Once a month we women go a little back to our mammal roots. Our fertile body aches and its clock rings. In the process we loose around 35 ml menstrual fluid (Wikipedia) – an average tea cup is 250 ml, so 35 ml does not seem much. For this we use tampons , seemingly clean and quick. In ten years one uses at least 1.200 tampons (10 tampons per cycle x 12 months x 10 years). At least. Now that is disgusting!
All cups serve the same function of catching menstrual fluid. They have the great advantage of no smell, one-time cost and multiple uses. I can even go swimming – those cups are constructed to sit in place while being unnoticeable. The Mooncup was the first one I got to know off and happily used it for 5 years. The Ruby Cup is the same size and comfort. It comes with a great cleaning help that folds together. I am a big fan of this gadget. The Lady Cup is a little smaller. It might need more emptying but it is a “light weight”. Both are great!
The white Ruby Cup & the pink Lady Cup
The little stem is used for removal and can be shortened. A friend of mine cut it off completely – that depends one your preferred removal technique.
Ruby Cup with cleaning help
The pink cleaning help folds together for easy storage. At the end of the cycle the cup can be boiled in it to be sterilized without even touching the pot.
How does a menstrual cup work: it takes some time to figure out how to use one and where it has to sit. Years of tampon use have trained ones’ hand. A cup does not go far in, it is bend a little, inserted and closes up. Once a day its content is emptied in the toilet and cleaned with water and soap. At the end of the cycle I boil it for 5 min and store it in a cotton bag. My friend just puts it in the cotton bag and washes it in the washing machine – its just some blood! She is a doctor and has used it for many years also: “don’t worry, things don’t just get lost in your vagina, especially not if you have a healthy relationship to it”. For a medical perspective it is worth to read her comment to my first article on the Mooncup here.
Those reusable cups come in varying sizes as a larger one is usually needed after pregnancy. Unfortunately not many shops sell them. But you can get them online e.g. on amazon or directly on the cups websites: www.ruby-cup.com or www.ladycup.eu.
Thank you for offering something with so many win-win’s!