They are the ecological alternative to sanitary towels and now a study certifies the same reliability and safety.
The health of intimate parts, from hygiene to cosmetic surgery, is increasingly drawing attention, so much so that we talk about V-Beauty (V for vagina) as a new trend. A trend that also involves the menstrual cup, “object never without” for those who have already tried and mysterious for those who have only heard about it.
Just in these days a study attests to its safety and reliability. Equating them with disposable sanitary towels is the meta-analysis, published in Lancet Public Health, which considered 43 previous studies of 3319 women.
As reported by Penelope Phillips-Howard of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, one of the main authors of the research, “despite 1.9 billion women worldwide having a menstrual age, there are few valid studies that compare the health products for menstruation”. Studies are still too few to have definitive data, but meanwhile from this meta-analysis it has emerged that the awareness on the cups among the women is rather low and that among the most common worries there are pain, difficulty in insertion or removal, fear of loss and irritation. However, from 13 studies it has emerged that once familiarity is gained, 70% of women who have tried menstrual cups will continue to use it. Four studies, involving around 300 women.
HOW THE MENSTRUAL BODY WORKS
Unlike the sanitary towels, the menstrual cup adheres to the vaginal walls collecting the flow instead of absorbing it. It has a bell shape and is made of silicone or rubber. Once inserted into the vagina it positions itself just below the cervix. The feeling is the same as an internal absorbent with the advantage that it protects up to 12 hours. There is no single type of cup, but just like sanitary towels, there are various measures depending on the menstrual flow and according to one’s physical conformation and if one has already had pregnancies.
HOW TO MANAGE IT
During the cycle, just remove it, rinse it under water and insert it again. While from one cycle to the other it must be sterilised by making it boil. It costs on average 20-30 Euro and lasts about ten years.
THE PLUS OF USING THE MENSTRUAL BOWL
- Especially with the heat, using the menstrual cup decreases the friction and perspiration that you have instead with the sanitary towel, avoiding irritation and infections due to the alteration of the vaginal bacterial flora.
- The use of the cup has a great ecological value because it is reusable and does not pollute the environment. As stated by Regina Cárdenas, gynecologist of the Clínica Universitária Spanish of Navarra interviewed by El Paìs, in developing countries, the menstrual cup could be the solution to precarious hygienic conditions avoiding serious infections.
- They allow an economic saving compared to the continuous purchase of sanitary napkins.
I AGAINST USING IT
Fortunately, the cup does not need to be changed so often. The only problem could be if you are in a public bathroom and do not have access to the sink. The solution is to have a bottle of water with you to use to wash it.