Menstrual cups have become increasingly popular as a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to traditional menstrual products such as pads and tampons. However, there are still some common misconceptions or myths that can make women hesitant to try them. In this blog post, we will address the top 4 menstrual cup myths that may be holding you back and provide evidence to refute these concerns. Because obviously, we are BIG FANS of menstrual cups — and we believe there is a perfect cup for every menstruator!
#1 Lack of familiarity or comfort with the product
One of the main reasons women may be hesitant to use a menstrual cup is because of common menstrual cup myths or misconceptions that can create doubt or discomfort. This concern is totally understandable. Menstrual cups are a relatively new product that may seem daunting to those who have never used them before. “YOU PUT WHAT WHERE?” (Also, if you’re like me, those cups look awfully laaaaarge when you see one for the first time.)
However, it is important to note that many women who have tried menstrual cups report quickly becoming comfortable with them. They find them to be a more convenient and comfortable option than traditional menstrual products. Additionally, many menstrual cup brands offer detailed instructions and support to help new users get comfortable with the product. At Pixie Cup, our customer service gals are available 7 days a week to answer any questions you may have – TMI always welcome!
In a study conducted by the University of California, Davis, 70% of women who used a menstrual cup for the first time reported that they would continue to use it, and 91% reported that they would recommend it to others. These findings suggest that many women who are initially hesitant to try a menstrual cup ultimately find it to be the best option. (We whole-heartedly agree!)
#2 Concerns about cleanliness and hygiene
Another concern that some women may have is that it is not as clean or hygienic as traditional menstrual products. This concern may be due to worries about bacteria buildup or unpleasant odor.
But, menstrual cups are made from medical-grade silicone or other safe materials that do not harbor bacteria. Additionally, menstrual cups can be easily cleaned and sterilized between uses, further reducing the risk of bacterial buildup or odor. As menstrual cups become more mainstream, more options for simple sterilization are also becoming available. Long gone are the days of boiling your menstrual cup on the stove. Check out Pixie Cup’s Carry Cup for convenient cleaning in public restrooms & the Pixie Cup’s Steamer for deep sterilization at the press of a button.
A study conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center found that menstrual cups were a safe and effective option for managing menstrual bleeding. The study found that women who used menstrual cups had lower rates of bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections. This is in comparison to those who used tampons or pads. These findings suggest that menstrual cups are a clean and hygienic option for managing menstrual bleeding.
#3 Difficulty with insertion and removal
Some women may be hesitant to use a menstrual cup because they are concerned about difficulty with insertion and removal. Inserting and removing a menstrual cup can take some practice. Women who are not familiar with the product may find it a bit challenging at first.
Most many menstrual cup brands offer detailed instructions and support to help new users get comfortable with the product. Additionally, many women report that they quickly become comfortable with the insertion and removal process after a few uses.
In a study conducted by the University of California, Davis, 91% of women who used a menstrual cup reported that they found it easy to insert, and 89% reported that they found it easy to remove. These findings suggest that, with a little practice and support, all women can become comfortable with the insertion and removal process of a menstrual cup.
(Also, a quick side note – your cup cannot get “lost” or permanently stuck in your vagina. Here’s a short video showing you how to remove your cup.)
#4 Fear of leakage
One of the biggest menstrual cup myths that some women may have about using a menstrual cup is that it will not provide adequate protection against leakage. This concern may be due to worries about the fit of the cup or concerns about the amount of blood that the cup can hold.
Menstrual cups offer reliable, leak-free protection against menstrual bleeding. They are available in a variety of sizes and shapes to fit different body types. Depending on the size needed, they can hold anywhere from 3 to 7 super tampons’ worth of blood. These cups stay in place by creating a seal against the vaginal wall. If you have the appropriate sized cup, there won’t be room for leakage. If your cup is too small or too large, you cup won’t be able to seal appropriately. At Pixie Cup, we offer a 100% Happiness Guarantee. If you experience any leaks with your Pixie Cup, feel free to reach out to us. We will troubleshoot with you to find your perfect size!
In Conclusion: Dispelling Menstrual Cup Myths
The concerns that some women may have about using menstrual cups are completely understandable. However, they are often based on misconceptions or lack of familiarity with cups. While it is true that using a menstrual cup requires some practice and adjustment. Most women who have tried one report that they find it to be a more comfortable and convenient option than traditional menstrual products. Additionally, studies have found that menstrual cups are safe, hygienic, and effective for managing menstrual bleeding.
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With a little practice and patience, you’ll find that a menstrual cup is the perfect solution for your needs. So don’t be afraid to embrace your inner cup queen and give it a try!