Menstrual cups to be authorized for sale

The menstrual cups.

SEOUL: Menstrual cups can be used semipemanently, and for that, the product has been spotlighted in Korea following the socially triggering story of a low-income teenager who used a shoe insole instead of sanitary pads.

Feminine hygiene menstrual cups will be available soon in South Korea, government officials said Sunday.

According to the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, menstrual cups will officially be imported to the local market as early as July, when an import licence is issued.

The ministry said it is in the process of reviewing data submitted from a number of companies willing to produce or import menstrual cups, mainly examining the safety of products. It will issue an import permit application form to the selected firm as soon as possible.

Menstrual cups have been classified as quasi-drugs in Korea and are banned from the market, as their safety and efficacy have yet to be verified.

“The official importing process can be brought forward when the prior examination is done,” the ministry official said.

The menstrual cup is an alternative to sanitary pads and tampons and is made of silicone, which is inserted into the vagina during menstruation to catch menstrual blood. It has been gaining popularity for its affordability and convenience compared to other menstrual hygiene products.

In particular, the product has been spotlighted in Korea after the story of a low-income teenager using a shoe insole instead of pads became a hot topic, as the cup can be used semipermanently. - The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

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