How Long Does a Ruby Cup Last
Menstrual cups such as the Ruby Cup are the perfect reusable alternative to tampons. When properly cleaned and stored a ruby cup should last at least 10 years replacing hundreds if not thousands of tampons and dramatically reducing both the amount of waste you produce and the money you spend as a result of your monthly cycle.
The Ruby Cup like most menstrual cups is made from 100% soft medical grade silicone. This means it is toxin free, and contains no latex, bleach or plastics. The other benefit of using silicone is that it is an incredibly stable material that lasts a really long time and can withstand extremes of temperature. This is the same grade of silicone that is used during surgery and so with proper care thereís no real reason your cup couldnít last more than ten years.
Silicone is a great material for menstrual cups as it is soft and flexible but also easy to clean as it can be sterilised by boiling in water. The only thing that can really damage a Ruby cup is sharp objects, so you need to be aware of that when storing your cup and make sure that the cup isnít damaged as it would then need replacing early. As it will obviously not be effective if it has holes in.
The other reason you may need to replace your menstrual cup early is if you have a baby as many women find they need a different size after giving birth. But considering you are saving money with a Ruby Cup after just 5 or 6 months itís generally worth getting one whatever stage in life you are at and replacing it if you need to. Plus, if you choose the larger cup to begin with because you have a heavy flow then you shouldnít need to change it.
One reason people often think they have to replace their Ruby cup is discoloration of the silicone. Discoloration is normal over time and not a reason you should need to replace the cup providing it is otherwise in good condition.
How Often Do You Have to Change a Ruby Cup?
As well as wanting to know how long a menstrual cup will last over all women are also curious as to how often they should change their Ruby Cup.
A Ruby Cup will hold approximately the same amount of liquid as 3 super tampons meaning that for many women who donít have a particularly heavy flow they could only need to change it every 12 hours or morning and evening which makes the cups incredibly convenient compared to other sanitary products.
The heavier your flow the more often you will need to empty the cup of course, but this will be less often than the frequency with which you needed to change a tampon. There is however advice that suggested you should empty a menstrual cup every 8 hours to prevent possible bacteria build up that could lead to toxic shock syndrome.
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