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What the Heck Is a Menstrual Cup, How Does it Work & Why Do I Need One?

You’ve found your way here because people are talking about this menstrual cup thing. Buuut they may as well be talking about neuroscience though ‘cause you’re lost, right? We get it. While menstrual cups were invented in the 1930s, only recently have they begun to make it mainstream. And now you want to know, what the heck is a menstrual cup?    What is a Menstrual Cup? ​Menstrual cups, also referred to as period cups, are a reusable alternative (and revolutionary) solution to period care, replacing the need for buying pads and tampons, while being friendly on the environment, your wallet and your vagina. Sounds good, right? We say menstrual cups are friendly on the environment and your wallet as they’re reusable for years and eliminate the need to purchase disposable pads and tampons, which often end up clogging water ways and contribute to the unnecessary polluting of the environment. Many standard period products are made using single-use plastics and conventional, treated cotton. According to Global News Canada:  “Pads and tampons — are problematic because many of them are made using single-use plastics and conventional cotton, Saxe said. “There’s a huge carbon footprint that goes into making [these products], and then they get thrown on the ground, washed into rivers, eaten by fish,” Saxe explained. Best, Periodt. cups are made of 100% FDA registered medical grade silicone that is certified to be safe inside the body for up to 30 days (certificate of BioCompatibility)! And while you aren’t going to have it inside you for 30 days at a time, we just thought you’d find comfort in knowing this random fact. You’re welcome. How Do Menstrual Cups Work? ​ At the start of each cycle, you’ll boil your menstrual cup for 5 minutes (no more than 10 mins) and allow to cool. You then simply fold it, insert it into your vagina, and as blood sheds from the uterus lining, your cup will do the job of collecting it.   To remove and reuse you’d simply insert your washed fingers into your vagina, feel for our easy-grip base above the stem, slightly pinch it and slowly pull out, while keeping it upright. You’ll then dump the contents into the toilet and rinse the cup (and wash your hands) well in warm water before reinserting. There is no need to boil your menstrual cup between uses, only prior to using the cup at the start of your cycle. And you may now be thinking, “Well why the heck would I want to do that?!” Glad you asked.    Why Use a Menstrual Cup? ​In addition to being cost effective and environmentally friendly, menstrual cups are also less maintenance (Best, Periodt. cups for instance, can hold up to 3x the amount of blood as a super tampon!), they maintain your vagina’s PH balance and are safer than alternatives.   With the ability to hold more blood than a tampon can absorb, that means less changes for you. If worn correctly, Best, Periodt. cups can last leak free up to 12 hours. Also, according to the CDC, feminine care products tend to have many harmful substances used like carcinogens, reproductive toxins and allergens. And here’s the thing you need to know – your skin is your body’s largest organ and absorbs things put on it. Your vaginal tissue is even more absorbent. That means having hormone-disrupting, toxic chemicals is hella concerning.  So in short, you will want to use a menstrual cup because it holds more than traditional period products which means less changing, saves you money and is safer for your body and the environment.    Okay, What Next?  Next steps are simple. Grab yourself a Best, Periodt. menstrual cup here. If you're under the age of 30 and have not had baby, Size 1 will be the best fit for you. If you're 30 or older &/or have carried a child full term &/or have super heavy periods, Size 2 would be your best bet. Still confused, we have a quiz that can assist you to choose the size best for you below: