This article is basically meant for teenage girls and ladies. If you are otherwise, you may use this information for educational and informational purpose.

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.

Silicon-Made Menstrual Cup : Hygienic, Safe and Economic alternative to Sanitary Pads and Tampons

Silicon-Made Menstrual Cup : Hygienic, Safe and Economic alternative to Sanitary Pads and Tampons

A normal woman usually spend anywhere between INR Rs.100 to INR Rs.150 per month in purchasing sanitary napkins. This means for a year each woman spend INR Rs.1200 to INR Rs.1800. If you calculate the amount for five years it will be anywhere between INR Rs.6000 to INR Rs.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.

Sanitary Napkin to be used during Menstrual Periods of Women

Sanitary Napkin to be used during Menstrual Periods of Women

Now let’s talk about menstrual cup. It costs just about INR Rs.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.

Tampons are also used for hygiene during menstrual periods of women.

Tampons are also used for hygiene during menstrual periods of women.

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.