Wondering if using a menstrual cup is dangerous? Then we can reassure you. Research has shown that the menstrual cup safe alternative to tampons and sanitary pads is. Below we explain why.
Is using the menstrual cup dangerous?
We can be brief about that: no. A recent, large-scale study has shown that the menstrual cup is a safe and reliable way is to manage your period.
For the study, an analysis of 43 studies made, where in total 3319 women from both wealthy and poorer countries. In total are 199 brands of menstrual cups analysed, available in 99 countries.
The results of the study have been published in the British scientific journal The Lancet.
Menstrual cup: safe, less leakage and comfortable
The conclusion of the analysis is that menstrual cups are at least as safe as tampons and sanitary pads. There is no increased health risk associated with using the cup. Think of infections or influence on the vaginal flora.
The study also showed that the women who use the menstrual cup hardly experience any problems with the cup. They hardly suffer from pain, chafing or other discomforts.
In addition, the women had less trouble with leakage than with other menstrual products. The study's findings state the following: “Four studies made a direct comparison between menstrual cups and conventional menstrual products. The reported leakage was comparable to or less than with disposable sanitary towels or tampons.”
The studies also showed that 73% of women - after some practice - feels comfortable with the menstrual cup and want to continue using it.
Reason for the investigation
The reason for the study, according to the scientists, was that all menstruating girls and women need effective, safe and affordable menstrual products. Whopping 1.9 billion women in the world menstruate, with an average of 65 days a year. Unfortunately, so far there are few comparative studies on menstrual products done.
Girls and women in lower-income countries often suffer from leak through in health issues. Also, in some countries, girls are kept home from school, are at risk of being targeted for sexual abuse or coercion, and women's work situations are affected. Also hygiene is often a problem.
In addition, girls or women do not always use menstrual products that are available. There could be several reasons for this, such as ignorance, prejudice, cost and fear of product insecurity.
Aid organizations that supply poorer areas with menstrual products use this in many cases disposable menstrual products. By analyzing current knowledge about leakage, safety and acceptance of the menstrual cup and comparing it with other products, the researchers aim to ensure that organizations can make informed decisions.