There are so many good things to say about menstrual cups that come as a rescue for those who have had enough of traditional menstrual protection like tampons and pads. But there are also menstrual cup disadvantages to be aware of. Here are some of the most common disadvantages that may be good to know about.
One menstrual cup disadvantage is that some people find that it can take some time to learn how to use the cup. For the vast majority, this is not a problem and can be done in one go, but some people need 2-3 periods to feel comfortable inserting and removing the cup. In addition, in the beginning you may have to take out and put in several times because the cup is not in the right position and is not comfortable to use. Of course, this is not abnormal. Anything that is new can take some time to learn. Don't give up.
We've lost count of how many different models there are. And with so many options on the market, it's not always easy to choose. Of course, it's good if there are many models, because then everyone can find their favourite. What's more, you're bound to find several models that fit and not just one. Unfortunately, the incredible range can also mean that you can find models that don't fit, and that can of course be a bit frustrating. Nevertheless, it is perhaps predominantly positive that there is such a large number of menstrual cups. You can choose from different sizes, finishes and colours. There are different types of buds, loops and spigots. It can be seen as a disadvantage that there are so many models, but it can also be seen as an advantage. This depends a little on how quickly you find the right one.
When the cup is not fitted correctly, it can both chafe and leak. This is of course annoying. Here it is important to remember to try out different ways to get it right for you. Try inserting the cup a little differently, try wiggling and twisting it. And try different models. Don't give up. Considering how many different models there are on the market and how many different ways there are to get the right technique, you should also be able to find the right cup, without it chafing and leaking.
The reason why it is often not advisable to use a cup with an IUD is that there is a risk that the IUD will come out with the cup during emptying. If you take it carefully and calmly, for most people this is not a problem at all. The important thing when emptying the cup is not to pull it straight out first, but to poke the side of the cup to release the small suction that occurs between the walls of the vagina. Then you can take the cup out, without affecting the coil. And if you do this every time you have to empty the cup
Because the menstrual cup is relatively new, there aren't many studies on menstrual cups over time. Those who use the cups now have not done so for more than a few years. That means there are things we don't yet know about. There may be positive things, but also side effects that we don't yet know about. So you could say that there is a small risk when you use the cup, but it is really minimal. No bigger than when you use a tampon!
Everyone looks different, inside and out. Some people find that the cup gives a little pressure and sometimes presses against the bladder. Of course, this is not comfortable. Luckily, there are so many different models of menstrual cups today, so you're sure to find one that suits you. Be patient and don't give up. You can also try putting the cup a little differently, a little further in or a little further out, for example. A cup that fits properly shouldn't feel. And you should feel comfortable even when you're having your period.
For some people, the disadvantage is that you can't be 100% sure that the cup you have now will fit until it can't be used any more. As your body changes, for example after having a baby, you may have to find a different model to make it work. Of course, this can be difficult and frustrating. But most people find it worth putting some energy into making the cup work again, as the benefits of a cup often outweigh the benefits of a tampon and pad.
Yes, it can feel like there's a bit more blood than when you use a pad or tampon. But of course, that's not the case. The amount of blood is exactly the same no matter which menstrual pad you choose. And it might get a bit messy before you get the hang of the cup technique and learn which grip is right for you. But it's just blood, completely natural and harmless. It's a utopia to have a period completely free of mess, it's all part of the package. If you find it annoying when it gets a bit messy and want to minimise it, you can empty the cup in the shower or while sitting on the toilet so at least you don't spill blood on your clothes or the floor.
Fortunately, there are many strong benefits of menstrual cups that outweigh any disadvantages of menstrual cups. Read more here about the benefits of the cup.
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