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Lunette

Menstrual Cup

Progressive Feminine Care

Let’s start with the obvious question: What is this thing? Lunette is a menstrual cup, a reusable alternative to tampons and pads that collects the menstrual flow rather than absorbs it. The cup can be worn continuously for up to 12 hours, including overnight, before emptying it.

There’s a learning curve, for sure. But there’s also a payoff. Lunette is comfortable, convenient and lets you do everything you normally do – go to
work, take a swim, work out at the gym – without relying on a bulky pad or tampons (often made with cotton that’s grown with pesticides and bleached with chlorine). In the big picture, using a menstrual cup is better for the environment since it reduces the number of disposable feminine care products that wind up in landfills. It also saves money, since a Lunette cup can last for several years with proper care.

Heli Kurjanen is the founder of Lunette, a Finnish company. Heli liked using menstrual cups (which have been around since the 1930s), but she wanted to create one that’s more comfortable and easier to use than earlier models. Lunette’s cup is soft and flexible, made of medical-grade silicone that’s latex-free.

Liz is a believer. “I had to try this product out of necessity. I was in the Peace Corps preparing to leave for Africa, where I would have no access to traditional feminine products. I came back converted,” Liz says. “It is such a better solution and I encourage women to try it.”

— Ann
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Heli
    Heli

    My name is Heli and I'm the inventor of the Lunette menstrual cup. Although the concept of a menstrual cup initially made me say "eeeww," I decided the benefits were great and so I tried it. I quickly realized that it was the way to go but that the design needed improving. You will see many features in the Lunette menstrual cup that make it more effective than other menstrual cups. Now my goal is to tell the world about this amazing new product. I want other women to know how much one small piece of silicone can change their lives and have a positive impact on the environment at the same time. I do not have Internet access today, but Caron, Lunette's U.S. representative will be here to answer your questions.

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Hi, I'm Caron and I am the US representative of Lunette products. I couldn't agree with Heli more, one small piece of silicone can make a big difference! If you are new to the concept of menstrual cups, I know that your first instinct may be that this is not for you, but if you have any questions, please let me know, I am here to answer them!

  • Tharina Klopper
    Tharina Klopper
    3/30/2011 3:24 AM

    @Caron Rohman: Hi Caron, I am living in Pretoria - South Africa. Is there a place in South Africa where the Lunette can be purchased.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards

    Tharina

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/30/2011 12:33 PM

    @Tharina Klopper: I talked to Caron and they do not have a reseller in South Africa. She is looking into where online you would be able to order one. I will let you know.

  • Olena
    Olena
    6/20/2011 6:54 PM

    @Tharina Klopper:

    * post edited to comply with our no outside advertising policy.

  • CeeCee
    CeeCee
    7/23/2010 12:13 PM

    This is just plain icky. I am so grossed out!

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 12:21 PM

    That is a common first reaction, CeeCee. It was mine too. However, I was surprised to find it is not like you think - it is a lot like using a non-applicator tampon and is very clean. Really, it is no big deal. In America, many women have negative ideas about their body and coming into direct contact with it. At Lunette, we hope to encourage a healthier attitude among women about our bodies and even menstruation in general. It is natural and good. There is a reward to stepping out and trying something new!

  • Deborah
    Deborah
    7/23/2010 12:23 PM

    Wish these were around when I was younger...no different than wearing a diaphragm during your menstrual cycle...which functioned the same exact way...

  • Kara
    Kara
    7/23/2010 12:25 PM

    Are there insertion instructions to view? Just trying to understand it...

  • S. Morales
    S. Morales
    11/9/2011 6:01 PM

    @K: Do you have a similar product for overactive bladders?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/10/2011 12:50 AM

    @S. Morales: No - they are focused on the menstrual cup at the moment.

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 12:31 PM

    Exactly, DJ. It is just no big deal - but since there have really been no new advances in feminine care in the last 70 years, women are hesitant to consider it. Over the years, we have been conditioned to believe that menstruation, and even touching our bodies, is dirty. Why is that? Menstruation is natural and makes us women. Using a Lunette is very much like using a diaphragm. Good observation.

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 12:39 PM

    Hello K,

    Yes, we have instructions. We are pulling together some graphics to post so you can see for yourself. Check back in a few minutes!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/23/2010 12:49 PM

    To get a better understanding of how the Lunette Menstrual cup is used and inserted Click Here to view a PDF.

  • Sylvia
    Sylvia
    7/23/2010 12:50 PM

    Brilliant! I can't tell you how much I, too, wish these had been around 'back in the day'. I'm ordering one for each of my daughters ... I know they'll thank me. Using silicone for these is pure genius -- so much healthier than previous ones that used latex. Also, the fact that they can't harbor bacteria and aren't made from chemical-and-pesticide-laden fibers which introduce potentially toxic compounds into the body at the same time that they can be breeding grounds for bacteria is a HUGE plus. And the environmental advantage is truly enormous! I can't believe that in this day in age there are still women who are so squeamish about their bodies and their natural functions. A million thanks to Heli for this ingenious product, and to Grommets for finding yet another incredible way to make things better by making better things! Keep up the great work!

  • Angela
    Angela
    7/23/2010 12:51 PM

    While I know that some people are grossed out by the idea of a cup, I have found it to be no messier than using pads and tampons. I have always had heavy periods and the freedom that using Lunette has afforded me is amazing. My garbage can is no longer overflowing with applicators, wrappers and discarded pads. I smile when I walk by the Feminine Products aisle. Since I required so many pads and tampons, my Lunette paid for itself in a few months. I have invested in a second Lunette since then. In addition to the wonderful product, I feel like I am supporting a great company! I could write pages about how differently I feel about my period since using the Lunette. As a young child, I was taught in my church that menstruation was punishment for Eve's sin and it was a dirty and shameful thing. I struggled for a long time with this issue and the fact that tampons always leaked and made a huge mess did nothing to help me feel better about myself. Lunette has helped me so much. I never imagined that this product would change things so much for me, but it has! Thank you so much, Heli for this wonderful product!

  • Erin
    Erin
    7/23/2010 12:54 PM

    I have an IUD and no longer menstruate but I am wondering if it's safe to use for a teenage girl.

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 1:01 PM

    Thank you, Sylvia! That is why I have come to work for Lunette. I truly believe this is the future of feminine care. It is so much better and I am perplexed that not many women even know about it. After opening my mind and trying it, I was amazed to find that the ecological advantages were just side benefits. The real value is that it is healthy to use. This is important given it resides in the body and is innocuous, unlike tampons. Good for you for introducing your daughters to a more progressive method. Usually, it is the daughters who show us new paths!

  • Amy
    Amy
    7/23/2010 1:03 PM

    One of the women in the interview mentioned that she used it while she was in the Peace Corps because she had no other feasible options. This will be a similar issue for me, I imagine, because I will be working on several scientific projects in the field over the next few years. How would someone use a Lunette differently while camping, travelling, etc. than they would use one in the comfort of their own home?

  • Liz
    Liz
    7/23/2010 1:08 PM

    Well, I'm obviously a fan since I agreed to be in the video. When I first heard about it too it just sounded like an unnecessary hassle. Why change the way I was dealing with it at the age of 28? BUT- I'm telling you, there is a much better way. Not having to worry about the cup for up to 12 hours is the best part for me. Plus I don't even feel it. Try it ladies, don't be scared. Makes life a whole lot easier.

  • Josie
    Josie
    7/23/2010 1:09 PM

    would this cup really pay for itself eventually for everyone? I don't spend a lot of money on tampons or pads, and I go through one box about every 4 months-- i only use roughly 5 tampons per period. How long is the 'lifespan' of this lunette cup?

