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Why & How I Switched to Everteen Menstrual Cup

sto .Until last year, the idea of using a menstrual cup during my period was something I couldn’t even imagine. I have never even used a tampon,so the thought of inserting an alien object into my private parts was quite unrealistic. Also I couldn’t wrap my head around the way it would work. There were also obvious concerns about things like painful, safety, hygiene, comfort and most importantly leakage.  

However, in 2017,when I was sailing with my husband, I got the opportunity to see first hand the damage single use plastic items were doing to the environment. We were in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the ships filtered were being cleaned and lo and behold, along with seaweed and other sea organisms, the majority stuff was plastic. Just imagining the amount of damage this amount of plastic must be doing to the marine life and the sea I so loved sailing in gave me nightmares. Even though I wasn’t sure how much of a difference it would make but I was sure that a cange in my choices was necessary

I decided to make small changes in daily habits. One of the first changes I made was the more eco-friendly option of using a menstrual cup. I decided to try the Everteen Menstrual Cup for this transition. As I had used other products from them, ordering my first menstrual cup from this brand was kind of a no-brainer. The brand has other menstrual hygiene products as well like intimate washes, panty liners etc.

Price: Rs 455 for size large, Rs 435 for size small

Packaging

Everteen Menstrual Cup comes in a beautiful sturdy box inside a pretty red & golden colored bag so you can keep your menstrual cup store safely after your periods. I was pretty impressed with the packaging since everything is biodegradable. This is so different from the plastic packaging most of the usual menstrual products come in.

Texture & Product

The cup itself is a funnel shaped and pink in color. It is made of medical grade silicone so it has a very soft texture. The Everteen menstrual cups are also chemical free unlike pads or tampons. The later are laced with bleach, artificial fragrance and so many other toxins. These chemicals & toxins are some of the leading causes for vaginal irritation and discomfort.

My Experience

Before I talk about how my transition was, lets get into a little details about how to use it.

To insert: You need to fold it in half (there are a few other folding methods, but I just think it’s easiest to fold in half) insert it like you would a tampon without an applicator, and it pops open once it’s up there, forming a seal that catches blood. You can wear it for up to 12 hours. Even on days with heavier flow, I didn’t have to change mine more than thrice a day.

To remove: The cups have a stem you can use to pull it out, but personally I think it’s easier to pinch the base of the cup which breaks the seal releasing the suction and makes it easier to remove. Tip it out in the toilet, and rinse it in the sink. Rinse it off with hot water and non-toxic soap or a fragrance-free cup wash. If you do not have a non-toxic soap or cup wash, clean it with intimate wipes after washing it. I don’t prefer wipes as they add on to the environment issue of growing landfills. So in my opinion, soaps are the most environment friendly option.

I had a lot of concerns when I first thought about shifting to the Everteen menstrual cup. The answer to all my questions and queries was in depth research and talking to other people who had made the change. It not only put my mind to ease but what surprised me the most was the fact that whoever made the transition, pretty much swore that they were never going back to the conventional menstrual products.

My research indicated that it takes a few tries to insert it correctly. I didn’t really face that issue and to make sure it was sealed properly, I just pulled down on the stem a tiny bit which ensured that it popped into place. In terms of my concern about the comfort, I faced no problems. It was like the cup was not even there! I was able to do pretty much anything I wanted while it continued to stay in place.

The only downside of the transition is getting used to the cleaning process. Emptying the cup gave me quite a shock in the beginning. I also had to make sure that I have a cup cleanser soap with me without fail. Other than that, the advantages and the efficacy of the product outweighs the cons by quite a margin.

The reason I decided to use the Everteen menstrual cup was one, they were a rand I used before. Secondly, they fulfilled all the requirements & health standards for a safe menstrual product.Lastly, they offered sizes large and small, with clear details of the difference in both the sizes and who they were more suitable for. I was particularly glad that I started using it when I was sailing with my husband. All garbage on-board has to be categorized as it is sorted by hand before being disposed. This meant that I had to dispose my pads and other menstrual products as a medical waste. The medical room is a sanitized space so after every disposal, I had to spend 20 minute sanitizing the medical room washroom . Imagine doing that 4-5 times a day!

Final Verdict

Switching to menstrual cups was pretty much the best decision I made. I continued to travel, workout and socialise like normal without any leakage or discomfort after switching to the cup.  I never thought I would say this but now I know where the sentiment of not going back to traditional menstrual products comes from. Please note that the transition does takes time. Like everything new, you have to learn to get used to it. There are so many different ways to use the cup, to position it, clean and sanitize it.  You have to find the one that works best for you. The only way to do that is the way of trial and error. You can buy the Everteen menstrual cup can be bought from their website and also on Amazon

Have you used the Everteen Menstrual Cup?

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