I wanted to include some reviews and recommendations for nifty, travel-friendly products on my blog so I'm starting with the menstrual cup! If you’re particularly squeamish and don’t want to hear about periods, or more specifically my period, don’t read on.
When I first heard about the menstrual cup many moons ago, my initial reaction was ‘oh gross I would never’ and then last month I ordered one. A couple of my friends had been singing its praises and since I’ve always wished for a better alternative to nasty sanitary pads and tampons, I thought it was time to give it a shot. I hate the general discomfort from having synthetic materials in and around my privates, both pads and tampons get expensive quickly, and above all, both are an environmental disaster right from production to disposal.
So I received my Shecup in the mail, and used it during my last period. I tested it rigorously. I attended two weddings, got on two flights, and took one overnight bus during my period and it fared fantastically.
All my fears were unconfirmed. It wasn’t as messy as I was afraid it would be, nor was it difficult to use. The menstrual cup works by creating a seal inside the vagina and collecting blood instead of absorbing it. Made from surgical grade silicone, it was soft, easy to insert once I learned how and extremely forgettable (in a good way).
The cup holds up to 8 hours flow even on heavy days, and up to twelve towards the end of your period so you only need to empty it, rinse it and reinsert it a couple of times each day. All you need is access to running water (which Indian toilets have no shortage of). If you’re a heavy bleeder or you suffer from clotting, I couldn’t recommend it more.
The menstrual cup is also extremely safe to use. It’s devoid of fragrances, rayon, bleach and other chemicals. It doesn’t cause nappy rash or soreness. Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is not a side effect.
Best of all, it’s very eco friendly. Using a menstrual cup will keep 10000 pads and tampons out of landfills and the ocean for every woman out there. (This statistic blows my mind.) A nice bonus is that it will always be handy so there's no need for late night chemist runs.