The use of menstrual cups in humanitarian situations

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Re: The use of menstrual cups in humanitarian situations

Thank you for this information and you are right! Menstrual cups are quite a vast improvement!

I am also quite excited to know whether you have any data or whether you know of any area (humanitarian setting) where menstrual cups were implemented.

We look forward to your further feedback :-)

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Re: The use of menstrual cups in humanitarian situations

This sounds really encouraging! Do you have any data or reports to back up these statements? Can we be sure you are right?
May I ask where you work (just curious)?

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Re: The use of menstrual cups in humanitarian situations

Using menstrual cups where there is not water for hygenic use is not a problem. I myself have used urine to rinse the cup and re-insert the cup. There may be an intial "yuck" factor, but in humanitarian situtations one gets over the yuck.

In some yoga traditions, urine is used for daily washing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urine

As for the sharing of cups, if the cup is cleaned, and sun dried for a few hours, there should be little chance of disease communication. Additionally silicone materials are resistant to bacteria.

Menstrual cups are a vast improvement over any traditional means of dealing with menstrual hygene.
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The use of menstrual cups in humanitarian situations

Hi,

First and foremost, it goes without saying that menstrual cups have the potential to be one of the most economical and sustainable products on the market and could revolutionise and create a paradigm shift in the context of menstrual management for women in developing countries and in humanitarian situations.

However analysing this in a humanitarian context, what are the dangers in using a menstrual cup in such situations? Could it be, that the menstrual cup may cause more harm than good due to the fact that women who live in refugee sites, do not have access to clean water and sanitation facilities therefore are prone to infections and sharing of cups?

I think the benefits outweigh the risks though if proper awereness raising is carried out. Isn't it better to have something rather than nothing? What is more hygienic and sustainable? Using old clothes that are not washed properly, dirty reused pads or menstrual cups that can last several years? Isn't the amount of water required to wash the cup very little anyway?

Sorry for the loads of questions but it would be great to hear your thoughts.

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