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 1:12 PM

    Angela,

    Like you, I have not bought a box of anything since I started using my Lunette. Another thing I love: going to the restroom without a purse or smuggling a tampon up my sleeve. I used to work in an office of all men, so this was important.

    And yes, our churches, parents, and society in general over the years have led women to believe that somehow our bodies are the root of evil. Obviously this is because it is connected with our sexuality and the potential misuse of our sexuality. These negative messages are just a consequence of society wanting to promote goodness. However, I truly believe that our bodies, menstrual cycles, and womanhood are a gift.

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 1:14 PM

    Erin,

    Yes, Lunette is perfectly safe for teens. In fact, Heli designed the model 1, the smaller size, to be more soft than the larger size. This makes for more comfortable use with younger anatomy.

  • Olena
    Olena
    11/26/2010 9:01 PM

    @Caron Rohman: Yes, an I personally am an example. I am SOOOOOOOO lucky I discovered cups when I was only 14! I stumbled on to these accidentlay on the internet and now I love this thing and my period. The small Lunette is perfect for a teen!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/27/2010 10:16 AM

    @Olena: Thanks for sharing - you are very fortunate to have discovered these so young!

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 1:21 PM

    Hello Amy, Lunette is a popular item among many women who work in outdoor environments. The advantage of having a Lunette over disposables while in the field is that you do not have to pack in supplies, or worse -- pack it back out. The cup can be cleaned either with a disposable (and compostable) disinfecting wipe (which we offer) or rinsed with a water bottle. If no water is available, it is okay to simply wipe it out and reinsert. Rinse the next time. The silicone is not a good breeding ground for bacteria so it is okay. And the contents? As you normally would while camping, simply dig a hole and cover with dirt. Much better than packing out used tampons and pads.

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 1:28 PM

    Josie, Good question. The FDA says that we can only state that our menstrual cups will last 2 to 3 years. However, we know that it is common for many women use theirs for 5 to 10 years. Given that your periods are light, it will take a bit longer to recoup the price of purchasing a cup -- but it will last for years. The good thing for you is that you will only have to deal with the cup twice a day. Once in the morning. Once at night. And the risk of TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome) is drastically reduced compared to tampons. So far, no cases of TSS have ever been reported with cup use. Also, when you have light flow, tampons cause dryness. Not fun. But not so with a Lunette.

  • Sabby
    Sabby
    7/23/2010 1:42 PM

    How popular are menstrual cups? I had never heard of them before in the USA. If this is from Finland, I'm guessing that they are more widespread in Europe?

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 1:50 PM

    Yes, the concept of menstrual cups had skyrocketed in the past few years in many countries. Lunette is the number one brand in northern Europe. The trend has now extended to the U.S. Not coincidentally, this trend is mirroring the growth of ecological and health-based industries as people search for ways to live in harmony with the Earth.

  • Jess
    Jess
    7/23/2010 1:52 PM

    I started using a menstrual cup before I went to the Peace Corps like Liz. It's been an absolute life-saver and I've continued using it since I've been back in the states. In the 3 years I've used it I estimate I've saved about $300. It may look daunting at first, but it's very simple to use and clean. I highly recommend this product.

  • Krista
    Krista
    7/23/2010 1:53 PM

    How long can you keep the cup in and how do you know what size you need?

  • Sam
    Sam
    7/23/2010 2:01 PM

    It's not just for girls and women who are abroad or working outdoors. Nothing is worse than being at school or at work and realizing that it's time to change your pad or tampon. You hope and pray that you have one on you, if you don't, you sheepishly ask any female you can find around you, and then you hope that there's a trash can in the bathroom where you can properly dispose of everything. All of these things go away with the Lunette. Instead, once or twice a day you just empty it. It is that easy!

    Not on the pill? Not knowing when you're going to start your period is no longer a problem! When you feel that special time of the month coming on, you can use the Lunette just in case. No embarassing moments, no extra laundry, no being caught unprepared.

    Now let's go over some numbers. The Lunette is about $40. Let's say you use it for at least a year. A year's supply of tampons is probably going to cost you around $60. So already you're saving money with the Lunette. But have you ever _seen_ a year's supply of tampons? On average that's over 200 tampons! That's a lot of bleached cotten! (Not to mention the applicator, the paper/plastic wrapping, and the box they come in.) With the Lunette you have just one small silicon cup that fits in the palm of your hand. Now that's being green!

    I really can't say enough good things about this product. I know it is daunting at first because it is not the norm, but I think we all agree that "the norm" has never been an effective solution.

    Do yourself a favor, take a chance and try out the Lunette.

  • Becky
    Becky
    7/23/2010 2:02 PM

    I've been using a Diva Cup for about 4 years. I have to say I LOVE using a menstrual cup compared to every other option out there. Another bonuses that myself and friends have noted: shorter periods, and way less cramping. I used to have a 6-7 day cycle, but when I switched to the cup, they shortened to an average of 4-5 days, with the last couple days being much lighter than before. I opted to use tampons on a trip about a year ago, thinking that with the circumstances, tampons would work better. I paid for it heavily with cramps and aches like I hadn't felt in years, and had to change the tampons more frequently than the cup, and more messes, too.

    I do have a question, though- is this cup any different from the Diva Cup brand, which is also silicone and comes in two different sizes?

  • Thena
    Thena
    7/7/2011 9:28 PM

    My hat is off to your astute commnad over this topic?bravo!

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 2:05 PM

    Wow, so true about holding on to misconceptions. Especially, when they are drilled into us in negative, mean-spirited ways. What is ironic is that disposables are far more unsanitary. Tampons contain trace amounts of dioxin, bleach, pesticides and can cause TSS. The moisture from pads can cause external irritation, not to mention odor. Menstrual cups are a no-brainer once you get used to the idea, it is just a little different. Sometimes close-minded people become threatened when the status quo shifts. The good thing for you, if your dorm-mates are giving you grief, is that no one ever has to know. You wear it into the bathroom, then out again. Good for you for making a healthy switch -- and hold your ground if anyone tells you it is wrong!

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 2:05 PM

    BTW, The comment above is directed to Sevita.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/23/2010 2:10 PM

    @Krista - There is a chart in the 'Details' section to help you determine the size you need. You can find the Details below the story that is below the video on the main page.

  • Ciara
    Ciara
    7/23/2010 2:10 PM

    I am a huge fan of the Lunette because it just makes sense. I plan on sharing this amazing product with all my girlfriends. I know once they give it a chance, they'll never go back to using tampons again!

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 2:11 PM

    Hello Krista. You can wear a Lunette for 12 hours at a time. Insert in the morning and empty/reinsert at night. However, on days of heavy flow you will need to change it more frequently. You will learn your timeframe works best for you after a few cycles. As far as sizing, generally it is based on flow. Model 1 is for those with light to normal flow, model 2 is for women with normal to heavy flow.

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 2:31 PM

    Sam - well said! The green aspect is huge. It is what inspired me to try it. But I have to say, it is just a pleasant way to handle a period. Very low maintenance.

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 2:31 PM

    Becky: Yes the Lunette is definitely different from Diva. 1) Our cups are shorter than Diva. Many find Lunette's length to be more comfortable. 2) The inside is smooth for easier cleaning. 3) The tab is flat and flexible. Not hollow so it won't gather debris, and the flexibility is also more comfortable to wear if you choose to keep the stem. 4) The consistency of the cups differ as well. Model 1 is a softer consistency to make insertion easier for younger users, and model 2 is more firm to help it pop open. 4) Lunette's air holes are larger which helps make suction release and removal much easier. 5) Our cups have measuring lines so you know how much your flow is - important info for your doctor if you are having menstrual problems. 6)Finally, we offer colored cups that are also FDA approved. We offer blue and green. 7) Also, all of our cups are transparent but with a "frosted" look so it is aesthetically pleasing and allows the user to see the amount of blood if you are tracking amount of flow.

