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    What is Menstrual Hygiene Day?



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    Did you know that half of all girls in Uganda report missing 1-3 days of school each month due to their period?

    Or that in Ethiopia 2 out of 3 girls won’t learn about menstruation in school?

    Or that even in the UK, 44% of girls don’t know what menstruation is before they get their first period?

    Menstrual hygiene persists as one of the greatest public health challenges, and because of widespread shame and taboo surrounding menstruation, it has been one of the most difficult to talk about.

    Who started Menstrual Hygiene Day?

    In 2013, WASH United, a global sanitation and hygiene organization, sought to change that by launching #MENSTRAVAGANZA—a 28-day social media campaign to highlight menstrual hygiene management. The campaign garnered widespread support leading to the designation of May 28th as the officially recognized Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day). (Fun fact: 5/28 was chosen because the average period is five days long, and the average menstrual cycle is 28 days).

    WASH United’s efforts gave birth to a movement that has since evolved into an alliance of over 380 organizations and influencers from all over the world leading their communities toward thriving Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) practices and ensuring access to safe and equitable period management solutions and menstrual health education.

    The MH Day Alliance includes members from all sectors including NGOs (non-government organization), local and national governments, research institutions, and social enterprises, to which WASH United acts as an international secretariat. Menstrual Hygiene Day has become a platform for these members to share knowledge, coordinate efforts, and collectively advocate for menstrual equity. Last year, members of the MH Day Alliance held over 150 Events from the United States to India to Nepal to Taiwan and everywhere in between.

    This year, the theme for Menstrual Hygiene Day is education and there are over 80 scheduled events in the month of May. The theme not only emphasizes the need to educate people around the world about menstrual health and hygiene, it also highlights the impact that menstruation can have on a girls’ education.

    How does menstrual hygiene impact girls’ education?

    As an example, having access to menstrual supplies, washing facilities (including toilets and running water), and adequate disposal options, ensures that girls don’t have to miss school due to their periods. That’s important because a woman's lifetime earnings increase 10-20% for each additional year of school she completes. And, when the percentage of women who complete their secondary education increases, the annual per capita economic growth increases too.

    The past two years, VOXAPOD has celebrated with a booth at Portland’s largest Menstrual Hygiene Day celebration: PDX Red Party. At this year’s event, we launched our #ActuallyICan campaign to dispel the persistent myth that you have to put your life on hold while you’re on your period. We had a blast connecting with our hometown community and uniting with so many other great menstrual health organizations in promoting menstrual equity. Here are some of our crew at the event:

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    We will also be taking part in this year’s #MENSTRAVAGANZA—the 28 day social media campaign leading up to May 28th. We’re especially excited to share more information about why menstrual cups are integral to menstrual equity and why it’s important to have a pad/tampon alternative.

    Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with our Menstrual Hygiene Day happenings! Know a fun fact about Menstrual Hygiene Day that you want to share? Post in the comments below to spread the awareness.

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    Author: Elizabeth Tiffany Prescott is a humanitarian, communication strategist, and dog mom known for her love affair with reading and word tattoos. When she isn’t breaking down social barriers or building bridges between industries, she is feeding her vivacious appetite to learn. With that, she exercises a particular passion for menstrual health because it intersects with so many other important issues including public health and hygiene, education, gender, environment, and social equity. She is responsible for the largest Menstrual Hygiene Day event in the country: PDX Red Party.


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    Amazing for heavy workouts!!

    This cup is amazing – I ran with it today and all of my other menstrual cups have been an utter disaster for heavy workouts, but this one is awesome. Thank you so much! 😍

    Great first cup!

    I read a ton of reviews and watched a bunch of YouTube videos before I finally picked this for my first menstrual cup. Of course, my period showed up yesterday and I was both terrified and excited to try this thing out.

    I’m 41 and haven’t had children and absolutely no clue how high or low my cervix is, but I got the small size. I picked this cup because it seemed to be both a little firm where the structures are but soft everywhere else. I was afraid if I bought a cup that was too soft it wouldn’t open up and I might leak, and if I bought one that was too firm, it might be uncomfortable with my mind-numbing cramps or make it harder to go pee. I was hoping it would be my goldilocks firmness so I wouldn’t have to try several cups to get the right one. While, I haven’t tried other cups to compare it too, this cup does definitely seem to be perfect because it has both firmness and softness to it.

    Inserting the cup at first was a little awkward but not really hard. It definitely opened up right away. The guide that comes with the cup gives lots of helpful tips to make sure you have a good seal, and I followed all of them just to make sure I got it in right. I’ve read reviews on other cups where if the person sat a certain way they could feel the stem, and I was trying to avoid that with this cup. I’ve been able to leave the stem on and I can’t feel it regardless of what position I’m in or activity I’m doing.

    A few times throughout the day, I would feel a gush of flow coming out and was certain that I had just leaked everwhere, but when I checked there was nothing on my pad, so I believe it was just my flow releasing into the cup. After a few hours I took it out, just to make sure I didn’t overflow or anything. It was a bit tricky removing it my first time, but the stem and pinch grips, the way they are, make it fairly easy. The first time I think maybe I inserted it too far because I’m used to using tampons. I bared down a bit and it moved down where I was able to easily remove it without trouble or discomfort. Since, I don’t insert the cup as far and I haven’t had any issues since, but even if you did, it’s easy to just bare down a bit to help the process. The cup was less than half full, which made me feel like I could wear it overnight without a mess. I’m pleased to say I can now sleep all night without having to get up and change my tampon and pad (I wore both before to prevent leaks). This alone was worth the purchase to me. I hate wearing pads––they are so uncomfortable and smell. I also believe since using this product, my cramps are significantly less. I don’t know if it’s just in my head, but it really seems like they are better. All in all, this was a great first cup experience and I completely recommend it!

    I would give this ten stars if I could!

    Okay, I’ve been a cup user for over 12 years and had several cups over the years, most of them shaped basically the same way: conical with a harder stem. This cup’s design is a total game-changer, in my opinion. With all of my other cups, removing it was always a bit of a challenge because I would pinch at the base but the suction seal at the top would not break, so I would have to put my finger in and push the whole side of the cup in while I tried to pull it out otherwise it would be uncomfortable when removing the cup. This cup has a thicker line of silicone that goes from the bottom of the cup where you pinch for removal up to the suction hole at the top (basically acting as my finger used to do for removing other cups), so now I can just pinch at the base and the suction remains broken while I’m trying to remove the cup which is waaaaayyyyyy more comfortable! Goood gosh, what a smart design. Also, sometimes with my other cups the stem would poke me if I moved or sat a certain way and this one NEVER does. So, if you’re wondering if this cup really is that much better, it definitely is and I could see how it would reduce the learning curve for first-time cup users especially. If I could give this product ten stars, I would! THANK YOU!

    The design of this cup is better than others!

    I think the firmer lip on top is what helps it to be such an effective, secure product. Thank you, thank you, thank you for making it so much more comfortable to be a woman! I will continue to spread the word.

    Big fan and would totally recommend.

    I am one of the Kickstarter backers and wanted to write in to tell you how awesome your product is. Of the three cups I own, this one is by FAR the most comfortable. It conforms and seals itself properly with virtually no assistance, and I never leak with it compared to the other two, which would leak occasionally for no reason. I'm a pretty big fan!