Menstrual cups! – Let’s explore!!
What is a menstrual cup?
A 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)
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
- 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.
- 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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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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