Women Use Menstrual Cups To Try To Conceive: Here’s What The Experts Say

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Can using menstrual cups help speed up conception? This is what the experts say. (False images)

Getting pregnant can take time. And when you are ready to have a child and want to have one as soon as possible, it is understandable that some want to speed up the process.

well there is a trick that is floating on the internet that’s definitely unusual. Various women online they swear they got pregnant faster using a menstrual cup. Specifically, women will insert the cup after intercourse to try to keep sperm close to their cervix, the entrance to the uterus.

Menstrual cups, in case you’re not familiar with them, are reusable alternatives to tampons that are designed to collect period blood during that time of the month. But is this an effective way to speed up conception? And is there any risk involved with that? This is what you need to know.

Can a menstrual cup help you get pregnant?

There have been no scientific studies on this, so it is very difficult to say for sure, Dr Christine Greves, an OB-GYN at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, tells Yahoo Life. “So many factors go into getting pregnant,” she says. “It’s very difficult to say for sure.”

But “theoretically, keeping sperm closer to the cervix could help increase the chance of pregnancy.” Dr Iris Insogna of the Columbia University Fertility Center, tells Yahoo Life, adding that “cervical caps have been marketed for this purpose.”

The theory behind the use of cervical caps (which can also be used during intercourse to try to prevent pregnancy) to help with conception “is that they increase the time sperm spend near the cervix and may help improve chances of sperm moving through the cervix. into the uterus and then into the fallopian tube, where fertilization with a recently ovulated egg can occur,” explains Insogna.

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The concept is the same with a menstrual cup, women’s health expert Dr. Jennifer Wider, he tells Yahoo Life. “The idea is that the menstrual cup acts as a blockage, encouraging sperm to move in one direction toward the cervix and the gateway to the uterus,” she says. “It increases the chances that the sperm will reach the egg.”

But Insogna says that she is a little worried about going down this road. “These cups have not been specifically designed or tested for this purpose,” she says. “I like to practice evidence-based medicine and there is currently no data to support the use of menstrual cups for conception.”

Ok, but is it safe to try this?

Yes..that. “It’s a fairly low-risk option, but not without risk,” says Wider. “Keeping the menstrual cup in place for an extended period of time can increase the risk of an infection such as yeast or bacterial overgrowth, leading to bacterial vaginosis.”

Going this route can also lengthen the time you wait to seek help from a doctor or fertility specialist if you’re having trouble conceiving, Insogna says. “If you’re having trouble conceiving, you should talk to your doctor first and consider seeing a fertility specialist,” she says. “We can assess various factors that could be contributing to someone’s difficulty conceiving and can identify the most effective ways to help.”

Still, if you’re trying to conceive on your own, have never had any problems in the past, and just want to see if this makes a difference, Greves says you’re probably fine with trying, considering “there’s no harm in using one for menstruation.” She adds: “It doesn’t seem like there’s a huge risk with this.”

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