Jul 122018

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

When we asked the audience at the beginning of the seminar if they can spare 2 hours of their time, a cacophony of murmurs ran through the room in resistance for such a long session. So, we demanded for 1 hour, however, we knew that we were deceiving them. Wherever we have hosted our seminars, it has always crossed the two hours mark, which makes us wonder, why do our seminars last so long!

Through our seminars, it is the first time most of the women are openly discussing about menstruation. Many women want to share their experiences and problems, but because menstruation is still a taboo topic, no such environment for open discussion is available. When one lady initiates a conversation, then slowly all of the women feel more comfortable as everyone is able to relate to one thing or the other.

Jul 052018

Sheroes’ Hangout, Lucknow

We held our session on menstrual hygiene management with a focus on menstrual cups at SheRoes Hangout Lucknow. To explain a little about the concept of Sheroes – the word derives from “she” and “heroes” to amalgamate to being female heroes. The women we met here are fighters and much stronger than you or me.

Hatred and anger combined are awfully dangerous.One such example of this backward mindset is acid attack, where men would throw concentrated acid on women that would burn their body. The most common reason for such violence is one sided love where men are unable to marry a girl they find beautiful, so instead, they try to ruin that woman’s life through acid attack. “How dare she reject me? She should be taught a lesson.” Many survivors go through a phase depression. Some have support from their family and some do not. To provide employment to these women and bring them back to the work force, a restaurant has been solely devoted to these women where they can learn to be back on their feet again. These women are the most beautiful women you will meet.

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  • क्या कप मेरे अंदर फंस सकता हैक्या होगा यदि यह बाहर नहीं आता है 

निश्चिंत हो जायिये। कप आपके शरीर के अंदर खो नहीं सकता है। यह आपके गर्भाशय तक भी नहीं जाएगा और यह सिर्फ निचले हिस्से में ही रहता है। आराम करें और नीचे बैठने की कोशिश करें क्योंकि यह आपके योनि की लंबाई को कम करता है। फिर, धीरे-धीरे धक्का दें (जैसे कि आंत्र आंदोलन में आप करते हैं) जब तक आप कप के निचले हिस्से को पकड़ न सकें। थोड़ा सा नीचे दबाना मुहर तोड़ने के लिए पर्याप्त है। (यह मुहर सुरक्षित है क्योंकि कप किसी भी प्रकार के विसर्जन के दौरान बाहर नहीं आयेगा जब तक कप के निचले हिस्से को मुहर तोड़ने के लिए दबाया नहीं जाता है, जो केवल हाथ से किया जाता है।)  

  • यह मेरे लिए बहुत बड़ा है 

मेन्सट्रुअल कप सभी आकारों में उपलब्ध हैं। इसलिए प्रवाह की मात्रा, किसी के गर्भाशय की ऊंचाई, किसी की उम्र और किसी ने जन्म दिया है या नहीं से पता चलता है कि कौन सा आकार चुनना है। फिर भी, सबसे पहले यह बहुत बड़ा लग सकता है; हालांकि कप सिलिकॉन से बना है, यह किसी के शरीर के आकार को लेता है। उच्च गर्भाशय वाले लोगों के लिए – एक लंबे कप की ज़रूरत होती है, जबकि जिनके पास निचला गर्भाशय होता है – एक छोटा कप को ज़रूरत होती है।  

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  • इसको प्रयोग करने में आप पहली बार सक्षम ना हों। सफलता के लिए थोड़ी दृढ़ता और सही तकनीक की आवश्यकता होती है। इसका आगे उल्लेख किया गया है।  
  • योनी व कप में थोड़ा पानी लगाने से कप के प्रवेश करने की प्रक्रिया आसान हो जाती है (तेल न इसतेमाल करें क्योंकि यह कप को नुकसान पहुंचा सकता है)। 
  • मेन्सट्रुअल कप  के उपयोग पर हो सकता है कि आपकी झिल्ली टूट जाए। जब यह सही स्थिति में होता है तो मेन्सट्रुअल कप गर्भाशय और योनि फोर्नेस के नीचे अच्छी तरह से बैठता है और ऐसा नहीं होना चाहिए।  
  • कप का उपयोग करने से पहले और बाद में अपने हाथों को साबुन से ज़रूर धोयें। 
  • कप को प्रयोग करने के बाद दिए गए कपड़े के थैले में रखें क्योंकि इसे उचित वायुमंडल की आवश्यकता होती है। 
Jul 012018

Frequently Asked Questions on menstrual cups

  • Can the cup get stuck inside of me? What if it does not come out?  

Rest assured. The cup cannot get lost inside your body, as it will only go so far as up to your cervix. Try to relax and squat down as this shortens the length of your vaginal canal. Then, push gently (as if going for a bowel movement) until you can grab ahold of the bottom of the cup.  The goal is to grab enough to break the seal.  (A note, this seal is secured as the cup will not come out during any kind of excretion until the bottom of the cup is pinched to break the seal, which is only possible if done by hand.)  

