Menstrual Cup Dangers – The Real Risks of Using Menstrual Cups
Menstrual cup dangers may be on the mind of first-time cup users, those thinking about using a menstrual cup and persons who are fearful of TSS and reusable menstrual cups. However, you should know that menstrual cup dangers are not what you think and there are things to watch out for.
If you really want to know the real menstrual cup dangers I’ll share them with you!
When I first started using a menstrual cup I feared all sorts of things. Could it get lost? Would my menstrual cup get stuck or would I get some sort of horrible infection? Luckily, after spending time testing out different brands and getting familiar with inserting, wearing and removing a cup I can say that I have not lost my cup or developed a scary infection.
Menstrual Cup Dangers:
1. Becoming A Cupaholic
At first you may think that just one cup is enough. However, after you get a cup for light flow days, a cup for heavy flow days and a high capacity cup for really heavy days you may discover that you also need a more firm cup for exercising…a spare for your bag…a gift for a friend…
Glowing while looking at your amazing collection of menstrual cups you will smile and realize that you are a cupaholic!
Once you discover how amazing menstrual cups are becoming a Cupaholic is a slippery slope! If you would like to chat with other reusable product users you can join our chat group on Facebook!
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2. TSS Syndrome
Toxic Shock Syndrome is associated with menstruation because the bacteria, already present in most vaginas, can grow and produce the toxin in menstrual blood. This includes any sort of menstrual collection product including pads and tampons.
I have researched Menstrual cups and TSS and to date, there are a handful of cases Worldwide (that I can find) compared with a staggering amount with tampon use.
How to prevent TSS? Menstrual hygiene is important! Wash your hands before inserting them into your vagina for any reason and follow your cup’s recommendations for sterilization. Typically, I give my cup a good boil when it’s new and at the beginning or end of each cycle.
While I felt that this was necessary to mention, menstrual cups are generally very safe and don’t contain the plastics and cotton pesticides that tampons do. Don’t go over the recommended wear time, clean as needed and empty on a regular basis. Easy peasy.
3. Forgetting you’re wearing a cup!
I’m sifting through our bathroom cabinet. Now, where did I put my lunette cup?! I can’t find it anywhere! Oh that’s right…I’m already wearing it!
Being a first time menstrual cup user can be tricky. You have to learn which fold works for your body, how long you can wear it for and how to insert and remove it the best way for you…but once you figure it out wearing a cup can be amazingly comfortable. You may even forget you’re wearing it!
I personally never experienced such comfort with tampons and I know my body well enough to tell when it’s getting full and needs to be emptied. If it helps, you can set a timer on your phone to remind you to empty and rinse at intervals. Most companies recommend not wearing a cup for more than 12 hours and can be often worn overnight too!
To be sure I have removed my cup…I have a spot in the cupboard that I keep it and it’s easy to check and make sure that it’s out!
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4. Getting your menstrual cup stuck
This was one of my biggest fears! I thought I would get my menstrual cup stuck and have to go to my OBs office or the ER to get it removed. Luckily, what most people consider to be “stuck” means that the seal needs to be broken by pinching the cup at its base and folding it as it’s removed. One of the reasons cups work so well is that the cup creates a seal with your vaginal walls to funnel fluid into the cup and prevent leaks. I can usually hear the seal break when I pinch it right and it comes out comfortably!
Inserting and removing your cup comes with practice. It’s often recommended to do a “dry run” and try your cup when you’re not menstruating so that you can practice without worrying about menstrual cup leaks.
5. Menstrual cup lost
I know it’s not possible, but I feared that I would get my menstrual cup lost. Remember, the cup normally must stay in your vagina. It starts at the entrance at your vulva and ends at your cervix. Unless your cervix is dilated, like in preparation to give birth, enough to suck in a menstrual cup…it can’t get lost and go into your uterus. Your vagina is it’s home!
If your menstrual cup seems “lost” to you, you may just have a high cervix and the cup is up high. Bearing down to push it out like you’re pooping or giving birth can put it in reach and/or you may have a cup that’s too short for your needs and need a longer stem.
6. Becoming a reusable menstrual product advocate
Once you have your cup routine down you may find yourself spreading the cup-love to anyone who will listen! Oh, the menstrator looking at the diva cup next to you at Target…you may find yourself telling them how amazing they are and packaging up cups as gifts for friends!
Being a reusable menstrual product advocate is great for the environment! What’s the saying? Friends don’t let friends use tampons…
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