Menstrual cups are safe, reusable and cheap, says The Lancet Public Health journal

July 25, 2019 01:41 pm | Updated 06:56 pm IST

Sanitary protection remains unavailable and unaffordable to many women around the world stated The Lancet Public Health, a peer-reviewed medical journal. It is the first study to evaluate menstrual cups.

It states that 70% of women who have tried menstrual cups said they would like to continue using them.

Monthly bleeding keeps girls and women out of school or work and it puts them at risk of Urinary Tract Infections. Especially if they use inferior sanitary products.

A relatively new sanitary product in the market, menstrual cups are made from medical grade silicone, rubber or latex. These cups collect blood rather than absorb it like pads and tampons do. They last from four to 12 hours. There are two main types of menstrual cups: the vaginal cup, which is generally bell-shaped and the cervical cup.

These cups are reusable and can last for up to ten years. It is cheaper to use these cups in the long run than using their disposable alternatives. Yet, only a fifth of women on average know about menstrual cups.

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