Thursday, February 18, 2016

Why menstrual cup is a better alternative to pads and tampons

health benefits of menstrual cup

In case you are not aware, menstrual cups are fast becoming the "order of the day", because so many ladies now realise the health benefits attached to its usage. Although they have been in existence for decades, this alternative to sanitary pads and tampons is now gaining popularity as the organic and green movements is gradually building momentum.

The menstrual cup which is formerly considered as a product which its usage is only suitable for super crunchy ladies, now have a worldwide acceptance by most ladies because of the various health benefits associated with it as compared to the use of sanitary pads and tampons. Women are now having a rethink to their options in dealing with their menstrual flow.

The major difference between a menstrual cup and a tampon is the technique each product helps a lady in managing her menstrual flow. Tampons makes use of cotton in absorbing the blood while menstrual cup collects the blood directly, which is then disposed later. 

Since the emergence of the menstrual cup to the market in 1932, they have been given the appraisal as an economic and eco-friendly choice. But recently that more researches have been carried out, the health advantages the menstrual cup has have made it to be on top of the list for women who considers using it. Since it is made without chemicals, dyes or deodorizers, it is accepted to be the safest in the feminine hygiene category.

If you now realise it is hi-time you toss off those tampons and sanitary pads and try something new, briefly take a look at these 5 health benefits associated with menstrual cups and why they are a healthy choice.

1. Less skin irritation
Some of the most available tampons and pads contains bleach and some other toxic chemicals, thereby causing some women to experience vaginal irritation (or even have an allergic reaction) whenever they are making use of these products. The menstrual cup is free of common irritants, which makes it less likely for a woman using it to have a skin reaction that causes discomfort.

2. Lower risk of bacteria growth
The main reason why tampons are needed to be changed every eight hours is to reduce the risk of increased level of bacteria in the vagina. When the vaginal normal flora (good bacteria) is altered, it can lead to an infection. The menstrual cup does not affect vaginal normal flora making it a healthier choice for menstruating females.

3. Decrease in vaginal dryness
Sometimes, tampons can over-absorb the body's natural fluids along with menstrual blood. This can result to dryness and chaffing of the vaginal wall. Since the job of the menstrual cup is collection of blood alone, it allows all those necessary body fluids to remain intact.

4. More sleep
According to findings, you can leave the menstrual cup in for up to 12 hours, this means that you do not have to wake up in the middle of the night to empty and clean it, By this, it means you will be having more sleep in those tiring days you are experiencing your menstrual flow.

5. No tearing
Tampons often cause "micro-tears" in the lining of the vagina, which is not just painful but can increase the risk of infection. Since menstrual cups are made from soft materials (such as silicon), they are incapable of causing vaginal tearing, making them a more gentle and preferable option.



A Medical Microbiologist, Public health worker, blogger and artcle writer, and of course a fan of Manchester United football club