#8: Menstrual cups will make you “loose”
This is another one of the big menstrual cup myths. Because the vagina and uterus are muscular organs, they can stretch and tighten. Stretching is an important quality for these organs to accommodate a fetus during pregnancy and delivery. These muscles have the capacity to return to normal after giving birth to a child. Therefore, an object as small as a menstrual cup will not cause your vaginal canal to become loose.
The widening or weakening of the vaginal walls and floor is mainly due to the laxity of muscle tone. Like other muscles of the body, tone is lost with age or disuse. Kegel exercises strengthen pelvic muscle tone, which can improve vaginal “tightness.”
#9: Menstrual cups can be used as birth control
While the original menstrual cups were sometimes used as a form of birth control, don’t do it.
After all, the cups are called “menstrual” cups for a reason.
In theory, yes, wearing a cup while having intercourse would block some of the semen from entering the vagina and uterus. However, this would likely be uncomfortable for both you and your partner. The stem of some menstrual cups could potentially injure a penis and pressing the cup can cause leaks and spills.
There are special menstrual “cups” available that have a flat dish shape. These allow couples to engage in intercourse during menstruation; however, they are not approved as a form of contraception.
#10: Menstrual cups are environmentally friendly
Because the cups are reusable and can hold higher volumes of fluid, they produce virtually zero waste. Menstrual cups should be rinsed with clean water in between replacements. They should be sterilized with boiling water between insertions or before storage.
Aside from saving water and materials, menstrual cups are cheaper in the long run as compared to napkins and tampons. Depending on the brand, one cup is good for at least one year and prices generally range from P800 to P2,500.
After reading about the menstrual cup myths and facts, it’s up to you if you would like to give menstrual cups a shot. Before purchasing any cup, it is important to do more research on the product and to learn about your own body. It may take a few attempts to adjust to the menstrual cup, but the benefits are definitely worth it!
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