Ji Haan! Sahi Suna, Saheliyon! Ab sirf 26 ki bhi zarurat nahi!
Ladies and Girls, you now don’t have to worry about your Stayfree slipping free, or your Whisper to whisper to you that it’s time for a messy bathroom trip. There is finally a way to escape feeling the Red Sea in your pants when you are in “Boyfriend Kotex kar rahi thi” zone for hours on the bed – horizontally!
God bless technology for medical grade Silicone – women now have another reason to love the soft, biocompatible material. Someone created small silicone cups that can be worn inside the vaginal tract during the period and it is the new way to catch that crimson.
These small cups are called Menstrual Cups (origin of name is not rocket science), and like everything else, they have their pros and cons.
Necessity is the mother of invention
Going back to history books, we’ve come a long way: the earliest MMM (Menstruation Management Measure) used was sand or ash. Then came raw cotton and old reusable rags. Some women who can’t afford expensive sanitary-ware still rely on old rags or even sand to absorb the blood.
It’s no secret that such measures are quite unhygienic and potentially harmful for the lady parts of the body. They could cause unimaginable infections and troubles “down there”.
Even pads and tampons that we are so used to these days aren’t the perfect MMMs. Pads require continuous monitoring and are forever floating like the dead pool between the legs.
Don’t even get me started on tampons: the annoying string which gets in place it shouldn’t, the dry feeling when you remove it, and again, the continuous “feeling” of its presence!
How they work
Menstrual cups are different from pads or tampons as they do not absorb blood, they collect it. Users can fold the flexible mouth of the device in on itself, insert it into the vagina and are free for 4-12 hours depending on size of the cup and flow.
During the timely pilgrimage to the bathroom, pull it out (don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt), empty contents in the toilet, wash it with water and re-insert.
Though we aren’t exactly super-excited about the fact that it literally collects a 2-inch deep pool of blood in the vagina, it’s not all that different from pads or tampons. Another con we thought was that it’s going to keep the blood inside – where it may dry up – but then again… Not much different from the tampons!
How is it better?
Many companies claim that one cup lasts for 5-10 years as it is reusable. But then, they cost somewhere between INR 600 (Indian products) to USD 40 (more on this later). So let’s do the math, shall we?
Every woman goes through roughly 400 periods in her life.
(Between menarche and menopause=(50-15) years= 35years= 420 months)
For every two periods, she uses two packets of pads: one heavy flow and one light flow type. So that is (150+40)*200= INR 38,000 for a lifetime of periods.
Now let’s talk about the most expensive menstrual cup: $40. It can be used for up to 10 years.
For every period, you will need to buy at least three such cups. Which is $120.
These will go on for 10 years. So you need 3.5 times this for covering your entire period life. Which comes up to INR 27,300.
This isn’t relatively much cheaper, but you still save about 10k. If you use the Indian brands, the cost will come up to about INR 13,000 maximum. Which is very cheap compared to the pads you’ll buy.
So you save money.
But another point is that you are helping the environment: all the wood pulp, cotton and chemical that goes into the making of tampons and pads will be saved.
Finally, studies have shown that the deodorants and chemicals put in pads can have toxic effects on the body, whereas menstrual cups are quite safe as long as used within safe limits and cleaned regularly and thoroughly.
Yay or nay?
So this new technology of MMM is a good deal in many ways, but then it comes with the discomfort of anything new and must fight the customary stigma of inserting anything in the vagina of a virgin. However, on a personal note, I’d like to give it a try and keep an open mind. It seems like a good product and one that might actually see success in near future.