10 women share why they couldn't live without their WonderCup

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My introduction to menstrual cupswas my best friend admitting to me that she likes to check out the blood that catches in her DivaCup while she's in the shower.

"It's not as f--ked up as you think," she argued. "In fact, it is the most natural part of my body and the essence of being a woman." She's right, of course, but I've always been a tampon fan—that argument alone didn't sway me. But, when I asked another friend why she uses menstrual cups now, she said: "I felt like I could picture the tampons piling onto a landfill and contaminating my body with all sorts of chemicals." OK—now I'm sold.

The flexible, bell-shaped cups (in silicone or latex) have existed since the 1930s, but aren't nearly as popular as tampons. Though a 2011 survey found that 91% of women who tried menstrual cups said they'd continue to use the cup and recommend it to others. I wouldn't go that far, but these 10 women gave their thoughts on why you should consider a switch:

“You don't have to agonize over tampon sizes and guesstimate how many to shove in your bag. There is no forecasting; [you] just put the DivaCup in and you're good. It’s an entirely self-sufficient one-time purchase. —Lauren, 25

“Menstrual cups don't contain any harmful chemicals that can leach into my bloodstream— I don't have to worry about TSS. They eliminate the majority of environmental waste in the equation, and they hold a whole lot more blood than any bleached cotton product I've ever tried! After your first hour wearing one, you will not even know that it's there. Also, if you suffer at all from dehydration, the [cup] unequivocally leaves me more lubricated than a tampon.” —Lindsey, 26

“They don't cause that cotton-mouth-like feeling in your lady parts like tampons do.” —Jessica, 29

“Switching to cups has saved me a lot of money. I change it once every 12 hours and the rest of the time I forget I'm even on my period. It's pretty freeing. I love seeing all the blood that gets collected, it's strangely very fun.” —Setareh, 23

“I love menstrual cups because I'm saving money and being nicer to my body.” —Amanda, 23

“They don't leak, you never run out, and you don't have to sneak out of a work meeting with something up your sleeve. You will have a new best friend for life.” —R.W., 38

“I only have to change it twice a day. Inserting it took some getting used to but once I mastered it, it's quick and easy. I spend less time thinking about my period when I use the cup. I love not having to spend hundreds of dollars on pads or tampons.” —K.T., 21

“My cup has all of the conveniences of a tampon: being able to go swimming, play sports, but with the additional benefit of never running out.” —Lindsay, 32

 

“On an island-hopping vacation, I tried a menstrual cup because I knew I wouldn’t have the convenience of a bathroom. After a couple tries inserting I got the hang of it and I was amazed by how well it worked! My cup is completely painless and feels secure. Best of all, it is an absolute life-saver for unpredictable days or spontaneous weekend trips.” —Melissa, 25

“My cup is a vortex of wonder. The advantage of avoiding chemicals and bleaches that reside in tampons sells the product itself—it’s a much healthier option for managing my period. I feel connected to my body. Instead of pulling a soaked string attached to a smelly wad of cotton out of my vagina, the cup allows me to examine just what is actually coming out of me once a month.” —DJ, 25

THE CUP VS PADS (my comment on The Guardian article)

I am a bit sad that the Guardian doesn't put more emphasis on the menstrual cup. I can't believe that reusable pads are still being discussed as something positive while some African countries are planning to ban reusable pads. The reasons are obvious, some stated in this article.

Disposable pads represents a problem as well. Considering the amount of pads a woman uses during her fertile years (average 12.000 pads) and the amount of CO2 emissions created by the crop growing, manufacturing, distribution and waste management related to this 30 billion/year industry, it is an environmental disaster. Add to this that pads which end up in landfills take 800 years to biodegrade while hundred of thousands of tons end up polluting our oceans. This is a problem especially in developing nations were waste management is inadequate, sometimes non existent.

There are other important issues related to menses which requires our outmost focus. In Kenya we lose about 300 million women working days each year, not to mention, young girls lose 20% of their education because menstrual products are unaffordable to them.

Yet there is a solution at hand, an alternative that can stop the pollution providing a solution that will empower these women and girls overnight; the menstrual cup.

This Miracle cup, invented in 1932 is by far the best option compared to any other menstrual product. Often called the forgotten Holy Grail in menstrual hygiene, this bell shaped silicone devise is the only option that offers a win-win for the environment and it's user. A myriad of studies have already shown that the menstrual cup is the preferred choice versus pads among girls who tried both(here is one: http://www.developmentbookshelf.com/doi/pdf/10.3362/1756-3488.2015.003)

"Comfort and freedom while having your period" this is something you only hear from cup users.

