I’ve had several readers send me articles and/or questions about menstrual cups over the last couple months. I didn’t know too much about them off the top of my head from a research perspective - and prior to about 3 weeks ago I had never used one either. There are tons of Youtube channels and blogs devoted to menstrual cups. But one thing I learned as I worked on this post is that they are mostly anecdotal, meaning a woman tries all different cups and then relays that info. Which is great! But let’s explore some of the science/research behind this new trend in women’s hygiene.
Turn on the TV and I'm sure you'll see at least one ad for a female hygiene product. Something with gorgeous gal spinning around smiling or images of waterfalls to "make you fresher" and "rid yourself of odor". These ads imply that if we don't use the product then we are going to be dirty and smelly. Look at all these ads from the last few decades!