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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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