Women Try a Menstrual Cup for the First Time

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 07:08
Submitted by Carlin Ross

For the record, I love my menstrual cup.  It takes a bit to learn how to insert it properly (just fold it in half, push out with your pc muscle, insert and let it open, then run your finger around the entire cup to make sure it's all set.  And when you want to take it out just push out with your pc muscle).

Thank you, Buzzfeed, for making this video of women trying a menstrual cup for the first time.  It's so easy and protects you from the carcinogenic chemicals found in most pads and tampons.  And there's no risk of toxic shock.

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Personal Choices

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 12:54

I can appreciate the value for money that menstrual caps offer to women. They're re-usable which has obvious eco benefits to match the financial benefits.

Whilst they're not my product of choice,  I generally travel with one when I visit third world countries with dodgy plumbing. My daughters hate them - it's a very personal choice and not one that is helped by health scares and misinformation.

Obviously there is no demonstrable health risk to using tampons and pads. Many women use tampons and pads around the world and are grateful for their convenience. Tampons are not carcinogenic.

Toxic shock syndrome arises when tampons are left inside the body for a long time which presumably would also be true of a menstrual cap left inside such that the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria grew out of control in the stale blood.

Break the seal!

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 23:04
Lau (not verified)

Break the seal!