“Eco friendly menstruation” first appeared on my podcast and you can listen it here.
Menstruation is a taboo topic in India. People avoid talking about it and this is why we remain ignorant for long.
I wanted to write about it long back when I made the switch to Menstrual Cup, last year in July. But then I thought what would my family and friends think. Yes, the same slang from Zindagi na Milegi Dobara movie “Char log kya kahenge”.
But then I thought to speak about it over my Podcast first as it was easy for me to talk about it then to write. It helped me came out of a nutshell and I talked about Eco friendly Menstruation.
We all know about the downside of single-use menstrual products. Don’t we? Let’s see how these disposable one-time use menstrual products can cause harm to our body and environment.
Why disposable menstrual products are not good
No matter how much convenient our sanitary napkins and tampoons are but the truth is they are not safe.
- They have plastic which makes them unsafe for environment. The Average woman uses 20 products per month which is 240 products/year. Menstruating for about 40 years, each wold have thrown 9600 products in trash. All of them end up in landfills and takes 100s of years to decompose.
- They have some chemicals which may cause metabolic changes, cysts or cancer as we use them continuously for 5 days each month making it unsafe for our health.
Now coming back to Eco-friendly menstrual products. There are few options you can choose from.
Eco friendly menstrual products
- Cloth reusable pads
They are as old as Humans. They are safe and re-usable. They can be bought or home-sewn.
- Reusable Period panties
I haven’t use them personally but those who are using it, says “It’s comfortable” as it won’t move or slip like the pads.
- Menstrual Cup
This is my personal favorite. No one I know has been disappointed after using menstrual cup.
It is made up of medical grade silicon and is totally safe. However, you need few cycles to get adjusted to it as you are learning how to wear it.
Pros of using Menstrual Cup
- You can get moving without stress for about 12 hours and that too, without any leakage.
- There are no rashes unlike Sanitary pads.
- There is no foul smell unlike disposable sanitary pads as the blood does not get exposed to air or any chemical.
- Price. Each woman spend approximately 200 Rs. per month on pads which sums upto 96000 Rs. over the lifetime. However, a good menstrual Cup costs you around Rs. 500 – Rs. 1000 and using it over a period of 5 years, you would have spend 8000 Rs. over the lifetime. This is why it is easy on pocket.
- It’s small and compact which can easily fit into your pocket or clutch. Moreover, you don’t need any bin to dump it unlike pads. All you need is clean running water to clean the cup and re-insert it. It makes traveling during menses, easy.
Things to take care of when you start using Menstrual Cup
- There are 3 ways to wear it- 7 fold, C fold and punch down fold. Refer wikipedia.
- The Cup should open once inserted well. To ensure this, twist it after insertion.
- Release the vacuum created by the cup by pressing it from the bottom before removing it.
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