Ah yes, the menstrual cup. It’s an awkward topic, but it needs to be talked about because it’s a real alternative to tampons and pads. Now, for some it could seem like a mystical (or nightmare) contraption, but let’s not judge a book menstrual cup by it’s cover.

What is it?
The menstrual cup was first developed in the 1930s. This bell shaped, flexible, medical grade silicone cup is worn inside the vagina during menstruation to catch menstrual fluid. It’s reusable and can be worn up to 12 hours.

Why make the switch?
The cup actually has many health benefits. The cotton and rayon material of tampons often absorb the vagina’s protective fluid, which dries out and disrupts its normal pH levels. The healthcare grade, non-absorbent silicone cup will not dry out or harm your hoo-ha. Along with a happier and healthier lady bit, this cup will result in a huge decrease in your carbon footprint, making Flow better friends with Mother Nature.

How does this work?
For all you fearless females ready to make the switch, instructions for the cup are similar to inserting a tampon. The cup sits at the low base of the vaginal canal collecting, as opposed to absorbing, the bodily fluids. The cup’s contents must be emptied at least twice a day. Before re-inserting, you will need to thoroughly rinse the cup with warm water and mild, unscented, water-based soap. After the full menstrual cycle, the cup needs to undergo thorough sanitation using boiling water. After its thorough cleaning, it must be air-dried before storing.

Where can you buy one?
Averaging around $30, this alternative feminine product can be found at drug stores or purchased online. The reusable cup cuts down on costs of feminine products, easing the monthly cramps in your wallet.

What do you think? Would you try the menstrual cup? Let us know in the comments below!

xx, The FabFitFun Team