Hello everyone! I hope everything is fine with you 🙂 Today I’m going to present another little thing that we women can do to reduce our ecological footprint – the use of the menstrual cup!
As you know, I am very interested and concerned about the marks that we have left on our only planet. Some time ago I posted 14 tips to reduce the ecological footprint and talked a little about the menstrual cup. The time has come to get deeper into this subject and to take away all doubts and myths from time to time. Yes! Even the menstrual cup has myths (laughs).
Why is it so important to opt for greener options?
Let’s think about the tampons – not to exceed 4 hours of using a tampon, we will need (on average) 30 tampons per month, which is equivalent to 360 per year and 3600 in ten years. Of course it will depend on person to person. But now multiply for all women.
It is estimated that each woman gets rid of about 17,000 disposable hygienic products during their fertile life, products that take many decades until they finally decompose.
Now imagine all those pads and tampons that are dropped in the toilet and are going to end up in the sea. I think we’ve all had the pleasure (or not) to see these objects during our vacation, right?
Then comes the health part. We all know why you should not go past the famous 4 hours with the tampon – the blood rust, it becomes a conducive environment for the development of bacteria and can easily provoke an infection. The same problem can occur with dressings, after all, we are also in contact with oxidized blood.
So what’s the special menstrual cup?
To explain to you what a cup is, what it is made of and all this information I will focus on the Me Luna brand, since each brand has its characteristics and it is this one that I use and trust ♡
Unlike other menstrual cups that are made up of silicone or latex, the Me Luna menstrual cup is the only one made of TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer), the same material used in baby bottle, catheters and medical implants, to not occur any type of allergic reactions. The cup can last for several years (up to 10), however, it should be changed when the degradation of the material is visible.
It has a very long shelf life (several years), which makes it reusable.
And there is another very important detail: this mark does not test on animals ♡
How is it used?
This is inserted into the vaginal canal, such as an inner absorbent (buffer). Once inside the body, it resumes its original shape, adjusting perfectly to the vaginal canal, creating a vacuum that prevents any leakage. The vacuum is created through 2 holes in the top of the cup.
Now you ask: how is it possible to put it comfortably?
There are several folds to make the glass as small as possible. Here are some suggestions:
To put it on you should position yourself squatting. As soon as the cup is in place you can perform your normal tasks, including exercise – you will not feel the cup and if it is well placed, no leaks will occur. To know if the cup is well placed, you should ensure that the cup has opened completely. To do this, place your finger on the base of the glass so that the walls of the glass are not bent.
To remove it, simply pull the handle slowly and tighten the base to eliminate the vacuum. Thus, the cup is easily removed and can be emptied in the toilet or bidet, washed with running water and re-inserted.
A menstrual cup can be used up to 12 hours, avoiding the hassle of changing absorbents several times a day.
Simply remove, clean and re-attach only 2 times a day: when lifting and lying down.
When the period is over, the cup must be sterilized. To do this simply place it in boiling water for 3 minutes. I, for example, have a box reserved for that purpose, just put boiling water in the box. After the 3 minutes, pass the cup under running water, dry it well and put in the bag that came with it. You’re ready for your next period.
Caution: the glass can not be in contact with the bottom of the container, otherwise it may be damaged.
How do I know which model is right for me?
There are several decisions you have to make:
As for size
There are 4 sizes: S, M, L and XL
As for the handle
There are models: no handle, ring (purple), stem (blue) and ball (orange). The hole you see in the blue glass is because this is just a sample, do not be scared (laughs).
As for height
There are 2 models: Normal (orange) and Shorty (red). The Shorty model is less tall because it is intended for women with the following characteristics: sagging cervix, retroverted uterus or uterine prolapses.
As for color
There are several colors, but some attention only exist for certain models or features. There is: blue, pink, yellow, black, transparent, red, green, orange, violet and dark blue.
Regarding the malleability
As I have no examples of the 3 malleability here is a scheme: Sport (more rigid), Classic (normal) and Soft (less rigid). The Sport is intended for women who practice a lot of sport, as these have a well developed pelvic muscles. Soft is designed for women who have vaginal sensitivity.
Of course there are factors such as: have you ever had natural births? How tall are you? Do you practice a lot of sports? Do you have vaginal sensitivity? Do you have sagging cervix, uterine prolapse or retroverted uterus?
How much is it?
Me Luna cups can be found at: Well’s, El Corte Inglés, Jumbo, Pingo Doce, Natural Products and Pharmacy Stores. The price can range from € 21 to € 26. However, the cup can also be purchased through me to the Lisbon area 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this article. If you continue with questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
There is nothing better than being informed!