Im selling Menstrual Cups now! And they are made out of silicone. Many people have asked me if silicone is really safe. I never really thought about it…it just seemed that if you give it to your baby for feeding (bottle nipples), bake cupcakes in it, and for those who enhance their bodies by inserting silicone in various shapes into their bodies (breast and butt implants) then inserting a menstrual cup into your vagina should be cool…right?
Not good enough Skai…so, it made me do some Research (Google) on what this substance is:
It is a man-made polymer, but instead of a carbon backbone like plastic, it has a backbone of silicon and oxygen. (Note that I’m using two different words here: silicone is the polymer and silicon, spelled without the “e” on the end, is an ingredient in silicone.) Silicon is an element found in silica, i.e., sand, one of the most common materials on earth. However, to make silicone, silicon is extracted from silica (it rarely exists by itself in nature) and passed through hydrocarbons to create a new polymer with an inorganic silicon-oxygen backbone and carbon-based side groups. What that means is that while the silicon might come from a relatively benign and plentiful resource like sand, the hydrocarbons in silicone come from fossil sources like petroleum and natural gas. So silicone is a kind of hybrid material.” (Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, p. 277)
Studies have found that small amounts of siloxane, compounds found in silicone, migrate into foods baked in silicone bake ware. The amounts involved were dependent on fat content—the more fat a food had, the more siloxanes were transferred. For the most part, these amounts were well within regulatory limits (60 milligrams per kilogram of food). Bottle nipples that are made of silicone are considered inert and non-toxic because while using them they are not put under extreme heat as in baking 300+ degrees.
Menstrual cups are made of medical grade silicone are silicones tested for biocompatibility and are appropriate to be used for medical applications. They are considered safe,non-toxic and inert. Implants are less safe because they have been known to leach into the system.
I hope this bit of information helps!
Peace and Love Skai