Over the years, the process of menstruation has been made safer, more sanitary and less cumbersome. With tampons, pads and now menstrual cups at our perusal, period days aren't as dreaded as they were before. Menstrual cups are the newest tools to join the lineup. Instead of absorbing blood like sanitary pads and tampons, menstrual cups collect period blood, making it reusable and environment-friendly. However, lack of awareness has lead to many misconceptions and myths about menstrual cups. On the occasion of Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020, we spoke to Dr Diksha S Chadha, M.D. Director of Medical Research and CSR at Sirona Hygiene Pvt Ltd to bust 5 common myths about menstrual cups.
Myths About Menstrual Cups
Myth 1: Menstrual Cups Can Lead To Infections
Menstrual cups are made of medical grade silicone. This material does not cause any reaction with the skin or vaginal mucous. The risk of infections with cup is still theoretical and yet to be proved or disproved by any medical study in the country.
Myth 2: Menstrual Cups Are Uncomfortable
After a period of learning during 2-3 period cycles, the process of using a cup becomes very easy. It is extremely soft and flexible so it folds easily to reduce its diameter to allow insertion into the vagina. The vagina itself is an extremely stretchable organ, which permits the entry of cup easily.
Myth 3: Menstrual Cups Can Move In The Body
Once inserted, the cup is held in place by strong pelvic muscles and a vacuum seal is created at the rim of the cup. The force is enough that one needs to pinch the base of the cup to release vacuum while removing the cup. The cup does not usually fall down if inserted properly and it has no place to rise beyond the vaginal canal as the closed cervix prevents it from going further up. The ideal cup position is just at the mouth of the cervix.
Myth 4: Menstrual Cups Require Maintenance
A menstrual cup only needs to be sterilized or disinfected once in between each cycle. Steam sterilization is possible by boiling or microwaving in water or with electric steam sterilizers. Disinfecting liquids can also be used to keep the cup hygienic. It should be stored in a cool dry place like your closet or drawer. Maintained well, the menstrual cup can last for 3-5 years.
Myth 5: Menstrual Cups Affects Virginity
One's virginity is only affected by having sex. The presence or absence of hymen cannot be considered to be a sign of virginity as the hymen can be broken during physical exercise too. Unmarried girls can use a menstrual cup in small size without any impact on their virginity.
With the advantage of ease of exercise, swimming and travel, plus no rashes, no needing extra supplies and reducing plastic burden on the environment, it's no wonder the menstrual pad is a prime menstrual choice today.
(Also Read: 7 Things To Do To Make Your Period Less Painful)
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