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All you want to know about the Menstrual cup…

…and you never asked for it 😉

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Basically, if you never tried a Menstrual Cup and you’re just aware about it (or not!), you may have some questions:

  • why to use it?
  • how to insert it and remove it?
  • is it really working?
  • is it painful? dangerous?
  • is it hygienic?
  • why it’s not sold everywhere, if it’s so revolutionary??

Some of the questions we’ll try to answer ;-).


The Menstrual Cup was invented in the USA in 1930 but its first commercialization in 1950’/1960’s was not a success due to its latex material causing allergy to many women.

The new model in silicone has been created in 2000’s, giving a revival to this new feminine care solution.

Now in 2017, the Menstrual Cup is getting more and more common. It’s still not available in most of the supermarkets (it’s always better for supermarket to sell something we throw so we come back..), anyway some of them are playing the game of supply and demand.

Cups to sell in a French Supermarket, between intimate solutions


The menstrual cup is just a container that needs to be filled and emptied.

The menstrual cup is adapted for each stage of the woman’s life (before/after giving birth). Depending on the brand, a cup can contain between 10ml and 30ml of menstrual fluids, which is around 1/3 of all the flowing lost during a cycle.

It needs to be sterilized before and after each cycle: it can be boiled in water in an old pot dedicated for it 😉


Once adopted, the menstrual cup has so many advantages. Here is a non exhaustive list:

  • Economical: one cup lasts up to 15 years, 15 years of not buying tampons or disposable pads! It’s freedom!
  • Ecological: With the cup no waste, no plastic pads or tampons ending in Landfills with a breakdown time of around 500years
  • Reducing the frequency of changes : A cup can be kept up to 12h instead of 2h or 4h for its disposable alternatives (anyway, we advice to not reach 8h). It can be put on the morning and removed on the evening.
  • Easy to carry: Only one cup to take in its luggage or handbag (our cup is furnished with its own cotton bag), no need to buy packets of disposables pads or tampons. The cup is discreet and you will never wondering if you have enough protections with you “in case of”.
  • Easy to use: Just need to be cleaned with water and fragrance-free soap before replacing (the soap is optional in case you don’t find it in the place you are, water is enough).

In a word, once adopted, it’s revolutionary and we always wondering why we don’t talk about it enough!


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How to use it?

As some of other Zero Waste solutions, the menstrual cup needs practices to understand how it works and how to use it.

For the first cycles (2 to 3 depending on women), it’s good to use the menstrual cup in combination of pads to avoid leaks until practice is good and there is no more leaks. Basically, we advice to use the menstrual cup with disposable pads if you still have some in stock (or reusable pads you can find here).

The use of pads, in combination for starting, is good also if you don’t know your flow and need to experiment it; and so, know when you need to empty your cup.

With practices, you will forget wearing a cup!


  • wash your hands well.
  • wash the cup well with fragrance-free soap and water.
  • dry the cup with tissue or a clean towel.
  • get into a comfortable position. You can be squatting, or standing with one leg propped up on a closed toilet bowl.
  • relax your vaginal muscles.
  • fold the Cup to decrease its surface area for easy insertion. We recommend the ‘Shell’ fold (see below).
  • slide it in as far as it can go before your hands can no longer reach it.
  • run your index finger around the bottom of the cup to make sure it has fully opened up.

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  • wash your hands well.
  • get into a comfortable position. You can be squatting, or standing with one leg propped up on a closed toilet bowl.
  • squeeze your abdominal/pelvic floor muscles. The cup should come back down to the opening of the vagina.
  • grab hold of the bottom of the cup and squeeze to release the vacuum seal.
  • once the seal is broken, pull out, and empty into a toilet bowl or shower drain.
  • wash the cup with water and a fragrance-free soap. Make sure the small holes at the top and all ridges are clean
  • dry the cup with tissue paper or a clean towel.
  • fold and re-insert.

Is it safe and hygienic?

Most of the cups are made with 100% medical-grade silicone (make sure your cup has this composition before buying).

It means they have the same silicone composition than the one used in surgery, it’s quite reassuring.

Sterilization after a cycle and before a new one keep the cup hygienically cleaned.

Contrary, its disposable alternatives (pads and tampons), the cup is free from plastic, mineral oil, polyethylene, polypropylene, sulphur dioxyde, pesticide,…and a lot of other stuffs that should not be in contact with this intimate part of your body and will end in landfills…

Until now, we still don’t know what there is inside a tampon…why is it secret???

In conclusion, if you feel enough confortable with your body, don’t hesitate to make the switch to Menstrual cup. We propose 2 sizes depending on your flow and for each cup sold, one is offered to a woman in an underprivileged environment. If you are not ready yet but want to ditch the plastic from this part of your body, we also propose Organic Menstrual pads,made with organic cotton and for which the program 1-sold 1-offered is also proposed.




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