Reusable Menstrual Cup

Reusable Menstrual Cup

$39.99
It’s time you broke up with conventional pads and tampons. Here’s the problem: these single-use products are expensive, wasteful, and are often filled with toxic hormone disruptors. We invite you to toss your tampons for Lunette Reusable Menstrual cups. These safer, eco-friendly menstrual cups are your period’s new best friend. Bonus: You’ll never have to worry about running low on your tampon stash again.

THE STORY

Periods are natural, and a sign that your body is in good health. However, most of the feminine products on the market are decidedly unnatural. That’s where Lunette comes in.

Instead of buying boxes of tampons and packages of pads to get you through the next few months, why not just use one single cup? Lunette has a soft, flexible rim that makes it easy to insert and remove. It fits so comfortably you won’t even know it’s there.

It seems like an investment, but you’ll actually save a lot of money in the long-run with this reusable cup. With a box of tampons costing about $10 for an 18 pack (that will likely last for two months), that adds up to about $60 a year on tampons alone. That’s the same price as a Lunette cup —and that’ll last you several years.

Best of all, you can wear a Lunette cup for up to 12 hours a day, even during the heavy part of your cycle. That means no more running to the bathroom several times a day to tend to leaks.

USAGE

While using Lunette is easy, first time users might need a bit of time to get the hang of it. Simply fold the cup in half so it forms a C shape, then insert. Use a clean finger to make sure the cup has reopened (the bottom of the cup should feel round and not creased).

To clean, rinse the cup with cold water, then switch to warm water and use the enclosed cleanser. You can also use Lunette Cupwipes if you’re in a public space or don’t have access to a sink. In between periods, disinfect the cup by setting it in a pot of boiling water for 20 minutes.

CONSIDERATIONS

Do not wash the cup with anything other than unscented, gentle soap. Fragranced cleansers might introduce irritants.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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Fall, Michael E. “Feminine Care Product Increases Women’s Exposure to Harmful Phthalates.” Environmental Working Group. (2015)

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Nicole, Wendee. “A question for women’s health: chemicals in feminine hygiene products and personal lubricants.” (2014): A70-A75.

Peberdy, Elizabeth, Aled Jones, and Dannielle Green. “A Study into Public Awareness of the Environmental Impact of Menstrual Products and Product Choice.” Sustainability 11.2 (2019): 473.

Van Eijk, Anna Maria, et al. “Menstrual cup use, leakage, acceptability, safety, and availability: a systematic review and meta-analysis.” The Lancet Public Health 4.8 (2019): e376-e393.

Vostral, Sharra L. “Rely and Toxic Shock Syndrome: a technological health crisis.” The Yale journal of biology and medicine 84.4 (2011): 447.

THE SCIENCE

There are several very good reasons to give up pads and tampons for good. Your health and the environment both benefit from ditching these toxic, non-biodegradable options.

First, tampons pose a big risk to your health. The vagina is extremely absorbent, and can readily take chemicals from menstrual products into the bloodstream. Most tampon labels warn of the dangers of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), which is caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus and can cause symptoms like fever, vomiting, muscular pain and disorientation.

However, TSS is not the only concern. You also risk vaginal ulcers and mucosal alterations when you use tampons too regularly. When it comes to your hormonal health, several endocrine disruptors are lurking in typical feminine products, including phthalates from synthetic fragrance and dioxins from the bleaching process that makes those pads and tampons pearly white.

Your hormone health isn’t the only thing that’s affected by feminine products. The environmental impact is also huge, as tampons and sanitary napkins are made up of synthetic material that do not easily decompose. One analysis in Australia found that tampons take much longer to break down than toilet paper and facial tissues. Not surprisingly, tampons with plastic applicators have an even worse effect on the environment.

Fortunately, menstrual cups don’t contain any materials that can be absorbed into the vagina, so you don’t need to worry about hormone disruptors when you use Lunette. Instead, it’s made with BPA-free, medical-grade silicone that can be re-sterilized after every use. And since you’re swapping hundreds of pads and tampons for a single cup, the environmental impact is significant.