Why should you use a menstrual cup?
In the last few years, the use of menstrual cups has increased manifold. Still, there are a lot of women who are oblivious to the magical hygienic powers of a menstrual cup. As you know, a menstrual cup is a reusable sanitary product. They are made from medical grade soft silicone. Mostly irritant-free because of the absence of bleach, toxins, dyes or latex.
Usage of Menstrual cups:
Just like a tampon, a menstrual cup is worn internally but rather than absorbing the menstrual fluid. It collects the same. The fluid can then be emptied into the toilet. All you must take care of while using a menstrual cup is that it is correctly inserted into the vagina.
How to insert:
- Find a position that is comfortable either standing or sitting.
- Now press the opposite sides of the cup together and vertically fold the cup in half.
- Hold the fold between the thumb and the forefinger. Now push the curved edge of the cup into the vagina.
- Following the natural angle of your vagina fully insert the menstrual cup. There is no need to push it up high the vaginal muscle will keep it in place.
- Then grasp the base and rotate it to ensure that it is entirely unfolded.
If you find the stem long, cut it to your preferred size. To keep your hygiene in check, regularly wash the cup with some hot water and mild soap. You will have to empty, rinse and reinsert your cup every six to eight hours depending upon your flow. Also, it can be safely used overnight unlike tampons.
Comparison of Menstrual Cups with Tampons, Pads:
|Vaginal Environment||Menstrual cups do not interfere with vaginal environment.||Tampons absorb 35% natural moisture and 65% menstrual fluid. So, Tampons can cause vaginal dryness.||It doesn’t have any contact with the Vagina.|
|Use of chemicals||Menstrual cups are made from medical grade silicon which is free of noxious chemicals.||Tampons are made from synthetic fibres which likely contains harmful chemicals.||Pads have added fragrances which are nothing short of harmful chemicals.|
|Sensitive skin||Menstrual cups are perfectly suitable for women with sensitive skin because of use of silicon.||Tampons are not suitable for women with sensitive skin because of use of synthetic fibres and deodorisers||Pads are not suitable for women with sensitive skin because it can cause rashes if left untouched for long.|
|Toxic Shock Syndrome||Menstrual cups are not related to any toxic shock syndrome.||Fibre of tampons produces toxins that lead to toxic shock syndrome.||Pads are not related to any toxic shock syndrome.|
|Safety||Menstrual cups can work for longer hours without leakage because of the unparalleled protection because of the suction of cup’s rim.||Even the most super absorbent tampons cannot be successful for more than 4 hours. If it exceeds 4 hours, it will lead to a leakage.||Pads cause a lot of leakage because of shifting positions and different sleeping and sitting patterns of women.|
|Cost||Menstrual cup is a one-time investment as one cup can last for decades. A high quality menstrual cup costs around Rs 1000-2000.||An average woman spends around Rs 5000-6000 on tampons every year.||An average woman spends around Rs 6000-7000 on pads every year.|
|Environment concern||Menstrual cups are reusable hence, there are no environmental concerns related.||Thousands of tampons are irresponsibly flushed into the drainage systems which add to the environmental issues.||An average woman throws away around 120 kg of pads in the garbage. Because of lack of solid waste management, they are not decomposed and harms the environment.|