PARIS – Inexpensive and reusable menstrual cups are safe and as unlikely as disposable pads or tampons to leak, according to the first major scientific review of the devices, published Wednesday.
Some 70 percent of women who have tried menstrual cups
Sanitary protection remains unavailable and unaffordable to many women around the world, the authors noted
This means monthly
In some cultures, girls or women unable to conceal a bleeding may face hostility, many girls and women are out of school or work at risk of urinary tract infections. even violence.
“Despite the fact that 1.9 billion women are globally are menstruating age – spending Penelope Phillips-Howard, a professor at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
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They are inserted into the vagina and emptied every 4 to 12 hours.
There are 2 types: a so-called vaginal cup which is generally bell-shaped, and a cervical cup which is placed in the vagina much like a diaphragm for contraception.
In four of the studies sanitary pads or tampons. ‘COST-EFFECTIVE’
There were, however, 5 reported cases of toxic shock syndrome (TSS), a potential life-threatening condition caused by bacteria getting into the body via foreign objects.
Since the overall number of menstrual cup users is unknown, researchers could not
Finally, the study calculated that a cup would cost 5 to 7 percent more than 12 pads or tampons.
But the cup is reusable and can last for up to 10 years, making it cheaper in the long run that disposable alternatives.
In some places, however, the cups may cost, as much as $ 40 apiece.
“For consumers purchasing menstrual products, as a safe and cost-effective option,” Julie Hennegan from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health said in a comment, The Lancet Public Health.
Yet, even in rich countries, only one fifth of women on average knew about the new devices.  Nearly 200 brands are available in 99 countries, but they were only mentioned in a third of websites with educational information and advice on puberty in 27 countries.