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Psst, Ladies, Have You Heard About This Cup?

It was invented in the 1930s but the menstrual cup has not become as popular as pads or tampons when it comes to feminine hygiene. If you just went, "Nub? What's a Menstrual cup?" you're not alone. The difference between pads and tampons, and the menstrual cup is that while the first two absorb blood, the latter simply collects it.

Made of natural rubber or medical-grade silicone, the cups are worn internally like tampons and can be emptied regularly and reused. A website selling menstrual cups cited this statistic: In 1998, seven billion tampons and 13 billion sanitary pads and their packaging could have made their way to landfills arid sewage systems in the US alone.

There are women who have made the switch to the menstrual cup for various reasons. It's environmentally friendly, saves money and once you're used to it, it's comfortable. Menstrual cups are ideal because they don't generate trash. Personal comfort is another reason for switching to menstrual cups.

How The Menstrual Cup Is Used? To use the menstrual cup, just press the sides of the cup together and fold it in half. Then insert the folded cup completely into the vagina and release the fingers to let the cup unfold. Then rotate if with the fingertips before pulling it down and forward into position so that it is firmly in place.

But is it safe? Experts said it is, as long as women practise hygiene and empty their cups regularly. The cup doesn't shrink when it gets wet, unlike a tampon, so it can't get lost in the body. And because they are not made of fibres that are good culture media for bacteria, menstrual cups greatly reduce the possibility of toxic shock syndrome (a bacterial infection).


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