I was oblivious to the fact that Hypoallergenic Menstrual Cup actually existed until one of my friends on a mission actually convinced me to give it a go. While researching menstrual cups I noticed there was no guide online that covered them and their benefits in great detail. As a now devout user, I have created the guide I would have wanted to read while when I first discovered Hypoallergenic Menstrual Cup and I hope that it helps you too.
Although Hypoallergenic Menstrual Cup may appear to be a new invention, they were actually patented in 1932 by a group of midwives (around the same time as commercial tampons were introduced). So why do you hear so little about them?
Well, it all comes down to funding. Pads and tampons are an ongoing cost that guarantee the manufacture repeated purchases. Guaranteed purchases equals guaranteed profits and these profits are HUGE (The tampon and pad industry is worth over $700 million in the US alone). The profits are then partially used by the manufacturers to fund monstrous advertising campaigns to promote more buying.
Since Hypoallergenic Menstrual Cup are a one off purchase that can last up to 10 years, the manufacturers do not see the same level of profit and as a result are unable to help raise awareness. To be fair, if you were a retailer, which would you stock on your shelf out of the following?
A product that is guaranteed to be purchased monthly by your customers
A product that is bought once and will not need to be replaced for years.
The obvious answer is product 1. Since retailers and manufacturers both want continued sales, despite being a potentially life changing product; the menstrual cup has never received the recognition that tampons and pads have received.
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With my long winded introduction out of the way, lets get on with the guide.
What is a menstrual cup?
A menstrual cup is a type of feminine hygiene product (like tampons, pads and liners) constructed of a flexible material. It is inserted inside the vagina during menstruation to catch blood.
The menstrual cup gets it’s name from how it collects blood. Rather than being absorbed into the feminine hygiene product (like a tampon or pad) the blood pools inside a cup and is collected until the menstrual cup is removed and emptied. Unlike tampons and pads, menstrual cups are reusable.
If you have not heard of the term menstrual cup before then you may have heard of by one of it’s other names:
You may have noticed that many of these are actual brand names of menstrual cups. When talking about menstrual cups, many women refer to them by their brand rather than the broad term “menstrual cup”.