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The menstrual cup is a container that is inserted into the vagina during menstruation to deposit menstrual flow. Unlike tampons, which are also used internally, the menstrual cup does not absorb blood; This remains contained within the cup until it is removed from the vagina and the fluid is discharged.
Dr. Montse Alcalde, a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology, defines the menstrual cup as "a container that is inserted into the vagina during menstruation to collect menstrual flow." The difference with other internal use methods such as tampons is that the menstrual cup does not absorb the flow but rather it remains contained in it until it is extracted from the vagina and the liquid is discharged. Then you just have to wash it and put it back into the vagina.
Currently, where it is best marketed is in the United States, England and Canada and, of course, through the Internet. Despite the fact that the menstrual cup manufacturing companies tried to give visibility to this method during the days of menstruation, their efforts were truncated by the massive use of tampons and pads. However, it is still a very effective method that we want you to know about.
Advantages of the menstrual cup
1. The menstrual cup does not cause allergies thanks to the material it is made of: Thermolast. Materials such as silicone, latex or PVC are no longer used, but this new material that also does not contain proteins, bleaches, deodorants or absorbent gels, making it totally anti-allergenic. *
2. Protects and preserves the vaginal flora as it collects menstrual fluid, it does not absorb it as tampons do. In this way, the natural protection that facilitates the vaginal flora is supported and helps prevent vaginal infections.
3. It is recommended for people with problems of cystitis (infection through the stool that carries the compress to the vagina) or candidiasis (irritation due to the humidity that the compress keeps).
4. It is very comfortable and practical since it is a single cup that must be transported. It can be left inside the vagina for up to 10 hours and also overnight, although always taking into account the amount of menstrual fluid that each woman has.
5. It is much more economical and ecological than other methods since a menstrual cup lasts 10 years. The simplest thing is to buy it over the Internet.
You can find more information on the sites of different trademarks: http://www.naturcup.com/ and http://www.mooncup.co.uk/
And here is a note where comparisons are made on the different brands: http://lavozdegina.com/2013/06/13/comparativa-copas-menstruales/ We recommend avoiding those with artificial colors.
* Errata: After this publication, Mr. Pierre Beltran from Atlernativas Ecologicas [[email protected]] informed us on June 7 of this year the following:
The only brand that Thermolast uses is "MeLuna" from Germany.
The brand "The Keeper" is still made from natural latex (AND is FDA approved), while the rest of the cups in the world are made of silicone (normally the serious brands are medical grade silicone)