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Ruby Cup – Usage & Health Benefits

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Menstruation is an issue that affects at least half of the world’s population. It is so multifaceted that it is not surprising that there is an infinite amount of information about it on the Internet and in books. One of the most important questions for girls and women in Germany is choosing the right hygiene products. When you first start menstruating, your choice is often influenced by your mother or sister. However, tampons and pads are by far the most commonly used solution to get rid of your periodto protect. They are inexpensive, easy to use and available almost everywhere. In addition, they have been around for a long time and the application is uncomplicated because you simply dispose of them in the hygienic bag in a toilet bin after use.

Menstrual cups: a sustainable alternative to pads & tampons

For some time now, however, there have also been sustainable alternatives to pads and tampons in the area of ​​menstrual hygiene. On the one hand there are these products from fair trade and organic cotton, on the other hand there are so-called menstrual cups (also called menstrual cups or menstrual caps).

An example is eg Ruby Cup . Unlike disposable products, Ruby Cup is reusable. Menstrual cups were invented in the early 1900s, but were made of rubber, which some women are allergic to. Nowadays there is no longer any risk of allergies because the material and design have been further developed. Made from 100% medical-grade silicone, menstrual cups offer environmentally and health-conscious women the opportunity to protect themselves with just one product for up to 10 years during their period.

Menstrual cups look like a small egg cup, are simply folded up and inserted into the body like a tampon. After 6-12 hours they are simply emptied, briefly rinsed out or wiped out and reinserted. The menstrual fluid is collected in the cup instead of being sucked up. Here you can learn more about the application. Similar to tampons and pads, menstrual cups come in different sizes, small and medium.

So you can switch depending on the strength of the bleeding. Gynecologists recommend, for example, patients with recurring bacterial infections ( vaginal thrush and vaginosis ) to use menstrual cups. Since tampons not only absorb menstrual blood but also sweat or moisture, the risk of such an infection is increased, especially during activities such as sauna and swimming.

It is estimated that a woman uses an average of 12,000 pads or tampons in her lifetime. Added to this is the packaging of the products and, for example in the USA, plastic applicators that are intended to make insertion easier. That said, menstruation is a big environmental factor when you look at it globally. However, it is not just the environmental factor that should be considered.

Studies have shown that many tampons and pads contain ingredients that are hazardous to health, such as bleach (that’s why the products look so white), but also fragrances and plastic fibers that migrate from the wrapper into the product. All of this enters the body through the mucous membranes. Menstrual cups, on the other hand, are hypoallergenic and free of phthalates and fragrances thanks to the medical silicone.

You can read more about the medical benefits of menstrual cups here .

The question arises as to why this alternative has not yet become established. The answer to that is relatively simple once you think about it. For retailers, pads and tampons, or disposable items in general, are more profitable than, for example, a menstrual cup. In the USA, however, you can already see that with increasing demand more and more shops are offering menstrual cups and thus the visibility of this alternative is increasing.

The lack of menstrual hygiene as a global problem

The issue of menstruation as a problem in emerging countries has not yet been mentioned. In many parts of the world, girls and women do not have access to menstrual hygiene products. Either pads and tampons are too expensive, or simply not available.

The consequence of this is that in Kenya, for example, girls do not go to school during their periods, simply for fear of bleeding through and embarrassing themselves. Since menstruation is taboo, this topic gets too little publicity or there is a lack of education. For example, many girls think they are sick and don’t know that menstruation is a natural process.

Fortunately, in recent years a network of activists, organizations and companies has emerged who are working on this problem and want to ensure the availability of menstrual hygiene.

The common mission is to improve menstrual hygiene worldwide and to educate girls and women and provide them with a sustainable and healthy alternative to pads and tampons.

Since 2014 there has also been an international day, the International Menstrual Hygiene Day. As a consumer, you can help. With every Ruby Cup (a Menstrual Cup) you buy, you donate one to Kenya. Based in Berlin, Ruby Cup works together with partner organizations in Kenya to provide as many girls and women as possible with a product and to educate them about menstruation.

You can read more about the social mission here .

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Hello! I am Lisa Newlon, and I am a medical writer and researcher with over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry. I have a Master’s degree in Medicine, and my deep understanding of medical terminology, practices, and procedures has made me a trusted source of information in the medical world.