Go green with a Menstrual Cup

A celebrity fitness expert wrote in her book that women should not make such a fuss about their menses. They should treat those 4–5 days as any other normal day. She was of course talking about the role played by a good diet and daily exercise for a PMS free period.

Every woman does have the right to have a PMS free period, I agree, but what about the discomfort associated with using a sanitary napkin or a tampon? Most of our depression during periods, I feel, comes from the rashes, leakages and the foul smell. Having periods between the age of 12 till menopause might be a sign of good health for most women, but it does nothing but disgust us every single month.

Having said that, it’s been a few months now and I no longer dread that time of the month, all thanks to the menstrual cup. A menstrual cup, shaped like a bell, is made of medical grade silicon (hence safe!). Like a tampon, the cup has to be worn inside the vagina but instead of absorbing the blood, the cup simply collects it. It has to be emptied every 4–8 hours, washed and reinserted. Sterilizing the cup between two cycles keeps it clean and bacteria-free. One cup can be used for 5–10 years if properly maintained.

Thinking of all the money you’ll save? That’s not all. If there were a Nobel Prize given for people who make women’s life easier, my vote would go to the person who invented the cup, year after year, till I hit menopause. It’s ingenious how one small cup can be a comfort to women, economical and environment-friendly at the same time. The problems associated with disposable sanitary products are numerous. They contain toxic chemicals which can be harmful to both, the body and the environment. Garbage disposal is already a concern; used sanitary pads which go to landfills are causing problems because of their sheer number. Reducing and reusing is the only solution to this problem.

Even if we are not passionate about saving the planet, the least one can do is be aware of the existence of the cup and give it a try. You may even learn a lot about your body and appreciate its many moods. It’s understandable that it may not work for everyone at all times; women with UTI, vaginal infection or who have just given birth should ask their doctor before switching to the cup.

There is also a learning curve involved, which may be one of the key reasons why one would give up, or not try at all. However, most women get it right in just 2–3 cycles. Re-usable cloth pads are also an eco-friendly alternative for those who can’t use the cup. In the end, all that matters is making choices that make us happy. For me, knowing that my son would grow up in a world full of toxic landfills is just not an option. I’m doing what I can, so should you!