Periods, chums, crimson wave, or simply ‘that time of the month’ is something that every woman has to live with for a good part of her life. There are different products in the market that help you wade through the period in a comfortable manner, and the latest entrant that has caught the fancy of many is the menstrual cup. At Health & Glow, we are happy to bring on board menstrual cups from Stonesoup, a brand focused on making sustainable living easy.
Not sure what these cups are, or why they need to be used? Read on to know more.
What are menstrual cups?
Menstrual cups are feminine hygiene products that are inserted into the vagina, they collect the menstrual discharge (as opposed to absorbing it the way a napkin or tampon does). This is then emptied after a specific interval of time, usually twice in a period of 24 hours.
Reasons to use Stonesoup menstrual cups
- Stonesoup menstrual cups are safe to use as any other feminine hygiene products. They are made using medical grade silicone, an inert material that’s body-friendly. They are not rebranded China cheapies, but manufactured in India
- The cups feature a unique U-shaped design with a capacity of 23 ml with a length of only 50mm (equivalent to two sanitary pads). They are also free of stems, and hence are more comfortable to use
- There are no worries of rashes or chafing either. Unlike sanitary napkins, these cups do not cause discomfort from rubbing against your skin
- They are eco-friendly and cost-effective. A Stonesoup menstrual cup can last for about 8 to 10 years. Unlike other sanitary products, these cups are reusable, meaning they don’t end up in the landfill every time you are on your period. Saving between Rs. 20,000 and a lakh of disposable sanitary products
- The cups give you the freedom that you yearn for – swimming, jogging, cycling, absolutely any physical activity is possible wearing them, without having to worry about staining or letting the world know you’re on your chums.
Some frequent concerns
Many women are worried that using a cup might feel bulky. But it’s pretty much like wearing contact lenses. You may have trouble the first couple of times, but once you know how to insert it properly, and how often to empty the cup, you’d never want to use another product when menstruating.
Some also worry that the cup can get lost inside their body, but this almost never happens. Women with a higher cervix may find the removal a tad more difficult, but like all things, this comes with practice.
Also, leakage does not happen when the cup is inserted properly. Even if it does happen the first few times, it’s usually light spotting and not staining. This is fully avoidable once habituated.
Cleaning the cups is yet another concern that users have. Once the contents of the cup are emptied, it can be washed using plain or warm water. In between cycles, you can sterilise the Stonesoup cup by dipping it in hot water, or by drying it in the sun.
So why wait? Make the switch to Stonesoup menstrual cups and make every period a happy one!