Article by Lunette
Lunette is a menstrual cup that is a cost-effective, comfortable, and an eco-friendly way to manage your period! I know you might have a million questions running through your head about where to even start with switching to a cup, so let’s get into it.
Who Can Use a Cup?
Anyone with a period can use a cup, it’s as simple as that! Many people think you might need to be a certain age to use one and that is not true. Anyone who has gotten their period can use a cup, just ensure you get the proper size for yourself.
A teenager/new internal period product user will find it best to get the Lunette Size 1 (the smaller size) as it’s smaller, shorter, and softer/squishier to use. If you’re younger, or new to cups you might find it helpful to brush up on your anatomy so that you know how to comfortably find your vagina to insert it.
What are the Benefits of Using A Cup?
The Lunette cup is better for the environment, your wallet, and your body! One Lunette cup can last you over 5 years when well taken care of. On average someone will spend over $200 per year on period products, meaning you will save near a thousand dollars by making the switch. A cup is also equivalent to over 500 tampons as the average tampon user utilizes over 200 tampons annually. With a tampon applicator taking 500-800 years to decompose, switching to a cup you will save hundreds of applicators from going to landfill annually!
Switching to a cup is also good for your body. Conventional disposable pads and tampons contain chemicals such as chlorine, dioxins, and BPA which can potentially have life long negative health effects. Our vaginas are a large mucus membrane which absorb whatever is touching them, leading whatever your period product is made of directly into your system. Lunette cup is made of medical grade silicone and no hidden or harmful ingredients. This cup can be worn for 12 hours at a time safely, making it awesome for those long days at school, work, or overnight. You’ll also never have to experience that awful feeling of pulling out a dry tampon ever again!
How to Pick the Right Size Cup
Figuring out what size cup to get can be intimidating, but fear not, there’s only 2 options!
Lunette Size 1 is made of a slightly softer material and is smaller in size making it a great option for teenagers and young folks. This size is best for light to moderate flows, those with sensitive bladders, low cervix’s, or tight pelvic floors.
Lunette Size 2 is a bit wider in diameter meaning it can hold more fluid making it a great option for moderate to heavy flows. This size is also best if you have a weakened pelvic floor, or if having children has changed your cervical position/vaginal integrity.
How Do You Insert a Cup?
To insert the Lunette, wash your hands, fold the cup, and insert it in the vagina. Find what fold method works best for you, some folds may open easier inside you than others. Ensure the cup is inserted high enough that the stem isn’t sticking out or causing you discomfort! If something feels off, remove it, and try again.
As with any new thing, there can be a learning curve. Fear not, a menstrual cup cannot get lost inside! To remove the Lunette cup, wash your hands, relax your muscles, and pinch the base of the cup. By squeezing the cup base you’ll break the suction seal and will be able to guide it out to dump it in the toilet. It’s important to pinch the base and break the seal, and to not just pull it out with the tail. If you feel like you can’t reach the cup, take a deep breath! Sometimes cups can migrate up, making them hard to reach. To get the cup palpable bear down like you are passing gas or a bowel movement, this will help your muscles push the cup down so you can reach it. Some people also find it helpful to remove the cup in the shower the first few times you give it a go in case you make a mess or need to try different positions to remove it.
How Do You Clean a Cup?
When you first get your Lunette cup it’s important to clean it by boiling it in a pot of water for 20 minutes. During your period when you dump the cup contents out, wash it with warm water and an unscented soap, try the Lunette Cup Cleanser to ensure longevity of your cup! Then when your period is over disinfect your cup by either boiling it for 5-10 minutes or using the Lunette disinfectant wipes. Proper cleaning of your cup will help elongate its lifespan and keep it in tip-top shape!