What is a menstrual cup?
A menstrual cup, also called a period cup, is a sustainable alternative to tampons and pads. A period cup can be used over and over again for many years without constantly creating new waste.
If you can manage with tampons, you will be able to manage with a period cup
The cup doesn't sit as deep as a tampon, it's enough to place it 1-2 cm past the vaginal entrance. Here the folded cup must pop open, i.e. unfold completely. Due to the vacuum that is formed, the cup has a tight fit and nothing can leak out. Once the menstrual cup is full, it is simply emptied out and then reinserted. So there is no waste.
What size menstrual cup?
To determine the right size, you need to measure your cervix (3 times during your period). You can feel the cervix yourself. To do this, insert one finger (preferably your index or middle finger) into your vagina. Now use the other hand to mark the entrance to the vagina on the inserted finger. Then measure the length from the entrance of the vagina to the tip of the finger. It is important that you take the measurement during your period, as the cervix is often deeper here. By the way, the height of your cervix can also change during your period, so repeat the measurement a few times on different days.
Which degree of hardness is the right one?
There are softer cups and there are harder cups. Which cup is right for you depends on the strength of your pelvic floor muscles. If you have a weak or normal pelvic floor, a softer cup (SELENACARE Premium) is best. If you have strong pelvic floor muscles, you should use a harder cup (SELENACARE Active).
How do I use a menstrual cup?
The menstrual cup is folded and inserted into the vagina to collect the period blood. There are different folding techniques, such as C-fold, S-fold, punchdown fold, bend fold. All folding techniques are explained in our guide article "Folding the menstrual cup: pain-free insertion and removal".
Our tip: Moisten the period cup with water before insertion to make insertion easier.
By the way, unlike a tampon, the blood is not absorbed but collected, hence the name cup. This means that the menstrual cup does not dry out your vagina.
Cleaning the menstrual cup
When using the menstrual cup, make sure you keep it hygienic:
- Before your period: wipe with rubbing alcohol or sterilise in boiling water for 5 minutes
- During your period, clean with water and mild liquid soap
- Clean after your period: use mild liquid soap, then boil it
ZERO WASTE Period
Using a menstrual cup not only saves you a lot of money in the long run, but also helps our beautiful planet. After all, when you use a menstrual cup, you immediately stop producing more waste. And your cup will last 10 years or more if you take good care of it. So, take the plunge and try one of our high-quality menstrual cups. For you, your body and the environment!