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!