Switching to sustainable menstruation!

Ever thought about all the sanitary pads that end up in landfills? Is there an alternative? Here's a user's perspective on making the shift to menstrual cups.

I had been on the fence with menstrual cups for a few months and felt like a failure every time the time of the month arrived. But at last, I’ve been able to make the switch. And I’m so proud. πŸ™‚

Menstrual cups: an eco-friendly alternative for sustainable mentruation. Pic: Frank Krueger, Wikimedia Commons*

There’s a growing mountain of menstrual waste, which is toxic for our environment. It was something I was contributing to every month in a major way and I hated that. It didn’t help that none of the people I know use reusable cloth pads or menstrual cups (except this one amazing girl who I asked all kinds of weird questions). Typical responses to menstrual cups range from ‘Eeuw… so icky!’ to ‘Who’d wash ’em? Who’d touch that thing?’

I too had the inhibition for far too long. But I’m glad to have finally overcome it. I am so in love with it now! Apart from the great, great high of not contributing to the harm disposable plastic pads and tampons cause to the environment, here are a few other reasons I love using this product:

  • Have to deal with emplty-clean-reuse cycle only twice a day. So for 12 hours straight I can forget I’m on my periods. And by forget, I mean absolutely forget. Because it leaves no sign!
  • No leakages.I got used to the cup in about two days and now I don’t have to deal with leakages at all.
  • Can enter the pool and not worry about a thing.
  • No smell! That’s such a great advantage.
  • Contrary to what I earlier imagined, this is much more hygienic and cleaner to use than pads. Also, no rashes!
  • No icky dryness/wetness feeling all day.
  • Quickest solution, once you get the hang of it. No need to carry replacement around, figure out disposal methods while travelling, etc.

There’s a community out there in case there’s any doubt or question: Sustainable Menstruation India

I only wish I had the good sense of using it sooner! Go ahead and try it out, you will not regret it!

Where can you buy menstrual cups?

Pic: Leena Talukdar, SMI group

*Picture courtesy: “Meluna farbauswahl 1 1” by Frank Krueger – www.meluna.eu.
Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Divya Harave says:

    Hi Aakriti

    I had heard about these now and then but never seriously gave them a thought till I read your piece. Especially the landfill bit struck me – I went ahead and bought a Diva cup and have been using it since December – I must say in addition to feeling great about generating zero menstrual waste, the experience and freedom that the cup offers is indeed a HUGE side-benefit πŸ™‚ I wished someone would have invented this years ago!

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