At this point in 2019, it is impossible not to have heard the benefits of the menstrual cup with respect to other medical devices for the rule. Everyone has a friend, family member or acquaintance who has tried it and tries to convince those who have not yet done so with its benefits.
Now they have one more argument because science has just officially endorsed the theory with a study published in The Lancet Public Health, one of the oldest and most prestigious medical publications in the world. This study has concluded that the use of the menstrual cup is safe and effective. In addition, it also confirms that, by choosing it over other more popular alternatives, we save money and generate less waste.
The menstrual cup differs, mainly, from other products in that collect the flow instead of absorbing it. It is inserted into the vagina and must be emptied every four to twelve hours. The materials used for its manufacture vary and can be made of silicone, rubber, latex or medical grade elastomer. They can last up to 10 years.
This study is the first systematic review that has been carried out on the use of this revolutionary new feminine hygiene product. For this, the international use of the menstrual cup has been analyzed taking into account data from 3,300 women and girls from 43 medical studies, conference summaries, reports and thesis.
Thus, he has estimated that a menstrual cup, having a life of 10 years, would generate only 0.4% of plastic waste produced by the use of disposable pads and 6% of the waste derived from the use of buffers.
Likewise, did not detect an increased risk of infection with its use but yes cases of toxic shock syndrome. Although the total number of cases is unknown, it is not possible to compare the existing risk with respect to other products.
On the other hand, in at least three of the studies, it detected leaks in an amount similar to the effectiveness of compresses and tampons. Even, one of the studies detected less losses with the use of menstrual cup.
In some studies, these leaks were associated with abnormally severe bleeding, anatomical abnormalities of the uterus, the need for a larger cup or improper placement.
In four studies it was ruled out that the use of the menstrual cup had adverse effects on vaginal flora No tissue damage. In total, there were two cases of difficulty removing vaginal cups and up to 47 cases of difficulty removing vertical cups (a type of cup that is placed around the cervix). Likewise, there were also any case of injuries or allergies.
Something that has revealed this report is that There are few studies on the quality of different medical devices available. The researchers point out that the quality of the included studies was low and more research would be needed.
Although, something that they have assured is that 70% of women would continue using menstrual cups Once familiar with its use.