Menstrual Cup Aine Model 1 For Light Flow by Lunette
Lunette Menstrual Cup Coral Aine Model 1 For Light Flow
The new coral Lunette menstrual cup is called Áine. Áine is the Goddess of moon, love, fertility and Midsummer in Irish mythology. Aine was later known as an Irish Fairy Queen. Aine is also a Finnish word that means “substance” and “matter”. And Lunette's Aine Menstrual Cup really matters! The beautiful coral color of Lunette's Aine Menstrual Cup is one of the trendiest for the upcoming season and a beautiful homage to this goddess of summer.
The Summer Solstice used to be a great celebration in honor of the Goddess Áine. That is why the coral Lunette Áine is available for purchase from summer 2011.
The Lunette Áine is available in both size 1 and 2.
Lunette cups are the only colored cups approved by FDA. Lunette's Coral Aine Menstrual Cup is made of the same U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved silicone as our other cups. The color ingredient is also FDA approved, doesn’t contain heavy metals, and is safe to use.
What is the Lunette menstrual cup? How can Lunette make your periods nicer?
Lunette menstrual cup is healthy. It doesn’t absorb moisture like tampons or cause sweating like pads. Lunette is made of soft medical grade silicone, not of rubber latex. The silicone design is hygienic since it naturally discourages the growth of bacteria. Risk of infection is much less than that of tampons or pads. It's texture makes it easy to insert and it is reusable for years to come.
Lunette is also an "eco-thing"
Lunette menstrual cup is also an “eco-thing”. No cardboard, cotton, plastic, wrappers or applicators to be thrown away. Since a Lunette is a one-time-purchase, it saves your cash too.
Lunette menstrual cup means security, less change hassle. A cup, by its liquid holding nature is more secure than tampons or pads. You can wear your cup continuously for up to 12 hours. It can also be used while sleeping at night.
Lead your normal life all month with Lunette menstrual cup. It comes with a small, cute satin pouch that fits discreetly into your handbag. You’ll never have to worry about where to buy tampons or smuggle them up your sleeve on your way to the ladies' room. You can do all your usual physical activities, like sports.
What is the Lunette menstrual cup?
The Lunette menstrual cup is a reusable menstrual protection product made in Finland. It is an easy-to-use, safe, and hygienic alternative to pads and tampons. By using the cup, you will help protect the environment, save money, and get peace of mind.
Just fold, insert like a tampon and it collects blood rather than absorbs it. You empty it rather than change it — a little bit different.
The Lunette menstrual cup is:
- made of medical-grade silicone in Finland
- latex-free, odorless, and safe
- affordable and environmentally friendly – with proper care it will last for years
- a sanitary and healthy alternative to disposable tampons and pads
- easy-to-use, practical, and comfortable. It needs to be emptied only two to four times a day and can be used overnight
- safe since it is not conducive to dampness, outbreaks of vaginal candidiasis, cystitis or toxic shock syndrome. In fact, TSS has not been linked to the use of menstrual cups
- suitable to be worn during sports and other physical activities
- easy to clean and disinfect between periods by boiling briefly in water or washing with rubbing alcohol
- designed for women of all ages and sizes
- also designed for women who have not yet engaged in sexual intercourse as well as those who use an IUD or contraceptive ring. However, if you are planning on using Lunette together with an IUD, Lunette recommends discussing it with your doctor
- enables you to monitor your flow by providing measuring lines on the inside of the cup (5 ml and 13.5 ml in size 1, 7.5 ml and 15 ml in size 2). The lining of the cup is totally smooth and the tab is flat, making cleaning very easy
- not to be used during post-natal bleeding due to the risk of inflammation
- not disruptive to the natural lubricating ability of the vagina, nor does it dry out the vaginal mucus membrane
Why use the Lunette Menstrual Cup?
The advantages of Menstrual Cup
Lunette menstrual cup is a liberating alternative to disposable tampons and pads. Once you get a Lunette menstrual cup, you will never be left without menstrual protection again. You can say goodbye to uncomfortable, bulky pads and you don’t have to worry about getting different sized tampons to get through each period.
