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Is The Menstrual Cup A Better Choice Than Tampons? Here Are The Pros And Cons

Is The Menstrual Cup A Better Choice Than Tampons? Here Are The Pros And Cons

Throughout the course of time, women have used cloth, sanitary pads and tampons to collect their blood during their menstrual periods. A menstrual cup has been proven to be an effective alternative to these common methods.

A menstrual cup is a flexible cup made from silicone or rubber that is designed to be inserted inside the vagina to collect menstrual blood. Rather than absorbing the blood like the traditional methods, the cup collects the blood without any leakage and can be emptied at your convenience.

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They are quite safe and if used as recommended, the most hygienic method for the process of preventing menstrual blood from staining your clothing. [1]

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    Pros of Menstrual Cup

    There are many advantages to using menstrual cups:

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    • Easy-to-use: If you have used diaphragms for birth control or tampons during your periods, then you will find it very easy to insert a menstrual cup. It can be folded to resemble a tampon and pushed in towards the back of the vagina. If inserted correctly, you wouldn’t even feel it’s there.
    • Less embarrassing odor: Unlike with sanitary napkins, the fluid in a menstrual cup doesn’t get exposed to air, so you wouldn’t have to face any embarrassing menstrual odor wafting out.
    • Lower costs: Long-lasting reusable menstrual cups save you more money in the long run than the regular use of pads and tampons.
    • More peace of mind: Pads and tampons need to  be changed every four to eight hours while menstrual cups need to be emptied only twice a day.
    • Less pharmacy visits: When you use disposable pads and tampons, it means a monthly visit to the pharmacy to buy them. With menstrual cups, a good quality reusable one will last you at least a year.
    • Less landfill waste: Since they can be reused, the piling waste of used tampons and sanitary napkins in landfills will get reduced. A bonus point is that less trees need to be sacrificed than there are to produce the paper-based alternatives.
    • Maintains Vaginal pH: As tampons and pads absorb the vaginal fluid along with the blood, the pH balance and the beneficial bacteria in the vagina get disturbed, leading to a whole host of other problems.
    • You can still have sex: It’s a personal choice whether to remove the cup or not as you can have intercourse without removing the cup.

    Cons of Menstrual Cup

    There are some disadvantages to this method, most of which can be resolved through practice. [2]

    • Insertion difficulty: Young girls and those who have never had intercourse may find the cup difficult to insert, though with practice, it becomes easy enough.
    • Fitting problems: If you have problems like fibroids or a dropped uterus, a menstrual cup may not fit properly.
    • Removal issues: Some may find it difficult to remove the cup. This is also just a matter of practice and learning to do it the right way. You need to pinch the base before you pull it out.
    • Messy emptying: If you are not careful, emptying the blood from the cup can get quite messy.
    • Sterilization: After each cycle you have to put in the effort to sterilize the cup [3] with boiling water or a sterilizing solution.

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      Conclusion

      You can buy disposable menstrual cups or opt for long-lasting and reusable ones. You can use the same cup all throughout your menstrual cycle. If you are latex sensitive [4], check and make sure the menstrual cup you purchase is made entirely of silicone.

      Many women discover that the cup is barely half filled even after the full 12 hours. But, you may need to empty it more frequently during the heavy flow days to avoid leakage. If you monitor the fullness of the cup over a couple of cycles, then you will know how long you can wait before having to empty the cup. If your cycle is regular, you can insert it before the period starts to avoid spotting on your clothes.

      Menstrual cups come in various formations and sizes. You may need to experiment a bit before you finally discover the one that suits your needs perfectly. Just like the other products for your periods, menstrual cups can be bought from grocery and drug stores or you can buy them online.

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      Last Updated on August 21, 2018

      30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

      30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

      Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in civilised society: it’s a wonderful experience.

      That said, things can get a little bit tricky when we are left to the mercy of Mother Nature. Here are 30 fantastic camping hacks you can use to make your camping experience as wonderful as possible!

       1. Use sage to repel mosquitoes.

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        Place some sage in your campfire and the smell is sure to ward off any pesky mosquitos.

        2. Liquid soap + cotton balls = no ticks.

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          If you or one of your fellow campers is having trouble with a tick, place the soap-soaked cotton on the tick for 20 seconds. The tick will eventually stop chewing and will come away with the cotton ball. If the tick was attached for a lengthy amount of time you may want to consider keeping it in a container so that you can test it for Lyme disease later.

          3. Use an acorn cap as a whistle if you get lost.

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            It’s remarkably easy to get lost whilst camping. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can transform an acorn into a whistle!

            4. Corn chips for kindling!

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              Doritos are a great way to start a fire, just be careful!

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              5. Use the rest of the chips for nachos.

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                Nachos are easy to pack, light and simple to make. Plus they’re incredibly tasty.

                6. Use compact, microfibre towels!

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                  These towels are incredibly easy to store and dry within an hour of use. Buy them here.

                  7. Wrap duct-tape around your water bottle for emergencies.

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                    You never know when you might need some.

                    8. Make lamps out of jars and solar disks.

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                      Get all the info you need here.

                      9. Sangria!

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                        We know what’s really important. How to here!

                        10. One water bottle will hold eight eggs.

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                          By keeping all your eggs in a bottle you save time and hassle. Plus, no need to carry extra bowls or a whisk!

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                          11. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil is a surprisingly good mosquito repellent.

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                            Keep the bugs and the bug repellent smell at bay.

                            12. DIY shower.

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                              All you need is a watering can and a large jug. Here’s the full instructions.

                              13. Keep sandpaper handy to light matches.

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                                Glueing some sandpaper to the lid of a tupperware box where you can also store matches is a foolproof plan.

                                14. Make s’moreos easily.

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                                  15. MarshJell-o shots.

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                                    Learn how to make these delicious things here!

                                    16. Or dip those marshmallows in Bailey’s. 
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                                      Toast the marshmallow first and then dip it in Bailey’s.

                                      17. Turn a bottle into a spoon.

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                                        It’s that easy!

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                                        18. Grits repel ants.

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                                          Just sprinkle grits wherever you see ants.

                                          19. Deodorant can be used to combat itchiness.

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                                            20. Wrap your meat in cabbage to stop it from burning.

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                                              That’s not an innuendo, it really will! The moistness in the cabbage creates the perfect barrier.

                                              21. Foam noodles will stop any injuries.

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                                                For any fellow clumsy people, you know how possible it is to smack your head and cause serious injury. Placing a foam noodle on the awning strut narrows down at least one accident waiting to happen.

                                                22. Carry some essentials in a small tin with you at all times.

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                                                  You never know what you’ll need and when.

                                                  23. Take toothpaste dots instead of a whole tube.

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                                                    Let the drops dry out over 3 days, add a little baking soda and put them in a resealable bag.

                                                    24. Use a stick to secure your tent.

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                                                      By placing a stick in the main centre line you ensure the pressure is even throughout, which will stop the grommets being pulled out.

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                                                      25. Vacuum seal your food before you leave.

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                                                        26. Popcorn on the campfire.

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                                                          Popcorn that you can place on the stove at home can also be popped over a campfire. You can also make your own using this tutorial.

                                                          27. You can even make bacon and eggs over it.

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                                                            That’s right! Full instructions here.

                                                            28. Keep your toiletries handy.

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                                                              Buy this magnificent contraption here.

                                                              29. Compact, unbreakable cups!

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                                                                Get them while you can!

                                                                30. Tic-Tac boxes are great for storing ingredients.

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                                                                  With these 30 camping tips and tricks, you can work DIY magic into nearly every aspect of camping, and make your next camping trip a comfortable, easy blast. Good luck!

                                                                  Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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