Silicone Menstrual Cups

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November 20, 2016

A silicone menstrual cup is feminine hygiene product, designed to replace the need for tampons. It is a bell-shaped cup made from a non-toxic, and flexible medical grade silicone rubber. It is worn inside the vagina during menstruation to catch (not absorb) the menstrual blood. The cup is removed every 4-12 hours, and the collected menstrual fluid is emptied into a sink or toilet. Once washed (in clean water), it can be re-inserted. The cup is then sterilised in boiling water at the end of the monthly period.  It is important that these are made from medical grade silicone, other materials can be toxic.

  • Lifespan: 5 yrs

Directions

1Wash both your hands and the silicone cup thoroughly before use in clean water.

2Using your thumbs, pinch the soft silicone cup closed.

3Now fold the cup in half, making it nice and small.

4Find a comfortable position that will allow you to easily insert your cup. That may be sitting on the toilet, putting one leg up on the edge of the bathtub or squatting.

5Insert the folded cup completely into the vagina, and let the cup unfold by releasing your fingers.

6After inserting the cup, rotate it with your fingertips and gently pull it down and forward into position at your vaginal opening. Gently pull on the stem and you should feel that everything is firmly in place.

Resources

1 Medical grade silicone menstraul cup

Clean water (for washing cup)

Where is this useful?

The silicone menstrual cup can be used worldwide.

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Environmental Facts

BiodegradabilityNot Biodegradable
RecyclabilityNot recyclable
Final Product ToxicityNot Toxic

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