A menstrual cup is a feminine hygiene product designed to collect menstrual fluid during menstruation. It is a small, flexible, funnel-shaped cup typically made of medical-grade silicone, rubber (latex), or elastomer. The cup is inserted into the vagina, where it forms a seal and collects menstrual blood rather than absorbing it like tampons or pads.
Menstrual cups come in various sizes and shapes, and they are reusable, which distinguishes them from disposable tampons and pads. Users can empty the cup, rinse it, and reinsert it during their menstrual cycle. Many people appreciate menstrual cups for their environmental sustainability, cost-effectiveness (as they are reusable for several years), and the reduced risk of certain health issues associated with other menstrual products.
It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper insertion, removal, and cleaning of the menstrual cup to ensure its effective and safe use.