Kiss Your Annoying Monthly Visitor Goodbye!

By Angela Semanda.

 

Hello ladies! What if I told you there was a solution to your monthly menstrual challenges that lasted for up for up to 10 years, was affordable and eco-friendly? Yes, I know, sounds to good to be true; but it exists.

The menstrual cup, also referred to as the Ruby Cup, is an innovative technological solution that started in the 1930s and has undergone considerable improvements since then to make it acceptable to the modern woman. Ruby Cup is a healthy, high-quality and eco-friendly alternative to conventional menstrual cycle products (i.e. tampons and sanitary pads).  Menstrual cups are quickly gaining popularity in Europe and a few NGOs, partnering with Ruby Cup, have started a brilliant initiative to bring it to African women and girls who can’t afford traditional menstrual products. Many school-aged women in Africa miss school when they’re on their periods for various reasons. The goal of the aforementioned initiative is to offer product alternatives that are more cost-effective, thereby enabling young women to attend classes even when they’re on their periods.

Thanks to certain NGOs and private distributors with a social mission, menstrual cups can be found in parts of Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Now they’re trying to make them available in Uganda and the rest of Africa! This is an open call for you to get involved. Like their Facebook page (Menstrual cups in Uganda) see how you and/or your organizations/country representatives can get involved. Women of all ages swear by the effectiveness of this product, from mothers who’ve given birth multiple times to yoga instructors that spend a considerable time posing on their heads. What’s more, the participating NGOs have generously pledged to give a menstrual cup to a female in a Ugandan village for every one sold in community pharmacies or by distributors at retail price. Support the cause and let’s get more menstrual cups in Africa!

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4 Comments

  1. I don’t think women are helping matters by calling their menstrual cycle annoying. Menstruation is something every woman should celebrate. It may be painful but when we say it is annoying, we enhance the misunderstanding and stereotype.

    • If you actually read this article, you will see that I am referring to the cost of buying sanitary towels/ tampons Vs buying a menstrual cup that a woman uses for 10 years. This is what this article refers to and the word “annoying” refers to the cost. I won’t get into menstruation and the beauty or pain of it as that is a totally different article. Maybe you should consider writing an article on it.

  2. I’ve heard about these mysterious cups before. When I read the title of the article, I thought of some miraculous solution that keeps my visitor away altogether but allows me to ovulate and get pregnant …dumb, I know. Let me find that facebook page, then I can testify about the goodness of the menstrual cup to anyone who cares to listen.

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