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What is a Period (Menstrual) Cup ?

A period or menstrual cup is a bell-shaped device that is worn internally and sits low in a women's vaginal canal, they work by collecting rather than absorbing your menstrual flow.

So, Why Use a Period Cup?

There are many different kinds of period cups, varying in shape, size, and material. Some can be worn during intercourse and some cannot. Some are reusable and others are disposable. Please read the menstrual product instructions carefully before and during use.

Period Cup Pros -Period Cup ConsGenerally, menstrual cups can be used for up to 10 hours before emptying .Period cups may be messy during insertion and cleaningGreatly reduces risk for toxic shock syndrome (TSS) .More of an upfront cost than pads or tamponsMost menstrual cups are reusable, saving the average consumer about $2700 in their lifetime .May experience some feelings of discomfort with initial period cup uses

With proper cleaning, most menstrual cups can last for up to nine years . 

A period cup can be difficult to learn how to useDisposable options can be worn during penetrative vaginal intercourse . Insertion process may be uncomfortable for some usersMenstrual cups allow for natural vaginal moisture, which tampons and pads may absorb .Period cups require a bit more time and effort, as compared to pads and tampons .Most brand Menstrual cups are considered by the US, EPA to be environmentally friendly . Many are hypo-allergenic and latex-free .

Popular menstrual (period) cup brands include LunaCups, The Diva, Softcups, Eva Cup, Mooncups UK, Meluna, LadyCup, Lunette, Miacup, Yuuki, Keeper, and Femmecup.

General period cup insertion and removal instructions (for most reusable brands)

To insert a period cup: fold cup in half once, then half again, and insert into the vagina. If the cup is leaking, spin it around to ensure proper suction.

To remove a period cup: pinch the middle of the cup to release suction and pull down straight using the pull tab, pour contents in the toilet, and reinsert.

Typical menstrual (period) cup brands offer two sizes

  • a slightly smaller cup fit (generally for women who have not given birth vaginally)
  • a slightly larger cup fit (generally for women who have given birth vaginally)

Always consult the specific menstrual cup brand instructions to determine best fit, storage, and cleaning methods for your period cup.