The menstrual cup: explanation, advantages and history

 
What is a menstrual cup?
 
 

What is a menstrual cup?

Menstrual cups – also called moon cups, we call them Untertasse...

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History

Menstrual cups have existed since the 1930s, as long as commercial tampons, which were also...

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Advantages

A menstrual cup has benefits not only for the body, but also for the environment and your purse...

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Material

The majority of menstrual cups are made from medical-grade silicone. This material is very well tolerated...

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What is a menstrual cup?

Menstrual cups, also known as moon cups (we call them Untertasse) are an economical, environmentally friendly and kind to the body alternative to pads and tampons. A menstrual cup is a cup made of silicone, inserted into the vagina like a tampon, which collects the blood but does not absorb it. When the cup is full, it is removed, emptied, cleaned and re-inserted.

Once you've found the right cup for you, you can wear it for up to 12 hours.

After your cycle, the cup should be sterilised and re-used for your next period.

 

 
 

How long have menstrual cups been around for? Where do they come from? Who discovered them?

Menstrual cups have existed since the 1930s, as long as commercial tampons, which were also invented in the 1930s. The patent application for menstrual cups was filed by Leona Chalmers from the USA in 1937.

The first menstrual cups were produced in the late 1950s. Their production, however, was difficult, due to the scarcity of rubber.

These rubber models didn't suit most women particularly well, because they were relatively rigid and heavy. Back then, it was also a taboo to touch oneself so intimately and to insert objects into the vagina.

Production of menstrual cups stopped in the early 60s.

In the last few years, we've seen more and more manufacturers using the most up-to-date discoveries and knowledge producing menstrual cups again, this time made from lighter and more flexible silicone. Menstrual cups are an easy, economical and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional sanitary products and a wide variety of models, sizes and hardnesses ensures that they're suitable for every woman.

 
 

What advantages does a menstrual cup have over pads and tampons?

A menstrual cup has benefits not only for the body, but also for the environment and your purse.

  • Long wearing time

    It varies by model, but menstrual cups have a capacity of up to 30 ml. Depending on the heaviness of your flow, you'll only need to change the cup every 12 hours.

  • Your vagina will not dry out

    Unlike with tampons, using a menstrual cup will not dry out your vagina. This preserves your vagina's natural flora.

  • No toxic ingredients

    Many tampons are made from genetically modified cotton and contain Glyphosate residue. Tampons are also bleached and have a synthetic coating. Menstrual cups are, however, made from seamless medical-grade silicon.

  • Toxic Shock Syndrome

    has never been associated with Toxic Shock Syndrome.

  • Economical and eco-friendly

    On average we spend about €5 a month on sanitary products like pads and tampons. Over the course of a year this adds up to about €60 and over the five-year lifespan of a menstrual cup to €300.

  • How much will a menstrual cup cost?

    A cup costs an average of €25 and will have paid for itself after five months. Over five years, you'll save around €275. Using a menstrual cup also generates no waste.

  • No more blocked toilets

    from the careless disposal of tampons and pads, which will help protect the environment.

 
 

From what material are menstrual caps made?

The majority of menstrual cups are made from medical-grade silicone. This material is well tolerated, contains no bleaching agents and is simultaneously both very hygienic and resistant to germs. They're also fragrance-free, discreet with regards to odour and have smooth surfaces.

All the cups you'll find in our online shop are made of medical-grade silicone.

There are also cups that are not made from silicone, but from thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs).

 
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us at shop@untertasse.com!