Safety Precaution Of Using Menstruation Cups Should Be Included On Every Packaging Material

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Deanna Rivera in Health & Wealth

Last updated: 13 March 2020, 01:43 GMT

Menstrual cup is an eco-friendly device alternative to pads and tampons. It is a small, flexible funnel made of silicone or latex rubber instead of absorbing your flow it catches and collects it.

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Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) warns that misuse of menstrual cups may lead to pelvic organ prolapse - which is when organs in the pelvis slip down and bulge into the vagina, although, there are no proofs that the menstrual cups caused these prolapses mentioned.

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CSP are now urging manufacturers to include better safety advice on its packaging - as menstrual cups are currently not regulated and there is no safety testing.



A woman who spoke to the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show, believed her minor vaginal prolapse is caused by menstrual cups after she used them for three months.

She told the programme:

"I was scared and I was worried, I didn't know what it might mean in the long term."

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She explained:

"There was no warning to say, this was a possible side-effect, and I had really thoroughly read the instructions, so I thought I was doing everything properly."

Physiotherapist Kate Lough told the same programme:



"Having looked at some of the information on some of the cups - particularly the information about taking the cup out - it is not correct and is hard to understand. Using your pelvic floor muscles to bring the cup lower in the vagina is not correct."

She continued:

"Bearing down on the cup to push it within reach of your fingers is not good pelvic floor advice. It counters the advice women would be given to avoid prolapse."

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Stephanie Taylor, Managing Director of pelvic health company Kegel8 shows how to properly use a menstrual cup.

  1. Make sure both your menstrual cup and your hands are clean.
  2. Hold the base of your cup and flatten the opening, fold it in half vertically, so that the opening forms a ‘C’.
  3. Before you insert the cup, find a comfortable position. A menstrual cup doesn’t sit as high as a tampon; you should have approximately 1.5cm clear at the base.
  4. When you remove, check the cup has fully opened by giving the stem a gentle pull – if you feel some resistance then you’re good to go.

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Elaine Miller, a pelvic health physiotherapist, explained the best way to remove the cup that won’t contribute prolapse may also varies with the brand and, users should ensure the seal is broken before removing.



"Pinch it, or twist it, or get a finger in at the top of it to break the seal where there are little holes around the edge, but if you're pulling whilst the vacuum is still intact that's problematic,"

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She added:

"It's shocking that menstrual cups don't have to be regulated".

Mooncup said in a statement:

"We agree with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy calling for cups to be better regulated. In fact, shouldn't all internal sanitary products be better regulated?"



  

Problems may arise if misleading information circulates around for the proper use of menstruation cups and other products that being sold without any instruction.




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