Menstrual Cup, break the taboo

When someone suggests a Menstrual Cup to you; how do you generally react? Do you cringe, roll your eyes or just think NOT ME! If you did exactly that – let me tell you, I was at your place 2 years ago, and that is why exactly we should talk more about it Menstrual Cups, break the taboo. ( Cupverted in 2017)

Why do women still hesitate and have a huge barrier to switching to cups? Keep reading more, to learn about the goodness cups can bring into your life. Today is World menstrual hygiene day, so let’s talk about Menstrual Cup

Menstrual Cup, break the taboo

What is a Menstrual Cup?

menstrual cup is a feminine hygiene product that is inserted into the vagina during menstruation. Its purpose is to prevent menstrual fluid (blood containing uterine lining) from leaking onto clothes. Menstrual cups are usually made of flexible medical grade silicone and shaped like a bell with a stem.
The stem is used for insertion and removal. The bell-shaped cup seals against the vaginal wall just below the cervix. Every 4–12 hours (depending on the amount of flow), the cup is removed, emptied, rinsed, and reinserted. After each period, the cup should be boiled for at least 1-2 minutes and stored for use the next month. ( Definition picked from Wikipedia)
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The menstrual cup was invented in 1937 by American actress Leona Chalmers. She patented the design of menstrual cup which was made from latex rubber. She was the first one to market and patent the device. 

One of the biggest challenges with talking about menstrual cups is the taboo that women associate with it. It is NOT welcomed with an open mind and many women feel ashamed of mentioning it or even discussing it. But the question arises? 

Why? 98% of women still waver between using a pad or a tampon? Here are some of my observations –

  1. Women freak about the thought of touching a cup with bare hands
  2. they think it will be a mess and a load of cleaning is required
  3. the process of insertion and removal is a HUGE mental block
  4. Do not know how or what of it – basically lack of knowledge.

Why should you switch to a Menstrual Cup?

Did you know 91% of women who used a Menstrual Cup recommended it to a friend? Now, you will not find a similar passion in someone who has been using a tampon or a pad. 

Read below to read the awesomeness of a cup!

  1. You do your bit of saving the planet by NOT sending a pad to a landfill or flushing a tampon down the flush
  2. Cost effective – One cup costs about Rs-800-1000/- and sustains for about 10-15 years. 
  3. Reusable. Use the same cup every month. 
  4. You can indulge in activities like swimming, have a gala day at a water park or participate in any kind of sport
  5. Travel with a free mind. No need to stress about unclean washrooms. One cup can stay inside the body for up to 12 hours. 
  6. Once you get used to the process, you will find a level of comfort that you were NEVER able to experience earlier with a tampon or a pad.
  7. Does not cause TSS ( Toxic Shock Syndrome)
  8. Natural and comfortable
  9. Free of plastics, dye or BPA

Why should you ditch your menstrual pad or tampon today?

  1. A pad or tampon contains artificial fragrance
  2. They contain bleach and dioxins which are known as human carcinogens. 
  3. Prolonged wear of either of the menstrual products can lead to infection or skin rashes
  4. You have NO idea about how much you actually bleed every month
  5. Compare the cost of the number of pads you change
  6. Imagine the pollution you are creating by using tampons and pads 

How do you use a menstrual cup?

This video is one of my favorites and the easiest to follow –

I asked some of my friends to tell me how a Menstrual cup has changed their life – 

Friend 1 – I used to dread my period days but it’s almost over a year of using cup I have forgotten all my “those days” woes. Cup is the best thing that has ever happened to a woman. Cup means hygienic and comfortable period days to me. I can go on a tour, can workout during my periods and can wear whatever I love which was not possible earlier. I love telling others of it’s benefit and many of my friends have switched to cups after I told them and they thank me for this.

Friend 2 – At first… I was skeptical regarding the cup. The thought of inserting and cleaning the cup was gross. But after I gave it a try, my perception has changed. Cup is so convenient that once I forgot I was having periods.. cup is the best invention to date which is exclusively beneficial to ladies.

Friend 3 – Still I am thinking why I have not switched to cups earlier? A cup has been a miracle in my is so comfortable that I m even not realizing thatIi m on periods.this is the best thing any woman can have.

My Experience –

Game Changer! I took allmost 4 months to convince myself to even try out a cup and today I feel I wasted those 4 months. Of Course, it was not easy initially, but in this age; where everything is available at the drop of a hat, it took me just some days to get used to it and NOW I cannot stop talking about it. 

Things you should know before you get your first cup

  1. Accept your body as it is. accept the fact that menstruation is normal, and what you are choosing for yourself, is for your own good
  2. it will get messy in initial days, but there is nothing to worry. Every skill takes time to master
  3. Your cup will NEVER get lost inside of you. It cannot travel anywhere. 
  4. You can pee and poop comfortably. The cup does not need to be removed. You can adjust it again if you feel it has lost its grip.
  5. even if you think, you have lost it, breath, squat, and you will be able to find it
  6. might be painful for the initial days ( since your body is still getting used to it)
  7. You bleed much less than you actually think
  8. Do not ever do a dry try – this means, don’t try if you are NOT on your periods 

Buy your first Menstrual cup from Amazon 

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Until next time – take care, stay connected with me and God Bless

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18 thoughts on “Menstrual Cup, break the taboo

  1. Glad I Stumble Upon this post while looking for Menstrual cups on Google. Thanks for sharing all the info and breaking those myths.

  2. This is a well written and informative post. While seeing these cups around, obviously it wasn’t clear how it can be used or much details about it. thanks for sharing. the environment and hygiene criteria are definitely high on this.

  3. I read this post with a smile as I also have a similar mindset towards this topic. I talk about it with the many women I meet in the hope it will become a way of life in the near future.

  4. I have never been person who has used anything other than sanitary pads during periods but lately I’ve been seeing so many post about menstrual cups that I am keen on trying it

  5. Thank you for creating so much of Awareness about the menstrual cups.. I never had so much knowledge about it in the past and also was one of those who always thought that it is not for me but seeing all the advantages it has over sanitary napkins I think this one is a definite must try

  6. I started using a menstrual Cup last year and never felt so liberated before. I truly enjoy that nothing can stop me from going swimming or cycling! The ease and the comfort are the top reasons for me to make this switch to a cup.

  7. I have always been skeptical about using a menstrual cup but your post just cleared all my doubts. Definitely going to try this out.

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