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 2:37 PM

    Clara -- Thank you! Word-of-mouth is the best way to convince women to try this new way of menstrual care.

  • Amy
    Amy
    7/23/2010 2:53 PM

    sounds GREAT!!! Sorry to be gross, but what about pre-menopausal menstruation? Clumpy, messy, sometimes bloppy?

  • Josie
    Josie
    7/23/2010 2:58 PM

    Hi There! I've seen other 'cups' out there and this one looks very body-friendly. And I've been looking for an alternative to feminine pads.

    I'm willing to try Lunette but I'm wondering how this will be for women who don't have a smooth menstrual flow and suffer from clots... I don't use tampons for the same reason...thanks for your help!

  • sue pillai
    sue pillai
    7/23/2010 3:11 PM

    I am an RN,I'd like to recommend Lunette menstrual cup. It is scientifically, medically better and more comfortable than any traditional stationery.Grab it and feel much healthier and forget your monthly 'odd' times even at odd places.

  • Caron Rohman
    Caron Rohman
    7/23/2010 3:15 PM

    Amy: As you imply, it is correct that the consistency of menstrual flow changes not only during one cycle but throughout your life. A Lunette cup contains the blood, no matter what its consistency. Simply empty and rinse. There is no mess because you do not touch it. You only touch the cup to insert and remove - not the contents.

  • Amy
    Amy
    7/23/2010 3:18 PM

    so, then, I would just empty it more often?

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 3:18 PM

    Josie: The answer to your question is basically the same as Amy's from the previous post. A Lunette will hold clots. But having said that, it depends on the size of the clots.

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 3:21 PM

    Amy: Although you can wear a Lunette for 12 hours with light or normal flow -- but it will definitely require more frequent emptying if you are experiencing heavy flow. This is often the case with peri-menopausal flow. The good thing is a cup, on average, holds twice as much as a tampon. So emptying is more frequent, but tampons would require even more frequent changing.

  • Jenna
    Jenna
    7/23/2010 3:22 PM

    This is perfect! I seriously cannot wait to stop buying tampons and lessening my contribution to landfills. Great Grommet!

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 3:23 PM

    Sue Pillai: Thank you, Sue! Yes, it is nice to not have to stockpile supplies in your purse, desk, car glove compartment, etc. No more getting caught without!

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 3:30 PM

    Good for you, Jenna! You are a pioneer. You know, one day in the future, women will look back and wonder how today's women endured pads and tampons.

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly
    7/23/2010 3:36 PM

    I've been using a menstrual cup for 3 years now & cannot emphasize enough how it has changed my menstrual experience. Tampons always leaked for me and I hated the feeling of wearing pads. Nothing like having something stuck between your legs to remind you that it's "that time of month." Using a menstrual cup has made my monthly experience much more pleasant. I don't have to worry about leaking or carrying extra supplies around "just in case". It's just like any other day. I highly recommend them to every woman.

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 3:38 PM

    UPDATE FROM FINLAND: Heli Kurjanen, our CEO, checked in with me a while ago and has been reading the posts. She is thrilled that women are talking about her product and asking such though-provoking questions. For Heli, it is fulfilling to know that her product has a far reach in helping women everywhere. Unfortunately, she is not able to post today due to high winds and electrical outages in her area of Finland. She extends her gratitude to those who sent her compliments!

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 3:50 PM

    Thanks for your insights, Kimberly. You are truly progressive! If anyone is aware of the history of menstrual care, you will know that tampons endured public resistance when they were first introduced. The concept of invasive/internal menstrual products were scandalous. Fears abounded about loss of virginity through tampon use and personal contact with one's own body,among other things. In time, women realized these fears were greatly exaggerated or just not true. It will be the same with menstrual cups.

  • Diane
    Diane
    7/23/2010 4:01 PM

    would this work for people experiencing "light" incontinence?

  • Kate
    Kate
    7/23/2010 4:03 PM

    I was surprised to read that someone said that a menstrual cup helped ease her cramps. Is this something that many experience or something that helped in her particular situation?

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 4:06 PM

    Hello Diane Bruso: No, this product would not work for incontinence which comes through the urethra. Lunette catches menstrual debris which comes through the cervix and vaginal canal.

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 4:12 PM

    Hi Kate: Yes, it is common for menstrual cups to alleviate cramping. Although I am not completely clear why this happens, it could be because a cup is positioned beneath, not next to, the cervix. When tampons come into direct contact with the cervix it can cause cramping. Anything that irritates the cervix can cause cramping.

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie
    7/23/2010 4:17 PM

    I love my Lunette. It is so easy to use. I've had no leaks from the first time I used it. I used to get yeast infections all the time from tampons, but not anymore. It's so comfortable I don't feel it. I wish I had known about menstrual cups years ago. No more noisy wrappers, or smuggling products, or smells. It is so liberating! It is well worth the price.

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 4:30 PM

    Thanks Stephanie! You're right, it is extremely comfortable and pays for itself in about 6 months on average. We just have to spread the word!

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    7/23/2010 4:41 PM

    How many times can the cup be used between boilings. Is it sufficient to wipe and rinse it? Silly, but I'm having a problem with the logistics. If I only own one cup and have to boil it twice a day (presumably wearing a disposable product during that time), that sounds like more hassle, rather than less.

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 4:53 PM

    Hi Sarah: You only need to boil or disinfect your cup in between periods. Also, you can disinfect by simply wiping it down with rubbing alcohol instead of boiling. When you empty, just rinse with water and re-insert. You may also use a cup wash if it is convenient. If you are in a public restroom and have no access to water, it fine to just wipe it out and re-insert. You can rinse or wash it the next time. The great thing about silicone is that it is resistant to bacteria.

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    7/23/2010 5:35 PM

    Just a comment to both you, Caron, and the folks at Grommet. This is one of the best ideas I've seen in a long time. I've ordered one for myself and one for my daughter (hope she thinks it's a great idea, too). Even after having lived in England for a few years, I'd never heard of this. The moment I read about it, I had a Duh moment. I hope use of this type of product takes off like a storm. Thanks!

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 5:48 PM

    Thank you, Sarah! I thought the same thing when I discovered Lunette. In fact, I felt so confident that menstrual cups will become mainstream, that I contacted the company and started a new career.

  • Elle
    Elle
    7/23/2010 5:59 PM

    I have heard about a cup before but never had the motivation to buy one. However, I have lost my job and this will help me save money on top of all the other benefits. As soon as I can I am purchasing this.

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 7:06 PM

    Hi Elle. Yes, it is nice to not have to worry about re-buying supplies every month.

  • Christine
    Christine
    7/23/2010 7:18 PM

    After my initial squeamishness when I heard about menstrual cups, they just kept making more and more sense! I am ordering one as soon as possible. Even though I am on the pill, I still have a 4 day window every month in which I have a light period. This will definitely come in handy when I'm off the pill by the end of the year. Thanks Lunette, for being so innovative and progressing women all around the world! :)

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 7:46 PM

    Hello Christine: Good for you for taking a brave step! It is not always easy to try something new and out of the norm. Lunette is one more way to keep a period from being an obstacle to living your life.

  • Quietasamousse
    Quietasamousse
    7/23/2010 8:28 PM

    I was very slowly converted to the idea of cups over several years. At first I thought they sounded disturbing and incredibly difficult to use. Then I thought that I'd be able to get into them some day, when I didn't live at home, but not now. Then I got annoyed at pads and tampons and rethought- yes, it was worth having to tell my mother about, and no, it's nowhere near as scary as I thought it was. I'd been listening to people's fears/reactions on the forums rather than the people who actually use them. So, I went into big research mode. There are many different sorts of cups and though Lunette is fantastic and what I ended up choosing (the blue colour, in a small size), you rally do need to pick the one that will work with your body and needs. I first thought the Ladycup brand for example since it was small and soft, then I learnt more about my body and realised that the Lunette can't hurt me, and has a capacity that suited my cycle better.

