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What is menstrual cup? Types, uses and advantages

Practical guide to start using the menstrual cup

What is menstrual cup?

The menstrual or rule cup is a hygiene device that collects the blood of menstruation .

Unlike pads or tampons , the menstrual cup is reusable. You can use it again in each menstruation.

How many types are there?

There are cups made of different materials on the market: silicone, latex and TPE (thermoplastic elastomers). There are also different sizes. In young women with light flows, the small size is recommended.

What is menstrual cup used for? How does it work?

It has a shape similar to the nipple of a bottle. It is wide at the top and with a grip that remains inside the vagina. It has some holes, which are used so that when it is placed, the cup remains open. This cup does not absorb flow but rather collects it. It needs to be changed every 8 to 12 hours.

Where can I buy the cup?

You can get it in pharmacies and parapharmacies. It is also sold online in specialized portals.

How is it placed?

First disinfect your hands . It is advisable to boil the cup before use to disinfect it. To place it, it is important that you are relaxed. Take your time. Choose a comfortable posture. When you’re ready, fold the cup and slowly insert it into your vagina. Then turn the glass on itself with your fingers. To make sure that it is correctly placed, make sure that the cup is open and that its lower part is not folded. (Download here the pdf of the infographic and watch the video attached to the presentation)

Advantages of menstrual cup

  • A cup can last up to 10 years, so it’s cheaper than tampons and pads.
  • It is much more ecological than these.
  • It makes infections more difficult. Compresses and tampons favor bacteria produced by the accumulation of heat.
  • Convenience: you can change it every 12 hours.
  • Does not scratch or dry the vaginal walls.


  • The initial cost (about 20 euros), especially if you finally do not adapt to the glass.
  • At first its placement is a bit uncomfortable and complicated.
  • You have to wash it with soap and water when you empty it. You will need a place with a bathroom or with minimal hygienic conditions .


The menstrual cup is an alternative to disposable pads and tampons. It is very practical and hygienic. It supposes an economic saving in the long run with respect to disposable products. It is respectful with the environment (since it is reusable).

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