Your average woman is estimated to use 12,000 tampons and pads during her lifetime. This sanitary wastage nightmare costs thousands of dollars (each!) and will take even longer than her lifetime to breakdown. It’s no wonder many women are turning to more sustainable options.
Enter: the menstrual cup.
Read on for everything you need to know about the most sustainable, ecological and economical way to take care of your period. They’re not as intimidating as they seem!
Most brands, including our favourite: Lunette, come in two sizes. Generally speaking the smaller size (size 1) is better suited to those who haven’t had children and have a light – normal flow (not too heavy). The larger size (size 2) is better suited to those who have had children and/or those who experience a heavy flow.
How to use.
While they are designed to be simple and fuss-free, there is an art to it.
Our friends at Lunette have got it mastered:
1. Wash hands
Check that the air holes at the top of your cup are open. Wash your hands.
Wash your Lunette menstrual cup with Feelbetter Cup Cleanser and rinse it carefully.
2. Fold + Hold
Get comfy: you can insert the cup while sitting, standing or squatting. Spreading your legs will help with a successful and comfortable insertion. Relax.
Fold the cup in on itself to make flat, then in half to form a C shape.
Keep it rolled up and guide it rim first into the vagina. To check that the cup has fully opened, slide a clean finger up to the cup bottom and feel it – it should be round. Lunette can be used any time in your menstrual cycle, from heavy to light flow days.
4. Wear + learn
Lunette is emptied about 2–4 times a day, can be used for up to 12 hours, also overnight. The measuring lines on the cup help monitor your flow and easily learn your rhythm.
5. Remove + empty
Wash your hands and relax your muscles. Grasp the bottom of the cup. To break seal, squeeze the bottom of the cup.
Be sure not to pull it out by holding the stem alone. Tip contents into the toilet. Rinse & Reuse.
The Lunette Cup Wipes are a great option for sanitising your Lunette menstrual cup when you don’t have a chance to rinse it.
6. Clean + sanitize
Lunette should be cleaned before and after your cycle, and after emptying. To avoid odor and discoloration, rinse first in cold water, and then wash with hot water and Lunette Feelbetter Cup Cleanser designed for silicone cups.
Tell us what you think!
We have had countless women tell us they are converted for life after purchasing in store. We’d love to hear your feedback too! Drop us a review on your favourite Lunette cup!
Disclaimer: This blog post is intended for educational purposes only. Please do not use this information to diagnose or treat any health concerns you may have. This information is not intended to replace the advice given to you by a qualified health professional. Get in contact with a Tonic Health consultant or a relevant health professional if you need guidance on your individual health journey.