As the ladies would say, the cup is ‘bloody brilliant’ and I couldn’t agree more.
Many users report shorter and lighter periods, so why has no one researched the phenomenon?
Yes, their popularity is growing as women, as well as men, become more comfortable dealing with and discussing menstruation. They have been a topic in news media ranging from Teen Vogue to NPR. Another part of their growing popularity stems from the general public’s concern about solid waste associated with any disposable product, including disposable pads and tampons.
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Menstrual cups have existed in some form since the 1930s, though earlier iterations were nothing like the Keeper, Softcup and the Diva Cup, to name a few modern models.
Menstrual cups leave no room for such squeamishness. You insert the bell-shaped silicone cup directly into your vagina and leave it there for up to 12 hours. When it’s time to remove it, you pour the blood out, wash the cup, and then reinsert it. And unlike pad and tampon users, the menstrual cup’s ever-growing fan base is increasingly vocal, writing countless odes to their cups in the last few years.
Despite a long history of use, menstrual cups still get far less attention than pads and tampons.
Growing concern about the environmental impact of disposable tampons and sanitary pads, as well as the need to offer more options for menstrual management in low- and middle-income countries, has led to a resurgence of menstrual cups.
"Menstrual cups can be difficult to use — I thought that at first," says Reid. "It seemed like the most clumsy, awkward thing ever. But then when it was explained to me, I found it more convenient."
When her old cup kept failing her, Jane Adame, whose connective-tissue condition makes her joints unstable, had to imagine there was a better way.
Menstrual cups are safe, cost effective, environment friendly, socially less awkward and perfect for the 21st century woman. You never have to ask around for a pad. You never have to worry about stains.
Most menstrual cups aren’t necessarily designed with heavy periods in mind, and yet they still work better for those with mega-flows than most other period products.
For the many women who prefer menstrual cups to tampons and pads, the payoff is undeniable. Reusable menstrual cups are less wasteful, they don’t have to be changed as often, and they save a lot of money over time.
We empower women and girls and protect the environment by raising awareness about menstrual cups and making them more widely available.
The Hello Cup was a launched by registered nurse Mary Bond and Robyn McLean after they became frustrated by the lack of quality menstrual cups on the market.