Ever since our founding in 2012, it has always been about more than cups.
We believe no one should be held back by their body. We believe period products should not contain harmful chemicals nor absorb natural bodily secretions, resulting in infections. Periods should not be the cause of major pollution. And they should never, ever be a source of shame.
Those four sentences have been, and continue to be, our guiding principles. Our #NewPeriod manifesto is the measuring stick we turn to in every decision we make:
Making products for, and with, the people who use them, putting sustainability at the centre, committing to transparent communication and donating cups to those in need, all in an effort to destigmatize periods.
On this page we wanted to map out our journey, growth and achievements over the past years, and share some of the fun and interesting milestones with you!
Every beginning can be difficult – including trying a menstrual cup for the first time.
However, we assure you that there’s nothing to fear. It might take you a few days or a few periods to become comfortable with the cup. But we assure you, it’s all worth it. You can read about the pros and cons of switching to a menstrual cup, and find out how it compares to pads and tampons.
Experiment with different folding and insertion methods and don’t worry, you’ll soon become a dedicated cup convert. Here you will find all you need to know about using a menstrual cup.
Before using your OrganiCup for the first time you should sanitise the cup in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Remember not to let the cup touch the bottom of the pot.
Remember to wash your hands using clean water and a mild soap, such as OrganiWash, before inserting it.
There are many different folding methods so experiment and find the one that works for you.
Two of the most popular are: The Punch-Down Fold and the C-Fold.
When you’re inserting your menstrual cup, you need to keep it folded until it is inside of your vagina.
It’s important to relax your muscles when inserting your menstrual cup, so find a comfortable position.
You can lie down, squat, sit on the toilet or simply stand up. You’ll find the position that works best for you over time!
You might want to use water or a water-based lubricant to make insertion easier.
Insert and release
Insert the folded menstrual cup and once the entire cup is inside of you, remove your fingers and let it open up.
If the menstrual cup has been inserted correctly, you might hear a “pop” or a suction sound which means that the cup has unfolded and created the necessary suction seal.
If you’re in doubt, reach in and feel around the base of the cup – it should feel round or oval and not have any noticeable folds.
If you feel any dents or folds on the base of your menstrual cup and you’re not sure the suction seal has been created, then gently grip the base of the cup (not the stem) and rotate it to make it unfold.
Once your menstrual cup is in place, try to pull the stem a bit, if you feel resistance, the suction seal has been created and the cup has been inserted correctly!
In comparison with a tampon, the menstrual cup should be placed lower in the vaginal canal.
The stem should be completely inside of you.
However, we’re all built differently and if the stem pokes out and annoys you, you can trim it (not while inserted).
One of the benefits of using a menstrual cup is that you can use it for up to 12 hours at a time so once inserted you can leave your cup in all day and night.
Depending on how heavy your flow is, you may have to empty it more often than twice a day.
That’s why we recommend you empty your menstrual cup more often in the beginning to get to know the cup and your flow.
The cup can contain more liquid than 3 super tampons.
According to the NHS (National Health Service, UK), on average you lose 5 to 12 teaspoons of blood during your period, so you might be surprised about how little you actually bleed.
Again, start out by washing your hands with warm water and a mild soap.
Find a comfortable position that works for you: lie down, squat, sit on the toilet or stand up. Being relaxed is essential, as removing your menstrual cup will be more difficult if you tense up.
When removing your menstrual cup, pull slightly on the stem until you can reach the base. Give the base of the cup a gentle pinch (or insert your index finger alongside it) to release the suction seal and ease it out.
Avoid removing your menstrual cup by pulling the stem as this might cause discomfort.
Empty and wash
Once you have removed your menstrual cup, empty the collected flow into the toilet or sink and rinse the cup with water (remember the air holes) and re-insert.
If you’re in a bathroom without access to clean water, you can use an OrganiWipe or toilet paper to clean your cup and rinse it with water at a later time.
Re-insert or store
When your menstrual cup is clean, re-insert it as outlined in Step 1.
However, if your period has ended: Boil the cup for 3-5 minutes in water or simply use an OrganiWipe to disinfect it and store your cup in the OrganiCup cotton bag.