This page is dedicated to displaying doctors' opinions around the matter of menstrual cups.
The gynecologist's opinion
Our gynecologist informs us he only has a couple of patients who told him they used this "method" (as he himself calls it). He also supposes the success depends on.. The user!
It is therefore necessary to respect the utilization rules:
- never remain more than 12 hours with your cup without removing it and rinsing it, so as to cleanse it of the "old blood" cells. This can cause endometriosis but in highly uncommon cases, it is really easy to avoid.
- do not remove the cup only by pulling the stem downwards! First, it is really painful, then, it can cause vaginal wounds that may cause dysmenorrheas (bleeding outside of the menstruating days). So be careful to pinch the cup as it's explained here.
There is no hygienic problem as it is a protection method like another (tampons…). The cup won't increase the risk of yeast or infection, and does not affect any birth control device.
Our gynecologist unfortunately regrets so few serious studies have been done in that direction, in order to evaluate if a GO or a NO GO should be given to this method. We must then rely only on user's feedback to give us an answer. It is also necessary to consider comfort and medical issues women can experience with wearing a cup. port.
The dermatologist's opinion
The risk of any allergic reaction has been put upon the table with our dermatologist. For her, the risk is really tiny; patients who usually experience latex or rubber allergic symptoms get given a silicon equivalent of the researched object (baby pacifier, condoms...). Using a silicon menstrual cup may not cause any problem to a woman who does not usually have any allergic problem. Moreover, silicon is commonly used in plastic surgery and even though it can be rejected by the body; a menstrual cup is simply placed inside the vagina, which reduces the risks of an allergic reaction.