    The company was hugely helpful to me during the purchasing process. I've still not got up the courage to tell my real life friends but my boyfriend and mother think it's kinda cool!

  • Quietasamousse
    Quietasamousse
    7/23/2010 8:47 PM

    It's a great choice for women with only a few toilet breaks at work, such as teachers. I won't have to worry about overflowing before lunchtime if I can't go and change at recess, which is what would always happen as a student so I imagine would have happened as a teacher too. It's a great choice for women with a heavy flow who have to change every two hours- imagine having to change only every 6 hours! A lot less annoying. (You can leave it in for 12 hours but that's only if it's not full. Most women will not fill the cup in 12 hours). There's no smell, and very little mess. So far I've only got the tiniest bit of blood on me, about the same as I would with a tampon. It seems like it'll be awesome for swimming (I'm only on my second month with it so I haven't had a chance to swim with it yet)- tampons leak so badly for me when I swim. I no longer will have to take my bag with me into the toilets to change while on holiday or in a public toilet- either because I don't need to change the cup where I would have changed the pad, or, because the cup will be all I need. Hurray! No more brother or boyfriend or best friend offering to hold my bag for me while I go, and then I have to say 'no... I'll keep it thanks...' and it is all awkward.

    I'm also a virgin and no, it doesn't hurt me (I've changed my attitudes about some of that too. It's *my* body and I'm allowed to insert whatever I please.) but it might have taken more practice.

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 9:25 PM

    Oh "Quiet as a mouse", I love that the idea struck you and you eventually tried it. You took charge and researched the concept -- you decided for yourself. That shows strength and the ability to face the unknown. I also understand your reluctance to tell your friends. Personally, I have no problem discussing the subject of menstruation but others feel very awkward about the subject. That feeling of awkwardness is a trap, it can keep us from venturing forward to trying something different - something better. Progress is all about challenging established boundaries. As Julia said in the video, there is a learning curve but it is worth it. As a reward, you win a healthier alternative to tampons and pads (not just for the environment -- but for your own body), convenience (you can safely wait between emptying), it is clean (nobody believes this, but it is true)and you can save money with the one-time purchase. Most importantly, you decided for yourself. Good for you!

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 9:34 PM

    Let's be honest. A fear that some women have is touching, or seeing, their own blood. With a tampon, you see it absorbed in a piece of cotten, but you won't touch it. With a Lunette, you'll still see it in liquid form -- and you still won't touch it. Even if you did, so what? It is not radio-active material.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    7/23/2010 9:44 PM

    Caron, I can see why you are great at your job. I'm very impressed with how you are handling so many questions with grace and great information. I have to say your last comment, about "it's not radio-active material" made laugh out loud. I like your sense of humor.

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 10:14 PM

    Thank you, Jules! I am very enthusiastic about this little-known product. Women need to know! I am convinced it will bring about healthier, more positive, attitudes about women's bodies and the natural process of menstruation. I am bothered that so much negativity surrounds the very function of our womanhood. Shame, guilt and disgust should never be associated with periods. This product allows us freedom. Freedom to go about to conquer our daily battles in a responsible, healthy way.

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/23/2010 10:16 PM

    By the way, we are honored to be chosen as "grommet-worthy". It is a wonderful opportunity to share choice information with sisters everywhere.

  • joe
    joe
    7/24/2010 12:11 AM

    I am delighted to see Lunette featured on DG today. Julia, your video and "discovery" is brave, tasteful, visionary and extremely impressive. I hope this improves the lives of many women. I truly think this has the potential.

  • Sally
    Sally
    7/24/2010 1:05 AM

    I noticed that for "virgin" it says size one. Since most people my age are not virgins anymore, I wondered if even if you are an adult woman and still a virgin (nothing to be ashamed of), you would still need to get the size 1.

  • Steindel
    Steindel
    7/24/2010 2:21 AM

    I have been using this product for three years. It's fantastic. I try to persuade every female I know to consider using a menstrual cup. I was never able to wear tampons because it was just way too uncomfortable. I cannot feel my lunette at all when I am wearing it. Not having to worry about my period and strategizing pad/tampon changes throughout the day is a major perk.

  • Mateja
    Mateja
    7/24/2010 5:17 AM

    This is the best product ever! Im so glad that I found out about it. Bravo inventors!

  • Christa
    Christa
    7/24/2010 9:53 AM

    I have been using my lunette size 2 since last december and it's still fantastic, the lunette is very easy to use and i had never ever any leaks or cramps since then!

    Anyway, for beginners, it is helpful to know/explore your female anatomy a little bit, be relaxed and that's half of the way ...(i'm a adult woman and still a virgin too, and no, it doesn't hurts me :)

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/24/2010 11:00 AM

    Hello Barbara: I totally agree with you. Julia & Liz ventured into an area of taboo with confidence. Their open, positive approach makes hearing a new message about such a personal subject easy for women to accept. I don't think just anyone can pull that off.

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/24/2010 11:07 AM

    Hi Sally: Excellent question. No, you are not restricted to a size 1. As we progress into adulthood and our anatomy changes. Choice of size is mainly determined by flow. If you have normal to heavy flow, go with a size 2 and size 1 for normal to light flow. I also want to point out that there are many adult women who have had kids who choose to use the smaller size. And there are teenage girls who use the larger. Sally, I will arrange to have a PDF posted here of the various factors that influence size choice. Please check this site again on Monday for that information. Thanks!

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/24/2010 11:14 AM

    Steindel: We are very grateful that you share your Lunette experience with other women. We have found that the idea of menstrual cups sparks an emotional chord in many women. That is, they are either very open or strongly against the very notion of it. As I stated earlier, tampons faced the same scrutiny when they were introduced. Talking about Lunette as a new alternative in menstrual care will help our transition. You are spreading a bold and courageous message!

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/24/2010 11:19 AM

    Hi Christa: You make an important point - know your anatomy. Being aware of our "configuration" not only helps with proper cup placement, but is vital from a health standpoint. It is a good thing to become familiar with your anatomy, it is amazing to appreciate how perfectly we are made.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/24/2010 11:26 AM

    @Sally - the chart for determining proper size is in our Details (under the story, under the video on the main page). You can also access a pdf by clicking here. If you are still unsure, click here to get a more detailed description.

    Thank you everyone for stopping by with your experiences and questions! Thank you Caron for your wealth of information!

  • Julia
    Julia – Grommet Team
    7/24/2010 12:30 PM

    It is great to see all the conversation and inquires. Keep your questions coming.

    @Barbara, Thank you. It was a team effort. We took extra care launching this Grommet. I am so glad you are impressed. As always, it is great to hear from you.

    @Caron. Thank you. I am excited about our partnership with Lunette. It is so great to part of this international conversation, discussing the many benefits of the menstrual cup. It has such a positive impact on the user’s health, her lifestyle, and the environment.

    Heli has inspired a shared vision to combat the negative stigma associated with menstruation. It is no walk in the park, but the Lunette’s cup makes it so much better.

    My favorite Lunette Slogan:

    “Our grandmothers didn’t use tampons and our granddaughters won’t either”

  • Aimee
    Aimee
    7/24/2010 1:10 PM

    I just wanted to say that from my experience Lunette is hands-down better than some of the competing products. I bought my first cup, a Lunette, five or six years ago from Finland and I was so pleased with it I wanted to tell the world. After a while I tore one of the holes and had to replace it with one of the U.S. brands because the Lunette wasn't approved for sale yet. Now I can't wait to get another one since they're available again! It's a far more comfortable cup because there is no painful suction since the holes are slightly bigger. The whole experience is a joy when using this cup. I'm so lucky that my first cup was a Lunette because I started out with the best. Thank you, Heli!

