Menstrual cup, period cup, tampon cup, feminine cup, disposable menstrual cup, tampon alternatives, sanitary cup, silicone cups, female cup, reusable period cup, sanitary cup for periods, menstrual cycle cup, silicone cup for periods, feminine hygiene cup, cup for your period, menstrual productsA menstrual cup is a feminine hygiene product that is inserted into the vagina during menstruation. Its purpose is to prevent menstrual fluid (blood containing uterine lining) from leaking onto clothes. Menstrual cups are usually made of flexible medical grade silicone and shaped like a bell with a stem. The stem is used for insertion and removal. The bell-shaped cup seals against the vaginal wall just below the cervix. Every 4–24 hours (depending on the amount of flow), the cup is removed, emptied, rinsed, and reinserted.
Unlike tampons and pads, cups collect menstrual fluid rather than absorbing it. One cup is reusable. This makes their long-term cost lower than that of disposable tampons or pads, though the initial cost is higher.