The Lunette menstrual cup is as easy-to-use as a non-applicator tampon. Simply fold and insert. Because a Lunette can hold much more liquid than a tampon, it only needs to be emptied 2 to 4 times per day during normal flow, so the times you have to deal with it are less frequent.
Hygienic & Safe
With tampons, fibers can be caught in the vaginal canal upon removal and its absorpency can dry out the mucous membrane. Pads create a stifling, moist environment that is a breeding ground for yeast infections, bacteria and odor. The menstrual cup is more sanitary because it does not disrupt the natural lubricating ability of the vagina or interfere with the natural process of shedding menstrual blood, dead cells and bacteria.
The Lunette menstrual cup has received approval from government health agencies in multiple countries. Not only has Lunette received FDA approval in the United States, it has also been approved by the TGA, Australia's regulatory agency for drugs and medical devices. In Finland, all Lunette products have received the prestigious Key Flag emblem, a certification for the highest quality of Finnish products. For further piece of mine, there have been no reported cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) in connection with the use of menstrual cups.
The average woman spends between $48 – 84 per year on disposable tampons and pads. The Lunette is a one-time cost that will last for years. That saves you a chunk of money!
A Lunette menstrual cup is an eco-thing. It will last for years and during the cup's lifespan, there will be no waste to dispose of – no accumulation of plastic applicators, wrappers or bio-waste from used tampons and pads. In fact, the Lunette box and enclosed informational material is made from recycled paper. In Finland, the Lunette menstrual cup is produced in a factory that gives priority to environmental issues.
The Lunette menstrual cup can be worn during sports and other physical activities, just like a tampon. And there are extra benefits to having no strings: sleeping naked is loads more comfortable, no risk of a peek-a-boo string at the beach, and cups are so discreet that your partner won't notice a thing during oral sex.
The Lunette menstrual cup can be worn at any time in your menstrual cycle, during your heaviest and your lightest flow, day and night. It eliminates the need to have "supplies" on hand at all times during period. No more smuggling tampons up your sleeve or taking your purse to the restroom.
The lining of the Lunette menstrual cup is smooth which makes cleaning very easy. Because the tab of the Lunette menstrual cup is flat, it does not collect bacteria. You can disinfect the cup by boiling it briefly in water, using the Lunette disinfecting wipes, or rubbing alcohol.
Did you know?
- The average woman uses approximately 17,000 tampons, pads or pantyliners in her lifetime.
- 4.3 billion disposable menstrual protection products (pads, tampons, panty liners) are used per year in the UK.
- 2.5 million tampons, 1.4 million sanitary towels, and 700, 000 panty liners are flushed down the toilet every day in the UK (2006).
- 75% of blocked drains are caused by flushing sanitary protection products.
Lunette menstrual cup is an alternative way for women to reduce human impact on the environment — every month.
The Menstrual Cup Sizing Guide: How to choose the right size of Lunette menstrual cup?
The Lunette menstrual cup model 1:
We recommend Lunette menstrual cup model 1 for women with light to moderate flow, younger women or women who have never had intercourse. The diameter is 41 mm (1.6 inches) by 47 mm (1.9 inches). The stem measures 25 mm (1 inch). The volume of the cup is 25 ml (0.85 fl oz).
The Lunette menstrual cup model 2:
Lunette menstrual cup model 2 is recommended for women who have a normal or heavier flow. The diameter is 46 mm (1.8 inches) by 52 mm (2 inches). The stem measures 20 mm (0.8 inches). The volume of the cup is 30 ml (1.0 fl oz).
The Lunette menstrual cups are soft and pliable, however, model 1 is made of softer silicone than model 2.
Quality and Standards of Lunette Menstrual Cup:
The Lunette menstrual cup is safe. It is made of medical-grade silicone which is FDA approved for medical use. The cup is manufactured in a Finnish factory that closely monitors the production of each product to guarantee the safety of the materials used. The production of every Lunette menstrual cup can be tracked from the raw material to the finished product.
