Menstruation starts from 12-13 years of age. The sobbing uterus can be painful and irritating as hell and leaves no stone unturned to switch a happy mood into a sad one. The rashes and itching around that area make it worse.
Sanitary pads are a widely used product by a menstruator. A woman who menstruates from age 12-52 spends around $13.25 monthly and $6,360 yearly on feminine hygiene products. But the constant friction caused by pads between legs can give burning rashes on the inner thigh area.
Very few people are aware of the best alternative of sanitary pads available in the market which is a menstrual cup. A menstrual cup is a bell-shaped cylinder that will collect all the blood in it. These are made of medical-grade silicone.
They are durable as well as safe. It can be used by menstruators of all ages. But most parents think that an innocent menstrual cup can affect their daughter’s virginity which is a myth.
Here, I’ll be educating you about the goodness of menstrual cups over sanitary pads:
A menstrual cup has a duration of 10 years. It is a one-time investment for 10 years. It saves your money from going into the hands of a chemist repeatedly. It collects the blood directly from the cervix and you can simply dump it off in the toilet, clean it and use it again. Sterilize it for the next periods and ta-da! You are done.
Whereas, sanitary pads need to be thrown away after use. It is causing harm to the environment. The time required for a sanitary pad to decompose is longer (approx.300-400 years) than the lifespan of a woman.
For sanitary pads, you need to spend 400-600 bucks every month and till the age you menstruate. The amounts that sum up in the end after years of using pads is huge when calculated. But when it comes to menstrual cups, it will take up a month’s expense invested in a packet of sanitary pads that will run for years saving your extra cost.
Even the best quality pad needs to be changed every 4-5 hours depending upon the flow. It interrupts while working/sleeping/traveling. But with a menstrual cup inside, you can do whatever you want without worrying about the stains on your clothes.
It collects the blood which needs to be emptied every 10-12 hours. A menstrual cup holds five times the amount of period blood more than a pad.
Menstrual cups are made of medical-grade silicone and don’t contain latex, dye, bleach, dioxin, artificial perfume, or any harmful chemical, unlike pads and tampons. It does not dry out the natural vaginal moisture which protects the vagina from infections and preserves the healthy bacteria. Menstrual cups have nothing to do with TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome), which is a life-threatening condition.
They can be worse while you swim, sleep, walk, work, play and it will stay in their place without any spillage.
People are unnecessarily worried that they might not be a virgin using a menstrual cup. It has nothing to do with virginity. Virginity can only be broken when a girl has sex. So better ask instead of assuming!
Menstrual cups are regarded as safe and hygienic when used correctly. Washing your hands before touching it. Cleaning it properly and maintaining hygiene is in your hands. Sterilization of the cup before and after your periods is very important.
Menstrual cups are harmless cute bells that go directly inside of the vagina and collect blood without leaving any residues or giving any rashes or itching in the genital area. On the side when we talk about pads, it is made of plastic which is completely unhygienic for our body and environment as well. If worn for a long time it can get warm in the area and start producing bad- bacteria.
Menstrual cups are not new. They have been used since the 1930s. But there was a very slow rate in the adaptation of menstrual cups in various countries.
Over To You…
Menstrual Cups Australia advises that it will require 2 to 3 cycles to get comfortable with a menstrual cup. However, it is easy to wear it. There are two sizes available- large, who have given birth vaginally & small for the ones who haven’t.