The Menstrual cup is a re-suable feminine hygiene product which is made of medical grade silicone. It is inserted into the vagina and functions by collecting menstrual waste rather than absorbing it. Most cups typically hold at least three times as much blood as compared to sanitary napkins or tampons and can be worn comfortably for up to 10 hours depending on the flow.
Menstrual cups are an environment friendly alternative as they are reusable and require very little water for their cleaning. They make great economic sense too as a single cup can be used for up to 10 years. They are convenient to use, easy to maintain and completely discreet.
It has had a long history although its acceptance in popular use has been increasing only since the last 2 decades. Back then it was known as a catamelian appliance after catamenia which meant ‘menses’. The design of the cup has largely remained the same since 1937 when Leona Chalmers patented it.