The Disadvantages of Using a Menstrual Cup...and Why Maybe They're Not So Bad After All

May 20, 2024

The Disadvantages of Using a Menstrual Cup...and Why Maybe They're Not So Bad After All

Hey friends, let's chat about  the "disadvantages" of using menstrual cups! 

1. Initial Insertion and Removal Can Be Tricky

Disadvantage: For beginners, inserting and removing a menstrual cup can be challenging. I say *can* because for some people, there's almost no learning curve.But for some, it can take a few cycles, and that can be frustrating when blood is coming out of your body! 

On the bright side: Just like learning to ride a bike, it takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it, it's smooth sailing. Many users find that within a few of cycles, insertion and removal become second nature. Plus, there are numerous tutorials and guides available to help you master the technique.

2. Finding the Right Fit

Disadvantage: Not all menstrual cups fit everyone perfectly on the first try. You need to account for the width and the height of the cervix. This sounds overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be! We actually have a quiz just for that!

On the bright side: Poppins Period offers three sizes ranging from a "teen" size for our newest menstruating friends, a "regular" for ages 18-30 or those who haven't carried a pregnancy to term, and a "large" which would include menstruators over 30 or those who are younger, but have carried pregnancies to term. If you find yourself on the cusp of these categories, we offer mixed packs to help take out the guess work! Many people find more than one size works, but eventually they gravitate towards one size. We offer a guarantee to help you find your perfect match without worry.

3. Sterilization Requirements

Disadvantage: Menstrual cups need to be sterilized between cycles, which some may find inconvenient.

On the bright side: Sterilizing your cup can be super simple with our sterilizing steamer bags. Instead of waiting for water to boiling, or leaving your roomates wondering which pan you used to boil...our bag is reusable, and you can microwave in just a few minutes. This small effort leads to significant environmental benefits, reducing waste compared to disposable products. Think of it as a small ritual that contributes to a cleaner planet.

4. Potential for Leaks

Disadvantage: Improper insertion or an ill-fitting cup can lead to leaks.

On the bright side: If you are learning, don't feel guilting for continuing to use a pad or liner while you figure things out! Even better, use period underwear for back up! This can also be great on extra heavy days when you may not be able to empty as often as you'd like. 

5. Public Restroom Challenges

Disadvantage: Emptying and cleaning a menstrual cup in a public restroom isn't as easy as it is at home...but it's still possible!

On the bright side: Menstrual cups can be worn for up to 12 hours, allowing you to plan changes in the comfort of your home. Plus, carrying a small bottle of water or wet wipes can make the process easier when you're out and about. If you are in a pinch, you don't need to waddle over to the sink, just remove and empty, give it a wipe with some toilet paper, and then re-insert. While we don't recommend doing this every time, it's totally fine if you're in a pinch! 

6. Initial Cost

Disadvantage: The upfront cost of a menstrual cup is higher compared to disposable pads or tampons. 

On the bright side: They pay for themselves SO quickly! Although the initial investment is higher, a menstrual cup can last for years, saving you money in the long run. It's a one-time expense that leads to substantial savings and less frequent trips to the store, providing both economic and convenience benefits.


So there you have it!

These are some common reasons people tell us they are hesitant to use a menstrual cup! We still think the pros outweigh the cons! What do you think?

Ready to give a menstrual cup a try? The Poppins Period Menstrual Cup was designed for beginners AND their Better Period Promise assures you that if it doesn't work for you, you can have your money back!

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