Menstrual cups! – Let’s explore!!

Menstrual Cups - Pros and Cons

What is a menstrual cup?

menstrual cup is a type of feminine hygiene product which is made of flexible medical grade silicone, worn inside the vagina during menstruation to catch menstrual fluid (blood containing uterine lining)-Wikipedia.

What’s it really like to use a menstrual cup?

We are extremely squeamish while talking about periods, mainly due to societal stigma. To break this, SIM started a discussion on the menstrual cups. Simple Indian Moms shared their views and experiences of using menstrual cups instead of pads and tampons during their periods.

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The cup users

The users of the menstrual cups recommend them confidently as they are comfortable and you can sense liberty from unpleasant thoughts of periods. (Please find the views of the users in the right panel)

Non-users

Though, few of them don’t have the idea about the menstrual cups. Majority of the non-users are familiar with them, but have a lot of questions regarding the use and sanitary properties of the cup.

It looks scary to them to place something inside vagina. They inquire about usage, size, hygienic and any leakage during use.

After the clarification by the users from the peer group, non-users feel good to explore the menstrual cups.  Let’s understand our body to live healthy both mentally and physically.

Following are the compilation of views from the Simple Indian Moms to understand better about the menstrual cups

Pros

  • Comfortable. Comfortable through day to day activities.
  • Saves money and long-lasting. menstrual cups can last up to a decade with proper care, instead of spending lots of money on tampons and pads
  • Eco-friendly– reduces waste generated by pads and tampons
  • Chemical free-Unlike pads and tampons, menstrual cups don’t contain odor neutralizers, scents or other chemicals
  • Hygienic – It is hygienic and promotes better vaginal health. Tampons and pads absorb your natural vaginal fluid, which may increase the risk of bacterial infection. But the cup just collects the menstrual blood.

Cons

  • Inserting the cup and removing can be tricky. Be patient and practice, it’s so worth it.
  • Emptying the cup can be messy, but by practice, you can quickly get over it.
  • Young girls may find it difficult to insert the cups
  • Sometimes anatomy decides the fit. In case of having fibroids or a dropped uterus, proper fitting is not possible.
  • Need to sterilize properly after each cycle.

Need to learn to

  • Practice how to fold and insert a cup
  • Practice how to remove the cup.
  • Understand your flow and how often you should remove, clean and reinsert.
  • Relax the vaginal muscle which is important to insert and remove the cups.

A Small Recap of Discussion In Simple Indian Moms Facebook Group

Nilima likes the menstrual cups as they are comfortable, hygienic, no rashes and bad smell. She has a clear idea about the cups and recommends to all.  

Dipika likes the idea of using the cup still she can’t ditch the pads and confused whether it is hygienic or not?!

Divya assures that, once we started using the cups, would definitely fall in love to use it regularly! Her travels are comfortable during periods after she switched to the cups.

Sushoma has been using them for past 3 years, feels very comfortable and no infection, long-lasting and can even swim with it!!

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Silicone Menstrual Cups

The menstrual cups are really a life saver especially in the countries like India where the public toilets are hard to find and also icky.  The menstrual cups collect more blood than a pad or tampon, you can wait until you are home to remove it. So go for it, Ladies!!

 

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How To Use Menstrual Cups - Pros and Cons
How To Use Menstrual Cups – Pros and Cons

17 Comments on How To Use Menstrual Cups – Pros and Cons

  1. I’ve seen this menstrual cup, but I never tried using it. I feel more comfortable with pads. I’m a clumsy and active person and I think this cup won’t suit me.

  2. thanks so much for sharing how it is to be used. I have bought one but was not sure how to wear it.

  3. To be honest I have heard about menstrual cups before but I never considered using them. Thanks for raising awareness, you definitely answered all the questions that I had in my mind.

  4. Menstrual cups are the thing of the future. More and more women are using them now and with more awareness about them I am sure more women will consider them.

  5. These cups look really handy, but a little complicated too. I guess like with anything you get used to it after some while. I do like the impact it would have on the environment using one of these though as it’s just one product and no plastic waste.

  6. This was interesting to read. I don’t know too many who use these so I really knew nothing about them!

  7. It’s good that you listed the pros and cons. Def want to consider all things.

  8. I’ve been using menstrual cups since I worked in Korea because sanitary napkins are quite expensive. I think this is still not widely patronized here in the Philippines knowing that menstrual cup is really hard to insert when you are a virgin.

  9. I tried these once, but they just weren’t for me. Although my daughter uses one and loves it. So I guess it’s a good thing for some! 🙂

  10. Last month when I visited my gynecologyst for my 6month PAP test, I asked him about those and he was negative (he is even negative about tampons, he allows meto wear them only when I work out).
    I really don’t know, also menstrual cups are not so known in Greece xx
    xoxo MonsterFrogaki (MyLifeasFoteini)

  11. I have been curious about menstrual cups but have not yet used them. I would like to give one a try as I love that there are no chemicals and no need to purchase tampons.

  12. I haven’t used it ever. Though I have read about it previously. I have only one question, does it hurt?

  13. This was actually such a helpful post! I must admit that when I have seen them advertised I have felt a bit squeamish so reading this has given me a great insight!

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