Periods. Half of the world’s population have them. Some every 28 days, some every 46 days. Some for 3 days, some for 5. No matter what your protection of choice is, whether that is pads or tampons, you will most likely have stood in front of the sanitary product isle, baffled by how expensive they are. Standing there, you might have thought of the side effects these products come with. And maybe, just maybe, a thought about the environmental impact might have crossed your mind as well.
On top of the obvious plastic parts, such as applicators, sanitary pads are made of approximately 90% plastic and also tampons can contain it (on top of other parts like bleach, glue, perfume and what not that don’t necessarily belong inside your body). With an average of 11,000 sanitary products used in your lifetime, that’s a whole lot of plastic waste.
The Lamazuna cup is here to help you rethink periods. Made form soft, medical-grade silicone, this reusable menstrual cup sits lower than tampons and collects rather than absorbs your body’s fluids, which is a lot better for your health. This is also why menstrual cups aren’t linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome either. Held in place by a vacuum, the menstrual cup can be worn for up to 12 hours and overnight. It may take you a couple of tries to learn how to insert and remove the cup, but once mastered, you won’t notice it’s there.
Why we love this product:
- Convenient, safe and eco-friendly alternative to tampons and pads
- It’s a lot healthier for you as it’s free from plastic, latex, toxins and bleach
- Made to last for years, not just hours
- The cost of one Lamazuna Cup equals the cost of 5-6 months worth of traditional period products, which means that you will be saving yourself a whole lot of pennies in the long run
- 3 times the capacity of a super tampon making it last for up to 12 hours (just imagine not needing to worry about running to the bathroom every three hours – the joy!)
- Love being active? Fantastic – just keep swimming, swimming, swimming (your menstrual cup won’t stop you and, as opposed to a tampon, has no strings attached either…)
What is it made of?
- 100% soft, medical-grade silicone
- Made in France
Anything else I need to know?
- It might take you 2-3 tries before you feel comfortable inserting and removing the cup, but don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it shortly
Keeping it clean:
- At the beginning of your period, sterilise the cup by leaving it in boiling water for 10 minutes. During your period, all you’ll then need to do is clean it with warm water.
Finding the right size:
- Cup Size 1 has a diameter of 42 mm and a length of 47mm (1.9 inches) and is right for you, if…
- … you have a light to normal flow
- … are a teen and younger user, as it makes for easier ins and outs
- … have a low sitting cervix
- … have a high level of fitness and strong vaginal muscles
- … have a sensitive bladder
- Cup Size 2 has a diameter of 46 mm (1.8 inches) and a length of 52 mm (2 inches) and is right for you, if…
- … you have normal to heavy flows
- … have given a natural birth before (if you have a lower cervix, opt for Cup Size 1)