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The menstrual cup is a fairly new entrant among sanitary options - here are most questions about using a menstrual cup, answered by a user.
The menstrual cup is a fairly new entrant among sanitary options – here are most questions about using a menstrual cup, answered by a user.
Since my timeline is full of people who are suddenly comfortable with the idea of menstruation and what women do when they menstruate, I’m posting this.
This is a menstrual cup. It’s better than sanitary napkins in several ways and if you actually are a Sarath Babu fan and want to wear white pants all the time, this is your best shot. Because you rarely stain your clothes when using a menstrual cup.
It’s a small silicone cup that you insert in the vagina during your period.
You empty the cup in the commode whenever it fills, rinse it and insert again. It’s enough to wash it with soap once a day – when bathing makes sense.
Every woman’s period is different. We all have days when the flow is less and days when it’s heavy. On the days when it’s less, you will probably need to empty it only once in six hours or so. On days when it’s heavy, you will need to empty it once in 3-4 hours. You can figure this out within two cycles and it’s no big deal.
Cups catch more blood than the average sanitary napkin, so you’ll need to use the toilet less number of times.
You don’t need to empty your cup as frequently as you need to change your napkin. Don’t be paranoid. Not having access to a toilet is a problem even if you are using napkins. It’s not necessary to rinse the cup every time you remove it. You can use a tissue to wipe it or just re-insert without doing so. The world will not come to an end.
No. You are not going to splash around in the blood and play Holi. You will get a little bit on your fingers if at all.
Menstrual blood is like any other blood. Apart from social conditioning, the reason we get grossed out is because we think it smells bad. And it does, on a pad. This is because the blood is in contact with air. Since the cup is inside your body, the blood stays fresh and doesn’t stink.
Yes, there’s a learning curve. You need to be familiar with your anatomy. But you should get it right within 3 cycles. And once you do, it’s super easy. Many of my friends got it right in the very first attempt. If you’ve used tampons, this should be pretty easy.
It’s between 750-1000 bucks and there are many brands available. Many online vendors including Amazon have it.
Cups come in different sizes – there will be instructions on how to pick the size. Read it and find yours. It’s not rocket science. A cup can last between 8-10 YEARS. Yes, years.
The question you want to ask is – will it break the hymen? No, the cup sits lower than the hymen in the vagina. However, I don’t know how familiar young girls will be with their anatomy. They might also be scared of inserting a foreign object in their vagina.
Theoretically, they can use it. While several of my friends and I use the cup, our kids are still too young to menstruate. So frankly, I don’t know how easy or difficult it will be.
Because it’s bloody convenient. You don’t feel it at all inside the body. You don’t get rashes. You don’t need to visit the toilet every now and then. You don’t stain your clothes (unless the cup overfills). You can exercise comfortably. YOU CAN SLEEP WELL without that annoying wetness hounding you all night. It’s good for the environment. You leave behind less waste on the planet.
I’ve used the cup for over 2 years now and it’s amazing. I know many, many women who’ve made the switch and are all healthy with fully functioning vaginas. It’s more hygienic than a sanitary napkin which has exposed blood and contains chemicals. THE CUP IS SAFE. And you don’t feel like the Sahara down there after the cycle is over, unlike what you experience with pads.
Happy White Pants to you.
Published here earlier.
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Chetan Bhagat had no business slut shaming Uorfi Javed or any other woman. If he wants to 'guide' young men in the 'right direction' then he should take accountability for his words.
Chetan Bhagat, one of India’s bestselling authors, thought it was an ingenious idea to slut-shame Uorfi Javed, an Indian actress and influencer, at the Sahitya Aaj Tak literature festival.
“Phone has been a great distraction for the youth, especially the boys, spending hours just watching Instagram Reels. Everyone knows who Uorfi Javed is. What will you do with her photos? Is it coming in your exams or you will go for a job interview and tell the interviewer that you know all her outfits? On one side, there is a youth who is protecting our nation at Kargil and on another side, we have another youth who is seeing Uorfi Javed’s photos hiding in their blankets.”
Uorfi Javed responded with a video on her Instagram stories calling out Bhagat’s bluff. She shared the screenshots of his previous chat conversations with Ira Trivedi, author and yoga instructor, which came to light during the #MeToo movement.
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In some time two of their male friends joined them, and as part of round robin, the 2 boys replaced two of the girls. All good.
As the play continued, I started noticing a change in the way the game was being played. The shuttle was played most of the times between the two boys and there was a sense of competition and aggression brought in. The other 2 girls playing soon starting losing interest in the game as they hardly got any game time. Even if the shuttle came towards them, the boy in their team would move and play that shot. They soon moved to the sidelines as the boys continued to play.
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