#5: Menstrual cups can be worn for a long time
Yes, menstrual cups are designed to stay in place for several more hours than traditional pads and tampons. Depending on the heaviness of your flow, you can keep the cup in for up to 12 hours.
This is significantly longer than the maximum time for a tampon or pad. Tampons are only recommended for up to 8 hours and should be of the lowest absorbency needed for your menstrual flow. Pads or napkins usually need to be changed every 3 to 4 hours. For this reason, menstrual cups are ideal for women with active, busy lifestyles. As an added bonus, menstrual cups are reusable, which reduces both waste and cost.
#6: You can swim and exercise while wearing a menstrual cup
Just like tampons, menstrual cups allow you to move freely, both in and out of the water. Because it is inserted and is not made of absorbent material, it will not pick up outside water or sweat.
Menstrual cups have an advantage over pads as it is completely discreet and less likely to leak. The material used in pads may also irritate the skin, more so with movement during activities.
#7: Menstrual cups will make you sick
If you continue to practice proper hygiene, a menstrual cup will not make you sick. The risk of yeast infections increases if you use feminine wash aggressively and wear pads or tampons for a long time. These alter the normal pH of the vagina and retain moisture, thus allowing bacteria and fungi to thrive.
Most menstrual cups are made of medical-grade silicone, which is inert and free of chemicals. This makes them less likely to disturb the pH balance and normal flora. The material itself does not harbor germs since it does not absorb any fluid.
Infections are still possible while using a menstrual cup, but this would likely be due to the introduction of bacteria from your fingers, leaving the cup inside for too long, or a generally lowered immunity. Avoid menstrual cups that contain latex if you are allergic.
#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.”