Ditch Those Tampons for Menstrual Cups to Spice Up Your Sex Life

menstrual cup.Tampon users, please listen carefully! If you want a great sex life then switch from a tampon to a menstrual cup, suggests a new study.

The menstrual cup is a type of feminine hygiene product which is inserted into the vagina during period to collect menstrual fluid. Unlike tampons, a cup collects menstrual blood rather than absorbing it like tampons or sanitary pads do. On top of that, a menstrual cup can be cleaned and reused, and can be worn for up to 8-12 hours before needing to be emptied.

Usually made of medical grade silicone, the flexible, bell-shaped cup is said to reduce dryness and help the pelvic floor muscles, also known as vaginal muscles, stay strong.

Now findings from a new survey show using menstrual cups can actually improve your sex life.
On Menstrual Hygiene Day yesterday, a Swedish feminine hygiene company Intimina conducted a survey, asking 1,500 women about their experience since swapping tampons for a menstrual cup.

In the survey, over a quarter of the respondents said their sex lives had improved since they ditched tampons for the cup, while nearly half said they slept better since they switched.

The surveyors believe, since the cups are known to reduce dryness and strengthen the vaginal muscles, they improve comfort of the wearer and make them to experience better time between the sheets.

Of the women surveyed, 26 percent said their sex life had improved since they switched from tampon to using a cup, thanks to decreased dryness and improved vaginal tone; 46 percent said their sleep was better; 84 percent said they felt more confident during their period and 78 percent of women felt more comfortable with their body.

Furthermore, 66 percent of women questioned for the survey reported decrease in vaginal dryness; 34 percent suffered fewer and less severe cramps; and 62 percent reported less menstrual odour.

When asked about why they ditched tampons for a menstrual cup, the women surveyed gave the following top five reasons: For health benefits (cups are made from 100 percent medical grade silicone); for the longer wear time (can be worn for up 12 hours before emptying); to save money (25-pound cup can be reused for up to 10 years); to help protect the environment (One cup replaces early 3,250 tampons); and for comfort (menstrual cup collects fluid instead of absorbing it).

Since a menstrual cup is much cheaper than buying tampons or pads every month and very durable, it could be the right device for women to go for it and give it a try. The cups are available in various formations and sizes, and can easily be found at drug stores or can be bought online.