The arrival of our monthly visitor is like that unwanted guest who you simply cannot avoid! The apprehension starts taking women down a few days in advance in worry of how tasks for the next week will be handled. Your exercise routine, a planned travel (with an unexpected period date) and, well, you know the deal. For us women, menstruation dampens all the spirit with the irritability that sanitary napkins bring along. We weigh and plan activities around this week, probably missing out on a few favourite things we love to do.
The good news is, we have an antidote to handling this natural process in a much better way – the menstrual cup!
A menstrual cup is made from body friendly silicone which is medically approved and is the same material that is used in surgeries. The cup, all of 7cms, seems like too big to be inserted but you’ll be surprised at how accommodating our body is! The basic fundamental of the cup is staying inside by creating a vacuum or suction and that is what keeps it put (really well). The cup collects menstrual blood with no bloody mess on the outside, which is a complete win-win situation.
So how does all this help, in any way? The menstrual cup is a bliss for women who love activities and don’t want to be let down by daily chores when on periods. The cup is your ticket to freedom when it comes to:
We can imagine the cloud of concern that hovers over you when there’s a trip planned around your dates (or unexpected dates!). Right from carrying (read hiding) sanitary napkins, changing and disposing it off – everything is a strategy chalked out in your head. With cups, it’s a breezy process that can be inclusive of all those activities that you probably avoid on a trip, for the fear of spotting or the simple irritation of napkins.
Menstrual cups are fairly simple to carry, insert and remove. The only fact you need to prioritise is hygiene while inserting/removing it. Whether it’s taking a dip in the ocean or getting that adrenaline rush high, cups will let you free!
A week off from exercise during menstruation? Not anymore, literally no excuses! Swimming, running, cycling – you name it, and we say it’s absolutely possible. The biggest advantage that the cup provides is of being able to stay inside for a stretch of 8-10 hours, except on heavy flow days. With a long stretch-worry out of your head, cups help you focus better on your health this way.
3) Daily Chores
Daily chores seem like too much to do with that itchy-wet feeling and the idea of seeing blood in between. But as we have been repeatedly mentioning, sanitary napkins are quite responsible for the irritation during this time. With a cup, the only reminder of periods will be the cramps and if not that as well, it’s like any other normal day, isn’t it?
4) Stay-At- Home Women
Home is where lies a whole lot of work and there’s just no stopping at anything. In fact, homely chores require strength and the will to keep moving without any pauses. But this will takes a u-turn once menstruation rings that bell! Or does it? Menstrual cups are a convenient option that can help you handle homely tasks without any glitch. And you can always take rest when the pain comes calling!
Life should go on as normally as possible for menstruation is a natural process for women. It should not have to be ‘dealt-with’. Switching to cups is just the right answer to welcome this monthly visitor!
A lot of women the world over are switching to menstrual cups, the new-easy way to go through your periods. In the wake of environment friendly and hygienic periods, the switch has been quite sudden and more aware. All in all, we’re glad the shift has come, better late than never!
But with anything new comes the reluctance of trying it and that’s completely natural. Some inhibitions can be overcome only after being convinced, and so, here we are. First and foremost, all the issues are just in the head. The very first step is to shun these thoughts of not being able to try something new. Order the cup and everything good will follow, take this idea with an open mind.
Here are the most common issues we’ve come across:
A foreign body:
The fear of inserting a foreign body is the primary issue that every woman thinks of. Trust us, it’s not bad at all. It’s more about the psychological block than anything else. Silicone cups use medically graded material which is absolutely fine to be inserted in the body. What makes the insertion easy, is the menstrual blood itself.
This is a concern for some as they find it unhygienic, but it’s absolutely the opposite! Sanitary napkins or tampons are exposed which is more unhygienic, causes itching and smells bad. Menstrual cup avoids these issues and because there is no oxidization of blood, there are no chances of infection or breeding bacteria. It is hygienic for the environment too as it does not involve disposing waste but a simple flush of fluids.
Placement of cervix:
A lot of confusion revolves around picking the size of the cup according to the placement of cervix. Menstrual cup brings a beautiful opportunity to understand the anatomy of your body. Ideally, the vaginal canal is 10 cms long and the cervix is above the canal of 3-4 cms in length, with an expected variation of 2-3 cms. The length of any cup is 7 cms, so quite clearly, measuring the cervix is not required. Exceptional cases would include that of prolapse, in which case using a menstrual cup is not possible.
