But what are they?
Period cups are made of high medical grade silicone which is BPA free and free of any other chemicals. They are folded and inserted into your vagina, there are many different ways to fold them to make insertion easier for you. It can be left inserted for up to 10-12 hours before needing to be emptied. When emptying it, wash out with water or get period cup soap, at the end of my period I always pour boiling water on it to keep it sanitized until the next month.
One of the best things about having a period cup for me is not having to worry about not having to make sure you have enough supplies to make it thru the day. Also, I personally can go normally go thru my work day and not have to empty it while at work. I can empty it in the morning and then in the evening when I shower and it makes my period a little less annoying. It has not been scientifically proven, but it helps with my craps, others have also made this claim. I used to have to take a pain reliever at least the first day or two, now I normally don’t need any at all. Using a period cup is the only thing I have been doing differently.
What are the cons? They still have a risk of toxic shock syndrome, less so than tampons but the risk is still there. Any foreign object being left inside of your body for a long period of time has that risk. The only other con for me is that sometimes it gets a little messy so if your super quesy of blood, this might not be the thing for you.
A period cup is very cost efficient, most cost between $15-$30 and can last up to 10 years costing you $3 or less a year! That’s definitely a huge saving in the long run as on average a woman spends around $120 just for pads and tampons! It’s also a great zero waste option for anyone looking to lower their carbon footprint. What is also great is that it takes up a lot less room in your bathroom cupboards.
There are so many different period cups on the market and they are all made differently and work better for different people. Here is a quiz that can help you make that decision. They also have a lot of other info about period cups and how to fold and insert them.
This is the period cup I personally use and love! It comes in a convenient two pack so you can figure out what size works better for you.
This is the period cup that my sister uses and loves.
This is the period cup wash I like to use. I always use it when I shower, I just wash it out and then reinsert it, easy peasy!