I am sure most of you haven’t heard about Menstrual Cup. As the title of this article suggests, this is a small hygienic bag to collect menstrual fluid of teenage girls and ladies. It is an economic, more hygienic as well as eco-friendly alternative to sanitary napkins or tampons used by women during their menstrual periods.
A normal woman usually spend anywhere between 100 to 150 per month in purchasing sanitary napkins. This means for a year each woman spend 1200 to 1800. If you calculate the amount for five years it will be anywhere between 6000 to 9000. The usual sanitary napkins and tampons are somewhat uneasy because you have to change them several times in a day, whenever they get damped.
Now let’s talk about menstrual cup. It costs just about 1000. It lasts for 5 years to 10 years as suggested on the product. Doctors do recommend to replace them every two years. It is more hygienic because you do not need to change it again and again. Once inserted into vagina it collects menstrual fluid in its bag throughout the day. The bag is sufficiently large to accommodate the daylong menstrual fluid. On first uses the cup seems to be a little uncomfortable to insert but once you are get used to it then it becomes very easy. You can rinse the product and reuse it during your periods for as long as 5 to 10 years.
Menstrual Cups – 1932 to Now
Bell-shaped menstrual cups were at first commercially patented in USA in 1932. Later improved versions were again patented in 1935, 1937 and 1950. Early menstrual cups were made of latex or plastic and they didn’t come out to commercial success.
In USA the first commercially successful rubber-made menstrual cup called The Keeper was manufactured in 1987. It was more convenient and hygienic. Later first silicone-made menstrual cups were introduced in UK and the product was named Mooncup. Now a days most of the menstrual cups are silicone-made. The reason behind the use of silicone is – it is hypoallergenic to skin and internal organs.
How to use a menstrual cup – Video Demonstration
Watch this useful demonstration on how to use a menstrual cup.