Same as when tampons came out on the market, some of us were not mentally or culturally prepared to start using them. Then it became normal. Using cups is the next step forward when it comes to menstruation hygiene.
We know, WE KNOW! In the beginning, the idea of using a menstrual cup can be scary… will it hurt? Will I feel it? Will it smell after cleaning it? WILL IT LEAK?! How to use a menstrual cup? But the reality is that after the first period using it, you will not want to change again to the traditional methods.
So while it can be frightening, it is worth trying, as it turns out to be more simple to use, cleaner, comfortable and… Reliable, as women experience zero leaking and you can wear it all day or all night!
How to use a menstrual cup? Will it hurt? Will I feel it? Will it smell after cleaning it? WILL IT LEAK?!
Some of the reviews of AllMatters (former Organicup) are like:
“I thought it would be uncomfortable. Well how wrong was I”
“Takes a little bit of courage and getting used to (in regards to the insertion and removal). Nevertheless, it’s just a matter of time”
How to use a menstrual cup
The first time, sterilise the cup in boiling water. To start using, simply fold the soft silicone AllMatters and insert. Once inside, it will unfold and be secured in place by a light vacuum. After approximately 12 hours, remove and empty into the toilet. Rinse and repeat. Easy.
There are several folds you could choose to use the AllMatters. Just watch this video, the best one we have found so far, for you to make sure it is absolutely comfortable and adapted to your vagina.
Unsure about the size you should get?
Size A is for women who haven’t given birth. The diameter is between 40 mm / 45 mm. Capacity: 25 ml.
Size B is for women who have given birth. The diameter is between 65 mm / 70 mm. Capacity: 30 ml
AllMatters is truly sustainable, as even the packaging is biodegradable (and cute), with an organic cotton pouch for the storage of your cup. Even better, they have earned the certification for quality standards, such as the Allergy Certified, Vegan, FDA 117.260, USP Class VI (if you have troubles to understand what all this means here’s a full guide on how to read labels) and also the Natural & organic awards in Scandinavia.
What is the AllMatters made of?
Currently, no organic standards exist for menstrual cups, so while we cannot boast of being certified organic, we can guarantee that AllMatters is as organic as possible. The medical grade silicone derives from sand (quartz), the second most abundant mineral in the Earth’s crust. AllMatters contains no harmful chemicals, no toxins and no artificial colouring; and add to that the sustainable benefits of AllMatters reusability.
The product is high quality; the material is 100% medical grade silicone, natural colour with no additives. It’s easy to introduce and comes with excellent instructions; after you insert the cup you almost immediately forget you have it inside!
If it happens that your periods are painful, we had the chance to read comments of few ladies that the menstrual cup worked better than tampons and also it seemed to ease the pain.
It also feels more hygienic; you just need to rinse the cup with water and voilà! No smells and totally stainless. It is exceptionally clean for the environment since a cup well cared can last up to 10 years!
What would be my impact by using AllMatters?
Some studies mention that a woman during her reproductive lifetime can spend up to 11,000 disposable menstrual products of waste in sanitary pads and tampons (equal of 200,000 tonnes of waste per year only in the UK). This is the amount of waste and rubbish you will stop producing once you get your AllMatters.
AllMatters gives you the option to refund the product until 90 days if you are not 100% satisfied, which also covers you in the case the cup you chose is not the right for you.
AllMatters not just works towards a more environmentally friendly world, but also to empower communities to improve access to menstrual hygiene methods and education projects. This map shows the presence the brand has achieved working along and partnering with NGOs in around 10 countries.
Is there any other similar brand you know or are curious about? Comment below, and we will make it happen!
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