With increasing awareness of the adverse effects that our lifestyles are having on the environment, many people aspire to reduce the size of their ecological footprint and change the way they live their lives. The use of washable menstrual cups (a.k.a. reusable menstrual cups) can be one of these environment-preserving changes. But, aside from being eco-safe, washable menstrual cups are also quite convenient.
A menstrual cup is a bell shaped cup which serves as a form of period protection. The cup is worn inside the vagina as a sanitary napkin and tampon alternative. Instead of absorbing menstrual fluids, the menstrual cup prevents them from leaking out of the vagina and stores fluids until a time when the wearer is ready to remove the cup.
Menstrual cups have been known to hold at least twice as much fluid as an ordinary tampon which means that they can be used for at least twice as long without replacement or maintenance making them a popular tampon alternative for women with highly active lifestyles. In fact, menstrual cups are quite popular for women who travel and participate in endurance sports like marathons and triathlons.
Washable Menstrual cups are made from either latex or latex-free hypoallergenic silicone so that women with sensitive skin need not worry about irritation. These cups can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years barring a change in the size and elasticity in the wearer’s vagina for whatever reason. Sizes vary from 40mm to 45mm widths to 46mm to 55mm lengths with capacities of anywhere from 13ml to 30ml.
During menstruation periods, it is perfectly normal to simply rinse and reinsert the washable menstrual cup between uses. Though, it is also advisable to boil the entire cup in water afterwards. Some hypo-allergenic cleaning products, specifically engineered for washable menstrual cups which are usually sold by the same manufacturers.