Image source – The Vagina Monologues
Life of the cup:
is at least 10 years, unless lost. If maintained well, the cup can stay longer than 10 years!
No diseases pop as side effects of the cup. To avoid any infection, emptying the cup latest by 10 hours is highly recommended. Ideally, the cup should be emptied every 8 hours.
Toxic Shock Syndrome:
Sanitary napkins and tampons are linked to causing TSS.
TPE vs Silicone:
Most menstrual cups are made of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) or silicone. Cups made from silicone are medically approved and the material is the same as used in cosmetic surgeries. These are more durable and are firm in texture which makes folding, inserting and removing the cup a smooth process. TPE cups tend to be less durable and some cases regarding their porous nature have been disliked by many.
We hope this aids the switch and all your concerns have been addressed. The easiest way is to order the cup and try it. Once this happens, you’ll never look at menstruation the same way again.
Menstrual Periods have long been looked down upon for all the taboos and all the pains related to it (pun intended). Mothers or grandmas are not so open to talk about it and girls are often left in the lurking, trying to figure out what hormonal changes are taking place in the body. And once you are accustomed to this monthly visitor, it is one factor that makes you so moody for the one week that it stays. Has it ever crossed your mind why?
Apart from all the judgmental opinions and random opinions, a major factor that keeps you at the edge of your patience is the process to deal with menstruation. Sanitary napkins, the itchy and wet feeling are all responsible for your mood to go haywire. Surprisingly, it is all psychological once you get rid of sanitary napkins; and you can check this for a fact, with women who are using menstrual cups.
The downside of sanitary napkins or tampons begins with the chemicals used in them which can be harmful for your body. Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is being talked about all around and it is one issue you need to be aware of. It is caused by a bacteria that can be found due to certain types of highly absorbent tampons, in cases of menstruation, and ignored cases can lead to death.
Did you know? Sanitary pads and tampons take hundreds of years to decompose and on an average, one woman leaves behind 17,000 sanitary napkins on the planet. That’s a lot of non-degradable stuff that one woman is responsible for! If this is a fact that made you think about an eco-friendly way to go through periods, then your answer is menstrual cups.
Quick information about the cup:
➔ Menstrual cups are fast picking up pace as favourites in India, while they have been around for almost 10 years in other countries.
➔ The cup is made from absolutely body-friendly silicone that is used in cosmetic surgeries and hence, is safe to be inserted inside the body.
➔ The soft material of the cup is a factor that helps menstruation be easy and is also the reason why it is fairly simple to remove and insert the cup.
➔ It takes about 3-4 cycles to understand the insertion/removal method, to gauge when the cup is full and to get the cup into your period routine.
➔ Once inserted, the cup is safe to be kept inside the body for about 8-10 hours. Except on heavy flow days when you might need to empty it frequently.
All that you want to know about these little cups of joy, is right here. Complete with the pros and cons:
❏ First and foremost, this is the most eco-friendly way to go through menstruation without producing any toxic waste for the planet. Body friendly silicone used for these cups is reusable and can last up to years, unless lost or damaged.
❏ Based on personal experiences, the first change women world over noticed is how hygienic using cups is. No smell, no blood on the outside and no itching. Sterilising the cup before and after use makes sure everything is disinfected, unlike storing unused pads for a longer time and using them when required.
❏ Women also agreed that they got to understand their body better and their comfort level with their own bodies increased.
❏ Pocket-friendly! The cost of the cup is redeemed in one year of its use as it totals up to the money spent on sanitary napkins and tampons in a year. Plus, reusing it for years ahead is more than redeemed!
❏ Can be used while exercising, including swimming!
❏ Sterilising the cup in an emergency can be troublesome. Especially when you’re travelling.
❏ Some women find it uncomfortable to sterilise the cup, in the presence of the whole family.
❏ Some women might not be comfortable with inserting something inside their vagina.
We personally recommend trying to use menstrual cups at least once, and we can vouch for the fact that you wouldn’t want to go back to using sanitary napkins/tampons after that!