Menstrual Cups Are Safe and Effective Study Finds
January 30, 2020
Good news: Menstrual cups are safe to use and just as effective as other menstrual products, according to an analysis from The Lancet Public Health journal. Menstrual cups are reusable alternatives to pads and tampons made of silicone, latex or rubber. They have been increasing in popularity for being both eco-friendly and cost-effective. The analysis reviewed 43 studies on the use of menstrual cups and included information on 3,319 women and girls from around the world. It found that menstrual cups prevent leakage as well as pads and tampons, with one study finding they work even better. Researchers also found that, when used correctly and not left in for long periods of time, the menstrual cup did not cause an increase in health risks.
Menstrual cups are also cost-effective and create less waste. The cup’s price typically ranges from $30 to $40 in the U.S., but one cup can last for up to 12 years before needing to be replaced! The initial cost may appear to be high, but the cost over time is hard to beat. Without the need to purchase and use a new box of pads or tampons every month or so, that’s a lot of savings and less waste. While menstrual cups might not be right for everyone, many people find them easy to use once they get the hang of it. It’s great to have another menstrual product option!