The menstrual cup method, until recently very unknown, is gaining more and more followers. Why? It’s more comfortable, cheaper and less polluting, say those who used it.
The menstrual cup is a reusable product and its cuts the long-term cost of menstrual products. At the end you will be saving money. In a year a menstruating person spends approximately 65 days menstruating, and the menstrual cup can last for 10 years.
The cup is an alternative that is becoming more and more popular every day, mainly for its convenience but also for the ecological awareness that is growing among women. It is a device that came to displace sanitary napkins and tampons.
What is it?
As its name says, it is a cup, usually made of silicone or latex.
Is inserted into the vagina and acts as a receptacle, collecting the woman’s menstrual blood.
There are different sizes and, according to this, different capacity to retain the flow.
They are reusable and must be emptied and reinserted every 12 hours maximum, or earlier depending on the amount of flow. Unlike tampons or pads, which absorb blood, the cup collects it.
How to choose my menstrual cup
There are several cup sizes, there are from XS to L. Each brand has a different measurement table and instructions, it is very important to read the table to be sure which size is suitable for your body.
Each brand has a table of standardized sizes that vary according to the person’s conditions, from age, to the way you have gave birth.
It is very important to see that brand has the appropriate certification and regulations.
How to use it
Before using the cup, it must be boiled in order to sterilize it.
To clean your menstrual cup you can put it into a regular pot with water and boil it for a few minutes.
It’s recommended to do this process to wash and boil after every cycle. Hygiene is very important when storing the cup between periods.
There are three techniques for inserting the menstrual cup, these three techniques are called punch down fold, double 7 fold and U fold.
It is recommended to make it wet or use coconut oil for lubrication.Personally, I recommend you watch to YouTube tutorials to know the most comfortable way for you.
Some people find it more comfortable to insert it while standing, squatting, in the shower, or sitting on the toilet.
To take the cup out, the air gap between the cup and the cervix must be broken. For this, you must insert a finger between the cup and the vaginal walls and then pull it slowly.
Where to buy menstrual cup in Croatia
Intimina has two different menstrual cup, one called Lily Cup, Lily Cup Compact and Lily Cup One. It is made from medical silicone which is BPA and chemical free. Comes in two sizes, A and B. It does not produce allergies, odor, dryness or irritation.
The Lily Cup cost 188,90 KN
Muller has the biggest selection and different prices.
o Duchesse menstrual cup
This menstrual cup is from a muller. It is made from medical silicone which is BPA and chemical free. It has a big color variety such as pink, purple, blue, red and clear. Comes in two sizes, A and B. This cup it’s a little harder at the top and then it gets smooth.
The Duchesse cost 79,90 KN
Selena cup is another alternative, is made from medical silicone which is BPA and chemical free, it’s latex free, ecological and reusable. Comes in sizes S, M and L.
SelenaCare menstrual cup have two different cups in muller. They have SelenaCup basic and the normal SelenaCup.
The SelenaCup basic has a cotton bag cost 104,90 KN
The SelanaCup has a cotton bag and a cleaning container cost 149,90 KN
This one is the most recognized brand on the market. It is made from medical silicone which is BPA and chemical free. Comes in sizes 1 and 2. It comes in different colors such as clear, blue, orange, pink, yellow and purple. It does not produce allergies, odor, dryness or irritation.
Lunette cup cost 239,90 KN
When I thought about this post I wanted to put as many physical shops as possible. I passed by many many stores, sent messages to other ones but unfortunately only these 2 stores have the menstrual cup available in Croatia.
I hope one day everybody can have a good quality and affordable menstrual cup.