Menstrual cup

A menstrual cup is an easy-to-use, safe, clean alternative to conventional pads and tampons.  Made of medical-grade silicone - which is a safe and hypoallergenic material - menstrual cups are simply washed and reused. Using a menstrual cup is similar to using a tampon but requires less changing.  Not to mention, using a menstrual cup creates zero waste for the environment. 

Biome supports the campaign to remove GST on menstrual products because they are a necessity item purchased for health and hygiene reasons. So we have made our own decision to reduce the price of all menstrual cups, tampons and pads by 10%. Our business will still of course pass the 10% GST on to the government on the sale, but the price to you is 10% less, permanently.

How to use a menstrual cup?

A menstrual cup is safe when used as directed and no health risks related to their use have been found. How to insert a menstrual cup?

The menstrual cup is first folded, and then inserted. It will unfold and create a light seal against the vaginal walls. The cup should sit around the cervix, in order for the flow to be collected in the cup. If correctly inserted, the cup shouldn't leak or cause any discomfort, as with a tampon. Those who are familiar  with inserting a non-applicator tampon should learn faster how to insert a cup, though there may still a learning curve. If lubrication is necessary for insertion, it should be water-based, as some lubricant ingredients can be damaging to the silicone.

The cup is removed by reaching up to the stem of the cup in order to find the base. The stem cannot be used to remove the cup, as pulling it down will create suction. The base of the cup is pinched to release the seal, and the cup is removed. After emptying, the cup should be rinsed or wiped and reinserted. It can be washed  with menstrual cup washing liquid, and sterilized in boiling water for a few minutes at the end of the cycle.

It is also recommended to use reusable menstrual cloths as a backup for heavy flow days.  

Sizing:

If you are over 35 or have had a vaginal delivery, then size 2 is probably the better choice. Otherwise, you would use size 1. A high or low cervix will also determine what size would suit you best - a high cervix generally needs a longer cup and vice versa.

 

       Brand    Capacity  Body length  Stem length     Diameter  Circumference 
      Lunette - Size 1               22.5ml            5.8cm               2.5cm           4.1cm               13cm             
      Lunette - Size 2        30ml       5.3cm         1.9cm        4.7cm          13.9cm
      Diva cup - Size 1        27.5ml       5.7cm         1.2cm         4.4cm          13.6cm
      Diva cup - Size 2        30ml       5.7cm         1.2cm        4.52cm          14.27cm  

 

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