Studies related to Vaginal Irritation and Menstrual Cups

Acceptability And Performance Of The Menstrual Cup In South Africa: A Randomized Crossover Trial Comparing The Menstrual Cup To Tampons Or Sanitary Pads

Effect None
Values 1% reported vaginal irritation with cup use compared to 1% of pad/tampon users
Trial Design Randomized trial
Trial Length 1-6 months
Number of Subjects 110
Sex Female
Age Range 18-29, 30-44
Notes for this study:
In this randomized crossover trial, 110 females in Durban, South Africa, were assigned to use a menstrual cup for three consecutive menstrual cycles followed or preceded by "usual products" (pads/tampons) for three consecutive menstrual cycles. Only one participant had previously used a menstrual cup, while the majority (89%) reported mostly using a pad. Comfort, quality, blood collection, appearance, and preference for each method were assessed by questionnaires at baseline and monthly follow-up visits.
During the first 2 menstrual cycles with a cup, some participants reported difficulties, including pain with insertion (n=10) and vaginal irritation (n=1). However, by month 3, menstrual cups resulted in higher satisfaction for convenience, leakage, comfort, quality, wear time, and appearance compared to usual products, and 91% of participants stated they would continue to use the cup rather than pads/tampons.

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