Everything about Periods & Menstrual Cups
Menstruation Process & sustainable products
While I was growing up, I was never educated about Periods. There was no access to Internet. Friends and Family would run away from discussing about this topic. Scared of School Teachers, we wouldn't dare ask such questions.
I had so many questions regarding this CHANGE happening in my body and mind. Yes, it does affect your mind as well, if the questions go unanswered. Thus, the need to put it down here. If you are reading this, I am sure I will be able to clear at least those doubts of yours that I had when I was younger.
What is Periods / Menstruation? Why do we bleed every month? What is happening inside the body?
Well, let me first start by saying that Period / Menstruation is a BIOLOGICAL Process, it is not a disease nor a "ladki wala problem" as some address it.
The one major part girls need to pay attention to is their REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM and it's organs - ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix and vagina
The primary function of reproductive system in the female's body is to give birth to a child. But this is possible only when the male sperm enters and fertilises the female egg.
Every month, your ovaries produce eggs on an alternate basis, meaning one month, the left ovary produces egg cell (ova or oocyte) and the next month the right one and this continues. This process is called Ovulation. During this process, a thick lining (endometrium) is formed on the inside walls of the Uterus.
This egg cell then travels to the fallopian tube where the sperm may fetilise it.
If the fertilization does not take place, the egg cell travels further to the uterus and disintegrates. And this is when you get your periods and you bleed. What you see on your Sanitary Pads during your periods is the thich lining shed by the uterus and the period blood.
During this entire process, your hormonal levels keep fluctuating, resulting into mood swings, body pain, etc.
What is a Menstrual Cup?
Earlier women used Cloth during their periods. Then came in Disposable Sanitary Pads and the next product is a Menstrual Cup.
We all know how harmful the chemicals from the sanitary pads are for our initimate health. Still we continue to use them due to lack of awareness and fear regarding the next product.
Well, here it is. Keep on reading to know about this life-changing product which is just a step away for you to have a comfortable period forever.
A menstrual cup is a sustainable, eco-friendly, pocket-friendly period product made of Silicone. It is completely free of chemicals. And the best part is, it can be reused for 7-8 years depending on the quality of silicone.
A menstrual cup collects blood rather than absorbing it.
It is to be inserted into the vagina. When inserted, it sits right under the cervix in the vaginal canal. Yes, you read it right. But don't worry. This is where fear comes into play. I know it, coz I've been there. But you need to try. When you try the cup for the first time, you must try it afte your periods are over, otherwise it will be difficult for you to switch. Reasons being, you are not used to seeing blood on your fingers when using Sanitary pads. And secondly, you are already in pain and irriated due to your periods.
Also, the first time, you must not try it in the Toilet, try it in the Bathroom, coz otherwise it will slip off your hands while trying to insert, since you are not used to it and you don't really want to put your hand down in the commode.
It comes in 3 Sizes:
Small - Medium - Large
When you buy it online (unfortunately it's only available online), the website from where you buy it, will guide you regarding size that is the best for you based on your sexual activity and child birth.
Buying the right size of cup is the most important thing coz otherwise it will either leak or it won't fit.
There are various folding techniques - U-fold, C-fold, 7-fold, punch-down / push-down fold.
Personally, I find punch-down fold to be the most comfortable to insert the cup. This again is based on an individual. There is no rule here. It's about your comfort level.
All you need is hot water. Before your periods, keep the cup in hot water (not boiling water) for about 5 minutes and then run it under normal tap water and done. Your cup is ready to use!
No, you do not need to sterilise your cup every time you change it. Only before your periods start (day 1) and after your periods are over, put it back in the cloth pouch.
The company claims that you can change the cup after 10 hours. But I personally recommend change it every 4-5 hours just like how you would do it with pads. Never keep your cup inside for longer than 10 hours.
Yes, you can sleep with your cup inside. Don't worry the period blood won't go back inside. Also, your cup won't get lost in your body.
- Initially, when you are trying the cup, I recommend you wear a pad along with the cup. Once you are confident that the cup does not leak, no stains on your pad, you can stop using the pads forever.
- If at all, your cup is leaking, check if you have correctly inserted the cup. Sometimes, it does not open up fully. This will happen with practice. The other reason can be wrong cup size.
- You can dance, swim , exercise wearing the cup
Get rid of your fear and try it girls. Think about the most comfortable periods ever. Good luck!
I have started a campaign #PeriodCupCause formerly known as #Menstruation2019
Campaign details are as follows:
- Workshops for the urban population to switch to menstrual cups & reduce use of non-biodegradable sanitary napkins & tampons
- Donate cups to as many underprivileged women/girls who cannot afford it & make them independent for 6-8 years.
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