How to Try Lunette Menstrual Cups And Get Over the Period Stigma
By Nicole Charky
Periods happen and we handle them — yet we don’t always talk about improving them.
But that’s changing with Lunette. The brand behind menstrual cups wants to introduce real conversations about period positivity and help motivate and change the world one cup at a time.
Lunette is over the shame around menstruation and focusing on positivity around periods—not dread or discomfort. They’re hoping that with a little information and education that the future of periods could be easier, more sustainable and optimistic.
HOW IT WORKS
The Lunette Menstrual Cup is a comfortable and safe bell-shaped cup that collects fluids instead of absorbing them like a tampon or pad. This keeps your interior at its status quo: naturally lubricated and healthy.
It’s soft, flexible, and made from the highest medical grade silicone. It’s BPA-free and free from harmful chemicals.
The cups are sustainable and leave little to no impact on the environment. They last up to 12 hours per day during use and are odorless. And, the cup can last several years if it is properly taken care of.
HOW TO GIVE IT A TRY
Start by washing your hands. Then, wash your Lunette Cup with Feelbetter Cup Cleanser (or soap with ingredients that are simple and won’t break down the silicone). Rinse the cup gently
Now, it’s time to get comfy. You can insert the cup while sitting, standing or squatting. It helps to spread your legs to make sure the insertion is comfortable and successful. Take a deep breath. Relax. Now it’s time to fold the cup.
Fold the cup in half so it’s a flat shape, then form it in half to make a C shape. Keep it rolled up and guide it rim first in the vagina. To check if the cup opens fully, slide a clean finger to the cup bottom and feel it - it should feel round. You can also move it up and down to find the correct and comfortable position for you.
When you’re ready to remove it, wash your hands, relax your muscles. Grab the bottom of the cup, breaking the seal and squeezing the bottom of the cup. It’s important to pull it out with not just the stem alone.
Then, clean the Lunette cup. It should be cleaned both before and after your cycle, and after each time emptying. To avoid odor and any discoloration on your product, rinse first in cold water, then wash in hot water and Lunette Feelbetter Cup Cleanser, which is designed for the silicone cups.
You can use Lunette Cup anytime during your menstrual cycle, including heavy or light flow days.
Empty your Lunette cup 2-4 times a day and use it safely for or up to 12 hours, including overnight. You can learn more about your body’s rhythm and use the measuring cup to watch your flow.
Lunette Menstrual Cups are both easy to use and clean. You can go to the bathroom like you normally do - it won’t fall out! It’s snug, placed entirely inside the lower part of the vagina and behind the pubic bone below the cervix. You don’t have to worry about leaking (unless you forget). And once it’s inserted, you might not even notice it’s there.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SIZE
Lunette offers two models, including Model 1 and Model 2. Model 1 is for very light to light bleeding. Model 2 is for moderate bleeding, heavier flows. It’s also possible to use Lunette Cups with an IUD, however it’s advised to talk to a doctor about it beforehand. You can also use it with a contraceptive ring.
How do you know if your flow is heavy or light?
The dividing line between normal and heavy flow is 80 ml during your periods. Here’s what that looks like for each model.
LUNETTE MODEL 1
Spotting: A drop or two of blood, not even requiring a sanitary pad though you may prefer to use one.
Very light bleeding: Needing to change a low-absorbency tampon or pad one or two times per day, though you may prefer to change them more frequently.
Light bleeding: Needing to change a low or regular absorbency tampon or pad two or three times per day, though you may prefer to change more frequently.
LUNETTE MODEL 2
Moderate bleeding: Changing normal absorbency pad or tampon every three to four hours.
Heavy bleeding: Needing to change a high-absorbency tampon or pad every three to four hours, though you may prefer to change more frequently.
Very heavy bleeding or Gushing:Protection hardly works at all. You would need to change the highest absorbency tampon or pad every hour or two.
The Lunette cup is reusable and environmentally sustainable. Each period is a win for Mother Nature.
That also means you aren’t rushing out to the store to buy tampons or pads when Aunt Flo makes her visit. No more worrying about running out of period products! You save money, no more revolving purchases. Instead: Major win.
It’s also a big win for your vagina. Lunette has a greater capacity than tampons and won’t dry you out with cotton or rayon. Lunette’s Model 2 can hold 1 fl oz of liquid compared to a super absorbency tampon that can only hold 12-15 grams.
The goal behind Lunette is to help people who menstruate continue to feel strong and motivated to live their own lives. With a little practice and time, you can change how you experience your period.
Try giving Lunette a go on your next period. Make a plan to commit to getting over the learning curve and give yourself a chance to get to know this option. You don’t have to let fear of the unknown make the decision for you.
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