A menstrual cup is a reusable silicon cup (usually made from medical grade silicon) that is used during a woman’s period to collect ( rather than absorb) the menstrual fluid (blood). Menstrual cups that we sell are made from 100% platinum or medical grade silicon. Silicone is derived from quartz, a type of sand, which is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth’s crust and not hazardous to the environment. A menstrual cup lasts for 8 to 10 years thus making it an affordable, environmental friendly and low waste Eco-menstrual solution.
The first menstrual cup was invented in 1937 by American actress Leona Chalmers. She patented a design of menstrual cup which was made from latex rubber. Her patent application states that the design won't cause "uncomfortableness or consciousness of its presence."
Sterilize the menstrual cup before using it for the first time by washing it in warm water with a mild, unscented soap. Rinse it well and sterilize it in boiling water for 5 to 6 minutes. Wash or sanitize ( if in public toilet and where is not much facilities) you hand every time before insertion and at the time of removal. Proper hygiene and hand & cup washing procedures should be followed to reduce the risk of possible infection.
One of the important thing to consider when choosing a cup is the Cervix Height
Our cervix moves throughout our cycle and reaches its lowest point on the first days of our period/cycle..The lowest it gets the more "space" it takes in your vagina so less space for cup. Find a comfortable position that will allow you to easily reach your cervix . This may be sitting on the toilet, putting one leg up on the edge of the bathtub or squatting. and not lying down, as this is the cervix's 'normal' position with the effects of gravity. Cervix height for using a cup should be checked on the 1st day of your period.
How to check the cervix height
Insert your middle finger (you can add your index finger too) and try to touch your cervix. It suppose to feel like the tip of your tongue with a small hole in it (if you had a cesarean) or like a line if you gave birth vaginally.
if you touched your cervix and your finger reached the first joint- low, second- medium and high onward.After that, measure up to where your finger went in with a tape measure.
Learning how to effortlessly insert and remove your menstrual cup can take some patience and practice.Wash your hands very well. A menstrual cup is first folded or pinched down and inserted into the vaginal cavity . There are various folding techniques for insertion; common folds include the punch-down fold, as well as the C- fold. Normally you don't need any lubrication for insertion. But if it is necessary for insertion, you can use distilled water, water base-lube or a little coconut oil on the rim. It will normally unfold automatically and create a light seal against the vaginal walls. In some cases it may need to twist the cup or flex the vaginal muscles to ensure the cup is fully open. If correctly inserted, the cup shouldn't leak or cause any discomfort. The stem should be completely inside the vagina.
Wash your hands and use the stem to guide your fingers to the base of the cup. Cup must not be pulled out by the stem . The base of the cup is pinched to release the seal, and by gently pulling on the stem in a zig-zag movements , the cup can be carefully pulled down far enough that it just comes into reach of a finger and removed. After emptying, a menstrual cup should be rinsed or wiped and reinserted. Menstrual cup needs to be emptied and washed at least twice a day i.e. at least every every 4 to 8 hours.
Sterilize the menstrual cup before using it for the first time by washing it in cool distilled water with a mild, unscented soap.
Rinse it well and sterilize it in boiling water for 5 to 6 minutes.Clean it before your cycle, every time after you empty it, and after your cycle. It can be washed with a mild /intimate soap and you can gently stretch your menstrual cup’s holes under cool distilled running water to remove any debris that may be inside them . Sterilized in boiling water for 5 to 6 minutes at the end of the cycle. You can sterilize it in a microwave cup sterilizer or in a pot on the stove. Let it air dry once sterilized. Wipe it with a clean cloth and store it in a breathable pouch.
Specific cleaning instructions vary by brand. It can then be safely stored in the carry pouch that is included with most cup brands.You should not store a menstrual cup in an airtight container.
Using with IUD
You can easily use cup with an IUD. We simply recommend consulting your doctor to possibly shorten the IUD strings.
These are all some guideline and suggestions. Each women and her cycle are different. Menstrual cups are used internally, there are some situations in which medical advice should be sought prior to using one.
Menstrual cup may not be used during the postnatal bleeding/period. Menstrual cups should not be used during sexual intercourse. Vaginal penetration while wearing cups may lead to risk of injury. The cup should definitely be taken out beforehand.
It is recommend that you switch over to using disposable articles when you have an infection. If you have nevertheless used your cup during this period of time, it should optimally be professionally autoclaved. For domestic use, you can boil the cup in rapidly boiling water three times for 20 minutes with a squirt of vinegar / citric acid. Leave to air dry for several hours between the boiling sessions. This will, however, put stress on the material of the cup and possibly shorten its lifespan.
Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pads
Reusable cloth pads are perfect companion for a less to zero waste period.We have a wide range of reusable cloth pads that will suit for different days of your period. These are high quality, really comfortable & beautiful pads made in South Africa.Made from soft and absorbent materials, our products are non-irritating and comfortable to wear. They are designed with wings to hold them in place, secured by a snap at the crotch. By choosing reusables over disposables, you’re making an eco-friendly choice that also has the added benefits of being better for your body, as well as saving money.