  • joe
    joe
    7/25/2010 8:25 AM

    @Caron - I have a sizing question: adult woman, have had children but only by C-section. What do you advise?

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/25/2010 4:01 PM

    Hello Barbara: Your first question should be about amount of flow. If you experience light to normal flow, it is fine to go with model 1. For heavier flow go with model 2. Generally speaking, once you have given birth, hormonal changes affect your anatomy and it is appropriate to use a size 2. But there are a few other factors to consider that would indicate a smaller size would be more comfortable, regardless of flow. *Remember -- comfort trumps capacity. Your cup must be comfortable or you won't use it! : 1) Sensitive bladder - If you have a sensitive bladder, it is best to go with model 1 because it is a softer cup. The larger size is more firm and could exert pressure on your bladder. Not comfy. 2) Cervix location - If you have a very low cervix, model 1 will be more comfortable (otherwise a longer cup will protrude. REALLY not comfy). You can determine cervix position checking to see if you can reach your cervix with your finger during menstruation. It feels much like the end of your nose. Generally, a low cervix is closer than 2" from from the entrance to your vagina. 3) Physical activity - e.g. sports, yoga, or Pilates. Sports that strengthen the core muscles extensively also have an effect on pelvic floor muscles. Many women who regularly participate in these kinds of physical activities have very strong vaginal muscles also later in life. If this applies to you, consider using Lunette size 1. Barbara, I hope this helps! Thank you.

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/25/2010 4:06 PM

    Aimee: Yes, the larger suction holes definitely makes removal a breeze. And thank you, Aimee. You started using a Lunette at the very beginning or our company's history. We appreciate your business, you are truly progressive!

  • KC
    KC
    7/26/2010 9:21 AM

    I have used the Diva cup for about 2 years, and it has changed my life! I was always leaking, and would even get urine back into my tampon (I guess I'm really short?) This has solved all problems!

  • Caron
    Caron
    7/29/2010 4:56 PM

    KC: You are among the new group of women who are using menstrual cups -- glad you like them. Your opinion is valuable to those who have never heard of the concept so keep spreading the word. So KC, when you need a new one, I hope you try a Lunette. We think it has a nifty design!

  • karine
    karine
    7/30/2010 3:56 PM

    I love the grommets - I just came across this site a few months ago because you were carrying another product I use regularly. It seems you carry several other products that I regularly use and am interested in!

    Thanks for making this wonderful invention known to more women - every woman should be aware that there is an option for dealing with the monthly cycle other than the disposable option. I always make a point to let any new woman friend I make aware about the menstrual cup (but I have to wait for the right moment and conversation topic to bring it up, lol!).. I have been using a cup for almost 12 years, and quite honestly, the disposable tampons and pads are what "gross" me out now. I have tried several kinds and the lunette is one of the better rated cups out there- I also found it to be one of the best designs.

    If you are sensitive to the chemicals used for bleaching disposables, you will be very glad to have this, too!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/30/2010 4:21 PM

    @Karine - thank you for the kind words and for sharing your experience with menstrual cups. If you've been using a menstrual cup for 12 years, you are definitely an early adopter for new product concepts. We would love to hear about other products that you have made a part of your life, especially those that may not be as well known. Submit products by clicking the 'Tell Us' button at the top of the page under 'Submit a Grommet Idea'. Thanks again and we are glad you found us!

  • P
    P
    7/31/2010 10:19 PM

    where is the menstrual fluid collected?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/31/2010 11:13 PM

    @P - it is collected in the cup itself.

  • elyse
    elyse
    8/6/2010 12:58 PM

    such a great product! best money spent in ages!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/6/2010 1:11 PM

    @elyse - thanks for stopping back to let us know!!

  • Christine
    Christine
    8/6/2010 11:28 PM

    I'm currently using a DivaCup (as we speak!) but I think that it might be too long. I ordered a Lunette earlier this week and am very excited to try it once it arrives! Since it is shorter than my current cup, I'm hoping that there will be less poking :)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/7/2010 12:41 AM

    @Christine - you will have to stop back and let us know if it works better for you!

  • K
    K
    8/10/2010 12:00 AM

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! I HAVE to try this product!!! So tired of stockpiling feminine products, dealing with leaks, being caught "off guard" (I could go on and on...), not to mention environmental impact. GONNA ORDER NOW!!! Thanks sooooo much!!!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/10/2010 12:42 AM

    @Dana - it makes a lot of sense, doesn't it!!

  • Mary
    Mary
    8/10/2010 5:40 PM

    Is this product safe to use for right after you give birth? My doctor said not to use tampons but I wonder if this option is all right.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/10/2010 7:18 PM

    @Mary - congratulations on your new little one! That is a question you are going to need to ask your doctor.

  • Christine
    Christine
    9/1/2010 10:35 PM

    So my Lunette Cup arrived! The first thing I did was trim the stem so that the entire cup was just slightly shorter than my DivaCup. I hoped that being shorter, it would poke less. When I tried it out this week, it still poked me when I walked or ran. So I cut off about another cm of the stem. Now it's absolutely perfect! I put it in nearly 12 hours ago and NO LEAKS so far. I could never say that with tampons, obviously. Very happy and feeling liberated.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/1/2010 10:56 PM

    @Christine - thank you so much for stopping back with your update! I'm delighted to hear that with a minor adjustment it is working for you. Liberating is precisely the correct word for this product!

  • Dara
    Dara
    9/3/2010 2:48 PM

    Like Christine, I have found the stem uncomfortable. How short can I safely clip it? Also, I find the suction hard to release when removing, even though I am following the directions. Though I've had two children, is it possible that the size 2 is too large for me??

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/3/2010 9:12 PM

    @Dara - I have forwarded your questions on to Caron who will stop by with a response. Thank you for posting!

  • Caron
    Caron
    9/8/2010 4:43 PM

    Dara, It is okay to completely trim the stem from your cup. It is only there to help you reach the bottom of the cup. So if you can reach it, there is no need for the stem. For suction release, try this: After pinching the bottom of the cup, slightly rotate it up to help break the seal. Let me know if this helps, Dara.

  • T
    T
    9/17/2010 12:30 PM

    I am considering using a cup, but I can't help but think it won't be comfortable and don't know what size would be appropriate. I am in my forties, pre-menopausal and I never have been able to comfortably use tampons. I can feel them and they move down and nearly come out. Also, it's painful to remove them. I have had one child (vaginal delivery). Being pre-menopausal, my flow is sometimes quite heavy and "messy & bloppy" (ha!) as a previous post mentioned. What would be your recommendation?

  • Caron
    Caron
    9/17/2010 8:07 PM

    T - If tampons have never been comfortable for you, you may want to go with a model 1. When your flow is heavy, you will have to change it more often than if you were using a model 2. In your situation, using a cup may or may not work for you. With dedication to getting through the learning curve this may be the perfect solution for you, but depending on what causes the discomfort with using tampons the cup may not end up being a good solution for you. If you do try it, please let us know how it goes!

  • Pat
    Pat
    9/17/2010 11:28 PM

    Now that I've made it through menopause, I'm jealous...I've always thought that it would be a great idea...I didn't realize they had existed, but the silicone would, I'm sure make it more flexible and comfortable! I hope many try this. I plan on telling all of my younger friends about the Lunette! It's not only more practical, economical and comfortable, it definitely better for our environment and probably our health! Why didn't you have this 5 years ago???

