A bell-shaped cup that is supposed to give you comfortable, safe, odorless and eco-friendly period time of 12 hours a day! A much better alternative to pads and tampons. And to top it up it’s reusable and lasts for as long as 10 years if used properly. – This is what I had read about menstrual cups. A description that would make any girl want to try it out… and why not! It sounds like it can save a lot of time, money and will be stress free while travelling and its eco-friendly!!
And these were the exact reasons why I wanted to try a menstrual cup myself. A frequent traveler that I am, I do not like taking medicines if I have to travel during my periods. And I believe no one should… it can have harsh side-effects in the long run. I am dead against it being a health and hygiene freak. And the cup has been helpful in these times.
While menstrual cup has already made a place in the international market, it’s a totally different story in India. In India its still to be accepted and the awareness has not been on a large scale. The knowledge about menstrual cup in India still remains very very limited and a lot of it is to be blamed on the stigma of talking about “vagina” and “periods” and “period bloods” and for that matter “intimate hygiene”. And I seriously think it’s high time we get over it and accept it as a natural phenomenon, as natural as breast milk! Oh wait… that is a stigma too… you cannot talk about breast or breastmilk or breast feeding, that’s obscene!!!
Well on a serious note… from all the reviews that I have read from ladies worldwide, I strongly feel that menstrual cup and intimate hygiene and health needs better promotion and awareness in India.Everteen is one such company in India that is working their way to improve intimate health and hygiene with their products.
How do you choose a menstrual cup size?
Most menstrual cups come in two sizes while a few brands offer three. The sizes however generally differ from anywhere between 20 – 30 ml for small and 30 – 40 ml for large. Generally, a size S works just fine for you if do not have a really large flow.
How To Wear and Remove a Menstrual Cup
Here is a step by step guide on using a menstrual cup –
- Sterilize the cup in boiling water for 3 – 5 minutes.
- Clean your hands.
- Fold the cup and insert slowly. The best way to insert the cup is while sitting on a commode and pushing it in. Once the cup is fully inside let it pop open.
- Reach and feel the cup, it should not have any noticeable folds. If you feel there are any dents then gently hold the base of the cup(*not the stem) and rotate to unfold and adjust.
- To remove – Slightly pull the stem while pushing the cup down with your abdominal muscle. Ping the cup to release the suction and slowly pull it out. It should be easy to pull out once the suction is released.
- **Avoid removing the cup by pulling the stem in the first go, it will be uncomfortable. Release the suction first to make it easy and comfortable.
- Empty the filled cup and wash thoroughly.
- Wipe it dry and reinsert.
It takes a while to get comfortable with using the cup but its just a matter of time. Trust me it’s so convenient that you will become dedicated to it gradually.
Reasons to use a Menstrual cup(Pros)
The first reason that made me want to shift to a menstrual cup was that, it is environmentally sustainable! I have been trying to reduce on my plastic consumption and pads and tampons haven’t been helping much in it. And these cups help in waste management too.
There are a lot of arguments on the different ingredients used in sanitary products. Such as fragrances for freshness and other chemicals whose residue has been found. Their effects can be harmful in the long run.
One big concern I had with pads and tampons is that it causes dryness. Even the organic ones had this problem. But as the menstrual cup only collects and not absorbs the fluid, I felt no dryness.
You don’t have to change the cup too often, which I find really convenient. While pads and tampons should not be worn more than 5 – 6 hours and cup can sustain upto 12 hours in normal flow. And by any chance if you be a little late, there is not embarrassing leak moments like you face with pads and tampons.
It saves you money! The monthly spending factor and pharmacy store trips does not stay.
Cons of using a menstrual cup
The first disadvantage of using a menstrual cup is, it can be messy while removing it. And a lot of you might have that feeling… ‘why would I want to deal with period blood like that?!’ but… it’s just your blood so I don’t think it should be a big deal, but still lets just take it as a disadvantage of using one.
The second disadvantage is finding yourself the correct fit. It’s always a good idea to research a little bit before you get your hands on it.
Though I don’t really find any other disadvantage from my side
And just in case you want to try your hands on them, here are a few links to help you get them while they are in offer –