A menstrual cup is a type of reusable feminine hygiene product. It’s a small, flexible funnel-shaped cup made of rubber or silicone that you insert into your vagina to catch and collect period fluid.
Cups can hold more blood than other methods, leading many women to use them as an eco-friendly alternative to tampons. And depending on your flow, you can wear a cup for up to 12 hours. Menstrual cups are easy to insert, wash and reinsert. They’re comfortable, nontoxic, reusable, making them good for you and for mother earth!
Cups are environmentally friendly.
A menstrual cup is kind to your body and the environment. Cups are typically made of medical grade silicone. Unlike tampons, panty-liners and pads, cups don’t contain bleach, artificial fragrances, or other toxins/chemicals that might cause discomfort or irritation in your vagina.
Not only are cups made of a comfortable material, but a reusable one. You can use your cup over and over and over again: no more monthly piles of tampon and pads in the trash bin. With a menstrual cup, you’re taking care of your body and our precious planet!
Can you imagine the sheer amount of liners, pads and tampons you’ll use from puberty to menopause? The average woman throws away around 125-150kg of tampons, pads and applicators, which end up in landfill sites. Unlike pads and tampons, menstrual cups are reusable, eliminating waste when throwing away and the environmental impact of producing sanitary products.
No Fibres Left Behind
Unlike tampons, a silicon made menstrual cup will not deposit fibres in your vaginal wall.
Menstrual cups contain no bleaches, deodorisers or absorbency gels.
Doesn’t Interfere With Your Vagina’s Natural And Healthy Functions
Because a menstrual cup has a smooth surface, it allows the mucus membranes of your vaginal wall to continue their essential cleansing and protective functions. The menstrual cup doesn’t absorb your body’s natural defence mechanisms.
Ideal for beginners
90% of first time Cup users don’t go back to tampons and pads
HOW TO USE?
It may take a little practice at first as you find the angle and position that is right for you. Once you have perfected it you will be amazed at how simple a menstrual cup is to use. You will need to empty, rinse or wipe and reinsert your menstrual cup every four to twelve hours depending on your flow. The fluid remains inside the cup, and the process is not messy or uncomfortable (many women find it convenient to empty their cup while having a shower). A menstrual cup can safely be used overnight and is great for all sports, swimming and travelling. It can be cleaned in the same way as baby equipment: with sterilising fluid, or by boiling for five minutes in an open pan of water.
HOW TO INSERT?
Find a comfortable position, either sitting, standing, squatting or kneeling.
Press together the sides of the cup, then fold the sides in half.
Hold the folded sides firmly together between thumb and forefinger of one hand. The single curved edge should be away from your palm.
Stay relaxed. With your free hand gently separate the labia and push the curved edge of the folded menstrual cup up into the vagina.
Insert the menstrual cup fully following the natural angle of your vagina. Aim towards the small of your back, not the top of your head. You do not need to push the menstrual cup up high into the vagina, the vaginal muscle will keep it in place.
Once the menstrual cup is fully inserted grasp the base of the cup, not the stem, and rotate it once to ensure that it has fully unfolded. It’s important to keep your menstrual cup clean, so wash it regularly with mild soap and hot and water. It can be cleaned more thoroughly between periods.
WHICH SIZE DO I CHOOSE??
If you are a first time cup user, we recommend that you choose size “Small”unless you have a super heavy flow.
Large is ideal for experienced users looking for added capacity and for all users who have a super heavy flow.
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