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10 bad reasons

10 bad excuses for not using a menstrual cup VS 10 reasons you actually SHOULD/COULD do it!

 

I have an allergy to some material
I'm a real softie when it comes to my woman parts
I practice a lot of sports (bike riding, horse-riding, swimming…)
I am a teenager, is there a size for me?
The price for one menstrual cup seems high to me.
How can I transport it?
I cannot find any information at my chemist's office or at my doctor's office
Is silicon really healthier than sterilized disposable products, when it comes to being in contact with my body?
How can using a menstrual cup protect the environment?
I am not a tampon user and I am not feeling very comfortable with manipulating my own body

I have an allergy to some material

Most menstrual cups are made of medical grade silicon, others in TPE. Both materials are commonly used in the medical world (repairing and plastic surgery) : it usually holds a big degree of tolerance even for importantly allergic people. See the Doctor's feeling opinion. 

I'm a real softie when it comes to my woman parts

Menstrual cups are very comfortable to be worn everyday, and inserting + removing them are painless. When it's placed correctly, used with a good hygiene, you easily forget you're wearing a menstrual cup. Even sensitive vaginas will agree with this! Moreover, you'll experience less vagina dryness than with tampons.

I practice a lot of sports (bike riding, horse-riding, swimming…)

Menstrual cups can be used for every physical activity, however we strongly advise to empty it before starting practicing any sport. Indeed, you will then feel more confident. Every kind of body movement can be done, with no leaking, if the cup is correctly placed. Menstrual cups can also stop water from the swimming pool to enter your body (it's often treated with chlorine or Javel), which was not the case with tampons that on the contrary, absorbed them and allowed them to remain in the body (until its changing).

I am a teenager, is there a size for me?

Most brands offer two sizes: one for women under 30 and/or never having experienced natural childbirth; and a bigger size (with higher diameter and bigger content) for women over 30 or after a natural childbirth. It is therefore possible to choose the small model of each cup. Some specific brands created very small sizes (MeLuna, NaturCup, LadyCup)

The price for one menstrual cup seems high to me.

Menstrual cups usually oscillate between €15 and €40. That can indeed seem big, however it is quickly profitable. You can find on the French version of EasyCup a tool that will help you make an estimation of how much you could save by using a menstrual cup instead of disposable products. One menstrual cup can be used for up to 10 years, so how much do you think you'd spend on pads and tampons for that amount of time?

How can I transport it?

Most menstrual cups are shipped with a tiny pouch you can keep and store it in, to wait for your next period. This will avoid the filling of your handbag with emergency tampons or pads, one cup is enough. It just needs to be rinsed in a bathroom, by tap water, wherever you have a water point. You can use it directly after each rinsing and just sterilizing it (boiling it in water) is enough between two cycles.

I cannot find any information at my chemist's office or at my doctor's office

Previously pretty uncommon in France, the business of menstrual cups is on its way to seriously rising. Menstrual cups can now be found in pharmacies or in ecological shops, but midwives, nurses or even doctors can also tell you about them. Of course, the Internet is an information minefield where you can find user communities and forum full of feedback... You can start with EasyCup that holds plenty :-)

Is silicon really healthier than sterilized disposable products, when it comes to being in contact with my body?

Disposable products (pads, tampons) are sterilized and bleached with chemical products that can be noxious for women. Silicon usually contains no harmful substance and can be sterilized at home by its user (by boiling it or using a sterilization box some manufacturers join to their package - Yuuki, ClariCup, MenoCup...). In conclusion, your body isn't in contact with pesticides, Javel, bleaching substances...

How can using a menstrual cup protect the environment?

Firstly, disposable products (tampons, pads, disposable wipes you can find with pads) are responsible for producing packaging, that increase the volume of garbage. Moreover, the industry of feminine hygienic products is one of the most polluting of the world, therefore you can find pollution before even using a pad. And once the product has been used, it ends in the "dedicated to menstruation" trash bin which is mostly smelly and messy, not to mention impossible to recycle by anyway.

I am not a tampon user and I am not feeling very comfortable with manipulating my own body

Menstrual cups allow us to meet our body more precisely and to understand how our private parts work: cups must be inserting with fingers and removed by inserting two fingers inside the vagina. The blood your body rejected is therefore appearing just the way it really is. May you be a little uncomfortable at first, you will get over it quicker by using a menstrual cup, than after years of using tampons.

 

 

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