  • Ronda Eikenberry
    Ronda Eikenberry
    3/28/2011 12:33 PM

    I have had a different version of this cup now for almost 13 years. I can't tell you how pleased I have been with it. While on vacation, it literally saved me the embarrassing moment of my period starting, as I had the cup in place 24 hours in advance. I also use it while I'm camping. I'm VERY active in Boy Scouts and the one thing that we teach and learn and live by is leave no trace. I can honestly say that I can do that as I have no product left behind (ie pads, tampons etc).

    It has also shortened my periods up to 1-2 days shorter and sometimes even have elevated some of the cramping. If this product is anything like the one that I have used all these years it's VERY WELL worth the $$. not to sound gross, but I do flow heavy, and even I can do this, might have to empty it often, but I can sleep at night with the knowledge that I wont leak and even if I do I have cloth pads that I have made for just at night for those times. You will get your monies worth back before 6 months is over, between buying products (which is a money maker for those big corporations) and your piece of mind.... now just that alone it WORTH it!

  • Lisa B Lee
    Lisa B Lee
    3/28/2011 12:36 PM

    Have I missed something here? Are these cups even safe? I used to use the original "Tassaway" menstrual cup, years ago (in fact, I still have an unopened box), but they were linked to toxic shock syndrome, so I stopped using them. And besides, rinsing them out in public restrooms was no fun, and I hated the looks I got from women standing nearby. If I'd been waiting to wash my hands and the women before me rinsed out a bloody menstrual cup, I'd probably wait and wash my hands elsewhere.

    Yeah, I want to be kind to the environment and all, but handling plastic cups of blood ... I think I'll pass. Been there, done that.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/28/2011 12:44 PM

    @Lisa B Lee: They are very safe and Caron mentioned that the risk of Toxic Shock is greatly reduced in comparison to tampons. You can keep the cups in for 12 hours so it is unlikely that you will need to clean it in a public restroom. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by these.

  • M. Padgett
    M. Padgett
    3/28/2011 12:47 PM

    @Lisa B Lee: Silicone doesn't harbor bacteria. Also, you just wipe it out with some toilet paper and reinsert...rinse it out when logistics are better. Anything you leave in your body too long is a risk for toxic shock, the key is empty and clean daily...it shouldn't be a problem. By the way, men can get toxic shock too and I don't think they are using a cup...not this kind anyway.: )

  • M. Padgett
    M. Padgett
    3/28/2011 12:51 PM

    Do you know of anyone who has successfully used this that has had cramping with other similar products? Anything like this, ie, cups, diaphragms,tend to cause me to cramp (similar to contractions) and I end up having to remove them. I have only tried one other brand and I would like to find one that I can tolerate.

  • Caron
    Caron
    3/28/2011 1:24 PM

    @M. Padgett: In general we hear that menstrual cups have relieved cramping, but they can cause cramping if it is not positioned properly. Anything that touches the cervix will be uncomfortable. If you have a lower cervix it is possible that you would have success with the smaller size as it is softer and shorter. It won't hold as much fluid, however, and you will need to change it more often. I can't guarantee that this product will work better for you but it may be worth a try.

  • D
    D
    3/28/2011 1:14 PM

    Yuck! Pads and tampons are bad enough! Can you imagine the mess this would be to empty and clean??? And I don't care what anybody says ... leaving that thing *in* there any length of time at all could cause infection and/or irritation, not to mention *stink*! Ewwww, no thanks!

  • ladyjax
    ladyjax
    3/28/2011 5:25 PM

    @D: Actually, there's no stink involved when I wear my Lunette. I'm a lot more conscious of how my flow is going once I have it in and how my body is feeling. So, what's a little blood? I wash it out (or wipe it out if I'm not at home) and put it right back in and keep going.

  • Letha
    Letha
    3/28/2011 1:36 PM

    I love my cup. I wish I had this years ago. I too was put off when first told about it but quickly saw the genius of it. I love the freedom it gives me. I can sleep without worry, do anything I want and wear anything I want, all without worry.

    There's no odor and no mess. Honestly the traditional methods are where the odor and mess come into play. With this method air does not reach the "flow" until it is disposed of. Therefore not a problem.

    For anyone with an open mind give it a try. You will probably be pleasantly surprised. It has made my period days just like any other days.

  • Amy
    Amy
    3/28/2011 2:09 PM

    The one part I'm not sure I understand is how you clean these out when in a public bathroom.

    You dump them out over the toilet, then wipe them out with toilet paper? Or a moist towelette? Do you need to boil or sanitize them eventually?

    If I needed to rinse this in a public sink, then go back into the stall to re-insert it, there's no way I would use this. That's inconvenient and embarrassing.

    Do they have carrying cases?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/28/2011 2:28 PM

    @Amy: Agreed, that would not be a pleasant situation, but because you only need to clean it out every 12 hours, it is easy to avoid the public bathroom issue. If you do find yourself in that situation, yes you can just wipe with toilet paper or a towelette and reinsert. You need to boil/sanitize your cup between periods. It does come with a drawstring pouch.

  • ladyjax
    ladyjax
    3/28/2011 5:29 PM

    @Amy: The first time I wore my Lunette was for my friend's graduation which meant the women's bathrooms were slammed. When I needed to go in to change, I had towelettes in my purse that I used clean my hands and my cup. I had a little trouble putting it back in so I just popped it in the carrying bag and put it back in when I had a little more time - and less pressure from everyone else who needed to go!

  • Sophia
    Sophia
    12/28/2011 11:48 PM

    @Amy: I have been using menstrual cups for about 15 years. The way I handle public restrooms is to grab a couple paper towels before I enter the stall and wet them down. Then I use them to wipe off the cup (and my fingers, if I got any blood on them)and reinsert. If the restroom doesn't have paper towels, I just wipe off the rim of the cup with toilet paper. (I prefer wet paper towels, though, because they clean better, and never stick).

    I do sometimes get blood on my fingers, not from the contents of the cup, but from inserting it after emptying. My flow is very heavy, so I bleed some in the short time the cup is out. Even so, I will never go back to tampons or pads. Tampons would be insufficient on my heavy days, and suck me dry on my light days, and pads feel scratchy and bleed over.

    Also, for the questions about clots. I find that menstrual cups handle clots better than tampons do, but I do need to empty more frequently when I am passing clots. Sometimes, if my flow is exceptionally heavy and clumpy, I will back up my cup with a cloth pad (not scratchy), but the cup alone is almost always enough.

    Menstrual cups are so much better, and I believe I will try the Lunette, so that I can keep my current Diva cup as a spare at work in case I start my period there.

  • Jackie
    Jackie
    3/28/2011 2:26 PM

    this may be a silly question - but I find on my heavy days even though I change it every 4 hrs or so that I have to wear a thin pad in addition to an ultra absorbency tampon...would this likely be the case with lunette as well ?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/28/2011 2:39 PM

    @Jackie: If you have heavier flow, you may have to change it more often than every 12 hours, but it will hold much more flow than a tampon. You will want to wear a thin pad at first until you get familiar with the proper position for you.

  • Sara
    Sara
    3/28/2011 2:28 PM

    I have not been able to successfully use the diva cup or instead--both were too uncomfortable and the instead kept slipping out. Looks like the lunelle is smaller--have people had success after not being able to use other forms??

  • Caron
    Caron
    3/28/2011 2:49 PM

    @Sara: Hello Sara,

    The Lunette is very different in form from the Instead (it is diaphragm-like). Compared to the Diva Cup, it is shorter and we have heard from many users in forums that it is more comfortable.

  • AJ
    AJ
    3/28/2011 2:32 PM

    I heard somewhere that using a device like this, as opposed to tampons, will actually shorten the length of your period after a while, as the blood can flow at a more natural rate and not be 'stopped up' in you until you have eventually absorped it all with tampon after tampon. Do the Lunette people know of any actual scientific support for this, or am I just hearing 'wishful thinking' from cup supporters? :-)

    P.S. I think it is a great idea, especially for the ecological benefits.

