The complete game changer when it comes to your period. If you are concerned about the environment and want to do your bit while also saving money then the Menstrual Cup NZ is reusable for up to 5 whole years when used correctly - not only saving you money each month but also saving landfills from overflowing with sanitary products.
Menstrual Cup NZ
On average, a woman will use over 11,000 tampons or pads in their lifetime, most of which will end up in the landfill or out at sea. So while this is bad for the environment it's also super expensive as well.
But luckily there is an answer. The silicone menstrual cup was designed by women to be a convenient, safe and eco-friendly alternative to using tampons and pads. Menstrual cups are designed to help you decrease your flow and may reduce menstrual cramps because they will not interfere with your body's natural flow.
And the best thing? They are so comfortable and easy to use. We are total coverts here at Godzown General Store, being a mum of four kids I'm always looking at ways of saving money and helping reduce our families environmental impact.
We've answered some of your questions that may be stopping you trying one for the first time.
What is a menstrual cup?
A menstrual cupis a reusable feminine hygiene sanitary product. It’s a small, flexible funnel-shaped cup made of rubber or silicone that you insert into your vagina to catch and collect period fluid.
Menstrual cups can hold more blood than other methods, which is why many women are turning to the eco-friendly alternative instead of tampons. And depending on your flow, you can wear a cup for up to 12 hours.
First patented in 1932, menstrual cups have been around for nearly a hundred years, long before tampons and pads were invented yet it's just lately they have gained real popularity due to all the talk around climate change.
Who can use a menstrual cup?
If you use or have used a tampon then a menstrual cup is perfect for you. They come in two sizes. Small is for women who have not given birth vaginally and are under the age of 25. The large size are for women over the age of 25 and who have given birth vaginally or have heavy periods.
How do you use a menstrual cup?
Firstly, when using for the first time make sure you are not rushed or stressed. Try and stay relaxed. Always wash your hands before and after use. Use a water based lubricant on the rim to soften it as it will make it easy to insert. It can feel uncomfortable at first just like it did when you first started wearing tampons. Practice makes perfect. If you can insert a tampon then you can use a menstrual cup.
Wash your hands thoroughly.
Apply water or a water-based lube to the rim of the cup.
Tightly fold the menstrual cup in half, holding it in one hand with the rim facing up.
Insert the cup, rim up, into your vagina like you would a tampon without an applicator. It should sit a few inches below your cervix.
Once the cup is in your vagina, rotate it. It will spring open to create an airtight seal that stops leaks.
You shouldn’t feel your menstrual cup if you’ve inserted the cup correctly. You should also be able to move, jump, sit, stand, and do other everyday activities without your cup falling out.
Can I still go to the toilet while using the menstrual cup?
Yes, of course you can go to the toilet as normal to wee and do number twos. If it's inserted correctly you will have no issues here.
Can it get lost?
Menstrual cups can not go past the cervix, therefore it won't and can't get lost inside you.
How long can I wear the menstrual cup for?
You can wear the menstrual cup for 6 - 12 hours depending on your flow. It is best to remove it after 12 hours.
Will it help with period pain?
Menstrual cups are designed to help you decrease your flow and may reduce menstrual cramps because they will not interfere with your body's natural flow.