According to EU legislation, the menstrual cup isn’t a product that is to be controlled by The National Agency for Medicines; however, regular consumer protection laws do apply. This is why the Lunette menstrual cup isn’t able to include any label indicating the approval of the national health authority in Finland.
Lunette products have received the Key Flag emblem, a certification by The Association for Finnish Work for first-class Finnish quality products.
The type of silicone used in the Lunette menstrual cup is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This silicone is not the same type that is used in breast implants. The Lunette cup is made of a solid form of silicone like that used in heart valve devices, unlike breast implants which is made of liquid silicone. It is hypoallergenic, toxic-free, durable, and in no way harmful to human tissue. The Lunette cup is made of the best possible quality of medical-grade silicone. You can safely use the Lunette menstrual cup for several years – there is no need to replace it every year. FDA recommends replacing your cup every two or three years.
All Lunette menstrual cups, including the colored cups, are approved by the FDA.
How to use a menstrual cup?
Using a Lunette menstrual cup is a lot like using a non-applicator tampon. Simply fold the soft, pliable cup and insert. The cup will pop open during insertion so it can collect, rather than absorb, your menstrual blood. A cup is worn lower than a tampon, beneath your cervix. When properly positioned, it cannot be felt.
Lunette means security, less change hassle. A cup, by its liquid holding nature is more secure than tampons or pads. You can wear your cup continuously for up to 12 hours. It can also be used while sleeping at night.
Lead your normal life all month with Lunette. It comes with a small, cute pouch that fits discreetly into your handbag. You’ll never have to worry about where to buy tampons. You can do all your usual physical activities, like sports.
For further details on how to use and care for your Lunette menstrual cup, read on.
The Quick Guide How To Use a Menstrual Cup
Before first use, check that the air holes at the top of your cup are open. Wash your hands and clean the Lunette cup by washing with water and a mild soap. Then boil it in a large amount of water for 20 minutes before first use. Make sure that there is enough water so that the cup does not burn on the bottom.
TIP: Place the cup in a wire whisk to prevent contact with the bottom of the pan during boiling.
First, wash your hands with a mild, un-perfumed soap and water. When using the cup for the first time, you can lubricate it with water or a water-based lubricant to aid insertion.
Fold the Lunette menstrual cup in on itself as shown in the picture. To do this squeeze the cup flat then fold it in half so that the rim makes a "C" shape as illustrated to the right. Two other fold options are also illustrated below: the "punch down" and "triangle" fold.
While folded, the menstrual cup is inserted, into the lower vagina but beyond the pubic bone. When released, the cup unfolds and is held in position by a seal formed by the walls of the vagina and pressure from the vaginal muscles. You can try different folding methods and find the best one for you. Lunette has added the most common problems when using different folds in the instructions.
"C-fold" or "Heart fold" is the basic fold that most women use. Sometimes it might be too wide and cup not easy to pop open.
"Punch down fold" or "Shell fold" is the folding method that most younger women use. The cup is smaller to insert but depending on unique anatomy this fold might be difficult to get open.
"7 fold" or "Triangle fold" is a nice fold if you have problems to get the cup in. There also might be problems to get the cup open correctly with this fold.
Hold the menstrual cup firmly in its folded position and guide it rim-first into the vagina.
You can insert the Lunette menstrual cup while sitting, standing or squatting; spreading your legs will facilitate insertion. You will find the correct position in the vagina by practicing and getting to know your own anatomy. Unlike a tampon, the cup is positioned in the lower part of vagina, but beyond the pelvic bone. In order to avoid leaks, make sure that the cup has opened properly by rotating the cup after insertion.
To remove the Lunette menstrual cup, first wash your hands in clean water and relax your muscles. Break the seal by squeezing the bottom part of the cup until you feel or hear the suction release. Now gently rock the cup from side to side while pulling down.
