Menstruation and menstrual cup
Well, it’s time again, many women think about once a month. Some people welcome their monthly bleeding with pleasure not to be an unwanted pregnancy, others with sadness not to bear the seed of the child they wish.
In English, menstruation is sometimes called “the curse”, something all women suffer from. In many cultures the woman is considered impure during the time she is bleeding. Perhaps it will remain in part in our modern society.
All the names and rewrites that exist may be a sign that menstruation is still something you avoid mentioning. Instead, perhaps we should celebrate menstruation as one of the signs of female physical maturity.
Menstrual Cup – With the right feminine protection, the “curse” can feel easier to carry!
A menstrual cup is a container of silicone that collects the blood. It is available in different sizes, emptied and cleaned a few times a day, as well as before each menstrual period. It is placed just inside the vaginal opening. The delicate pH-balance of the vagina is not affected and the cup is hypoallergenic. If placed right the menstrual cup keeps tight during sports activities, swimming and during the night. It holds a lot of fluid and therefore does not need to be emptied very often. The menstrual cups can last for 5-10 years and are therefore good for both wallets and the environment. Belladot Evelina is a smooth menstrual cup in silicone. The menstrual cup is absolutely safe! Traditional menstrual protection can lead to for example dehydration, disruption of the pH-balance and does not give the same freedom as a menstrual cup. Belladot Evelina Menstrual Cup is a really good choice!
Pad – Which is put in the underwear and absorbs the blood. They are stuck directly into the underwear with adhesive strips and usually have “wings” that protect the edge of the underwear. There are disposable pads or pads that are washed and reused in the same way as fabric diapers. Pantiliners, a smaller and thinner type of pad may be sufficient when the bleeding is small or at the end of the period. Having a pad can feel clumsy and give a moist feeling, even if the human blood is absorbed. Moisture in the vaginal area increases the risk of fungal, Candida. At night there is a risk of leakage. One-time pads cost thousands of swedish kr over a lifetime. Many pads will be made during the year which contributes to the garbagepiles.
Tampon – a small cotton roll that is placed up in the vagina and absorbs the blood. The tampons are removed using the string at the end. The tampon can dry out and adversely affect the fragile mucous membranes in the vagina. If the bleeding is low, there is a risk that tampon residues remains in the vagina when the tampon is withdrawn, which may increase the risk of infection. Tamponsickness is a serious bacterial disease that may be a risk in occasional cases if the tampon stays in for a long time, and you do not deal with the hygiene correctly. A tampon costs some kr, which means that with the amount of tampons used during a lifetime it gets pretty expensive.
Facts about menstruation
Menarche – The first bleeding usually occurs between 10-16 years. If the menstrual period has not started around 16-17 years, it may be wise to contact a youth reception for examination. High stress, excessive exercise and eating disorders may delay or get your period to be absent. Hormone levels can also affect.
Menstruation cycle – The time from the first day of the period to the first day of the next period is usually between 21-35 days. About fourteen days after ovulation if the egg is not fertilized, bleeding occurs. In some cases a minor bleeding may occur. Therefore, it is best to make a pregnancy test after unprotected sex if you want to be absolutely sure.
Menopause – means that the time of fertility is over and the menstrual cycle ends. It is found one year after the last bleeding, usually sometime between 45 and 55 years of age.
Problems with menstruation
Many suffer from pain during menstruation. Painkillers, heat and exercise can help. If the pain is very strong a gynecological examination may be necessary. Medical problems such as endometriosis and myoma can cause severe pain for some people. Irritation, tension and swelling of the body, PMS is also a common problem.
In case of extensive bleeding medicines are available. Normal amount of blood during a menstrual period is barely a decilitre, but it may vary.