Menstruation is the most natural monthly process which recurs over roughly 40 years of a woman’s life. So it is but natural that we, as women would want to find the best possible solution to mange our periods with the least amount of discomfort – some of us already have a full plate with cramps and mood swings as it is!
Gone are the days when only two options existed in the market – pads and tampons. Although, pads are still quite popular in India and tampons have taken over the western world; growing environmental consciousness have given birth to many new alternatives that don’t choke up the already-full landfills. One such alternative that has seen a lot of acceptance in recent times is the menstrual cup.
However, trying out new products to manage menstruation can be an extremely scary and uncomfortable experience. That’s why it’s always good to do a fair amount of research before deciding to try something new. Have you always wanted to shift to menstrual cups and to have a zero-waste period but have always been apprehensive to give it a shot? Don’t worry ladies; we’ve got this covered for you - check out the pros and cons and we’re sure you’ll come to a conclusion soon enough!
What is a menstrual cup?
First thing’s first – you need to know what the product is and how it works. A menstrual cup is exactly what the name suggests – a cup made for the days you menstruate. This cup is inserted into the vagina and gets lodged using a suction mechanism to stay securely in position inside your vagina, without leaking. This cup collects all the menstrual blood and can be worn for up to 12 hours.
There are two kinds of menstrual cups – disposable ones and reusable cups. Needless to say, if you’re shifting to cups to make a change and go easy on the environment, you should opt for the reusable menstrual cups.
The reusable cups at The Woman’s Company are made of medical grade silicone and can be used for up to 10 years, if maintained properly.
How do you use a re-usable menstrual cup and what should be kept in mind when using one?
As stated above, menstrual cups can be worn for up to 12 hours or until they are full. When it’s time to change, carefully pull out the menstrual cup by pinching it from the bottom – never use the stem to pull out the cup. Drain the blood in the pot or sink, rinse the cup with water and insert it again.
However, remember to boil the cup at the beginning of your cycle, before inserting it for the first time; and at the end of the cycle, before you pack it until your next period – this is important because the cup is going inside your body so you want to sterilize it properly to avoid any infections.
Pros and Cons of Menstrual Cups
The pros of menstrual cups may actually pulverize some of that hesitation to try them out!
Every coin has two sides; however, the pros definitely outweigh the cons. You’ll see!
Menstrual cups are meant for you if:
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