Menstrual cup is a revolutionary female hygiene product that's getting raves and recognition in the medical community and women users in recent years. Some made the switch and totally turned their back on tampons and sanitary pads, while some are still skeptical because of the unfamiliar and unique usage. This unfamiliarity commonly leads to questions such as menstrual cup side effects and other possible disadvantages.
These are common concerns and must be properly addressed - that’s probably why you're here reading this page. Below are some of the commonly asked questions and concerns on menstrual cup usage and its effects.
Do Menstrual Cups Cause TSS?
The highest concern of women on period is Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). Although this is a rare condition, many are still concerned about the possibility. Do menstrual cups cause TSS? Studies and general consensus show that it is highly unlikely that a woman would get TSS using menstrual cups especially if they’re used properly and within the recommended period of 10-12 hours.
TSS is caused by Staphylococcus aureus or staph, a bacteria commonly found in women’s bodies. This is a common and harmless bacteria, but when given an environment where they can rapidly grow, they release a poison that can get into the bloodstream, thus causing TSS.
The saturated blood and the material of hygiene product contributes to growth of bacteria. PMYes menstrual cups are made from medical grade silicone material which is of highest quality and does not saturate blood.
Can You Get Infections From A Menstrual Cup?
Let’s be honest, a woman on period is prone to unwanted bacteria that can cause vaginal infections regardless of the hygiene product she uses. But if you’re asking if you can get an infection from using a menstrual cup, then the answer is not very likely. In fact, cups were proven to be more sanitary than tampons and pads.
Washing your hands and using clean and washed menstrual cup prior to insertion will lessen the chances of acquiring infection.
If you are worried about bacteria and infections, sterilizing the cup before and after menstruation cycle or use can be done. Although this is not necessary as there are steps on how to properly clean your PMyeS cup.
Can menstrual cup cause irritation?
Irritation is possible when using menstrual cup if it’s not properly cleaned and your hands washed prior to insertion. It can also be uncomfortable if not properly placed or without any lubrication. Therefore, it is important to follow the cleaning process and insertion to reduce the possibility of irritation.
Can menstrual cup be dangerous?
PMyeS menstrual cups are 100% safe to use and in general much safer than pads and tampons especially for long hours of use. Menstrual cup dangers might have crossed your mind. TSS and vaginal infection are possibilities but they are unlikely to happen with menstrual cups and with proper hygiene care. Like any other menstrual products, they are only as effective if they are used properly and with good hygiene habits.
In general, menstrual cups are safe to use. However, there could be period problems that you are experiencing that does not relate to use of hygiene products at all. Therefore, it is best to see a doctor if you feel discomfort or pain within your menstrual cycle or during your period.
One of the advantages of using a menstrual cup is it reusable and therefore can be easily maintained, washed and even sterilized.
Remember to always wash your hands before insertion. The cup needs to be washed twice a day and be emptied 2-3 times a day to be sanitary. You can opt to sterilize the cup before and after each period cycle.