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 (Model 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 thin 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 be torn in many activities (such as sports) and over time it dissolves through discharge, hormones or sexual intercourse.
Inserting anything into the vagina can tear the hymen, including internal menstrual products. 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.
On average, puberty begins between the ages of 8 and 13, and can last for several years. During this time, you may notice that you experience growth spurts. Your hips may become wider and your breasts may begin to develop. Hair may even start showing up on your legs, underarms and genitals.
But puberty is so much more than just changes to your body. You may notice your mind changes as well, leading to new ways of thinking as you experience the ups and downs that come with growing up.
Most importantly, it’s good to remember that everybody develops at their own rate. So keep in mind that while you and your friends are going through these changes, they may appear to be very different and show up at completely different times.
What to expect
As breasts begin to develop they may feel tender or sore. One breast might even grow quicker than the other. This is totally okay.
You may begin to sweat more, causing your hair and skin to appear oily.
While not the most pleasant, mood swings are normal and will pass just as quickly as they came.
You may even notice some discharge coming from your vagina. This is one of the signs that your body could soon be ready for menstruation to begin. But don’t worry, this discharge also plays a very important role in maintaining a clean and healthy vagina.
During this time, personal hygiene is key. A daily bath or shower, with a quick wash of your vulva is a good idea. Keep in mind that when it comes to your vulva, you don’t want to overdo it and water is the best cleanser - so no need for any special soaps that could potentially lead to dryness or itching.
I have my period and at school, we have a swimming class. Can I go swimming with the menstrual cup?
Yes. With the Lunette 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!
Let’s see if we can help you! If you have a question to ask and want to contact one of our Menstrual Mentors on our contact page.