Sofia, accompanied by two other women, tells the story of her journey from pads, to tampons, to menstrual cups.

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Social Menstruation Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 16:48

Menstrual hygiene is a pertinent issue for women, who spend a substantial amount of resources in their lifetime for those five days in a month. The dominant trend, for women who use commercially produced sanitary products at least, is that of using disposable ones. And that’s great you know, because variety, convenience and all that stuff.

But what about the alarmingly large sanitary waste pile that these non-biodegradable products keep adding to?

Enter Sofia Ashraf, the cool ‘sista from the south’ with her ‘Period Paatu’ or Period Song. In a video uploaded by Blush Channel to observe World Menstrual Hygiene Day (May 28), Sofia, accompanied by two other women, tells the story of her journey from pads, to tampons, to menstrual cups.

What’s more, Sofia and squad do it in a style adapted from Villu Paatu – an art form where the main performer tells the story while striking the string of a bow, which rests facing downward. The co-singers, much like the two other women in the video, act as the listeners.

Watch the video here:

You probably noticed the unicorn Sofia is on towards the end of the video too. This woman has her art references right, because guess what? That’s actually inspired by yet another art form called ‘Poi kaal kudhirai’ – ‘poi kaal’ meaning fake leg and ‘kudhirai’ meaning horse. That’s also probably why she calls it the ‘poi kadhal Unicorn’.

And yes, we know, menstrual cups sound real scary. We know you’re considering what happens if you can’t find it after inserting it into your vagina! (It can't get lost, don't worry). But it's not that terrifying in real. In fact, here’s Sowmya Rajendran explaining how using a menstrual cup made her period freaking easy

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