SILICONE MENSTRUAL CUPS
Links, Info & Instructions
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CLICK HERE to purchase - available in two sizes.
DIRECT LINKS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Menstrual Cups are about as personal as it can get, so there is no one 'right' set of instructions or information about how to use them. We recommend reading our instructions below (detailed instructions are included with each Cup), but also reading some other FAQ's and Blogs to get a better sense of how they work. Here's a few we've found helpful:
Video Tutorial – very well explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CBh6cAKapA
Frequently Asked Questions: http://menstrualcupreviews.net/faqs/
WikiHow website: http://www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Menstrual-Cup
WHAT IS A SILICONE MENSTRUAL CUP?
Menstrual Cups are becoming much more well known as people quickly discover the benefits of a long-term solution to feminine hygiene, compared to the disposable pads and tampons women have been reliant on for so long – many of which contain non-degradable plastic materials, and an extreme amount of individual plastic packaging.
But what exactly are Menstrual Cups?
A Menstrual Cup is a small cup-shaped product made from safe Medical Grade Silicone, which is designed to be inserted to collect menstrual fluid (rather than absorbing it, as other products do). Your first instinct might be that the idea of inserting a collection cup sounds a little offensive, but there’s nothing ‘gross’ about a Menstrual Cup – once inserted, it forms an air tight vacuum, and as no air comes into contact with its contents there is no unpleasant smell, even after hours of use. Menstrual cups have been shown to leak less on average, have fewer health risks than standard disposable products, and are generally comfortable to wear. You can wear the cup for up to twelve hours before needing to remove it – which also means you should easily avoid needing to do it anywhere but in the privacy of your own bathroom. When ready, you just remove the Cup by breaking the seal on the vacuum, pull it back out, pour the contents down the toilet, rinse clean and reinsert, or sterilise for a few minutes in boiling water for later use - silicone can last for up to ten years without degrading, which means the one purchase can last you for a decade of use.
* Menstrual Cups are made from Medical Grade Silicone, safe and hygienic
* Full instructions are included with each Cup - check other websites and blogs for personal tips
* Economical - one cup will last up to ten years
* Save on plastic wastage from disposable products
* Available in two sizes. Choose the size to suit your body:
SMALL: For women who have not given birth to a child, or women up to the age of 25 years.
Diameter: 40mm, Length: 70mm. Max Volume: 15ml (Up to the Rim: 20ml).
LARGE: For women who have given birth to a child, or who are over 25 years old.
Diameter: 45mm, Length: 70mm. Max Volume: 15ml (Up to the Rim: 25ml).
WHAT MAKES THESE AN 'ECO' PRODUCT?
We're all familiar with the vast volume of plastic packaging that's involved with disposable feminine hygiene products, but it's easy to forget that many of them also contain large amounts of plastic within the products themselves. None of this plastic is biodegradable, which means that every time they're disposed of, they'll end up in landfill and remain there for possibly centuries to come. The typical woman will have approximately 500 periods in the course of their lifetime. Multiply that by the number of products you use each cycle, and that's a lot of plastic heading back to the earth - let alone what it costs to purchase all of your products. By replacing disposable options with a long-term re-useable Menstrual Cup you're not only saving on the cost of replacing your products every month, you're also making a difference to the amount of waste you contribute to the environment - in a safe, hygienic and comfortable way!
Menstrual Cups are made of Medical Grade Silicone, which is an amazing material in itself. Silicone is transformed into the durable product we use today by combining natural silicon with oxygen, carbon and hydrogen. Because it is derived from natural elements, silicone is not toxic to aquatic or soil organisms, is not hazardous waste, and while it is not biodegradable it can be recycled after a lifetime of use. With proper care silicone can be used for years - cooled, heated or sterilised - without degrading. This is why it makes the perfect 'Eco Friendly' material for use today.
INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO USE AN AQ MENSTRUAL CUP
CLICK HERE to purchase - available in two sizes.
IMPORTANT: The first time you use any Menstrual Cup, boil in water for 3 to 5 minutes to sterilise.
Our Menstrual Cups have a short soft silicone stem for grip. It is completely up to you if you prefer to leave this attached to assist in inserting and removing the Cup, or to remove it if that is more comfortable for you (do take care not to cut the Cup itself if you do decide to remove it).
