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I'm Afraid To Try Menstrual Cups. What Are They, Exactly?

Everything you need to know about this sanitary napkin alternative.

Not sure what a menstrual cup is? It is a flexible, bell-shaped, silicon or TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) feminine hygiene product—an alternative to napkins and tampons. If you’ve never heard of it, we’re not surprised. Menstrual cups have been around for decades, but only became a commercial success in the U.S. in the late '80s. We understand that in the Philippines, everyone and their mothers use napkins so the idea of sticking a bendable cup in there can be quite daunting. Let us convince you otherwise.

1. Menstrual cups can last 5 to 10 years.

You don’t have to stock up like you do with napkins or tampons. It's important to mention that although you can use a cup for years, some claim that they should be replaced annually.

2. Menstrual cups won’t break your bank account.

In the Philippines, you can get a menstrual cup for as cheap as P335. If you want more options, here they are, in every color of the rainbow. P.S. You can also try the Sinaya Cup, which was launched by a Pinay

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3. Menstrual cups can hold more than napkins or tampons.

Depending on your flow, you probably check your pad every 2 to 4 hours, and change around the same amount of time. With a menstrual cup, absorbencies don’t matter as much. You can put one in the morning and it’ll last you the entire day.

4. You don’t leak as much, if at all, with a menstrual cup.

Unless you wore your menstrual cup incorrectly or didn’t adjust it properly, you will never leak. A menstrual cup can hold up to an ounce of liquid, which is five times more than what a tampon can hold. Here's how to insert it properly:

5. Menstrual cups won’t dry out your vagina.

Because a menstrual cup is made of silicone, and not cotton, it won’t cause that familiar dryness or even irritation you tend to get with a napkin or a tampon.

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6. Menstrual cups can help you sleep better.

We all know the struggle of strategically positioning our bodies to avoid having our period flow backwards! That robs us of REM sleep, ladies. Because the menstrual cup collects all the liquid, we don’t have to worry about leaks while we’re catching those Zzzs!

7. Menstrual cups are more eco-friendly.

One menstrual cup versus boxes and boxes of sanitary pads or tampons? Ditch those disposable products!

8. Menstrual cups aren’t as scary as you think!

Remember when you first got your period and you had to adjust to using your first napkin or tampon? Give it time and welcome change, CGs!

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