Approximately 1.8 billion individuals menstruate every month. Therefore, the need for effective and affordable menstrual products is paramount.1 Most widely available menstrual products, such as sanitary pads and tampons, are disposable and of high plastic content; menstrual products in the US alone contribute to 240 000 tons of solid waste per year.2 The menstrual cup is a typically reusable, flexible, self-retaining intravaginal menstrual fluid collection device. Increasing public knowledge and acceptance of the reusable menstrual cup can reduce waste, simplify menstrual hygiene, and provide accessibility for resource-poor communities. Although disposable products may be convenient because they do not require cleaning, menstruating individuals may be motivated to use menstrual cups for environmental concerns and reduced need for purchasing hygiene supplies. For many menstruating individuals, and some clinicians, there are persistent concerns related to menstrual hygiene product safety outside of the use of sanitary pads. The goal of this article is to expand clinician knowledge about the safety and best practices of menstrual cup use to support patients who choose this product.
Sign in to take quiz and track your certificates
JN Learning™ is the home for CME and MOC from the JAMA Network. Search by specialty or US state and earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from articles, audio, Clinical Challenges and more. Learn more about CME/MOC
CME Disclosure Statement: Unless noted, all individuals in control of content reported no relevant financial relationships. If applicable, all relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.
Corresponding Author: Judith Simms-Cendan, MD, Division of Pediatric Adolescent Gynecology, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, 1120 NW 14th St, Miami, FL 33136 (Jss153@med.miami.edu).
Published Online: March 17, 2023. doi:10.1001/jama.2023.1172
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
Credit Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this Journal-based CME activity activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to:
It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit.
You currently have no searches saved.
You currently have no courses saved.