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Periods have no smell! This is what I discovered when I started using menstrual cups, and here's the story of how I got to it.
Periods have no smell! This is what I discovered when I started using menstrual cups, and here’s the story of how I got to it.
Four months back my friend shared a story about a work site, where he was laying underground petroleum pipelines. Every time the earth drilling machine drilled into the depths of the earth, it used to get stuck. The team couldn’t understand the reason as they were using one of the finest drilling machines with state of the art technology. So my friend ordered the drilling equipment in-charge to pull back the drill bits as it was, from the earth.
He was shocked to see sanitary pads, plastic ropes and plastic bags clogging the pores of the drilling equipment – this was leading to its choking/getting stuck.
Later, he came to know that the site on which he was asked to work was a waste dump site. The government had spread many layers of mud on it and started using the land for other purposes. The layering of dirt was done almost 18-20 years back. Yet, nothing could decompose the stubborn pads and plastics. The silicone pads that are available in the market are non-biodegradable. If you want to get rid of these sanitary pads, you have to incinerate them in a furnace, which is not that common or readily available in India.
Shocking! I haven’t even started walking on the road that leads to Menopause. But from the age of 15 up to the present, when I think of all the pads I have tossed in the bin, I don’t know how many decades it will take for them to decompose! What am I leaving for the many future generations, a land of dead blood locked in a polymer gel? No!
It is time has to do something about this problem. I am pleased to share that I now use menstrual cups and they can be recycled along with other plastic materials. Here are some of the pluses of menstrual cups:
It is complicated and two fingers messy in the beginning. You might feel that it would enter inside your body and you will need to visit a doctor. Relax! It’s a vagina and not a cave.
By changing nothing, nothing changes. I promise you, it is worth it.
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Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 might have had a box office collection of 260 crores INR and entertained Indian audiences, but it's full of problematic stereotypes.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 starts with a scene in which the protagonist, Ruhaan (played by Kartik Aaryan) finds an abandoned pink suitcase in a moving cable car and thinks there was a bomb inside it.
Just then, he sees an unknown person (Kiara Advani) wave and gesture at him to convey that the suitcase was theirs. Ruhaan, with the widest possible smile, says, “Bomb mai bag nahi hai, bomb ka bag hai,” (There isn’t a bomb in the bag, the bag belongs to a bomb).
Who even writes such dialogues in 2022?
Anupama, an idealist at heart, believes that passing on the mic to amplify suppressed voices is the best way to show solidarity with the marginalised.
Anupama writes with a clear vision of what she wants to say, and makes sure she explores all possible facets of the topic, be it parenting or work or on books.
An intelligent, extroverted writer with a ton of empathy, she is also one who thinks aloud in her writing. Anupama says that she is largely a self driven person, and her passion to write keeps her motivated.
Among her many achievements Anupama is also a multiple award winning blogger, author, serial entrepreneur, a digital content creator, creative writing mentor, choreographer and mother to a rambunctious 7-year-old who is her life’s inspiration and keeps her on her toes.