Looking for a cost-effective and eco-friendly option for your period? Menstrual cups are a healthy and easy way to cut down on waste including microplastics found in conventional pads and tampons.
What is a Menstrual Cup?
A menstrual cup is a soft, flexible small cup that is inserted into the vagina, just like a tampon to collect menstrual blood. However instead of absorbing your period like a tampon, it collects the blood, which you can tip down the loo.
Menstrual cups can be worn for up to 12 hours and overnight. They are either made from soft medical-grade silicone or a rubber plastic blend called thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) - all our menstrual cups are free from BPA (Bis phenol)
The benefits of a Menstrual Cup
Choosing a menstrual cup can help reduce the impact on landfills and waterways, it’s estimated a lifetime of sanitary items can add up to 11,000 products.
A menstrual cup is also better for your health - you can avoid chemical residues like dioxanes found in conventional tampons. Menstrual cup use is better for your wallet too, lasting up to 12 years and saving on the monthly expense of pads and tampons - super economical.
How to choose a Menstrual Cup
They come in a variety of sizes and colours - you’ll find detailed size guides on our product pages. Generally, you’ll want to consider:
- Which material you would prefer (silicone or TPE)
- How heavy your flow is
- Your age, and the strength of your pelvic floor muscles
- How long your vagina is - a low cervix means you’ll need a shorter cup
How to use a Menstrual Cup
To insert, wet the cup, fold the cup, and then insert it. The cup will pop open once inserted. When removing your menstrual cup, you need to break the seal first. You can do this by reaching one finger up the side of the cup, which releases the seal, enabling you to gently squeeze and remove the cup.
Learning how to insert and remove your menstrual cup correctly can take a little bit of practice. Always ensure that you are relaxed, and in no time (usually about three periods), you will be a pro at menstrual cup use.
Follow the cleaning and sterilising instructions that come with your cup, as different material require slightly different care.
Want to learn more about why we're big fans of Menstrual Cups? Naturopath Liz McNamara explains why mensural cups are a great eco option.
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