Less waste, less stink, less toxins: why I love my Lunette menstrual cup

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11,000.

That’s approximately how many pads or tampons you will use in a lifetime.

My mind explodes when I think about how much waste this creates – not just from the products themselves but also from the additional plastic packaging.

Sanitary products take hundreds of years to biodegrade. Yup. Your used pads and tampons will quite literally still be floating around in landfill long after you have passed on.

And don’t even get me started on the toxins they contain … toxins that you’re putting inside your body.

Ladies, our periods are making a right royal mess of the planet.

So what’s the alternative?

Menstrual cups, baby!

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What’s a menstrual cup?

A menstrual cup is a small silicon cup that you insert into your vagina to collect your menstrual blood. It holds the blood inside the cup and when full, you simply tip the blood into the toilet, rinse and reinsert.

I’ve been road-testing the Lunette menstrual cup for almost a year, including while travelling in Walter the Campervan. The convenience, the health and cost benefits, the simplicity and the reduction in wastage means I won’t ever go back to using tampons.

But it sounds kinda gross…

I disagree. Shoving a piece of chemical-laden cotton inside your vagina is pretty darn gross when you think about it. So before you close down this page in disgust, hear me out.

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Why I freaking LOVE the Lunette menstrual cup

+ Insert in the morning and forget about it!

You can leave the cup in for up to 12 hours, even overnight. On my heavier days, I empty the cup two to three times during the day and on my lighter days, just once.

This is truly my favourite part about the menstrual cup. It makes dealing with your period that little bit easier. You can wear the cup swimming or doing any other physical activity — just like you do a tampon.

+ Huge savings

A Lunette menstrual cup lasts for at least 10 years (sometimes longer).  On a rough estimate, I was spending $15 a month on organic sanitary products.

$15 x 120 months = $1,800 compared to just $58 for a menstrual cup for the same time period. That’s a HUGE saving.

+ Environmentally friendly

My wastage has been significantly reduced. While I still wear a pad for extra protection on my heavier days, after this I don’t use anything but my Lunette cup. And you don’t have to go touching those disgusting sanitary bins in toilets. That’s a big win for me.

+ No drying out

Have you ever experienced that awful drying out of your vagina in the last days of your period when your flow is just enough that you still need to use a tampon but not heavy enough to completely soak it? Gah! This makes me cringe.

Unlike tampons, a menstrual cup does not interrupt the natural moisture in your vagina.

+ No odour

Pads are a breeding ground for yeast infections, bacteria and odour, something you don’t have to ever worry about with a menstrual cup.

+ It’s SUPER easy to put into place

Once you’ve mastered the insert, it takes just seconds to get the cup into place. Once it’s in, you can’t feel it at all and I often forget that it’s even there.

+ It’s so small you can keep it in your bag

The Lunette cup is small and comes in a cute, vegan-friendly storage bag. You can carry it with you in your handbag at all times. No more messing around with tampons and pads floating everywhere and no emergency dashes to the supermarket required!

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Tips for beginners:

Just like when you first started using tampons, a menstrual cup takes a little getting used to. Here are some of the things I’ve learnt along the way:

+ The best place to insert and remove the cup is in the shower. The hot water makes the cup flexible and moist to insert and there’s no danger of accidental spillage when removing.

+ Practice first at home with a pad as extra protection from accidental leakages.

+ Find the fold that works best for you. I like the punch-down fold. It’s narrow enough to push into my vaginal opening and pops open easily once inserted.

+ Insert with the fold facing downwards. I’ve found this helps the cup to open and create a seal much more easily.

+ Twist it baby! Once the cup is inserted, you should be able to rotate it easily. This confirms that the cup has opened fully. I also like to run my finger around the outside of the cup just as a double check.

+ Learn the positioning of your cervix. Your cervix is located in the upper part of your vagina and is where the menstrual blood flows, through a pin-sized hole, into your vaginal canal. The menstrual cup is designed to sit below the cervix so it captures the blood. However, if your cervix moves lower during menstruation (I discovered this is the case for me and is the reason why I still wear a pad on my heavier days) or if the cup is too high in your vagina, you may experience leaks because the cervix is sitting next to the cup or below it. If you’re experiencing leaks you may need to feel around for your cervix and make sure the cup is positioned correctly. There’s more information on this topic over here. If you don’t experience leaks, ignore this bullet point completely.

+ Lastly – try, try again. It took me a couple cycles to get the hang of the menstrual cup but it was well worth it. If you don’t nail the insert the first time, keep trying. You will get there. And when you do, you won’t ever want to go back to using tampons again. Trust me on this one!

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This giveaway is now closed.