  • “It is too big for me” 

Menstrual cups are available in all sizes, so the first step is to consider your body’s needs according to the amount of flow, the height of one’s cervix, one’s age and whether or not one has given birth. Even so, at first it may seem too big; however, the cup is flexible and can be placed by various folding types and it is a matter of adjustment. Since the cup is made of silicone, it takes on the shape of one’s body. For those with a higher cervix- a longer cup is recommended, while those who have a lower cervix, a shorter one. Heavier flows require larger sized cups such as a medium or large, while lighter flows need a smaller sized cup. 

  • “It will hurt too much” 
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  • You may not be able to insert it the first time. A little persistence and the right technique are required for success. This is mentioned previously.  
  • Water or water-based lubricants can help in the process of insertion (not oil-based as this can damage the cup). 
  • There are several different types of sizes of menstrual cups depending on the height of one’s cervix, the amount of blood flow, whether one has given birth and or is above the age of 30.  
  • There is a very small chance that your hymen can break upon use as the menstrual cup is inserted into the vaginal canal. When in correct position, the menstrual cup sits well below the cervix and vaginal fornices.  
  • You must wash your hands with soap before and after using the cup. 
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मेन्सट्रुअल कप क्या है?

पैड और टैम्पौन के विपरीत, मेन्सट्रुअल कप माहवारी रक्त एकत्र/इकट्ठा करता है। मेन्सट्रुअल कप मेडिकल-ग्रेड सिलिकॉन से बना है जो लंबे समय तक इस्तेमाल कर सकते हैं और ऐलर्जी-मुक्त है।  इसको आप बार-बार लगभग १० साल तक इस्तेमाल कर सकते हैं। मेन्सट्रुअल कप एक बार इस्तेमाल करने के बाद पानी से धो कर फिर लगा सकते हैं और हर अवधि के बाद पानी में उबाल कर फिर इस्तेमाल कर सकते हैं।

अवधि के दौरान महिलाओं के आम भय में शामिल हैं:

  • रिसाव – महिलाएं चिंतित रहती हैं कि उनके पैड / कपड़े रिसाव हो सकते हैं। मेन्सट्रुअल कप, सही ढंग से स्थित होने पर, पूरी तरह से रिसाव-मुक्त होता है।
  • असुविधा – महिलाएं रिपोर्ट करती हैं कि मेन्सट्रुअल कप इतना आरामदायक हैं कि वह कप अंदर रखने के बारे में भूल जाती हैं क्योंकि वे इसे अन्दर महसूस नहीं करती हैं।
  • गंध – कपड़ा या पैड का उपयोग करते समय, रक्त हवा के संपर्क में आता है, जिससे एक गंध आती है। मेन्सट्रुअल कप का उपयोग करते समय, रक्त शरीर के भीतर एकत्र किया जाता है जिससे रक्त हवा के संपर्क में कभी नहीं आता। यही कारण है कि मेन्सट्रुअल कप इस्तेमाल करते समय किसी प्रकार की गंध नहीं आती।
  • जगह का हटना – ज्यादातर महिलाएं जानती हैं कि उनका कपड़ा या पैड स्थिति से हट सकता है या गिर सकता है। जब मेन्सट्रुअल कप का उपयोग किया जा रहा है, तो कप शरीर के अंदर रहता है और जब तक उपयोगकर्ता स्वेच्छता से इसे हटा नहीं देता, तब तक कप बाहर नहीं निकलेगा।
  • लागत – कपड़ा बहुत सस्ता विकल्प हो सकता है, क्योंकि महिलाएं घर पर उपलब्ध विभिन्न प्रकार के कपड़ो का उपयोग कर लेती हैं। महिलाएं प्रत्येक चक्र में अपनी अवधि के दौरान लगभग 70 रुपये पैड पर खर्च करती हैं और यह कई लोगों के लिए बोझ हो सकती है। मेन्सट्रुअल कप की खरीद कुल १० वर्षों के लिए एक बार होती है।
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A Guide to the Menstrual Cups

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What is a menstrual cup?

Unlike pads and tampons, the menstrual cup is a menstruation management technique which collects menstrual fluid instead of absorbing it. The menstrual cup is made from medical-grade silicone which is long-lasting and hypoallergenic. Menstrual cups, like tampons, are placed inside the vagina during one’s menstrual cycle to collect menstrual fluid. The contents (menstrual discharge) are then washed out with water, the cup is dried and then it can be reused. Menstrual cups, if sanitized properly, can last for up to 10 years.

Common fears women have during periods while using various methods include:

  • Leakage – Women are concerned that their pads/cloths might leak. A menstrual cup, when positioned correctly, is completely leak-free.
  • Discomfort – Women report that menstrual cups are so comfortable that they forget about having placed a cup inside because they cannot feel it.
  • Odour – When using cloths or pads, the blood comes in contact with the air, which creates a foul smell. When using menstrual cups, the blood is collected inside the body and never comes in contact with the air, which is why there is no odour.
  • Falling out – Most women are conscious that their cloth or pad might get out of position or fall out. When the menstrual cup is being used, the cup remains inside the body, forming a seal, and does not come out until the user willingly removes it.
  • Cost – Cloth can be a very cheap option, since women can use a variety of cloths available at home. In the case of disposable pads, women spend roughly Rs. 70 on their periods in every cycle and this can be a burden for many. The menstrual cup is a one-time investment for a total of 10 years.
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