Let’s get one thing straight, periods aren’t something to feel ashamed or weird about. They’re a normal part of life...but, we get it, they’re not always convenient or fun.
Thankfully, with the right care and know-how, periods can be much easier (even better!).
If you’re new to the world of menstruation, menstrual cups- like Lunette or want to be a period pro you’re in the right place.
Am I old enough to use the Lunette Menstrual Cup?
If you’ve started your period then you are definitely old enough to use Lunette cups! Users are young as 12 are already rocking their periods with Lunette.
Like all of us, you might still be getting to know your anatomy – so some practice using the menstrual cup might be needed. When you use it for the first time, give yourself plenty of time to try it out in a place you feel comfortable.
Also, when you’re on your period your vagina is more elastic and the menstrual blood can act as a lubricant, sometimes making these things seem a little more tricky!
But that’s what we’re here for. Lunette menstrual cups come with lots of helpful and detailed instructions, as well as some extra tips here in the “How To” section of our website.
Which Lunette Menstrual Cup should a teen use?
We designed our smaller Lunette menstrual cup (size 1) specifically for younger users. Not only is it smaller and shorter - it is squishier in consistency for easier insertion.
We recommend the smaller Lunette Cup Model 1 also for young users who have a heavy flow. Why? Because your muscles and hymen are tighter, it's easier to insert the smaller cup.
The best time is during your period in the comfort of your bathroom at home — the vagina is more flexible than normal, and the blood works as a lubricant (you have our permission to tell your little sister to scram).
Your Lunette is supplied with detailed instructions on how to use it as well. And we are here for you, feel free to ask what ever comes in mind!
Does the menstrual cup break hymen? Am I not a virgin anymore?
The hymen at the entrance of the vagina consists of a cuff of tissue which partially covers the entrance. Most people with vagina have a hymen when they are young, but for some it is difficult to detect. The hymen can stretch, a bit like a hair scrunchy, and over time it dissolves through discharge, hormones or sexual intercourse.
Inserting anything into the vagina for the first time can stretch the hymen, including internal menstrual products, as the tissue has not been stretched before, it may feel strange or uncomfortable. In many countries, the opinion is that the presence of the hymen is not a sign of virginity. In our opinion, a virgin is a person who has not yet had sex. It's your body, so you decide. Simple isn’t it?
Information resources for teens and parents
As a teen or as parent of a teenager, it is helpful to do research and learn, not only about your body, but about healthy menstrual care options that are available for teens today. For information about female anatomy, Lunette's website offers information under "Anatomy 101" to allow young people to learn about the intricacy of the female form with the assistance of a medical diagram.
Puberty begins on average between ages 8 and 13. The signs of puberty are growth spurts, the hips will become wider. Breasts will begin to develop and hair will begin to grow on the legs, underarms and genital area. Everyone develops at their own rate.
Discharge from the vagina is a sign that the body will soon be ready for menstruation to begin. It plays an important role in maintaining and cleaning the vagina. Later the color and appearance will vary depending on the phase of the menstrual cycle.
Personal hygiene is key here: starting with fresh underwear and a daily wash of the vulva with water. But don’t overdo it. Washing with cleaning agents can damage the healthy environment of the vagina, over-washing often leads to dryness and itching.
Puberty is much more than just changes in the body — the mind changes as well. Mood swings are normal, and even though they aren’t easy to live through will soon pass. Adults aren’t immune to mood swings either.
I have my period and at school, we have a swimming class. Can I go swimming with the menstrual cup?
Yes. With the menstrual cup, you can swim as usual and take a shower without a string hanging out.
I've not used tampons, will I struggle to learn to use a menstrual cup?
Anyone can learn to use a menstrual cup, no matter what your choice of period products has been previously. Like with anything, it can take a bit of practice in the beginning. Menstrual cups are also very different from pads so it can feel like a big change at first (but one we think you’ll love).
If you’re worried about inserting the cup for the first time the best thing you can do is just relax. Tense muscles don’t help so just get comfy, breath and be patient while you learn.
- Try the cup for the first time right after boiling it as this will make the cup a bit softer.
- You can also leave the cup wet or use some water-based lubricant for some extra help.
Still unsure? Ask us anything you want to know!