Each of us had to hear more than once about the negative consequences of using tampons: when they are used, toxic substances are released that harm our health.And what about convenience? It's not easy to give it up!Are there alternatives to tampons?
In this article we will get acquainted with such a means of feminine hygiene asmenstrual cup(cap, cap). It is a convenient, economical, environmentally friendly and safe alternative to tampons.
Dangers arising from the use of tampons
If we look carefully, from what are producedtampons, we can easily find in them a lot of toxic materials.
One of them is asbestos. This mineral substance helps to increase bleeding (because of this we use more tampons), and can also provoke the onset of cancer.The use of this substance is not prohibited by law, it is contained in some medications taken orally. In the case of the use of tampons, which are introduced into our body, asbestos contacts the mucous membrane of the vagina and through it immediately penetrates into the blood.
Dioxin- Another chemical compound, it is used to give tampons whiteness.This substance also has carcinogenic properties.Besides,it affects the immune and reproductive systems of the human body.So, dioxin provokes occurrence of such disease, as an endometriosis. Several studies have shown the danger of this substance for human health with regular contact with it..
Finally, contained in tamponsviscose,an absorbent member,may cause toxic shock.
Why then it is not forbidden to use tampons?
Since tampons are not intended for ingestion, their dangers are not given due importance. But if we reflect, how many hours for a lifetime spend with tampons of women who use them regularly? Such prolonged contact can not pass without a trace for women's health. In this case, the negative impact of even potentially hazardous substances is guaranteed due to the duration of human body contact with them.
Dioxin is also contained in gaskets,but in this case it is not so dangerous, because when using gaskets there is no direct contact of their surface with the mucous membrane of the vagina..
The modern market also offers environmentally friendly options. For example, tampons with 100% cotton content without bleaching agents. But the prices for such products are usually quite high.
Menstrual cup- a safe alternative to conventional tampons and gaskets.It is made of silicone and has the shape of a cap.It is flexible, which allows you to fold it for insertion into the vagina.When the menstrual cup is in the vagina, it accumulates menstrual blood, but does not absorb it.When the bowl is filled, it needs to be pulled out, and its contents poured into the toilet bowl. After that, the menstrual bowl should be washed with soap and water, and it is ready for reuse. After the end of menstruation, the bowl is sterilized - for this it must be boiled, and cleaned until the next monthly. Menstrual bowl can also be washed withhydrogen peroxide, vinegar or natural soap.
Advantages of the menstrual cup
- Ecological compatibility, since silicone is used in its production. Such a cup will serve you for ten years.
- Economical, since the bowl is a reusable product.
- Safety for women's health(toxic substances are not used in its production).
- Practicality: it is used as well as a tampon, and there is no need to carry a replacement.
- Helps prevent infections, eg,cystitis(as opposed to gaskets).
- The volume of the menstrual cup is about 30 ml, which is about 1/3 of the volume of all menstrual flow.Thus, the menstrual cup does not need to be changed as often as tampons or pads.
- Helps to know the features of menstruation, its rhythm, the amount of menstrual blood.
Types of menstrual cups
There are several different brands of menstrual cups. You can easily find them on the Internet or in the stores of natural products.
Bowls are offered in two sizes.The first is recommended for young and nulliparous women, and the latter for older women and those who have already become mothers.
How to use it?
When buying a menstrual cup inside the package, you will find detailed instructions for its use. There are also videos on the Internet that explain how to use the cup. To insert it into the vagina, you need to fold the wide part of the bowl, and then let it go: the bowl will take the necessary position. To remove it, you need to gently pull the menstrual cup, holding on to its base.
Perhaps in the beginning you will need more time to introduce and remove the bowl, but you will quickly learn, and this process will seem to you quite simple.