Menstrual cups are the first thing I reach for when it’s that time of month. They’re easy to insert and remove, they can last for up to 10 years, and they don’t require any extra packaging or waste. Plus, you can use them at all times during your period—including overnight—which means no more worrying about running out of tampons at the worst possible time. But despite their many benefits, menstrual cups aren’t something you see every woman carrying around in her purse (or backpack). So what should you know about these eco-friendly alternatives that could change how you deal with your monthly cycle? Let me break down some facts about menstrual cups so that you can be prepared for any situation:
Menstrual cups are made of soft, flexible silicone.
Silicone is a chemical compound that’s safe for humans. It’s used in many different products, including menstrual cups, which are made from soft and flexible silicone rubber.
If you’ve ever heard someone say “silicone is bad for you,” it may be because they think that silicone implants cause breast cancer (they don’t), or because they think all plastic products contain silicone (they don’t). The truth is that only certain types of plastic contain the chemical compound–and these days, most plastics don’t have any traceable amounts at all!
They’re easy to insert and remove.
The first time you insert a menstrual cup, it can be a bit daunting. But don’t worry: there are plenty of resources online that will teach you how to get the hang of it.
Menstrual cups come in different sizes and shapes, so it’s important to find one that best fits your body. Once you’ve found the right fit for you, here’s how to use it:
- Place the folded end into your vagina (carefully!) until only about an