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Menstrual cup use in India is fairly new; here’s all you need to know on why you should consider this super environment-friendly product.
Menstrual cups are a modern form of sanitary protection and a great alternative to sanitary pads or even tampons. Menstrual cups were first invented in 1937 by American actress Leona Chalmers. She filed the copyright of the product and designed menstrual cups made of latex rubber.
Menstrual cups are worn inside the vagina during menstruation to collect menstrual blood. They are different from tampons and pads since they collect blood while pads and tampons absorb it.
Menstrual cups are a wonderful product, though little known until now. Priyanka Jain, the Founder of Hygiene & You, a start-up which provides such innovative feminine hygiene products says, “Cups can make you forget that you are on your periods. They are comfortable, convenient and discreet. With a cup, you can run, swim or do anything that you want to. They bring back your freedom”.
Here I sum up the reasons as to why women should consider using it during periods.
Menstrual cups are user friendly. Wearing a menstrual cup is a three step procedure. Firstly, the user has to fold the flexible cup. Secondly, she has to gently insert the folded cup in her vagina, tilting back towards the base of the spine. The cup should sit comfortably just inside the vagina. Thirdly, with the help of fingers the cup should be unfolded in the vagina.
After using a menstrual cup it should be sterilised and stored by wrapping it in a cotton cloth.
While a few women might find themselves uncomfortable with the cups, a lot of this is also due to our unfamiliarity with the product and reluctance to use a product that goes inside the body.
If you like the idea of using a product that is a one-time buy, benefits the environment and has no side effects, headover to Hygiene & You to check out some excellent menstrual cup options. For more information, you can watch informational videos here.
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What lessons will we learn from the wrestlers' protest? Will the young girls have the courage to speak up against evil after they hear the deafening silence of support for the Betis?
On the 28th of May, Indian wrestlers Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat, Sangeeta Phogat, Bajrang Punia and others were forcibly evicted from their protest site at Jantar Mantar. They were arrested, and severe charges were slapped against them.
Newspapers, that a few years ago, had carried photographs of these wrestlers proudly holding their medals draped in the Indian flag, were now splashed with photographs of these wrestlers being forcibly dragged into police buses. The wrestlers were protesting against Brij Bhushan Singh, an MP and president of the Wrestling Foundation of India, accusing him of sexual misconduct.
A similar case of molestation rocked US gymnastics a few years ago, where Larry Nassar, the team doctor, was accused and finally convicted of sexual abuse. The victims included Olympic medallist Simone Biles. During the trial, several lapses by the USAG and MSU in investigating the accusations came in front.
My supervisor introduced me as a valuable member of the team, emphasizing my skills and contributions rather than focusing on my gender identity. This simple act set the tone for my experience in the workplace.
As a transwoman navigating the corporate world, I had encountered my fair share of discrimination and challenges. Transitioning without the support of my parents and having limited friendships in my personal life made the journey difficult and lonely. However, when I stepped into the office, something remarkable happened, I left behind the stress and negativity, embracing a space where I could truly be myself.
Joining the marketing team as a graphic designer, I was initially apprehensive about how my colleagues would react to my gender identity. But to my surprise, the atmosphere was welcoming and respectful from day one. My supervisor, Sarah, introduced me as a valuable member of the team, emphasizing my skills and contributions rather than focusing on my gender identity. This simple act set the tone for my experience in the workplace.
As I settled into my role, I discovered that my colleagues went out of their way to make me feel comfortable and included. They consistently used my correct name and pronouns, creating an environment where I could be authentically me. Being an introvert, making friends wasn’t always easy for me, but within this workplace, I found a supportive community that embraced me for who I truly am. The workplace became a haven where I could escape the stresses of my personal life and focus on my professional growth.
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