Don’t ‘Whisper’ Break free!
ALERT: This article is for all the women who are not aware of MENSTRUAL CUPS, who are on the fence and unable to decide, and for those who have misconceptions about them. You may feel gross at times, but I’ve tried to keep it as raw as possible so that you make a wise choice once you finish this read.
Menstruation remains something that must be shrouded and hushed. Globally, around half of the female population is in the menstruating age but talks about menstruation are always in euphemisms like ‘That time of the month’ ‘Aunt flo’ ‘crimson tide’ etc. Even the discussions on menstrual hygiene are always in ‘whispers’ (no pun intended).
Menstrual hygiene is of utmost importance because failing to do so can cause bacterial or fungal infections to the reproductive tract. According to BBC magazine, a whopping 70 % of Indian women suffer from reproductive part infections due to poor menstrual hygiene practices. Though it is advisable to use clean and proper sanitary products, most women do not use them because of lack of knowledge, misconceptions and mainly because they are unaffordable and non-reusable.
In such conditions, the most affordable, reusable, and eco-friendly option is Menstrual cups.
What are menstrual cups?
A menstrual cup is a small funnel-shaped cup made of silicone and is inserted into the vagina to collect the period fluid. Nowadays, most of the cups are made of medical-grade silicone because they are flexible and skin-friendly.
Why aren’t they widely used?
In my opinion, they aren’t popular mainly because of the below-mentioned reasons.
Though economical and eco-friendly, the menstrual cups had lost their prominence gradually. Lately, menstrual cups have increased in numbers in the recent past because of the awareness to reduce disposable sanitary waste.
Benefits of using a menstrual cup:
Though menstrual cups are mostly a safe option, a few issues could be the deal-breaker.
I have been using a menstrual cup for six months now, and I can say that it is more advantageous when compared to the other menstrual products. It is almost hassle-free. At times it is as comfortable as not having a period at all. I can easily swim, run, and do intense exercises during my periods. So if you are on the fence, take the plunge.
Try the menstrual cup and experience a hassle-free period! You will thank me later for suggesting a menstrual cup.
HAVE A HAPPY PERIOD!