Theodora Lee supports donation of 4,000 menstrual cups to South African school girls

Theodora Lee supports donation of 4,000 menstrual cups to South African school girls

YouTube vlogger Theodora Lee has led a successful campaign to distribute over 2,000 (later 4,000) menstrual cups (LilyCup Compacts) to school girls in South Africa who cannot afford disposable sanitary items. Supporting the free or low cost distribution of menstrual cups can go some way to expanding the choices available to girls who often have to miss school due during their periods. 

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Bibi van der Zee and Katherine Purvis For the Guardian “We don't know enough about menstruation and girls are paying a price”

Bibi van der Zee and Katherine Purvis For the Guardian “We don't know enough about menstruation and girls are paying a price”

A report by Bibi van der Zee and Katherine Purvis For the Guardian looks at recent research on menstruation, and the impacts of menstrual hygiene on the lives of young girls and women in low-income countries. Menstrual cups are playing an important role in improving the options available. 

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Switching from tampons to a menstrual cup 'can improve a woman's sex life' (and the survey behind the Tabloid headings)

Switching from tampons to a menstrual cup 'can improve a woman's sex life' (and the survey behind the Tabloid headings)

There’s been a flurry of articles on menstrual cups over the past week with a bit of a tabloid twist. Sex sells, and apparently to the list of rituals to salvage your sex life can be added the menstrual cup. A discussion of one of the tabloid take on menstrual cups, and of the survey of 1,500 women that lies behind the exciting headings. 

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Blood Money: The Race to Crack India’s Menstrual Market (Rebecca Hobson for Broadly / Vice Magazine)

Blood Money: The Race to Crack India’s Menstrual Market (Rebecca Hobson for Broadly / Vice Magazine)

Rebecca Hobson from Broadly / Vice Magazine wrote recently about the race to crack India’s menstrual market. The article notes that the vast majority of women in India don't use sanitary products, instead relying on everything from cow dung and newspapers when it comes to that time of the month. But local entrepreneurs are determined to change that with reusable pads, menstrual cups, and pad-producing machines.

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Trying the Lily Cup Compact

Trying the Lily Cup Compact

Recently, a menstrual cup brand getting a lot of attention has been the Lily Cup Compact. The innovative part of the LilyCup Compact is that it is collapsible: meaning It folds down almost flat, so you can carry it around in a very small disc-like container. As I was curious about this new type of cup, I ordered one from Australia and checked out the folding mechanism.

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