Have you heard about the menstrual cup?

I knew about gogirl but never thought something like a shecup was even possible. The product costs Rs 695 (not 65/- thanks for pointing out the error Shiva!), it’s available in India and is reusable. I have ordered two and if I find them good (they claim the product is leak-proof and can even be used while swimming), I plan to gift them to women I know, specially those who may not be thinking of of the environment, but probably do the least damage to it. I hope they never have to look for non-Eco-friendly alternatives.

If this products works the way it seems it does, how is it that it has not been made more popular till now, specially in the rural and remote parts of the country? It’s seems both convenient and affordable.

The email below has more information and links.

“Hi IHM,
Since there was some discussion on the topic of sanitary pads a few posts ago, I was wondering if you could share a new thought with your readers. There’s an eco friendly alternative to sanitary pads that is not very popular in India yet because people don’t seem to know about it. It’s called a menstrual cup.

Here’s the Wikipedia definition: “A menstrual cup is a type of cup or barrier worn inside the vagina during menstruation to collect menstrual fluid. Unlike tampons and pads, the cup collects menstrual fluid rather than absorbing it.”
You can find more information about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menstrual_cup
There’s an Indian version available called the She Cup: http://www.shecup.com>

You could find a detailed review here: http://menstrualcupinfo.blogspot.in/p/shecup-india.html

The second site has a lot more information about menstrual cups in general.
Given that sanitary pads are hard to dispose, they clog drains, and the cotton is extensively bleached which could lead to issues because of chemical exposure, it’s worthwhile considering an alternative. I personally came across this concept in the US about a year ago. I made a cautious switch and you could now not even pay me to switch back to pads. And the idea that I’m probably saving about a packet of pads from cluttering the landscape every cycle makes me even happier.

Of course, it’s ultimately a personal choice but I’ve been wondering how many women are even aware that this alternative exists. I only learned about them because I made a determined search for eco friendly alternatives to sanitary pads. But, from what I read online, many women find that it’s not just about the environment but also about personal comfort and hygiene.

I hope you’ll consider this information worth researching and sharing with your readers.”

Updated by the email writer:

It takes a while to get the hang of it, I have to be honest. It took me 2-3 cycles But once you do get used to it it’s really leak-proof and comfortable. You can just use a pad for backup till then. Now life’s like those ads on TV! 🙂
But honestly one of the things I like the most is that it’s discreet. I’m not easily embarrassed – I can buy condoms or pads without any hesitation – but it’s just great that you don’t have to advertise that you have your period to everyone. You know?
I personally have two and I keep one for a backup for use at office so that I can clean them thoroughly whenever I use them.
If you have any questions, I can answer them based on my personal experience. But the blogspot site has a lot of info that I used before making my decision to switch.
Take Care,

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