Why Women Shouldn’t Use Menstrual Cups

 

In Africa, sanitary pads costs almost $1. An average family in the western world menstrual cup-picmay think that is cheap, but that is far from the case over in Africa.

In Kenya for example, the average daily income for unskilled labourers is slightly above $1.

In Nigeria for example, more than 50% of the population live below the poverty line ($1 per day).

Women in these areas have resorted to using unhealthy materials that don’t seem to work for menstrual management. This include crude items such as leaves, newspaper, rags, cotton, bits of mattress stuffing, and even mud.

Menstrual cups-a viable solution?

Menstrual cups have made some waves lately, even though they’ve existed for quite sometime…Here is a summary of what they’re like:

Menstrual cups are made out of surgical grade silicone and are inserted into the vagina to collect, rather than absorb menstrual fluid, and are overall a much healthier option for a woman’s body. Unlike tampons and pads that contain harmful bleaches and chemicals, menstrual cups have no negative side effects on a woman’s body and there is no threat of Toxic Shock Syndrome.

When inserted correctly, the cup sits about half an inch inside the vagina, and creates a vacuum seal to prevent leakage. The cups provide 12 hours of comfortable, leak-free protection, and can be reused for up to 10 years — making it an economically wise and sustainable solution. Source: Huffington’s post.

The problem with Menstrual cups

Menstrual cups might seem cheap, and sustainable on the long term. but I have some issues with them.

They’re not cheap after all.

Menstrual cups costs from $12-$50, a cheap price some may say. However, the real truth is that not every woman has the money to buy one (especially those from low income or poverty stricken countries).

It’s easier for a lady who makes $1.50 a day in Kenya to folk-out $1 for sanitary pads, than to pay afford $12-40 for menstrual cups.

Menstrual cups cause discomfort.

No man would feel comfortable having something stuck in his anus for more than 12-hours a day. Therefore, I believe no woman would feel comfortable having a menstrual cup stuck in her vagina for that same time–she’d definitely feel some level of discomfort.

Menstrual cups are hymen destroyers

The hymen is one of the clearest ways to proof a woman is still a virgin in some patriarchal societies in Africa.  Menstrual cups don’t assure that.
Note: A woman can break her hymen by engagin in activities that can cause friction to it.

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  1. Princess Blobbyknickers says:

    The hymen is not a true way of testing virginity. It’s a myth that has led to the wrongful persecution of many and you shouldn’t perpetuate such harmful superstitions. Also, a menstruation cup should not damage the hymen if used properly as it sits far too low in the vagina. It should not reach the cervix, which is where the hymen is.
    Yes, they are expensive and this makes me worry about the future possibility of dangerous counterfeits. Maybe a pad costs a dollar but anyone who’s ever had a period will know you’ll go through around a dozen on your average period. You’ll have a dozen periods a year, and when some menstrual cups are meant to last you several years? Nuff said.
    Comparing a woman’s vagina to a man’s anus? Comparing the body part that’s designed to withstand pushing out a whole person without breaking versus the body part that will give you hemorroids for taking too large a dump? Yes, the first time I used a menstrual cup it was uncomfortable for a day, then it was more comfortable than any menstrual product I’d ever used! Even pads are somewhat uncomfortable. Unless you get the most expensive pads, it feels like having sticky, itchy paper in your knickers. It’s prone to leaking, which is very embarrassing. Sometimes they slip and make your ass look disfigured.
    (I once went a whole hour without realising it looked like I had a massive boner because my pad had slipped and twisted, and I just thought it was uncomfortable but it turned out to be actually visible) Not wearing a pad means less of a chance for infections to breed and more of a chance for skin to breath.

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