Per an academic medical report published earlier today, on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in the medical journal The Lancet Public Health, menstrual cups have been confirmed as one of the most safe, effective, and ecologically-friendly options for menstruating women.
The study, titled “Menstrual cup use, leakage, acceptability, safety, and availability: a systematic review and meta-analysis,” was accepted by The Lancet Public Health and published earlier today, though it had been submitted well over a month ago. It looked over the findings of 43 papers published around the world in recent years regarding how countries around the world dealt with women’s menstruations.
Most women menstruate, or have periods, from the ages of 12 to 50. The process of menstruation involves the lining of the uterus disintegrating so a new egg can move in for potential fertilization from women’s ovaries. In modern society, most women use tampons to absorb the blood that is shed by women’s reproductive systems during menstrual cycles, which come around roughly every month for most women and last for a few days.
Unfortunately, most women currently aren’t either aware of the benefits of menstrual cups or that menstrual cups even exist.
Many women who are undergoing financial struggles, both those in developed countries like those throughout the Western world or their undeveloped, third-world counterparts, aren’t able to afford or simply don’t have access to tampons, pads, or other supplies for dealing with their periods.
Both tampons and pads, the two most popular ways women currently deal with periods, are disposable. Even for people who live in countries as developed as the United States, these supplies aren’t easily afforded by everybody.
As a way of dealing with this issue, according to the lead author of the study, Penelope Phillips-Howard, menstrual cups can start to be distributed by government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and other programs to troubled women so they can properly deal with their menstrual cycles.
One of the leading benefits of menstrual cups is that they can easily, readily be washed for further use. They are often made of soft, flexible materials like silicone that are safe for the body, even in areas as sensitive as women’s reproductive organs, and prevent the leakage of blood from their vaginal canals just as well as any other form of menstruation response.
Dealing with menstruation properly is so important because women who aren’t able to do so suffer from things like not being able to attend school or work as often as their peers.