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Bridgers Association Cameroon Finally Gets The Menstrual Cup To Cameroon.

The menstrual cup project has seen the light of day in Cameroon and many young girls and women are now using the menstrual cup since December 2019 thanks to Bridgers Association Cameroon.

The Bridgers received the first consignment of 100 menstrual cups and 160 reusable menstrual pads on 09 December 2019 and have since then been implementing this pilot phase of the project in Cameroon.

Thanks to a fruitful partnership with our partner in Costa Rica (Iron Kids of the World, we are able to Carry out Proper menstrual hygiene education, introduce as well as distribute menstrual cups and reusable pads to young girls/women in some localities in Cameroon to fight menstrual poverty and also as a sustainable way of managing menstrual hygiene while conserving our environment.

One menstrual cup can be used for 10 years.

Details About The Menstrual Cup

What is a menstrual cup?

It is a cup-shape sanitary device, made of medical grade silicon and inserted in the vaginal cavity during menstruation to collect menstrual blood.

What are the advantages of using a menstrual cup?

  • It is ecologically friendly: A menstrual cup can last for 10 years when properly taken care of. A woman during her life on earth generates about 60 kg of waste from sanitary pads, for this reason it is advisable to use a menstrual cup instead of using hundredths of sanitary pads that end up buried under ground and will last hundreds of years to decay in the soil.
  • Low cost: it is far more costly to buy sanitary pads each month than buying one menstrual cup that last ten years. Using one packet of sanitary pads each month for ten years cost at least 72000 FCFA but a good quality menstrual cup cost 15000 FCFA
  • Promotes gender equality: The menstrual cup is an easy way of managing menstruation. A girl that always has access to a safe alternative to manage her menses will make her to have a higher self-esteem since she will no more be afraid of getting embraced in public. Also, she will attend classes without any excuse of not having a good menstrual management, giving her equal chances with a boy of performing well at school.

How to use a menstrual cup:

Choose the right size: There are three main factors that determine the size of your menstrual cup which are: vaginal delivery or not, your quantity of menstrual flow and your age.

Don’t forget to wash your hands! You should ALWAYS wash your hands with potable water and soap before inserting the menstrual cup and upon removal of the menstrual cup.

How to fold the menstrual cup: There are many ways of folding the menstrual cup but the most common folds are: the  C-fold, the Rose fold, the seven fold and the coil fold.

Relax! Before inserting the cup (especially for the first time), it is important for you to relax for at least 30 seconds before inserting the menstrual cup, breathe in and out to relax your muscles, this will ease insertion.

Posture: The menstrual cup is placed in a squat position or with legs open and one leg on the toilet pot.

Insertion: Spread your labia with one hand and use your other hand to insert the folded cup in your virginal cavity. The cup will create a light suction that prevents leakages. To ensure that the cup has been properly placed, it is necessary to rotate the cup a little while in the vagina.

Duration of the menstrual cup in the vaginal cavity: The menstrual cup can be used for 8- 12 hour after which can be removed, rinsed with potable water and no soap for the 4-7 days of menstruation.

Removal of the menstrual cup from the vaginal cavity: To remove the menstrual cup, you should squat with your legs open then with clean hands, use your two fingers the pinch the base of the cup. The cup should be removed gently to avoid blood spillage and the menstrual blood should be disposed in a toilet pot or toilet hole.

Menstrual cup sanitization: After your menses, the cup should the boiled for 5 to 7 minutes to kill any menstrual blood residues it might contain from the vagina or you can also boil water and place it in a glass container with the cup in it for 5 to 7 minutes, then dispose the water and place the menstrual cup in the container to get dry. Afterwards the container should be closed till your next menstruation.

Now you are ready to have a safer menstruation while protecting our natural resources and promoting gender equality!

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