Be sure not to pull it out by the tab alone – this will cause the contents to spill and may hurt as well. Always pull the cup out while pinching the ridged bottom of the cup. Be careful not to damage the tab or cup with your nails. Tip the contents into the lavatory.
Rinse and re-use
Wash the Lunette menstrual cup carefully in warm water and soap to clean it sufficiently before reinsertion. Use mild and perfume-free soap for washing (maybe our own wash). The cup should first be rinsed in cold water, so that menstrual blood does not stain the cup or make it develop an odor. When water is not available or it is not convenient to boil the cup for 5 minutes, it is okay to wipe the cup with toilet paper and/or a Lunette Disinfecting wipe. You can give it a wash the next time.
Care of the Lunette menstrual cup
After its last use of your period, wash the Lunette menstrual cup carefully and store it in its own satin bag for proper ventilation. Do not store the menstrual cup in a hermetic container or plastic bag. The Lunette should be cleaned before and after your cycle and after emptying. To clean the cup between periods, wash with water and a mild perfume-free soap, then place in a pan of boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes. If this is not available, use the disinfecting wipes until clean boiling water is accessible.
You might not succeed in inserting the menstrual cup perfectly the first time, but you should get it right after a few tries. Since the Lunette menstrual cup doesn’t absorb anything, you can practice inserting it even when you are not menstruating. In this case, you should wet the menstruation cup with water or use a water-soluble lubricant to help position the cup. However, during menstruation there is naturally more moisture in the vagina so it is usually easier to practice insertion during your period. Don't give up on using the menstrual cup if you are experiencing difficulties the first few times. It may take some practice before you get the hang of it, but it is worth it.
Another suggestion: Try different folding methods. It might be that the most common one isn't the best one for you!
If you are a young woman or have not had intercourse, Lunette recommendc the smaller Lunette menstrual cup (model 1). Take your time to insert it correctly. You can also use water-soluble lubricant to help insert the cup. It is possible that the menstrual cup may break the hymen when used for the first time. The hymen can break, not only from sexual intercourse, but also from activities like cycling or gymnastics. Having an intact hymen is not synonymous with being a virgin. A virgin is someone who has never had sexual intercourse.
The cup is held in position by a seal formed with the walls of the vagina and pressure from the vaginal muscles. The menstrual cup, unlike a tampon, is seated low in the vagina but not so low so that the tab is uncomfortable, particularly when seated. In case of discomfort due to the device stem, remove your Lunette and trim the stem with sharp scissors.
To check that the cup has fully opened, slide a clean finger up next to the cup and feel all the way around it. The vagina is tilted backwards, so guiding the cup towards the small of your back and moving it up and down will aid finding the correct position.
If you have problems removing the menstrual cup, the first thing to do is relax. Breath deeply and slowly while relaxing your whole body, focusing on your vaginal muscles. If you are unable to relax, do something else for a while and try to forget about the cup. You might just need a break to release the tension.
If the menstrual cup has worked its way higher inside the vagina, relax the muscles and try to grasp its bottom or tab with your fingers. Squatting also eases the cup down. The cup can’t get lost in the vagina. But if you can’t reach it, be assured that it will slip down eventually by force of gravity.
Find a comfortable position that will allow you to remove the cup more easily. Many women remove the cup while straddling the toilet bowl. In this position, the vagina is open and while sitting it is easier to relax your legs. The vagina has a natural curve and the cup is usually above the pubic bone when sitting. Grasp the bottom of the cup tightly with your forefinger and thumb and pinch to release the suction. Then gently ease it out.
However, if you still have trouble with removal, try the following method to more aggressively break the seal. First, insert your forefinger parallel to the cup and find the upper part of the cup edge. At this point, your thumb will naturally be positioned at the cup bottom. Then gently press the cup together and grasp the cup with your thumb as well. Sometimes, but not always, you will hear a small noise when the suction is released. Pull the cup down. At the beginning, it might seem like you need to pull it with force, but with practice you will notice that this is a matter of technique rather than force. Tug the cup down firmly, do not let go at any stage. When the cup is at the opening of your vagina, press the cup together just like when inserting it, so that no pressure is applied to the mucous membrane.
