Ignore social stigma of using menstrual cup

At present, menstrual cups have become very popular in ensuring hygiene and comfort during menstruation. It has also gained popularity for being environment-friendly. According to Stewart, E. G (2099), “A menstrual cup is a menstrual hygiene device which is inserted into the vagina during menstruation. Its purpose is to collect menstrual fluid. Menstrual cups are usually made of flexible medical grade silicone, latex, or a thermoplastic isomer. They are shaped like a bell with a stem or a ring”.

The menstrual cup is eco-friendly. When a pad takes over a hundred years to mix with soils, a menstrual cup leaves nothing to earth at all. One can save a lot of money too because a cup can be used for up to 10 years. However, though it has become popular in many first world countries, women of conservative societies still hesitate to use it due to lack of knowledge. Since the cup is located inside the body, there are questions about the virginity of women. However, it is scientifically proven that there is no question of losing the integrity of women in the use of menstrual cups. Another myth regarding menstrual cup is ‘one size fits all’ whereas in reality this is not true. Moreover, other myths include- one can not use the toilet or swim or exercise while wearing a menstrual cup, it hampers sleep and it can get lost in vagina, it is painful and many others. Although some women use the cup ignoring the social stigma, thousands of women are still confused.  Misinformation about using cups does not allow them to try this new device.

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