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Vaginal loving side note

While we’re on the topic of vaginas, check out this vaginal healing guide from our kinesiologist, Nicole Mathieson. This is a MUST read. It will help you connect, heal and learn to listen to the needs of your (possibly) long-forgotten vagina. It’s full of so many practical and useful tips. LOVE it!

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Do you use a menstrual cup? What brand do you use and what’s been your experience?

Want to use a menstrual cup but have questions? Pop your questions in the comments below or email me at hello@shemakesmagic.com.  I’d love to help wherever I can.

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12 steps to cosmetics so natural you can eat the ingredients

This little how-to is the sixth instalment in our series on how to green your bathroom by swapping to completely natural and cruelty-free cosmetics.

Switching to a menstrual cup means much less wastage, huge savings and a toxic-free alternative to pads and tampons.

Stay tuned for part seven, where we’ll be talking homemade toothpaste.

We’re also volunteering to be your human guinea pigs, so if there’s something natural cosmetics-related that you’ve been a-ponderin’, hit us up in the comments.

Check out the other steps via the links below:

Alana

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12 Responses to Less waste, less stink, less toxins: why I love my Lunette menstrual cup

  1. Konstanze July 8, 2015 at 11:29 pm #

    Hey lovelies, I’m using a menstrual cup from a German producer called MeLuna. I have it now for about 6 month and I totally agree…I will never use anything else again. Alana, I subscribe everything you just described! It’s a blessing. Talking Menstruation and blood here…do you already know the book “the red code” written by Lisa Lister? I’ve read it some month ago and I can tell it’s lifechanging. It’s a must-read for every woman (and men :). Would love to discuss with you the book and hear your opinion.
    So long, sunny greetings from Germany
    Konstanze

    • Alana July 10, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

      Hi Konstanze! One of our friends uses a MeLuna too and is really happy with it. I haven’t heard of this book “the red code” but thank you for the recommendation. I will most definitely be checking it out. I need more reading materials for my trip. Just googling the book now and it sounds similar to “red moon” by Miranda Gray. Have you read this? I started reading it a while ago but haven’t done the activities. It’s here in my bookshelf in Walter and is next on my list of books to get through. http://redmoonthebook.com/ xxx

  2. Kirsty Lee July 9, 2015 at 3:34 pm #

    Yep, these things are a game changer!

    • Alana July 10, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

      Aren’t they? How long have you been using a menstrual cup, Kirsty? Do you use Lunette?

      • Kirsty Lee July 13, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

        Hi Alana, I do use a Lunette and I think I’ve probably been using it for around 8 months? It definitely took a bit to get used to, but the convenience, health benefits and environmental benefits were an absolute no-brainer for me! I’m SO glad you gals are putting this out there in the public sphere. X

  3. Sally McKinnon July 10, 2015 at 9:57 pm #

    Hey hey! I have a question. How is it emptied & cleaned? I’m so curious. Thanks x

    • Kamme July 12, 2015 at 1:19 am #

      Hi Sally all you have to do is dump the contents in the toilet every few hours depending on how heavy or light your cycle. I just got mine and was able to use it for the last 3 days of my cycle so I emptied every 8 hours or so.You can just rinse with some water or a quick wash with a ph balanced feminine soap and at the end and beginning of your cycle wash and sterilize by boiling the cup for 5-10 mins. Simple right!

    • Alana July 12, 2015 at 8:49 am #

      Great question, Sally! I just use warm water and an all-natural soap to clean mine. Lunette provides a special ph-balanced wash if you prefer that as well as wipes which you can use when you’re on the go, out in public places where perhaps you cannot wash with soap or to disinfect at the end of your cycle. You can tip the blood into the toilet, or one of our friends actually creates a ritual where she tips the blood onto her plants, returning it to the earth. I love this idea. There’s more information on cleaning the cup, over here: https://www.lunette.com/blog/how-to-clean-your-lunette.html. I hope this helps. If you have anymore questions, let me know. xx

      • Sally August 4, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

        I actually used to make my own pads (back when Fiona Horne released books on Wicca) and used the cleaning water as a fertiliser. My plants were never better!😊
        Thank you!

      • Alana August 5, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

        Wow! Now that’s keen. Good on you, Sally xx

  4. Kamme July 11, 2015 at 9:43 am #

    Hi i just tried a cup for the first time this week and I love it! I got the Anigan EvaCup. I haven’t been working for a while so cash is tight and it was one of the more reliable more affordable cups. But, I’m happy that it turned out to be a great purchase. Hopefully in the future I will get to try out one of the brand name cups like Lunette cause I would definitely love to try out at least 2 more cups.

    • Alana July 12, 2015 at 8:51 am #

      Hi Kamme, fantastic! It’s great to get recommendations about other cups. Every woman is different. I know I tried the Diva cup first but, no matter what I did, I couldn’t get it to open properly once inserted. I swapped to Lunette and it opened first pop!

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