You have used pads and tampons and have been hearing the buzz about Menstrual Cups lately. But would you go ahead and use it?
The idea of putting something inside your body and let it to sit there for hours to collect blood is quite weird. We relate a menstrual cup to being gross, crunchy and inconvenient. It’s just a little out of the norms for us, especially in India.
The fact that we don’t know how to use a menstrual cup is again a hurdle in giving it a try. Some women find it icky to touch, use or remove the cup. But, don’t we anyway touch our lady parts while wearing pads or tampons? Don’t we wash our hands after changing them? So, let’s look at this whole product and break down it’s pros and cons in this blog post.
What is a menstrual cup?
A Menstrual Cup is basically a flexible cup designed for use inside the vagina during your period to collect menstrual blood. The cup actually collects the menstrual flow rather than absorbing it like tampons or pads do, acting like a seal. Most menstrual cups are made of silicone or rubber.
Advantages of a Menstrual Cup
- No harmful chemicals
Menstrual cups don’t contain chemicals! All brands of cups are made with medical grade silicon, which is free of the nasty chemicals contained in tampons and pads.
- Lower cost and less landfill waste
Menstrual cups usually last years and can be used over again and again in comparison to pads and tampons which you have to change. Since, you can reuse them there is less waste produced to clog over the landfills and also less trees are cut in order to produce other alternatives. Please read the description before buying menstrual cups as there are disposable ones available too!
- Less embarrassing odor
Since menstrual cups are inside the body, the fluid is not exposed to air which in turns creates less odor.
- Fewer visits to the pharmacy
Even if you replace a cup once a year, you would still save 11 visits to your nearest chemist.
- Vaginal pH and beneficial bacteria stay in place
Tampons absorb all the vaginal fluid with the blood which may disturb the delicate pH balance.
Disadvantages of a Menstrual Cup
The only reason people don’t opt the idea of using a menstrual cup is that it is very messy. You have to remove the blood, wash it and reuse it again which gives us the cringy feeling. Also, you can’t do it in public washrooms or office, who would bear that embarrassment?
- Difficulty of insertion
Menstrual cups can be tricky when it comes to inserting them in the vagina. Some find it easy to do, younger girls might find it difficult.
- Cup removal issues
Inserting is one problem and removing it carefully is another.
You have to sterilize the cup before using it with every cycle, either with a sterilizer or using boiling water.
- You might forget the cup is inside
Some women even forgot that the cup was inside them for days!
Clearly, the benefits are many but to use a menstrual cup is the decision that you can only make after trying one. They are safe and environmental friendly, you just have to be a little bit practical in using them.
In other news, Milind Soman – the man behind the fitness revolution in India was seen promoting Shecup at Pinkathon recently.
Shecup is made of health grade non-toxic non-allergic Silicone and is quality certified as per the US pharmacopeia norms making it an ideal solution to all health and environmental issues. It has also been appreciated and recommended by Senior Gynaecologists in India.
Now, it’s your turn.
Let me know in the comments below if you would be willing to use a menstrual cup or if you have used it then what has been your experience?