[dropcap]M[/dropcap]enstrual hygiene has been a matter of taboo until very recently, when both men and women came out in the open to discuss its importance. With social movements, television shows, and Bollywood expanding the message of hygiene to the general mass, several new methods and sanitary products have been developed now for the convenience of women.
The very recent success of finally getting sanitary napkins exempted form Goods and Services tax (GST) has added on to the seriousness of the subject.
Dea Corp, a manufacturer of menstrual cups, was founded by Amol Prakash Mane, as a product of inspiration by the concept of Make in India. With the vision to promote and contribute in menstrual hygiene through launching eco-friendly menstrual cups, Mane based out of Vapi in Gujarat, thought of providing menstrual hygiene and awareness among school and college going girls and ladies.
With a focus to offer premium menstrual cups made up of quality silicone, which are reusable and comfortable, The cups can be used for about 10 years at a stretch. These cost effective and environment friendly cups come in two sizes, specified for women who have given birth and for the ones who haven’t yet.
Becoming lazy during the period days and suffering from extreme pain is almost every woman’s tale. “I don’t like the whole idea of changing my sanitary product multiple times,” said Hetal, a college goer. “It’s an entire day’s process and sometimes even at odd hours at night, you need to change. So, I was looking for a sanitary essential which is hygienic, stays for long hours, require less time, effort and money.”
“Having heard from a friend about Dea Corp’s menstrual cups I ordered one for myself. Once inserted, the cup provides protection for 12 hours. I do not have to worry about vaginal infection anymore. It’s a bliss!” Hetal heaved a sigh of relief.
For Sheetal, a homemaker, managing the household’s finance is very important, and expensive sanitary essentials bring about recurring expenses landing women with an add-on expenditure!
“I was looking for a cost-effective sanitary essential, and through a seminar, I got to know about Dea corp who educated me about the menstrual cup. To my calculation, on an average, an Indian woman spends about Rs 300 per month in buying pads or tampons. Assuming that the menstrual age lasts for 30 years, this number crosses Rs1 lakh. Now imagine having to spend less than 1/100th of the cost? This made me switch to the menstrual cup, I ordered size-2 ideal for post delivery women,” explained Sheetal.
Now that’s something to appreciate. A tension free and liberating period is what every woman desires.
Even on knowing the benefits of menstrual cups many would think if it is safe enough for use. According to Dr Rahul Manchanda, Gaynae Endoscopic Surgeon PSRI Hospital, “Menstrual cups are safer than menstrual pads because the menstrual cup is a collector, which collects the discharge from the cervix in the cup without disturbing the wall. Pads need to be changed every 3 to 4 hours to avoid severe rashes and fungal infections. But they are more popular because it is easier to use them as compared to the other two. Menstrual cups are more eco-friendly, and cheaper than pads since one purchase lasts for years. They don’t cause dryness or disrupt one’s pH balance. Furthermore, the risk of TSS (toxic shock syndrome) is lower with menstrual cups.”