The key to cup removal is to relax. The cup won’t come out by itself, but it won't take much effort to remove it either. At the beginning, it might seem a bit complicated. But soon insertion as well as removal will be easy and fast. The bottom of the Lunette menstrual cup isn’t reinforced like other cups on the market, so you will easily get a hold of the bottom to release the suction.
Getting your menstrual cup to work perfectly might take some practice, although some women learn it instantly.
Helpful information about the Lunette menstrual cup
The Lunette menstrual cup is emptied on average 2-4 times a day and can be used overnight, though for no longer than 12 hours at a time. You will quickly learn your own rhythm by viewing how much blood the cup has gathered. The measuring lines outside of the cup help to monitor your flow (model 1: 5ml and 13.5ml, model 2: 7.5ml and 15ml)
The Lunette menstrual cup can be used any time in your menstrual cycle – from your heaviest to your lightest flow. A back-up pad may be worn to assist in gaining confidence when first using the cup.
Tip the contents into the lavatory. You can put some toilet paper at the bottom of the toilet to make sure that one flush will clear out the bowl.
There is no need to remove the menstrual cup when going to the toilet, but after defecation there may be a need to check that the cup is still properly positioned. Remember to wash your hands carefully! Some women find it easier to relieve themselves and defecate without the menstrual cup.
You can use your Lunette cup with an IUD or with a contraceptive ring. It may be helpful to discuss using them together with your doctor. The strings of the IUD should be cut as short as possible and you should monitor their length regularly during periods. If the strings seem longer than normal, it might be a sign that the IUD has moved.
If you are using the cup together with a contraceptive ring, first insert the contraceptive ring in the uterine orifice and only then position the menstrual cup in the vagina.
Remember, after practice and getting to know your own body, using a cup will be second nature.
If you have gynecological problems, discuss using Lunette with your physician.
- Replace the Lunette menstrual cup when any signs of damage are observed.
- The device should sit in the lower vagina as a receptacle for blood and cellular debris that is extruded from the uterus via the cervix during menstruation. If the cervix is obstructed, you could experience severe cramping.
- The Lunette menstrual cup is not a contraceptive device nor can it be used during sexual intercourse.
- The Lunette menstrual cup does not protect its user from sexually transmitted diseases.
- Remember to wash your hands carefully when handling the Lunette menstrual cup.
- Do not use the Lunette menstrual cup for more than 12 hours at a time without washing it properly.
- Remove the Lunette and contact a physician if you experience symptoms such as general pain, burning, irritation, inflammation in the genital area, or discomfort during urination.
- Keep the Lunette menstrual cup away from children and pets, especially rodents.
TSS – Toxic Shock Syndrome
What is TSS?
TSS - Toxic shock syndrome is an infection caused by bacteria entering through wounds or mucus membrane.
TSS Symptoms include:
sudden high fever, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, a rash that resembles sunburn, dizziness, muscle aches, fainting or blackouts.
TSS is an extremely rare, but potentially fatal disease and can occur in men, women and children. As the majority of reported cases occur in young girls and women under 30, TSS is associated with high-absorbency tampon use. Early recognition and cure are of vital importance, so if you have some of the above-mentioned symptoms, remove the menstrual cup at once, contact your doctor and tell him or her about the possibility of TSS.
TSS and Menstrual Cups
Keep in mind that it is scientifically proven that menstrual cups don’t change the composition of blood during the time the cup is kept inside the vagina. There are no reported cases of TSS in connection with use of menstrual cups since the cups were invented in the 1930's.
The Lunette menstrual cups hold 25 ml (size 1) or 30 ml (size 2). As a comparison, a tampon that absorbs this amount (25 to 30 grams) is dangerous and even illegal in some countries, because of the risk of TSS.