2021 is here, and we are all in the zone to take all kinds of pledges. From exercising hard to eating right, we are all set to make some much-needed lifestyle changes in the coming year. But have you thought about the kind of changes you’re going to make when it comes to personal hygiene? Or let’s be more specific – menstrual hygiene.
Did you know, using sanitary pads/napkins creates a ton of waste? Unfortunately, it gives rise to pollution at all levels. As the torch bearers of the future, we must think about these things and look for menstrual products that are safe to use and are environment friendly too – just like menstrual cups.
We know that most of you are paranoid about using a menstrual cup. But if you won’t try, then how would you even know how awesome it is? As always, we are to guide you.
And we have with us, Dr Surabhi Siddhartha, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist from Motherhood Hospital, Mumbai to help us understand all about menstrual cups. So, let’s begin.
Well, it’s a valid question to ask, says Dr Siddhartha. “You will be surprised to know that a menstrual cup is one of the best options, when it comes to period hygiene. Though it can be a little expensive, it proves to be a good investment. Reportedly, it can be more comfortable, when compared to pads or tampons. While using a cap, many have reported experiencing fewer cramps. If one inserts the cup properly, then she will be able to be carefree, even during her period. You will be able to enjoy activities such as swimming or working out with ease,” he adds.
Relax, it’s no rocket science. Just follow this guide:
Tada! Wasn’t that easy?
1. Remember to insert it properly. Otherwise, you’re going to feel uncomfortable.
2. Those who experience a heavy flow may experience leaks.
3. Empty the cup frequently and wash it from time to time to reduce infections.
“Once you remove the cup, wash it with soap and water. Place the cup in boiling water and keep it for 10 minutes. Later, store it in a dry place,” explains Dr Siddhartha.
Now, since you know everything about the usage of a menstrual cup, there’s another thing that’s important to touch upon. What about the frequency of changing the cup? Dr Siddhartha suggests you can change it twice a day or depending on the flow. If there is still any confusion, then speak with your doctor.
So, what do you think? Will you go for a menstrual cup in 2021? Do let us know in the comments below!