I don’t even think I need to go into the environmental impact of tampons & commercial sanitary products. But in case you need a quick overview & reminder.

1. Tampons and many commercial pads come in plastic packaging. Every. Little. Tampon. Wrapped. In. Plastic. Every. Little. Pad. Wrapped. In. Plastic.
2. Oil is fracked from the earth to produce above-said plastics. Leaving them to pollute the planet and hurt or kill animals for years to come.
3. The cotton in pads or tampons is bleached to the point where it does not biodegrade.
4. Many chemicals are used in the bleaching of the cotton, they are then set free (after use) into our water streams to pollute the planet and harm all that is in the waters way.
5. They are single-use, meaning you will likely need to repeat purchase a box of 16-32 little pieces of plastic and bleached cotton every single month for the majority of your life!

Other things not associated with the environment, but important to note:
1. Tampons are commonly linked to toxic shock syndrome.
2. Despite periods not being a choice, the government deems them non-essential to life apparently, and they are damn expensive!!!
One Menstrual Cup = R250 and lasts 8 years… 8 years worth of tampons = R5 760 (based on R60 a box of 16, the scary average, 1 period a month)
3. Little pieces of cotton can often stay behind during removal of tampons, resulting in above toxic shock syndrome or infections.
4. The warm cotton environment a tampon creates is perfect for an overgrowth of bad bacteria, exactly what we DO NOT want!

Now I am not here to scare you away from tampons by any means. But I am here to present you with a far more eco-friendly (plastic-free), cost-effective (you saw the maths above), long-lasting (8 YEARS!!!) & scientifically proven safer option!

Here is just about everything you need to know about MENSTRUAL CUPS, from how to find your fit, to sizing, insertion, cleaning & storage!

1. Push the rim down into the inside of the base of the cup.

​2. Grasp the rim of the cup with your other hand to help maintain the crease, while continuing to pinch firmly with original hand to ensure that the rim is still pointed.

​3. Insert cup until the stem is 1 – 2 cm inside of the vagina.

1. Squeeze cup so that it is flat and hold it in that position.

​2. With your free hand, fold the rim of the cup over so the rim is touching the stem.

​3. Insert cup until the stem is 1 – 2 cm inside of the vagina.

1. Push the rim down into the inside of the base of the cup.

​2. While holding the cup in this position, fold the rim over so it is touching the stem/base.

​3. Near the base of the cup, indent the cup and squeeze the base of the cup holding it into position. It should look like a rosebud.

​4. Insert the cup units the stem is 1-2 cm inside of the vagina.

**This fold is a combination of push down and the arrow fold

TIPS for easier insertion and removal

It is very important to relax when inserting & removing your cup. To aid insertion use some clean water to wet the cup.

Depending on your flow, you might be able to wear MyownCup for up to 12 hours at a time. Remember to check and empty your cup at least twice a day.

It is recommended that you boil your MyownCup at the end of your menses and allow to air-dry before storing it in the cotton bag provided.

MyownCup does not need to be inserted as high as a tampon. Inserting the cup too high will make removal more difficult, and if the cup sits too high it can also be uncomfortable. Insert it, so that the stem of the cup is 1 -2cm inside the vagina. Trim stem if necessary.

Once inserted, if the cup is not fully opened, you can gently pull on the stem of the cup (as if to remove it). This will allow the cup to move lower in the vagina and air to flow into the air holes helping it open completely. Do not pull to the point where it comes out of the vagina.

 

If you have any further questions please do reach out & I will try my very best to answer or help in any way!

Keep choosing wisely & making an impact! You & your choices are powerful. xx