During the rainy season, it is crucial to prioritise hygiene by all means. This may be especially important during menstruation because clothes may not dry adequately. The combination of damp clothes, environmental moisture and the moisture from menstrual pads can collectively increase the risk of infection. Using a menstrual cup instead of a sanitary pad during monsoon is considered a safer option. Let’s hear from an expert why it is better to ditch sanitary pads for menstrual cups for monsoon period hygiene.
Menstrual cups are considered safe even during the monsoon season because they eliminate the issue of wetness and are used inside the vagina, preventing blood from flowing out. While this makes activities like swimming and scuba diving possible at any time of the year, in monsoon, menstrual cups reduce the risk of moisture buildup and infection.
Dr Ritu Sethi, a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, director of The Aura Specialty Clinic in Gurugram, explains, “Menstrual cups are made of silicone. During the rainy season, the vagina remains unaffected by the weather. But moisture in pads and tampons can quickly lead to infection. Additionally, period panties take longer to dry in the rainy season, which is why it is not advisable to wear them during this time.”
Dr Sethi tells us why using menstrual cup is better than sanitary pad in monsoon:
Dr Ritu Sethi explains that traditional sanitary pads can pose challenges during the monsoon season due to rains and waterlogging. Rainwater or humidity can cause these pads to become wet, resulting in leakage and discomfort. Menstrual cups, made from medical-grade silicone or latex, create a seal inside the vagina, greatly reducing the likelihood of leakage. They have the capacity to hold a significant amount of fluid, offering reliable protection against leaks even during heavy downpours.
The monsoon season often brings higher humidity levels, making it uncomfortable to wear heavy sanitary pads. In contrast, menstrual cups provide a comfortable alternative. Once properly inserted, they offer a sensation of freedom, almost as if one is not wearing anything. Menstrual cups enable women to move around freely and engage in various activities without experiencing discomfort or inconvenience.
Inconvenience can arise from the frequent need to replace sanitary products, particularly when access to clean toilets is limited during heavy rains or floods. However, menstrual cups offer a significant advantage by providing longer wear time. Unlike pads that require frequent changes, menstrual cups can be worn for up to 12 hours, depending on the intensity of the flow. This longer duration of use adds convenience and reduces the challenges associated with finding suitable facilities for product replacement.
Maintaining hygiene during the monsoon season is essential to prevent infection. Menstrual cups are specifically designed for easy cleaning, making them a more hygienic option compared to other menstrual products. After emptying the cup, it can be washed with clean water or wiped with a tissue, allowing it to be reused. This cleaning process ensures proper hygiene and reduces the risk of infection.
Additionally, menstrual cups are reusable and can last for many years with proper care. This reduces the dependence on single-use sanitary products, making menstrual cups a sustainable and cost-effective choice. By opting for a menstrual cup, individuals can contribute to reducing waste and environmental impact while also saving money in the long run.