Menstrual cups (or period cups) are becoming a popular choice for college girls to manage their flow. A period cup is different than a tampon or pad. Tampons and pads absorb your flow. Period cups actually catch your flow in a cup that is then dumped out, cleaned and reinserted to continue collecting. Period cups are small, flexible cups made of latex rubber or silicone. They are inserted similar to a tampon, but work differently.
When a period cup is inserted, it is collapsed so it can glide in easily. After it is inserted, it will spring back open and rest on the walls of your vagina and form a wall or seal to prevent leakage. Your blood drips into your cup and is collected there until taken out (about 2 or 3 times a day) and disposed of.
Period cups have been around since the 1930’s, but have just started to become popular among college students for a couple good reasons.
- Economical choice
- period cups are reusable. They vary in price but on average cost around $15-$20. They can be used each month and there is no additional cost associated with it. It should be replaced every couple of years depending on how well you care for it.
- Environmental choice
- many college students are environmentally conscience. Period cups eliminate large amounts of waste that are created by other feminine care products that add to landfills.
Contact Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. to schedule and appointment. We provide exceptional women’s care and welcome the opportunity to serve you and discuss your menstrual cycle and another other women’s gynecology services.