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7 menstrual cup myths and facts you must be aware of

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Menstrual cups are usually safe, but the misinformation around them raises doubts among people. So today, we’re debunking some myths about them for you.

For far too long, most people got their information about menstrual cups from the internet and friends. You must also have heard of them, but are you someone who hasn’t tried the product yet? Well, we understand switching to a menstrual cup takes a lot of patience and guts, but it’s worth trying! For many women, menstrual cups are a new period care option they’re still learning about. And along with facts, they are also hearing about the myths!

In the age of the internet, information about menstruation and menstrual cups is available to more people. Let’s bust these common menstrual cup myths and shed some light on them. 

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Want to switch to a menstrual cup? Read this before that. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

HealthShots reached out to Dr Nupur Gupta, director, obstetrics and gynaecology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Delhi, to get to know about some common myths around menstrual cups. 

Here’s to a healthier, happier, safer period experience you can get with menstrual cups if you stop believing these myths:
Myth 1: Most of the women think it is uncomfortable to use

Fact: For new users, proper guidance and support usually overcome teething issues. In fact, many people can’t feel their cups at all once they’re inserted. 

Myth 2: Wearing a menstrual cup causes difficulty in passing urine or stool

Fact: In fact, it doesn’t interfere when you pass urine or motion. One does not need to remove the menstrual cup every time they use the washroom for urination or bowel movements. 

Myth 3: It Interferes with vaginal health

Fact:  It doesn’t cause any kind of rashes or burning in the vagina. In fact, it maintains moistness within the vaginal mucosa. 

Myth 4: It obstructs the flow of blood and thus menstrual fluid is retained inside the uterus

Fact: It doesn’t obstruct the flow of blood. A menstrual cup is a flexible cup that’s designed for use inside the vagina during your period to collect blood. It will not reduce the blood flow. 

Myth 5: Menstrual cup can be lost in the body

Fact: It cannot go inside the body through the vagina. If you feel yourself internally with your finger, you will realize that there is no room for your cup to get lost. The tiny hole in the cervix will never let the cup move inside. You can easily bring it down. 

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Menstrual cups can help you manage your periods easily and take care of the environment. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Myth 6: One standard size fits all

Fact: They are available in different sizes. Everybody is different and so is every woman’s menstrual cycle. Therefore, menstrual cups also come with a size chart as a part of product information on their box itself. 

Myth 7: Virginity is lost if we use a menstrual cup

Fact: Menstrual cups might stretch the hymen. Even if there is a minor tear, it doesn’t define your virginity. In fact, it can also happen due to horse riding or exercise. A menstrual cup is completely safe to use and has no correlation with one’s virginity. 

So ladies, stop believing these myths and give menstrual cups a try. 

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