Menstrual Hygiene Day – 2 products that can make a change

May 28 is celebrated as World Menstrual Hygiene Day to create awareness among every individual about the challenges during menstruation. There are several taboos and stigma around the topic that prevents people from talking about it. These need to be broken and a conversation needs to be made between men and women about the topic to promote awareness and understanding of the issue.   

    A large portion of women in the developing world still uses cloth and other cheap alternatives like ashes and husks during their menstrual cycle. These are highly dangerous and can cause various infections. Switching to sanitary pads and tampons was a revolutionary step at the time as it allowed women to work freely without the fear of leakage. But with the further evolution of menstrual products in the market, much eco-friendly and safer products are made available.   

   Sanitary pads are made of plastics and absorbing chemicals which on burning causes pollution. Also, the amount of plastic sanitary pads used by women in their lifetime is huge. Such pads, if not used properly can cause rashes, urinary infections, and vaginal infections. Therefore better alternatives need to be explored.   

 1.Reusable cloth pads 

 Most women are used to pad-like products and surveys report that the majority of women prefer them as they are comfortable and easy to use. For them, reusable cloth pads are the best options as they act exactly like sanitary pads but not made of plastic. They have good absorbing properties and a pack of about 500 will have 5-6 cloth pads that can be washed and used for every period for about 6 months. These are less expensive and less polluting compared to plastic sanitary pads and tampons   

   2.Menstrual cups 

 Menstrual cups are the best menstrual product available in the market today. They are cups made of silicone. They are flexible cup-shaped products that can be inserted into the vagina. These can be used for up to 12 hours. A single cup can be reused for up to 10 years and the price range between 300-500. The price is very less compared to all other alternatives in the market. It has the least health risks and can be the most eco-friendly product.   Step up and switch to these better products for a greener and safer period!

    Step up and switch to these better products for a greener and safer period!