Today’s post is like one of those times when you discover something you didn’t know about and immediately discuss it with your friends? Yup, I found out about something called a menstrual cup and here I am talking to you guys about it. I haven’t tried it out myself, but I’m putting it out there because I think it sounds pretty phenomenal and then leave it up to you to figure out if it’s something you’d like to try (I’ll update you when I do test it). I’m going to keep it short and sweet, with enough material linked for your personal research, if you’d like to find out more. Cool?
But before I begin: I know some people are ok with talking about menstruation, some have their own reservations with it. I’m not here to do a shamiana party around it. I understand and respect everyone’s stance. Whatever we feel is either a product of our society, years of social and mental conditioning, or just personal preferences, we don’t need to alienate each other over this. Let’s just try and be easy about it (hence the beautiful flower in the picture above), so no one’s uncomfortable and we are properly educated about something that may be of interest and value to us.
Also, period blood is not dirty. It’s what brought you and me into this world, if anything I’m kind of grateful to this natural phenomenon because, you know, I like being alive. So let’s not hate, just appreciate. In parallel, I also don’t like publishing it in the local news when I’m on my period. Just like I don’t want to talk to my parosi about his genitalia over a tea party, I also don’t want to talk about mine. BUT I do wish we would normalize this for our own selves and just be comfortable with what our body experiences. The majority of sexually inactive Pakistani women don’t know where their vagina is and just for our own selves, we need to at least know what’s going on down there and be able to calmly read/process/explore anything that relates to it without going into a seizure (flying laanat coming my way in an Instagram DM as we speak).
ANYWAY BACK TO THE POINT.
So this menstrual cup from Recircle (Pakistan-based) came my way a couple of weeks ago. It’s a feminine hygiene product that you use during your menstruation. It’s inserted – conceptually like a tampon, it’s not visible because it goes inside you – but instead of absorbing fluid like other sanitary products do, this one collects. Here’s the pretty phenomenal thing about it: It can last up to 12 hours for everyday usage (so you take it out, dump the goods, wash and then re-insert) and once you’re done with your period completely, you can keep it with you (washed, naturally)….for up to TEN FREAKING YEARS.
There are quite a few amazing things about it so to make it easier reading, let me list down the things that I was fascinated by:
- The Recircle cup can last you up to 12 hours when you’re on your period. You can swim, dance, workout (or even just sit very quietly in a corner, that’s fine too) and the cup will be fine.
- The reviews I’ve read, people claim that they can’t feel it once inserted and it actually feels like they’re not on their period at all. I even read some reviews saying that it helped with their cramps (I can get on board with that).
- The cup can be used for up to ten years. It’s made of medical grade silicone so it’s reusable. Which also means less money spent on hygiene products over your lifetime.
- I’ve only recently started reading about this but our pads and tampons aren’t constructed out of the best materials, actually stuff that is harmful to our health over repeated usage (can even effect embryonic development, fack). I’m not sure if I’m ready to let go of them yet but the Recircle cup is, like I mentioned, made of medical grade silicone and is safe. No chemical absorbents, all good stuff.
- Do we really care about the planet? I’m not sure but this cup is incredible for the planet. One female uses and dumps about 11,000 pads/tampons in her lifetime, this is stuff that doesn’t decompose (unless you’re using organic goodies). Considering this will go for up to 10 years, you may need to buy only about 4-5 cups in your entire life. Pretty remarkable.
- They come in really cute (medically safe) colors 😛 #UnprofessionalTongueOutSmiley
MYTHS/CONCERNS WE CAN DISCUSS
- You will not lose your virginity by using this. The cup will not get lost inside you (it’s not the grand canyon down there, guys, limited space, lulz).
- It doesn’t hurt, doesn’t leak and is safe to use.
- Collecting period blood may sound gross but collect karain ya absorb, hai toh sab ek hi jagah. You toss the blood when you’re ready to change, that concept doesn’t gross me out to be honest.
- From what I’ve read, the first time it takes a bit to get used to (like anything new I guess). So you may need to do some amateur level acrobatics in the loo on the first outing.
- Like anything new that wants to come in place of something that’s already working fine, I am personally very resistant to change. But I think it’s only when you discover something even better that you realise what you were missing out on. I’m going to take some time to try this out but I didn’t want to wait to share it with you guys. I’ll of course update when I do test it out.
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You can order the Recircle cup here. It’s priced at PKR 2000 and if you buy two, you get 50% off one cup, so two cups for PKR 3000.
I loved the story of Recircle’s co-founder, Wasma’s own experience with the cup. If you’re even mildly intrigued, you’ll enjoy reading this.
Have you tried this? Will you try it? Are you intrigued? Will you tell your friends about it? Please be respectful when voicing your opinions, this is a small business and it’s not the same as giving feedback to a large corporation 🙂