Periods are still a reticent event for many Indian girls and women, who are hesitant in opening up on menstrual health. In India, the topic has been taboo even today. In the era of innovation menstrual cups have become an advancement for menstrual products like pads tampon and cloth. Biodegradable menstrual cups are becoming popular and used worldwide.
What is a menstrual cup?
A menstrual cup is a reusable feminine hygiene device. It is worn as a replacement to pad and tampon which is inserted into the vagina during menstruation. The menstrual cup is made of silicon which causes no harm to the vagina. It acts as a storehouse of menstrual fluid which can be removed from the vagina and cleaned at the end of the day.
How to use it?
The menstrual cup can be inserted by folding it and slightly pushing it to the vagina. It will normally unfold automatically and create a light seal against the vaginal walls. It is easy if we sit on the floor and insert it. They can hold the period blood up to 12 hours, which can be emptied and reinserted in between 8-12 hours, depending on the amount of flow. They can be easily removed by pulling its stem which is at the base of the cup. Menstrual cups are much better when compared to pads or cloth as there is no leakage or spot formation. After each period they should be boiled in hot water which sterilizes it and keeps it ready for the next period arrival.
You can swim!
Participating in regular activities during periods is a big No for many women. You can engage yourself in many physical activities like swimming, water games, etc during periods if you wear menstrual cups. As the cups don’t let the menstrual blood to flow out, you can be tension free about the leakage.
Menstrual cups are cost-effective which saves the cost of buying pads or tampons every month. One menstrual cup lasts for about 10 years. They are available in medical stores and online shopping application at a reasonable price. The average price of a menstrual cup is around 350rs
Size and Usage
Menstrual cups come under smaller, medium, and larger sizes. Smaller cups are recommended for women who haven’t delivered vaginally, women in the early 20’s and light flow. Medium cups are for women who have medium flow and are normally built. Large cups are for women who are elder than 30 years and delivered a baby vaginally.