Reusable Products

PinkCup Reusable Menstrual Cup

Bea Johnson from Zero Waste Home came to South Africa for a speaking tour in May this year. I’d been following Bea on Instagram for some time and was super excited to get the opportunity to hear her speak!

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Hearing her speak in person adds so much more depth and flavour to her that you may miss from reading her writing. She’s honest and funny and relatable. You can find her at zerowastehome.com

Fast Forward to today and I have used my PinkCup menstrual cup three times now.

Before I’d even heard of the menstrual cup I’d only known of Mamma Cloth – washable menstrual pads. And for 20 years now all I’ve used have been Tampons – without the applicator.

Gosh, if you haven’t tried it and aren’t already using one, let me just say you will really be getting in touch with your vagina when you start using the cup.

After sanitizing it, you have to bend it in half and then half again, into a V shape (C shape as they refer to it). Whilst holding it in place you have to manoeuvre it in place by turning it a little to the left or right.

My first attempts had me lying down rather but after a day or two I had gotten the hang of inserting it easier and quicker.

Honestly, I’m not sure if I always get it right because I do spot my first day or two with the cup… that being said their site says to insert and then rotate which I may not have been doing…

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I do thoroughly enjoy the fact that I can insert it in the morning and forget about it all day, from outings with friends, to swimming or training at the gym and only need to empty and clean it before I bath at bedtime and then again in the morning.

My PinkCup is silicone, came in a cloth bag and a box and if I recall correctly, was delivered in a box by Takealot. The cloth bag was quickly taken by my 3 year old and is somewhere in her doll’s house or amongst her toys, the box it was delivered in was sent for recycling… The cup has a ­­­10 year life span, and read here to find out more about silicone and why use a silicone menstrual cup even though it isn’t biodegradable. Silicone can be recycled.

Until next time…

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Comments (4)
  1. Lisa 4 years ago

    Yes! I’d heard about Mooncups but didn’t know if they were available here. My fiance’s daughter is now 12 so fast approaching the time of starting her period. I had a bit of a Wow! moment a few months ago with her in mind.

    I’m 41 now and I started menstruating when I was almost 13. This means that for the better part of 28 years I’ve been using (pads back in the day) non-applicator tampons, like you. I’ve still got a good number of years to go.

    The wow! moment came when I thought of this young girl and all the decades ahead of her…

    Simple math… even at 8 tampons per cycle, 12 cycles a year for the next 30 years… That’s 2,880 tampons.

    We can do better!

    So, I got online and searched for Mooncup. Their website listed stockists in JHB and I ordered one for my stepdaughter and one for me. She may not start off with it, but I want her to have options.
    I’ve used mine for about five cycles now. Yes, definitely acquired, more messy and hands on but far better practice.

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    • Colette Plaska 4 years ago

      The math can be scary :O There are Mamacloth as a starter option for your stepdaughter but I’ve never used them and I don’t know how convenient it would be at school. I guess it would be nice to get a little Mamacloth bag that can hold the used cloth (like I have with cloth diapers only smaller) and then she can discretely change and pack away until home… I’m glad that women are talking about this 😀

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  2. Beth Simes 4 years ago

    My daughter is nearly 11 and I really do want to have her use reusable menstrual products. Unfortunately (or fortunately however you choose to look at it) I can’t be an example as I’ve had a hysterectomy. Between having and conceiving my boys I used mama cloth and a cup because by then I’d become conscious of the waste.

    A lot of makers of mama cloth are also making small “wet bags” for storing cloth in your handbag.

    Also the health benefits of using a cup or mama cloth are incredible. From the risks of toxic shock syndrome associated with tampon use to the chemicals used in pads to make them more absorbent (and the perfumes) I really do believe we need to make this sustainable choice.

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    • Colette Plaska 4 years ago

      Check out Palesa Pads – they have lovely vids on washing and they have a no stain, no leak, no smell promise. I am trying them so as to give feedback but I have never been a pad person and I’m uncomfortable – but for younger girls who may find the cup invasive for now these are pretty and easy to stow away in a purse. I recommend checking them out 🙂

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