Menstrual cups

Menstrual
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What is a menstrual cup?

A menstrual cup is a small container made from medical-grade silicone which is placed inside the vagina to collect menstrual flow.

As published in The Lancet in 2019, menstrual cups have been found to be a safe option for menstruation management and are currently being used in over 100 countries.

One cup is all you need

A hand holding a menstrual cup

foldable small shape

wear for 12 hours safely

reuse for 10 years per cup

odourless hygenic design

an extra 36 days movement

saves £4000 per lifetime

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Menstrual cups promote gender equality and a waste free world

Useful guides

Smiling woman holding a menstrual cup
Smiling woman holding a menstrual cup

How to use a menstrual cup

Step-by-step guides on how to clean, fold, insert and remove a menstrual cup.

How to guides
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Two hands gripping a menstrual cup

FAQs

Whether you’re worried about the safety of menstrual cups, their environmental credentials, or more intimate questions about how they work with your body, we’ve compiled a list of FAQs to help.

FAQs

Research study

Menstrual Cups: the evidence on uptake, acceptability and long term impacts

Approximately 1.8 billion individuals menstruate every month and yet, it is estimated that only 1% globally use menstrual cups. However, there is a now robust evidence showing the health, educational, environmental, wellbeing, female empowerment and bodily autonomy benefits of menstrual cups.

Uptake: Multiple studies have found acceptability rates of at least 80%, with many reaching mid-90%. The Menstrual Cup Coalition’s direct intervention in Kakamega, Western Kenya had an 82% uptake rate in 2023.

Acceptability: A 2021 acceptability study of menstrual cups in Iran found that ‘98.6% recommended this product to other women’. Another programme have been successfully working to break down menstrual taboos and introduce menstrual cups in Pakistan.

Health benefits: There is growing evidence of a strong association between better menstrual health practices and a reduction in reproductive tract infections (RTIs). Majeed et al. have stated ‘infections of the reproductive system and their repercussions can be avoided with better awareness and safe menstruation practices’.

School attendance: In the recent trial in Kisumu with 2000 menstrual cups, researchers noted a significant reduction in school absenteeism and dropout among girls followed to trial end who reported using the cup.

Read more in the Menstrual Cup Coalition’s research brief

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