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Menstrual hygiene is still a taboo topic in India. Women and young girls feel embarrassed talking about it, and even in homes, the subject is spoken about in hushed tones. That often leads to a lack of know-ow on the best ways and products for keeping good menstrual hygiene. Most women in India stick to sanitary pads over other menstrual products.
However, the motive to talk about menstrual hygiene products, especially sanitary napkins is mainly to create awareness. This needs to be done among the female population so that more and more girls have access to period hygiene. These practices, if not inculcated at a young age, can lead to urinary tract infections which can create problems and serious concerns later on in life.
These are sanitary pads, tampons and the latest being menstrual cups. The best product among all is a sanitary pad which is easily available, cheap, easy to use and without any side effects. Even while tampons and menstrual cups have been introduced in the market, sanitary pads continue to be popular.
Other newer products in this category are the tampons and menstrual cups, both of which are slowly gaining popularity, especially as more and more women are getting on top of physical activities these days. They exercise, run, lift weights, breaking the bias around heavy duty activities during periods.
Tampons also absorb the blood, but users find them cumbersome to use as they have to be inserted. But the discomfort is minimal when using the tampons. The drawback is that if not removed in time, it can lead to toxic shock syndrome which is a life threatening condition. They are expensive and also non-biodegradable.
Menstrual cups are the latest to find their way in the market. They collect the blood and need to be simply washed and reinserted. One cup can be used many times, so they are economically viable and need to be properly stored till the next use.
If we give our women and girls the options of using these menstrual hygiene products and create proper awareness, many reproductive problems like infections can be prevented leading to a healthier society.