Why Do You Donate Menstrual Cups and Should I Try One?
Let’s talk menstrual cups.
Why menstrual cups? Where do we begin? Menstrual cups are first and foremost reusable, which simply makes them cost effective and good for the environment. We pride ourselves on reducing our negative impact as much as possible, so having a sustainable product was important to us.
Our menstrual cup, the Flowcup, is made from 100% medical grade silicon and can last up to 10 years. That means a single cup, for just $7, can get a girl through her entire high school experience!
The cup can also be left in for 12 hours at a time, which means girls are no longer impacted by a lack of sanitary bins or adequate wash facilities at their school or workplace. They need not worry about their period all day and can simply empty it in the privacy of their home, morning and night. Cups also require just a small amount of water to clean, instead of reusable pads that need to be washed well.
Reusable pads are great, especially in dry climates, but in places like Liberia which experiences a true west season, it can be hard to dry them. Menstrual cups are dried with little more than a good shake and are well suited to all climates!
The cup also comes in 2 sizes, to accomodate women beginning their period, women who bleed lightly, women who bleed heavily and women who have had a child, making sure the product experience is right for them.
Menstrual cups are also compact and can be stored away, reducing shame for the girls, and providing peace of mind every month, that they needn't spend their hard earned money on sanitary products instead of food.
Our entire team at The Cova Project uses menstrual cups and loves them! The number one reason is because we know we’re reducing waste and helping the environment. Number two, you literally forget you have you period all day and can just get on with life! Read our teams top tips for cup use, below.
Our wonderful cup, the Flowcup, is made in Sweden and available in Europe. You can learn more about it here: https://www.flowcup.com/
To learn about cups available in Australia, click here!
Tips for using a menstrual cup
Squat down when inserting and removing the cup.
You may not be able to get the menstrual cup to insert comfortably the first time, but with a bit of practice you will be able to insert the cup like an expert. Try different folding methods. Every body is different so if one fold doesn’t work well for you try another on. Practice makes perfect.
If the cup has moved high up within the vagina and you are finding it hard to reach it to remove it, you can try urinating before removing the cup. Your vaginal muscles will help push the cup down when peeing.
Rinse the cup with a little clean water before inserting it for extra moisture, this makes it easier to insert.
For first time you can also wear a pad while you gain confidence that the cup won’t leak.
You can change the cup when bathing to avoid spilling the blood.