Indus Parent spoke to Dr Madhushree Vijayakumar, Consultant, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Motherhood Hospital, Bengaluru, to understand how menstrual cups work and if it is suitable for all.
Q1: Are menstrual cups safer than say sanitary napkins or tampons?
Ans: The safety of using menstrual cups depends on the user. The user has to make sure that the cup is cleaned well each time after use. It is suggested to clean the cup with warm water along with savlon or betadin.
The cups can sometimes cause discomfort as they are not watertight and airtight and have chances of leakage. These menstrual cups are not recommended for sexually inactive women.
Q2: What brands are available and at what price point?
A: Currently, three Indian companies manufacture menstrual cups that can be bought online or at pharmacies across. These are Shecup by MediAceso Healthcare Pvt Ltd. for Rs 695, Vcup by Earth Care Solutions for Rs 970 and Silkycup for Rs 400.
Ans: Helpful for the busy bees and the one who has field visit job. One need not change for up to 8-10 hours. They are reusable hence cost-effective. Finally, they are more eco-friendly than others.
Remember that up to 3-5 years of usage is recommended due to hygiene factors. However, it should be cleaned thoroughly with Savlon after each use.
Q4: Should women switch over to these cups (from napkins and tampons)?
Ans: If they want they can switch to these cups. If not then different other options can be discussed. It is better for ladies with a heavier flow.
“If someone is planning to switch to menstrual cups, options should always be discussed first with a doctor,” recommends Dr Vijayakumar.
Q5: What are the things to bear in mind while switching to menstrual cups?
A: Women must remember that a correct technique should be learned to avoid slip and leakage. There is a myth that these cups make changes to the cervix, it is not true, they do not.
Also, women with cervical cancer should not use these cups and neither should those suffering from pelvic diseases, inflammatory diseases, endometriosis problems or infections. They should preferably use other methods.
Remember that although these menstrual cups are a bit expensive, they are easy to manage, reusable and can go a long way, especially when you’re travelling.
So in case, you’re planning to buy one, watch the video to understand how they work.
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