More About Menstrual Cups
Author: F&F Date Posted:7 October 2017
Menstrual Cups are a great alternative to using sanitary pads and tampons. They are reusable and last years so not only will they help your pocket but they also help the environment by reducing waste. So what are they and how do they work?
What is a menstrual cup?
A menstrual cup is a medical grade silicone cup. It is folded and inserted into the vagina and collects menstrual fluid. They can be worn for up to 12 hours so are ideal for using during the day and at night. You can empty and reuse. Some people wear panty liners or pads with them during the heavier part of their period but most people just wear them on their own.
What are the benefits of menstrual cups?
- Environmentally friendly as there is nothing to throw away.
- Economic as they can last for many years, saving you money.
- Comfortable reliable and free from leaks and odours.
- Convenient, compact, collects more than a tampon or pad and can be worn for many hours.
- Safe as it contains no harmful substances and won't cause vaginal dryness.
- Hygienic, easy to clean and disinfect.
- Ideal for women who are active and for those who travel or play sports.
Which reusable cup is for me?
Lunette and JuJu are very similar in being made from medical grade silicone. JuJu we have had for a while and Lunette is newer but very established in Europe where it was designed. They both work in exactly the same way but some things you might consider...
- Lunette comes in different colours
- Both have grippy stems
- JuJu is slightly cheaper
- Lunette has two sizes, JuJu has four sizes
Which size is for me?
Whilst there are no hard and fast rules for selecting a model size, model selection is generally based on flow, childbearing history, and cervival position, but many other factors such as anatomy, age and pelvic floor tone may influence your cup size selection.
- Model 1: Recommend if you have a light-medium flow and have not yet had sexual intercourse (Grippy Finish). The diameter of the Lunette menstrual cup model 1 is 41 mm by 47 mm in length. The stem measures 25 mm. The volume of the cup is 20 ml.
- Model 2: Recommend if you have a medium-heavy flow, are sexually active or have given birth (Grippy Finish). The diameter of the Lunette menstrual cup model 2 is 46 mm by 52 mm in length. The stem measures 20 mm. The volume of the cup is 25 ml.
- Model 1: Recommend if you are under 30 and have not given birth (Grippy Finish).
- Model 2: Recommend if you are over 30 or have given birth (Grippy Finish).
- Model 3: Recommend if you have a high cervix or long vaginal canal (Grippy Finish).
- Model 4: Recommend if you have a low cervix or short vaginal canal (Grippy Finish).