Everything You Need to Know About Menstrual Cups in South Africa

By . - Monday, June 04, 2018

Let's be honest. Sanitary napkins and tampons are bloody expensive. Every year there is a threat to tax items that most women cannot cope without for around 40 years of their life on average. The government must respect us!

However,  for a few years, menstrual cups and reusable sanitary napkins have been making their waves and causing most women to rethink their options and try something new. Menstrual cups have an average lifespan of 15 years! Reusable sanitary napkins have a lifespan of 5 years! This all sounds like a lot of saved coins in my opinion.

Anyway, find out what is available in South Africa and how much it will save you in the long run!

The Elle Cup - R299.00

Product Description

ElleCup characteristics:
  • Made of 100% medical grade silicone which means complete bio-compatibility.
  • Approved by the FDA, ISO 9001 standards and SGS accredited.
  • Completely hypo-allergenic as ElleCup naturally has antibacterial properties.
  • Provides leak free protection for up to 12 hours.
  • Has no association with Toxic Shock Syndrome.
  • Completely reusable which means environmental and cost-saving benefits.
  • Maintains optimal pH levels within the vaginal canal.
  • Easy and safe to use.
  • Transforms into a powerful apparatus to treat bacterial vaginosis and thrush when used in combination with our disinfectant spray.
Each Elle Cup pack includes:
  • 1 x medical grade silicone menstrual cup (15 years lifespan)
  • 1 x disinfectant spray (acts as disease prevention and infection barrier)
  • 1 x sterile storage container
  • 1 x instruction leaflet

Elle Cup is voted best menstrual cup in South Africa and best alternative to sanitary pads and tampons.

The PinkCup - R249.00

The PinkCup menstrual cup is the new age product for the new age women and is the hygienic modern alternative to tampons and pads.

  • A healthy alternative to tampons and pads 
  • Non-absorbing so will not affect the internal Ph and flora balance 
  • Made for medical proposes, latex-free, hypoallergenic, containing no dyes, BPA, phthalates, plastic, bleaches or toxins. 
  • Does not absorb fluid so no odor 
  • Flexible, comfortable, convenient and easy to use 
  • Minimal feeling whilst worn 
  • Total protection due to separation 
  • Change time maximum of 12 hours depending on the flow
  • Swim and sleep safely
  • Discrete and personal, no strings or bulges. Wear what you like 
  • Safe for all water and athletic sports 
  • Ten year lifetime and sustainable 

SIZING: The PinkCup menstrual cup is available in two sizes.

Large: For women who are over 30 years of age, or have had children regardless of age.
PinkCup Size 2 Large Capacity: 20ml
Diameter: 45mm Length: 50 mm Stem Length:20mm

The South African-manufactured MPower 8806086268318 menstrual cup, which comes in 2 sizes, is a menstrual management solution for all women. The Mcup is made from medically approved silicone in an FDA certified factory in Cape Town.

Please note 100% pure silicone-no impurities (like colour).

Local design and manufacture ensure safety and design standards are monitored and controlled by the owner. The storage bag provided with each Mcup is manufactured by a community project based in Ottery, Western Cape.

Proudly SA registered company

- One Mcup is the equivalent of 1 200 pads

- Available in 2 sizes

- Antibacterial, entirely non-absorbent and is not associated with TSS (toxic shock syndrome) or with other infections like cystitis or candida (thrush)

- Cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution to pads and tampons

- Menstrual cups can be used by all women, even before first sexual intercourse and in conjunction with an IUD or contraceptive diaphragm

- holds up to three times more fluid than the average tampon or pad

- reusable so no need for regularly purchasing, using and disposing of traditional sanitary ware

- Easy to clean as the lining is totally smooth and the tab is flat.

- Can be worn during sports and at night

- Needs to be changed less frequently than even the highest absorbency tampons and can be worn overnight

- Odorless and entirely invisible with no strings

- Comfortable as it is made from soft flexible silicone rubber

- Convenient to carry in your bag, nothing to throw away or to run out of

- Safe to use before the onset of menstruation so ensures maximum preparation

- Ideal for an active lifestyle and for active sports such as running, gym, yoga, and swimming

- Provides more reliable protection as it opens to form a suction seal that resists leakage

Standard flow Mcup:

- Capacity 27 ml
- Diameter 42mm
- Length 50 mm
- Length incl stem 65mm

Light flow Mcup:

- Capacity 18ml
- Diameter 39mm
- Length 45mm
- Leng incl stem 60mm

The Palesa Pads - R120.00

Palesa Pads are made from fabric and therefore can be washed and re-used for up to 5 years* with complete confidence of:

If I've missed an option, please leave a comment below. Also, let us know if you have used any of these options and what your experience has been. I'm still pregnant, but I think I may purchase a cup once my cycle comes back.

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