The Menstrual Cup Revelation aka The Lunette Cup review
You will literally become a better human by moving away from bleach-soaked tampons and panty-pads, and switching to using a Menstrual Cup. This is something hand-on-heart, we wished we discovered YEARS ago. In an effort to inspire you all to make the switch, you can get a 15% discount from Lunette by using our code STOKED15 or buy one on Amazon.
How could I be so late to this period party?
I’m actually embarrassed to write that aged 34, I’m only discovering and switching to a menstrual cup, after a lifetime of expensive, environmentally-damaging tampon use. My friends, on the other hand, I discovered after asking if they have HEARD of a menstrual cup, have been using them for years. Y.E.A.R.S! Why don’t women talk about these things? My embarrassment exasperates. They need to teach this to girls in schools! How could I be so late to this period party? If you’re reading this unfamiliar to the menstrual cup revolution, prepare to be enlightened and hopefully inspired to also make the switch.
The Lunette Cup outperformed the use of tampons in everyone one of the activities that we tested it in: surfing, sailing, scuba diving, snowboarding & multi-day mountaineering.
So here’s the thing. In your lifetime, say you start your period at 13 and finish at 55, and pay $8 for a box of tampons, you will have spent over $4,000. You will have contributed over 12,000 tampons to landfill or the sewage system (based on changing a tampon every 4 hours on a 5 day cycle). Not to mention your increased risk of TSS and the nasty bleach and chemicals that leach from tampons into your blood, through your uterus wall. Oh, and the plastic applicators that are so f**king pointless, that ultimately will end up in the ocean or the stomach of a whale in South East Asia – where the majority of our plastic recycling gets shipped off to. Why sign up to this when there is an alternative.
So periods are a mess: financially, environmentally and emotionally. While switching to a menstrual cup won’t save you emotionally, it will make a huge impact on the environment and a notable impact on your wallet and potentially your health. If you are an active girl like me, it will make your outdoor life far easier. No more carrying sandwich bags to transport your blood-stained tampons out of the backcountry when ski-touring, or the dreaded tampon string dangling out of your bikini bottoms as noted so well in Lauren Hill’s video ‘Pear Shaped‘ surfer girl video. The menstrual cup solves a myriad of period problems.
I tested the Lunette Menstrual Cup – Prices range from $40-$60 USD.
Check out the stores and web retailers near you. If you go to Lunette.com you can see local retailers and be redirected to your countries page. Also on Amazon. Use code STOKED15 for 15% off any purchase direct from Lunette.
How does it work?
A simple little invention, the menstrual cup is made from medical-grade silicone and is similar to an egg holder in shape, with a little dangling tail (not like the pee-string of a tampon!). When inserted by squeezing the large circular rim (I fold mine in quarters – see image below), it sits comfortably inside your uterus with the head of your cervix peaking (and dripping) into the cup. The cup fills up and you remove it by pulling the small tail so it the cup begins to slide out, and carefully squeezing the cup between your two fingers to remove completely. The cup will be full of blood, which you simply pour into the toilet and then wash clean with water or an alcohol wipe. Ready for use again. No waste. No worries. You can keep them in for 10 or so hours, unlike tampons that need to be removed every 4-8 hours.
How to insert and clean the Lunette Menstrual Cup
Does it leak?
The Lunette Menstrual Cup never did for me: not surfing, not snowboarding, not mountaineering, not scuba diving. But that may have something to do with my curiosity at how much ‘flow’ I had, resulting in frequent, 3-4 hour clean-outs during heavy flow. I always slept in it. In the backcountry, I would have gone 10 hours without emptying it. No leaks… and I would say I have heavy to heavy/medium flow. However, everyone is different (shapes, sizes, flow) and I know many women accompany the heavier first days with period pants like Modibodi.
Is it comfortable?
