A menstrual cup is a small bell shaped cup made of medical grade silicone that is worn in the lower part of the vagina during menstruation to collect menstrual blood. The cup was first invented back in the 1930’s, but only in recent years have more and more women started switching to cups and loving it. There are many reasons; a menstrual cup is a comfortable, easy to use and healthy solution to girls and women periods. A cup is usually made of soft high quality medical silicone which is hypo-allergic, flexible and antibacterial.
The cup is very easy to insert and empty and can stay in place for 8 to 12 hours before it needs to be emptied. It can be used while swimming, sleeping or running.
A woman uses around 12,000 pads or tampons in her lifetime. These products eventually end up as waste and take years to decompose. A cup can be re-used for up to 10 years* so avoids clogging landfills and harming the environment.
* Manufacturers have different recommendations on a cups lifespan.
A cup can also help save a lot of money. A woman spends thousands of dollars on disposables during her reproductive years.
The cup comes in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes
We use cups of the highest quality to donate to the girls. Same cups who women buy in London, New York, Stockholm and Beverly Hills, as we think these girls are truly dependent on their cups lasting as long as possible.
We are proud to co-operate with Lunette, a leading producer around the world to make a difference for women.
We buy our cups to a discounted price as our partners wants us to reach as many girls as possible.
As the cup itself is a great friend of the environment we have implemented a very green way of distributing our cups. We buy the cups in bulk without the fancy packaging so they take as little space to ship as possible. This saves both money and the carbon footprint from transporting them to our projects.
The Cup makes a difference in women lives and to our planet.
HOW TO USE THE CUP
- The cup is worn in the lower part of the vagina during menstruation and collects blood rather than absorbing it like tampons and pads.
- Depending on the heaviness of the flow, the cup has to be emptied every 8-12 hours in a toilet or a sink.
- Between uses, simply wash the cup under water or wipe with a paper towel.
- It’s important to wash your hands whenever you’re about to insert the cup.
- When water is not available it’s okay to simply wipe the cup with paper tissue and give it a proper wash next time. A smart tip is to carry a water bottle with you if far away from a private bathroom.
- At the end of your period, rinse your cup and boil for 5 minutes to make sure it’s sterilized. Non-perfumed soap can also be used to clean.
- Store the cup in its pouch for proper ventilation (do not use an airtight plastic container or bag)
- Store in a safe place and label it clearly. Never share your cup with anyone else since it is a hygienic product and we are all different.
- As the lifetime of the CUP is so crucial to these girls, we have developed our own storage POUCH that will last longer and protect the cup.
- We make them using local fabrics and with a sturdy red string and branded with our signature red label.
- We are proud to say our pouched are hand made by women in the slum. This again saves money and the environment and creates work and income for the local community.
- The girls receive the cups in the pouch without any further packaging.
IT IS YOUR OWN PRIVATE CUP!
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