The cup is revolutionizing East Africa. In Kenya a girl can now participate in a menstrual cup education program and get a cup for 3U$ (the cost of 3 packets of Always) which is reusable for 15 years.

I hope the Guardian will focus more on viable solutions in the future. Frankly speaking; the cup is the ONLY viable solution at the moment.

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Today marks the World's Menstrual Hygiene Day!

In a global effort to break the taboo and stigma attached to menses the World is celebrating menstruation today! 

Hundreds of million of women and girls are suffering because of Mother Nature's gift to mankind - this has to end and it starts NOW. 

HERE IN KENYA WE CELEBRATE MENSES TODAY.

 

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Our volunteers keeping busy! 

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Photo shoot.  

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Handing out biscuits and soft drinks to all the participants. 

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About 300 school children + their parents participated in our MHM Day. It was very encouraging to see so many men as well! 

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Our volunteers: Annely from Holland and Julia from Sweden enjoying world class Kenyan hospitality. 

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Grace, our social worker and WonderCup Ambassador demonstrates the new WonderSoft cup. 

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The WonderCup Team teaching young girls how to use the menstrual cup. 

Women living with HIV/AIDS receive WonderCups

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Today marks a special day for us at WonderCup. The day we started donating menstrual cups to women and girls living with HIV/AIDS. 

Using traditional methods to stop the flow can have devastating effects among these women. Pads are also not an option as these cause yeast/fungus and bacterial infections to these women. Tampons are a no-no as the tampons absorbe the mucus membrane protecting the vaginal channel from infections.

By giving these vulnerable women and girls menstrual cups their quality of life greatly improves. After all; the menstrual cup is hygienically the best option compared to any other menstrual product. 

In some cases the menstrual cup might even prolong, not to mention, SAVE LIVES. 

 

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107 new WonderCup Ambassadors join our team!

We started educating the girls about menstrual cups and hygiene 2 month ago. Basically all the girls wanted a cup and become part of our cup outreach initiative.

 

Each girl will receive a starter packet containing 10 cups so that she can teach her family and friends once back home on school holidays. 

 WonderCup donates 107 menstrual cups to Mikaela secondary girl school.

WonderCup donates 107 menstrual cups to Mikaela secondary girl school.

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Can the menstrual cup remove your virginity?

We often come across the question; can I use the menstrual cup if I am a virgin? The answer is yes. 

The WonderCup can't remove your virginity, only sexual penetration can do that. 

It is encouraging to see Muslim women using and promoting the cup to their virgin daughters. In some of these communities women never talked about menses, not even among themselves. Then we came along, the cup changes everything and makes it very easy to break the taboo. Fact is: every woman wants to know more and will have a myriad of questions.

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Waa secondary girl school WonderCup Ambassadors chosen.

We started our first cup awareness campaign in Waa secondary girl school in September last year.  

With around 1200 girls this is one of the biggest girl schools in Kwale county. 

Since it is a boarding school a lot of sanitary issues are dealt with on a daily basis. One of the biggest problem is the copious amount of used pads piling up. 

The WonderCup promises to change this and we are pleased to welcome our (24) new cup Ambassadors to our team! 

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WONDERCUP DONATES MENSTRUAL CUPS TO WOMEN ON DEATH ROW.

While on field trips recently we came across a women - youth project run by Betty, a very dynamic and resourceful angel. She also reaches out to women in prison, including women on death row. Because of our Dignity To All Women campaign we immediately agreed to start donating cups for this noble cause, especially after hearing about the terrible menstrual hygiene conditions.

Another humanitarian mission achieved and a first in the history of menstrual hygiene. All women should wear a cup, especially the ones in prison. Because of the expense related to pads, all prisons in developing nations are facing the same problem: appalling  menstrual hygiene conditions.

Donating WonderCups to Orphanages

Today we visited Upendo Children Village with our Swedish volunteers and donated WonderCups to girls aged 13-18 after they participated in our menstrual cup education program. It never ceases to amaze us how little these girls know about menstruation and how eager they are to learn more! This is our second orphanage, first one being the Born Again Orphanage. More to come, rest assured!

   No one can do everything but everyone can do something.   We are now able to educate girls, donate a cup @ 4U$ per girl, changing her life, groundbreaking stuff!

No one can do everything but everyone can do something. We are now able to educate girls, donate a cup @ 4U$ per girl, changing her life, groundbreaking stuff!