another advantage to using menstrual cups is the lack of odor because menstrual fluid is not exposed to air. Additionally, menstrual cups do not change the pH balance of the vagina or cause "micro-tears" in the vaginal lining as some tampons can, so there is little risk of the vaginal or bacterial infections.

Additionally, menstrual cups are safe options for use just before your period or if you're experiencing light spotting.

The only way to truly find out if a menstrual cup poses no danger or is the right device for you is to buy one and put it to the test! The cups come in various formations and sizes, so sometimes, if the first one doesn’t suit you, the next one will be just fine. You can find them at health and drug stores or buy them online.

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