Menstrual cups have grown in popularity in recent years, especially for environmental reasons. But a new trend emerges: use this cut to promote fertility. No scientific study has been carried out on this subject, but some couples claim to have succeeded in design thanks to this technique.
How would a menstrual cup help to get pregnant? Pregnancy takes place when a sperm meets an egg. But once in the vagina, the millions of sperm have to travel a difficult path before they reach their goal. Menstrual cups would help keep sperm close to the cervix, so that they have easier access to eggs. Some couples place the cup in the vagina right after ejaculation, and others fill the cup and then place it inside the vagina. They hope that this will give sperm a better chance.
Risk of disease
The problem, explain the specialists interviewed by She knows, is that this practice is potentially dangerous and inefficient. Indeed, although the sperm benefit from a lifespan of approximately five days in the body of the woman, they live only six hours at the level of the vagina.
Normally, they move quickly through the uterus and then through the fallopian tubes. This is where they wait for the egg to arrive. Leaving semen in a menstrual cup for several days in her vagina increases the risk of toxic bacteria overgrowth, and thus promotes diseases such as vaginitis.
The menstrual cup method is therefore not a “solution” to infertility. Standard relationships are still the best way to conceive, and couples who are having problems should instead consult a gynecologist and / or an endocrinologist before trying this type of method, advise She knows.