If you put it in correct, and by correct I mean ‘stick it right up there’, you hardly notice it’s there. Fellow surfer and all-around legend Sophie Hellyer who on her website has written some humorous and taboo-slaying articles that she quite aptly titled ‘Overly Honest Product Reviews‘, mentions her revelation in ‘trimming the stem’. And also her ‘grazed labia’. By trimming the stem she means, cutting the small tail bit we mentioned earlier. Everyone’s labia’s are slightly different lengths so trim if necessary.
Can I surf, snowboard, do yoga and continue to be a badass when using the cup?
This was my main concern and it’s the reason I am 4 months late in publishing this review. I wanted to test it across all sports, in all climates and at all levels of discomfort (I’m currently writing this on an 8 day sailing passage from Panama to Galapagos aboard a small 38ft sailboat – you can read about this bizarre adventure here!). The Lunette Cup outperformed the use of tampons in every one one of these activities.
Snowboarding & mountaineering: I could empty it in the snow, clean it with snow, re-insert it and get back to snowboarding or skiing uphill slowly (aka splitboarding). No waste to carry out in my pocket, or hold on to across multiple days of camping.
Yoga: It was comfortable, and I didn’t notice it was there. I didn’t worry if I the person behind me had a full view of leakage in my crotch (I can’t believe I just wrote ‘leakage in my crotch!).
Surfing: This was where I can the most concerns. Would it fill up with water and have me straddling my board in a pool of my own blood? Would I be bobbing shark bait? Would it dislodge or come out? No. None of the above. When I emptied it, it took on no water, unlike a tampon which you have to change almost immediately due to the amount of sea-water it absorbs.
Sailing: I’m yet to get my period on the boat (I’m currently sailing from Panama to Tahiti!), so I’ll leave this one to fellow crew member Xanthe, also a user of the Lunette Cup and the first mate of sailing vessel Finding Avalon, who at time of writing, have done 9,043 nautical miles and 94 consecutive days on the boat – Check out their YouTube channel for wanderlust or fear-educing adventures at sea, depending on your inclination.
As a full-time sailor on my little boat, Finding Avalon; I spend anything between 4-30 consecutive days at sea. Having soiled ‘Arsenal kits’ as my father so affectionately named them, festering in my rubbish bin at sea, is the last thing I need. (For those of you not into British Soccer; Arsenal are the team in the Premier League who wear red.) A menstrual cup is the only option.
You become very waste aware when circumnavigating the world by sail, and this consciousness, truly is a gift. I buy crushable tinnies in lieu of bottled beers, avoid plastics like the plague and tear off any superfluous packaging before any items enter the vessel. Having a waste-free vadge, really is the pinnacle life-hack of a sailor girl at sea.
– Xanthe Hayes, First Mate, Vessel Finding Avalon
So why make the switch to a menstrual cup?
A menstrual cup like the Lunette Cup I tested, is a healthy alternative to using tampons and pads. They also dramatically reduce the waste you produce, not to mention the environmental impact of growing cotton to make the tampons and then shipping it to store near you. It will save you money. It’s a bloody no-brainer! Also in many countries like Indonesia (not Bali) and China, tampons are not even available so it will also save you a massive hassle. I personally, will never go back to using expensive, bleached tampons and will be singing the cup praises from the mountain tops especially when asked in my job as a mountain guide, ‘Alexa, what do I do with my tampon out there on this hike?”. If you’re a friend of mine and not currently part of the menstrual cup revolution, expect one from me for your birthday or Christmas! Seriously.
While $39.99USD may initially feel like an expensive outlay for a small bit of silicon, you will break even in 5 or so cycles and will be doing yourself, and the earth a favour. So friends, get yourself a Menstrual Cup and tell everyone you know (who has periods), to get one too! They are a bloody game changer! (#Ilovepuns).
Use code STOKED15 for 15% off any purchase direct from Lunette. Worldwide shipping available from their website. Also, check out the stores and web retailers near you. If you go to Lunette.com you can see local retailers and be redirected to your countries page. Also available on Amazon.
Thank you to Lunette for gifting us a Menstrual Cup, offering our readers a discount code (STOKED15) and answering all my annoying questions about the product! We were not paid to write this review and as always, if it sucked we would tell you so. It didn’t. It rocked <3