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So, you've decided to try and live a less impactful lifestyle and are considering making (or have already made) the switch to menstrual period cups, for a more planet-friendly period - but it's all new and a little daunting and you have lots of questions, right? Moxette, you are not alone!
Here are a few basics you need to know about your new eco period pal, plus a few of your most FAQs.
A menstrual cup (sometimes known as a period cup) is a little reusable silicone cup-shaped device (though they're something made from other materials), often with a little stem or toggle on the end, that's designed to collect menstrual flow.
Menstrual cups are worn inside the vagina during your period to collect menstrual flow. If inserted correctly, your cup should sit underneath your cervix and will form a suction seal around the walls of the vagina - this is what helps to keep it in place (and helps prevent any leaks!). As cups are designed to be re-used, you'll need to remove, rinse and re-insert during your cycle.
Firstly, we want to acknowledge that periods are not a one-size-fits-all, and that goes for period products, too - everything periods differently and has different preferences, beliefs, budgets, and it's all ok by us! But back to cups...
Menstrual cups are a great because they're reusable for years and years (and years, literally - a Moxie cup will last you 5 - 10 years if you properly care for it. More on that later) - and so there's less impact on the environment, and your wallet.
Because cups have a higher capacity than most tampons and pads, you can usually wear them for longer, too (though never more than 8 hours at a time), which means less fuss of having to change regularly.
Not to mention, they're great for active lifestyles - you can hop, skip, jump, swim and yoga in them. If inserted correctly, you shouldn't even feel you're wearing it.
A Moxie Menstrual cup will hold approximately 2.5 tampons worth of its respective tampon size. Our Regular cups hold around 30ml and our Super cups 40ml.
The larger capacity of cups (as compared to tampons) means that you may not have to change it as often. Bonus!
We've tried to keep things really simple and currently have two cups in the Moxie range.
Choose Super (holds 40ml) if:
Each of our cups holds around 2.5 tampons worth of its respective tampon size.
Note: The reason age and whether or not you've given birth comes into play is because as we age/give birth our pelvic floor can become weaker. If you have a particularly short cervix, Moxie cups may not be suited to you but a top tip, if you're game to try, is to turn your Moxie cup inside out - it shortens the length! (though please note this also hides the toggle and will reduce the cup's capacity - we only recommend this for experienced cup users).
We've penned a handy go-to guide, HERE with everything you need to know; from how to find the right size cup for you, to how to sterilise your cup before use, to finding the perfect fold, to how to insert and remove. Scroll on below for some handy basics.
This is VERY IMPORTANT, Moxettes. A lot of brands will tell you that you can leave their cup in for 12 hours, but it's important to note that cup standards vary by country - the regulation for brands sold in Australia is that menstrual cups are wearable for up to 8 hours at time. This is likely to help reduce the risk of infections and more serious conditions like Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).
You can change your cup as often as you feel you need to, but never leave it in for more than 8 hours at a time. Much like with tampons, you might feel a 'full' or heavy sensation in your vagina, which can be a sign that it's time to change. Also, your cup might leak (here's what to do if that happens!).
So we're gonna be upfront here and say that this can be a bit daunting at first - but you'll get it in no time with a bit of practice and patience. Here's how...
TOP TIP: If you're feeling a little resistance, this is normal - try 'rocking' the cup gently from side to side as you release it. Be sure to not squeeze it too tightly or else - you know, period drama.
Cleaning your Moxie cup in between uses is easy - simply rinse in cold water first (helps prevent staining), then in warm water with a mild oil-free soap (if you don't have any soap, just water is fine). Be sure to re-sterilise your cup in between cycles (instructions in pack) and keep it in its pod when not in use.