  • Caron
    Caron
    3/28/2011 2:54 PM

    @AJ: Hi AJ,

    Actually, I have not heard this claim and there is no research, that we've heard of, to support it. But it does sound good!

  • jackie
    jackie
    3/28/2011 3:29 PM

    i'm sure it's recommended, but is the feel better wash that is sold $10 a necessary item ? how else can it be cleaned ?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/28/2011 4:15 PM

    @jackie: It is not a necessary product. You can simply rinse it using water and perfume-free soap. The Feel Better wash is extra gentle so as not to cause any irritation and formulated for silicone. It is scented with lemon and eucalyptus oil for their feel-good properties, but lightly enough that your skin won't get irritated.

  • Jackie
    Jackie
    3/28/2011 4:38 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: thanks for the quick reply ! would something like mrs meyer's liquid hand soap be ok ? its 98% all natural ... here are the ingredients : http://www.mrsmeyers.com/Products/Hand_And_Body/Lemon_Verbena_Liquid_Hand_Soap

  • Caron
    Caron
    3/28/2011 5:23 PM

    @Jackie: I wouldn't recommend this brand just because it is highly scented. However, another good natural brand is Dr. Bronners unscented castile liquid soap. (Available at Whole Foods)

  • Jackie
    Jackie
    3/28/2011 7:26 PM

    @Caron Rohman: great ... thanks again :)

  • Claudia
    Claudia
    3/28/2011 3:42 PM

    This is a great product. My daughter discovered menstrual cups as a teenager during a wilderness camping trip and has been a "convert" ever since. Thanks to Daily Grommet for introducing everyone to the product. From the number of comments posted, I can see how many women are open to the idea of lessening the hassle factor or periods!

  • Linda
    Linda
    3/28/2011 4:10 PM

    This sounds great but there are 2 types of cups. What are the differences between each cup?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/28/2011 4:18 PM

    @Linda: There is a 'details' tab below the product's video and above its story that has more information and a chart so that you can make the best choice for you.

  • Caron
    Caron
    3/28/2011 5:15 PM

    @Jackie: I wouldn't recommend this brand just because it is highly scented. However, another good natural brand is Dr. Bronners unscented castile liquid soap. (Available at Whole Foods)

  • Mrs T
    Mrs T
    3/28/2011 5:33 PM

    Do you have to remove the cup before urinating?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/28/2011 6:58 PM

    @Mrs T: No you don't.

  • Michelle
    Michelle
    3/28/2011 6:42 PM

    I purchased my Lunette back in September after reading the reviews and comments here on Daily Grommet. I am pre-menopausal and I have heavy, irregular periods, plus my work situation does not allow me much privacy in the restroom, so I was hoping that it would help alleviate these issues.

    There was definitely a learning curve when I first tried the cup, so I had to experiment a little with positioning. I also had to clip the stem several times before it became completely comfortable. I finally just cut the stem all the way off, but I don't have any trouble at all inserting or removing the cup. I find it to be very simple to clean, I can go 10 - 12 hours before emptying (only 4 - 6 hours with tampons or pads), and there is zero odor or mess. I run 30 - 40 miles weekly, but I've never experienced any leakage. I adore not having to buy, store, or dispose of feminine supplies anymore, and I feel good about the positive environmental impact I'm making.

    I can't say enough good things about it, and I'm going to be thrilled to introduce the Lunette cup to my daughters when the time comes. It has completely changed the way I feel about my periods... it makes them just a small detail in my life instead of the huge ordeal they were before.

    To all of you at Lunette and Daily Grommet for bringing this product to the attention of myself and so many others... thank you. I will do my part to spread the word.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/28/2011 7:00 PM

    @Michelle: Thanks Michelle, that's a powerful testimonial. We are very glad that this product has worked so well for you. Thanks for posting.

  • C
    C
    3/28/2011 9:02 PM

    There are a large group of women with heavy periods who relied on o.b. Ultra tampons, which J&J pulled off the market. For women with uber-heavy periods (the initial post on the Write the Company blog calls them "monsoon days") the o.b. Ultra was virtually the only solution. Women who needed this fix are desperately looking for an alternate solution that works. While Michelle gave a wonderful testimonial just above, I wonder if this would work on monsoon days? In a long post on the Write the Company blog, a user talks about how messy a different cup (the Diva) is on her heavy days. (Leaking after 1-2 hours, and creating a mess to remove when it overflows.) I appreciate Daily Grommet offering this product.

  • Michelle
    Michelle
    3/28/2011 10:07 PM

    @C: While I wouldn't characterize my periods as uber-heavy, there are plenty of times when I've had to change super-size tampons every 2 hours. On those days, I just make sure to empty the cup more often, as I would have to do with tampons anyway. I use the larger size cup, and it's never filled up completely yet. This is just my experience, but I'd be interested to hear the thoughts of other users with very heavy periods.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/29/2011 12:23 PM

    @C: Many have spoken about a learning curve with using this product and so it is hard to tell if that person posted her experience during the learning curve or a few months into it. I would bet that with a few months of experience most people will understand what works best for them and be happy that they made the switch.

  • Sophia
    Sophia
    12/28/2011 11:58 PM

    @C: I sometimes have monsoon days, and use a Diva cup (but plan to buy a Lunette--I like the idea of the smoother interior and non-hollow stem). I do sometimes have to empty it every hour or two. I have learned to "feel" when it is full, and go to the restroom immediately. Delaying at that point is what can lead to a mess. But that's not different than with tampons. I also sometimes use a backup cloth pad at night, but it's usually not necessary as long as I don't delay when I feel it's time to empty, even at night.

  • SJ Chapman
    SJ Chapman
    3/28/2011 9:37 PM

    I've been using a Diva Cup for 5 years and it's made my period so much less of a headache. It's comfortable, I can't feel it in me, and it's not messy like you think it is. I am actually surprised at how little I bleed; I expected to fill a cup a day! But it's so little that there's hardly any mess.

    Plus I feel great about not putting tampon chemicals into my body, not throwing away any environmentally harmful products, and best of all, I calculated that for a 30 year old woman, you save $2000 on tampons and panty-liners if you switch to a menstrual cup instead.

    After having used this for so long, I'm convinced that tampon and pad companies are brainwashing you into buying their products. I urge everyone to get this while its on sale and at least try it. I think you'll be surprised by how easy, comfortable, and how much less harmful it is to your body.

  • Debbie
    Debbie
    4/8/2012 3:09 AM

    @SJ Chapman I have a Diva Cup as well and I LOVE it. I will not go back to pads or tampons. If more women knew about this marvelous little device, the pad and tampon manufactures would be in real trouble. When you think of all of the money females spend on tampons and pads. Maybe this is the reason why these cups are a well cup secret.

  • Crystal
    Crystal
    3/29/2011 1:02 PM

    I was a user of the Instead cups until shortly after I got an IUD inserted after the birth of my son in 2007. Is it a marketing ploy to tell women that an IUD can be removed by the use of a menstrual cup?

  • Caron
    Caron
    3/29/2011 1:25 PM

    @Crystal: I think it is more a word of caution rather than a marketing tactic. We recommend that if you get an IUD that you tell your doctor so she/he can make the strings shorter. If the strings are too long, a menstrual cup can dislodge the IUD. But at a shorter length, it is generally not a problem.

  • kim
    kim
    3/30/2011 12:33 AM

    I just do not see it happening. I do not think we should be putting foreign objects into our bodies, God did not design us for this, and it hasn't been tested to see if it causes side effects several years down the road, silicone, as such, this does not sound good and I would well advise not doing it.

