What is a menstrual cup? How do I use one?
A menstrual cup is a body-safe silicone or rubber, the cup is used to collect menstrual fluid rather than using a pad or tampon, they also help reduce your carbon footprint on the Earth by replacing your tampons, pads, and other menstrual products that will sit in the landfill. We'll be doing a breakdown review today of the Lelo Lily Intimina line of menstrual cups, from the beginner One to the Ziggy 2. They have a complete line of Intimina menstrual cups and discs, so no matter if you're a light bleeder, a heavy bleeder, or just had a child, Lelo has a menstrual cup that will work for you. Knowing your cervix height will be important in choosing a menstrual cup. Cervix height = length of vagina. These menstrual cups are trimmable, so there will be some customization for a more comfortable fit.. Figuring out your cervix height is easy. Insert a clean finger into the vagina until you touch firm flesh, like the end of your nose. The best thing? These products are safe to use during sex. Say what? YES. it's true. Now that's a game changer.
What's the history of the menstrual cup?
The first menstrual cup was invented by an American actor, Leona Chalmers, who patented her runner cup in 1937. Think of this, it takes 25 years for a tampon or pad to decompose in the landfill! That's a very long time and that's a ton of waste. A menstrual cup needs to be replaced every 10 years, with proper care. According to Voxpod.com "Even though inventions for menstrual products were evolving, the taboos of menstruation prevented many of them from launching into or being successful in the mainstream market. Many women didn't want to be seen purchasing or having these products on them. In order to remain discrete, women would often purchase menstrual products through mail-in orders. Unfortunately, stigma wasn’t the only barrier that arose – disposable napkins were often not affordable or accessible. It wasn’t until the end of the century – when cloth became more mainstream – that these disposable ‘luxuries’ were accessible to the common class."
What chemicals are in tampons and pads?
High levels of toxic chemicals such as polyester, adhesives, fragrance, polyethylene (PET), polypropylene, and propylene glycol (PEG) have been linked to hormone and reproductive harm. Dioxins are also known as a "human carcinogen" by the World Health Organization. It's time to rethink what you're putting into your body and how it may be negatively affecting you without realizing it.
Which cup is right for me? How do I decide?
Lelo offers a beginner model The Lily Cup One menstrual cup as well as 2 size options throughout their line of products. Size A, light pink, is perfect for those before childbearing or after having a caesarian birth, and size B, dark pink, for after having children or having a weaker pelvic floor. Being made with body-safe silicone, you know what's going into your body. Tampons and pads contain harsh chemicals that dry the vagina, causing irritation. That makes a menstrual cup safer for you, too. With protection up to 8 hours, depending on your flow, that's quite a bit of time spent handling nasty pads and tampons. I can think of plenty of other things I'd rather do. Like the "no mess sex" promise the Lelo advertises.
Lelo offers sizes to fit everybody
The One is perfect for beginners with a firmer rim to help get used to insertion. Collapsible to fit discretely in your pocket or purse. The compact, slim design will take up much less space than several tampons or pads in your bag. Intimina is built for your busy lifestyle. Lelo Intimina menstrual cup comes in the One, the Lily Cup, the Lily Cup Compact, the Ziggy cup 1 and the newest addition in 2022, the Ziggy Cup 2. Each model has something unique to offer. Who knew buying a menstrual cup would be so exciting? or confusing?? Let's start at the beginning.
Lelo Intimina The One, perfect for beginners
Are you new to menstrual cups? Are you about to start having your periods? Intimina had teenagers in mind when they created the One. The One is the most petite cup out of the whole line. Slimmer with a bubble design and firmer rim, the One is easier for newbies to insert and release the rim for removing the cup. If you have a menstruating daughter or have a girl in your life about to "enter womanhood" it's time to have the talk about hormones, menstruating, and the options available. Tampons and pads add an incredible amount of waste to landfills throughout a menstruating person's lifetime. The Lelo Intimina line of menstrual cups will drastically cut down on waste. An average woman will use around 16,000 or more tampons or pads in her lifetime. This translates to about 7 billion tampons and pads landing in landfills, sewer systems, and water bodies each year. That's pretty disgusting when you think about it like that.
What's the difference between Lily Cup and the Compact?
The Lily Cup Original and Compact come in 2 sizes. The Intimina standard size A, light pink, and B, dark pink. The World's first collapsible menstrual cup, the Lily Cup is compact to fit in a purse, pocket, bag, or discretely in your hand. The Lily Cup Original is slimmer and shorter than the Compact. The Compact is good for a lower cervix, it's much shorter than the Original. Some women prefer the longer Original, which can be trimmed to fit better.
The Ziggy Cup looks different. Does it work as well?
The Ziggy Cups are the newest Intimina menstrual discs out in 2022. They are wide, round, and flat. A, much different look than the cone shape of the Lily Line. The Ziggy Cup is just as effective as the menstrual cups of the Lily line but the menstrual DISCS inserts and removes differently. Made from 100% body-safe silicone, they are safer to use than the harsh chemicals found in pads and tampons. Lelo Intimina went even further in its quest to reduce waste by switching the packaging from plastic to recyclable cardboard. This Swedish-based company is setting an impressive quality standard with their empathy for the World and leaving a clean Earth for the future.
Is a menstrual cup or disc right for you?
It doesn't matter if you are just beginning your cycles or have been in the game, looking into a menstrual cup or disc now will make a difference in our landfills, oceans, and beaches. Make a difference in your health by using a product without the harsh chemicals linked to hormones and reproductive harm. It may seem like this little cup would overflow and make a mess. I assure you, once you get used to using a cup or disc you'll never go back to a messy, stinky tampon or pad. You'll Thank Me later.