Have you heard of the menstrual cup? They have been around since 1935 but only in recent years have they become a more popular alternative to tampons and pads for menstrual care. The cups are made of medical grade silicon and are inserted into the vagina as you would a tampon.


Why should you consider this as your future menstrual care product?


Menstrual cups come in different sizes to accommodate all women’s size and flow, they hold more fluid than a tampon or a pad, needing only to be changed 2-4 times per day. Menstrual cups are reusable for years, reducing the imprint on Mother Nature and your bank account.


Tampon and pad fibers can irritate some women, as they over absorb important vaginal mucous creating a dry and uncomfortable environment. Pads do the opposite and create a wet environment – this can lead to disruptions in vaginal bacteria and promote a yeast overgrowth – also known as thrush.


A significant bonus with menstrual cups is being able to monitor your flow via the measuring lines. This is especially important if you have endometriosis or heavy bleeding so you can see exactly how much blood loss you are experiencing.


Remember, our bleed each month gives incredible insight into our health.


Is your cycle regular? How many days do you bleed for? Do you experience blood clots? Do you experience severe pain, cramps, headaches or nausea? Is the colour of your blood dark or light red? Do you have mid cycle spotting, cramping or headaches? Ask yourself these questions and if you are confused or concerned with the answer it is a good idea to talk to your health practioner.


What may put you off at the start:


Menstrual cups can take a few cycles to get used to, much like tampons when you first begin – try it out for 3 months and see how you feel. Of course there is never going to be one method that suits everyone.


Washing the cup may put some women off as it can be a little tricky in public places. However, if you can get to a private sink cleaning your cup is really quick, easy and interesting! Be inquisitive about your cycle, it’s your body’s way of communicating with you.


I recommend the Lunette cup, the team of ladies behind Lunettte have detailed wonderful information about the cups, frequently asked questions and holistic tips, tricks and yoga poses to support your menstruation health. Head over to their online store to have a look here.


Image via @Lunettecup