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    3/30/2011 9:28 AM

    For those of you thinking this "new" idea is gross or not a good idea...it has been around for 41 years. It comes and goes...new name but the same concept. A close friend of mine used this back in the day and she said it is good, not great...but a healthier alternative to tampons and other non-organic products http://www.mum.org/CupTsway.htm

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    3/30/2011 9:38 AM

    @Sarah: I forgot to mention that I am a supporter of these products because of their earth-friendly and natural qualities! My comment wasn't meant to be antagonistic of this Grommet...I think it is a great idea.

  • Mary
    Mary
    3/31/2011 3:41 AM

    Between heavy flow and a tight vaginal canal, which one do you think trumps the other? I am having a really hard time deciding between the sizes. While I would prefer the larger one for less worry during the day, when it is folded for insertion, is it much larger than the smaller size? I'm concerned about getting it in and out without too much hassle. Getting a tampon out was always a nightmare, so I only used them when I swam. I don't want to run into the same issue here, but I get a heavy flow and I don't want the smaller cup overflowing! Too bad this type of thing isn't really something you try on for size and return if it doesn't fit.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/31/2011 10:01 AM

    @Mary: Caron advises that if it's too large it won't be comfortable for you and you won't use it at all. Luckily, even the small size holds more than a super sized tampon.

  • Mary
    Mary
    4/2/2011 10:33 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: Great, thank you Katherine! Please thank Caron too. I've just ordered the model 1. :)

  • Jenn
    Jenn
    3/31/2011 7:46 PM

    I am seriously thinking about this, but I am not sure if it is feasible for me because I have always had extremely irregular periods (3 weeks to 3 months. Unfortunately they usually begin with very little warning, so I wear a pad almost every day to be prepared, and I hate wasting so many pads. Can I wear this every day even if I am not bleeding? Thanks for bringing this to Daily Grommet!

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    4/1/2011 3:57 PM

    @Jenn: I've asked Caron and she says there is no problem with wearing a menstrual cup all day, even if you are not bleeding. As long as you rinse or wash it every 12 hours.

  • Jenn
    Jenn
    4/1/2011 7:48 PM

    @Tori Tait: Thanks for finding the answer to my question. Have a great weekend!

  • Chenell
    Chenell
    4/7/2011 2:38 PM

    Any way that size 1 will be back in stock before the free shipping offer ends?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/7/2011 3:18 PM

    @Chenell: It is orderable again. Thanks for letting us know that it wasn't letting you put it in your cart.

  • Gina
    Gina
    5/13/2011 1:40 AM

    I'm considering ordering Lunette. I am 44 and figure I have about 5-8 more years of periods. I hate tampons/pads, so why not give it a try? It will definitely be cheaper than buying tampons/pads. I also want to see how the whole process works so I can either give it the thumbs up or thumbs down when my 11 year old daughter eventually starts her periods. My question is about the sizing....in the details section there is a chart that indicates one would need a size one if you are an "Active Sportswoman, e.g. pilates, yoga." Is pilates & yoga the most active you can be wearing a size one? I do 4 cardio classes (spinning and zumba) a week, 3-5 intense Crossfit classes a week (lots of jumping & running), plus play a few hours of co-ed volleyball per week. I am what I would call an "Active Sportswoman." However, I'm doing way more intense workouts than pilates & yoga. Is size 1 stil the best size to go with or is size 2 better? My flow usually runs 4-5 days with only one day being what I consider heavy. Thank you.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/13/2011 8:43 AM

    @Gina: Great question. I have sent Caron a note to get her advice for you.

  • Caron
    Caron
    5/13/2011 12:48 PM

    @Gina: We recommend a size one for women who are highly active in pilates and yoga because those activities tend to strengthen the pelvic floor, which can make the vaginal canal tighter. My opinion is that a size 2 would be fine for you.

  • Cnkad
    Cnkad
    7/11/2011 2:50 AM

    I love the concept of the cup, I have a heavy flow and have had kids but have a very sensitive bladder especially during menstration so I bought the size one. My cervix is at least 2 1/2 inches in. I have attempted to use the cup for three cycles now and can't get it to stop leaking!! I have to constantly wear liners that I need to change out every several hours or more. I can't seem to get it very far in either...but I am pretty sure it opens...what am I doing wrong?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/11/2011 10:12 AM

    @Cnkad: I have forwarded your question on to Caron. I am crossing my fingers that she will be able to give you some pointers so you will be able to successfully use the Lunette Cup.

    *update - I have talked to Caron and she has a few recommendations. First she would suggest emptying it more often. You may simply be leaving it in longer than its capacity. Another thought is that you may not be getting it inserted beyond the pubic bone. If not, it tends to slip out. She suggests making a concerted effort to insert it horizontally. Many times women insert it too vertically which doesn't result in proper placement.

    I hope that you are able to get this to work for you!

  • Cnkad
    Cnkad
    8/1/2011 6:28 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: thanks!

  • Aleece
    Aleece
    9/27/2011 2:55 PM

    I am finding this very interesting. I am adult woman and have given birth twice but it was via c-section. So would I need a size 1 ?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/27/2011 3:52 PM

    @Aleece Kemp: Unless you have a light flow, you would want to go with Model 2. We hope you find this product as liberating as others have!

  • Cheryl
    Cheryl
    12/17/2011 11:00 AM

    I am stunned! This is truly an answer to prayer. I am headed to Kenya very soon and my period is 'scheduled' for while I am gone. I was sitting here racking my brain trying to figure out how (and where) I would be able to change pads while in this remote region.

    I really pray this works!!!!!!!! Thank you!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/17/2011 4:03 PM

    @Cheryl Petersen: Have an amazing trip! It's been said that there is a bit of a learning curve with a cup, so it would have been better if you could have gone through one cycle at home, but this does sound like a great solution for you!

  • Maria
    Maria
    1/12/2012 8:24 PM

    The instruction PDF mentions Lunette disinfecting wipes. Are these available for purchase?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/13/2012 12:20 AM

    @Maria Wong: We were able to add these to our assortment. Thank you for posting!

  • Diane W
    Diane W
    3/22/2012 5:32 PM

    Being an active person going through perimenopause, I absolutely do not know what I would do without my Lunette. I keep one in my purse and in my travel bag to be prepared for any eventuality. I even carry a spare in my bike bag! It takes a bit of a learning curve when starting to use it for the first one or two times, but after using it successfully, you will never go back to pads and tampons again. I also feel good knowing that I am not contributing to the trash problem on the earth today. I wish I had known about this in my younger years, when I did a lot of backpacking!

  • Caron Rohman
    Caron Rohman
    3/23/2012 11:39 AM

    Diane - I keep a spare as well, it really saves on room when you're packing for a trip. The point you made about the "learning curve" is an important one: it's a bit different from using a tampon, but easy once it is mastered. Thank you so much for your compliment! We appreciate your spreading the word about this new "eco-thing!"

  •  Jess
    Jess
    9/28/2012 12:27 PM

    I have a very heavy, painful cycle. I leak through super tampons constantly within 2 hrs. Changing them usually ends up a mess! I have clotting, also. Do you think this will work for me considering my extreme case?

  •  CR - Lunette
    CR - Lunette
    10/3/2012 4:35 PM

    @ Jess Hi Jess, Yes, I believe it could. The benefit of using Lunette would be that it holds far more than a super plus tampon. If the clots are not too large -- it is okay. In fact, they catch in the cup better with less chance of leaking because of its consistency. (I cannot speak about large clots though - no data on that.) If you are very heavy, a size 2 would be best - unless you have a low cervix or sensitive bladder. In that case, get the size one which is softer, shorter and would be more comfortable. Definitely go for comfort, otherwise you won't want to wear it. Don't worry about capacity, even the size one holds twice as much as a super plus tampon. You can estimate that you can go twice as long before emptying as you would with a tampon. Buys you a little more time on heavy days. When you are light, you can go up to 12 hours.

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