It addresses economic access by virtue of being a onetime buy, lasting up to 5-10 years causing no waste hazards. On an average, people menstruating spend between 25,000 INR to 60,000 INR on Menstrual Hygiene Products in their lifetime. Using a menstrual cup brings this down to between 1000 INR to 4000 INR.
It is a healthier product than every other disposable option available in the market as the cup is made of inert silicone. Menstrual cups do not necessitate auxiliary products (like undergarments) for their use.
Use of a menstrual cup needs only basic access to private space for dignified and safe use which includes artificial lighting, access to clean water, and a sanitary washing product (Soap) - the same essentials for any MHM (Menstrual Hygiene Management) product and a boiling/sterilizing unit.
Menstrual cups have the added advantage of facilitating measurement of blood loss per cycle (which ought to be in the range of 30-60 ml) giving people menstruating, better understanding of their menstrual health status.
Further advantage is the recording of many cases worldwide where the length of the menstrual cycle is reduced. An estimated 40% of users have reported reduction in dysmenorrheal (pain during menstruation) symptoms on cup usage. The average suggested hours between changes is 5 hours for sanitary pads or tampons as compared to menstrual cups which is 12 hours (once the user goes through a learning curve of 1-2 cycles).
Exploring the use of a menstrual cup helps one understand their body better and make choices related to their menstrual health based on this experience
Use of menstrual cup produces no waste. Further, silicone is a recyclable material.
Only 12% of India's 355 mn menstruating people in India use sanitary pads. The remaining use cloth rags, sand, ash, leaves, etc
Urban Indian females take home an average monthly salary of 9547 INR. There is a dire need for an economical alternative to buying sanitary pads/tampons. Further, productivity figures vary across studies, with a loss of 2.2 days of work during menstruation
2 out of 3 menstruating people manage their menstruation in open fields
The 12% of sanitary pad users alone produce over 432 mn tonnes of soiled pads which are poorly processed because of the dubious classification of these products either as medical waster or house hold solid waste
Menstruating people face various constraints including poor hygiene, emotional trauma, and reproductive tract illnesses. Speculations regarding a causative relationship between cervical cancer and use of pads / tampons/unclean cloth have been raised several times and the cup could potentially be a preventive measure for this yet to be corroborated pathogenesis.
Boondh cup is a product made with utmost care to quality and safety. It is compliant with the following testing standards, representing quality control for both bio-compatibility and component testing. This includes clearance in accordance to US Pharmacopoeia (USP V) and US Food and Drugs Administration FDA 21 CFR 177 .2600