TO USE YOUR MENSTRUAL CUP
The basic rules for any Menstrual Cup are the same, but there are many variations on the details. We recommend you read and become comfortable with these instructions, but also take a look at other sites to get a sense of the different methods - we've popped a few DIRECT LINKS near the top of the page for additional information, videos and FAQ's, which should answer most questions. Using a Menstrual Cup is a very personal thing, so some methods may work better for you than others – there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’.
1. Wash your hands with soap, and rinse the Cup with water to remove any dust from the Cup – never use soap on a Menstrual Cup, it can cause yeast infections etc.
Stay relaxed and try not to tense your pelvic muscles (the muscles you use to stop and start peeing). Practice loosening and tightening these muscles so you will be able to relax them during insertion. Be patient; the first time inserting it is always the hardest - don't give up if you're having trouble at first, but do take a break if you become overly frustrated.
Get into a comfortable position. Try inserting the Cup while over the toilet, squatting down in the tub/shower, standing with one leg on the edge of the toilet/tub, with your back against a wall and in a squat position, or lying down on the floor with your knees up and legs apart.
2. Fold the Cup: one of the simplest methods is the ‘C’ fold – press your thumbs against one side of the Cup and (3.) fold it into a ‘C’ or ‘U’ shape. Hold your folded Cup with one hand (stem facing downwards), gripping the bottom of the Cup.
4. Spread apart your labia and find the opening of your vagina with your other hand.
5. Insert the Cup - push the Cup in at around a 45 degree angle, towards your pubic bone, not straight up (try aiming towards the small of your back).
6. The Cup should pop open - you may hear or feel a "pop". Otherwise, reach up and feel around the base - it should be round or at least oval (the Cup may not ever open up all the way, depending on your body shape). If it's not open, try rotating the Cup in a full circle by twirling the base. Continue to push the Cup in until it is comfortable - it may ride low or high depending on your body, but the base of the Cup should not clear your vaginal opening.
Once the Cup is correctly inserted, it should form a vacuum seal - try to pull it gently down, to make sure the vacuum has been made (the small holes around the top are to help create the vacuum).
You can leave your Menstrual Cup in place for up to 12 hours (if you have a heavy flow, you may need to empty it more often). As there’s no air contact with the contents, there will not be any unpleasant smell. For your first cycle you may need to experiment with how long you can leave your Cup in before leaking. (Hint: try wearing a backup panty-liner the first cycle).
As you can leave your Cup in for up to 12 hours, you can usually arrange to avoid needing to empty / change your Cup while at work or school, and so should be able to do it in the privacy of your own bathroom.
REMOVING YOUR MENSTRUAL CUP
To remove the Cup, you need to break the vacuum seal. Bear down with your muscles so the Cup will travel down farther. To break the vacuum there are several methods - wiggling the Cup back and forth and down, carefully gripping the base of the Cup (not the stem) and pinching it, or pushing a finger against one side to release the vacuum; then continue to pull it out – take care as it is likely to contain an amount of liquid.
When you get to the opening of your vagina make sure you take it out upright to reduce spillage. If the rim of the Cup is too wide to remove comfortably, use a finger to gently fold the Cup into a ‘C’ fold again before you take it out of your vagina.
Tip the contents into a toilet or sink, then rinse the Cup with water (never use soap). Dry your Cup if it's too slippery, and reinsert.
When your cycle is finished, sterilise your Cup by boiling in water (a pot or pan specially reserved for the purpose is best) for 3 to 5 minutes (boil for no longer than 5 minutes or you may damage the silicone). Do not wash the Cup with any soap. Ensure the Cup is completely dry before storing, or use a soft breathable pouch. Before your next cycle double check the Cup is completely clean, and rinse again before use.
Remember that it may take a little while to get used to using a Menstrual Cup. Take your time – there is usually a learning curve of 3 to 4 cycles before it becomes a natural routine. (If eventually you decide it's not for you, that's perfectly fine. Just go back to your preferred method). Silicone Menstrual Cups can last for up to ten years, which means that as well as proving excellent value for money, you’ll know that you are making a difference and won’t be contributing to excessive plastic packaging and plastic-lined products that are destined to remain in landfill for generations to come.