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.”