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UIC Receives NIH Grant to Study Whether Menstrual Cups Prevent Vaginal Infections

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health will conduct a study to determine how the use of menstrual cups helps prevent vaginal infections and sexually transmitted infections.

[Photo: Dr. Supriya Mehta]

“One of the most common vaginal infections, bacterial vaginosis, doubles the risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV,” said Dr. Supriya Mehta, associate professor of epidemiology and principal investigator on the study. “If we can better understand how using the menstrual cup reduces the risk for bacterial vaginosis, we can also start building a stronger case for cup use to reduce HIV as well.”

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