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April 30, 2018

Recently a research paper on Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) and menstrual cup usage rocked our little cup universe and questioned our assumptions about correlation of TSS with menstrual cup usage. Let us take a detailed look at the study and other associated material about TSS before hitting the panic b...

May 14, 2017

When the world was less connected physically and when everything had to move in sync with the lunar and solar cycles, it is said that women used to indulge in self-care, and collect the menstrual blood for fertilizing their fields. Unless the woman had any major infectious disease that could be tran...

May 14, 2017

Much has been assumed regarding the sanitary pad usage in rural india. The general perception is that, sanitary napkins are not available or affordable by rural women and girls. It will therefore come as a surprise to many that, even in the rural areas, the prevalence of disposable products for mana...

May 14, 2017

Personal Choice? Think Again

Waste is the farthest thing from our minds as we walk down the aisle to cherry pick that ONE type of pad that works for us. Yet, menstrual waste, a mounting problem in the country, doesn’t have an environmentally responsible solution. An AC Nielsen study places the curren...

May 14, 2017

Menstruation is a topic close to every woman’s heart – more than the vagina. The wonderful, life-giving process is as natural as breathing and still period shaming happens everywhere in the world.

Let’s talk about India. The subject is so taboo as if it’s a crime to have periods! In my own fairly edu...

May 14, 2017

There was a time when menstruating women were asked to ‘sit’ separately during ‘those’ days – they would not enter the kitchen or go to the market or fill water from the well or do any work. It was like being in the naughty corner for 3-4 days. It probably gave the over-burdened women a restful brea...

May 14, 2017

“Why should I switch to a menstrual cup now? I am already above 45 and I am approaching my menopause! I have very heavy periods. How will a cup hold it?” These are some of the arguments I hear when I am talking about “cupverting” my friends in the age-group 45-50.

I grew up in Mumbai with probably th...

May 14, 2017

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You are a runner. The customary weekend long run is underway, when suddenly it dawns upon you at the 20th kilometre that you were supposed to get your periods today. Hmmmmmm. May be you are getting it right now, but you are sweating, your nose is running and the body is complaining, so y...

May 14, 2017

I had my periods when I was nine, and used mostly disposable sanitary pads and occasionally, homemade cloth pads. My mom experimented and introduced me to tampons when I was in Grade 9 and the freedom was mindblowing! Can’t thank her enough.

I became a responsible waste management volunteer in 2011 a...

May 14, 2017

Recently, you have read a lot about RUMPs in this space – Re-Usable Menstrual Products – Menstrual Cups and Cloth Pads. Initially feeling a little lost about what they are, you probably watched some videos on YouTube as well – which left you more confused on how to select the right product for yours...

May 14, 2017

Committed to a greener planet and thinking of giving up sanitary pads for menstrual cups? Here are a few tips that will help you make that switch.

Almost two years ago, I tried a menstrual cup for the first time. I was 24 years old and was a newbie to the world of cups. As excited as I was about tryi...

May 14, 2017

Remember when it was ‘that time of the month’ and you dreaded the lumpy sanitary pad which left you constantly stressed about staining your pants? Well, the world has moved on from all thing chunky to all things sleek, pads included, but it’s still uncomfortable, causes rashes, leaks and leaves you...

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