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OrganiCup (AllMatters) Review
The menstrual cup from Allmatters, formerly OrganiCup is one of the best out there, with a good size selection, and is made from high-quality medical-grade silicone.
Good size selection
Made from high-quality material
Limited colour options
Stains over time
OrganiCup (AllMatters) Review
This is my review of OrganiCup (now called AllMatters) menstrual cup for 2022.
I have been using an OrganiCup menstrual cup for more than 6 months and it is a game changer. I have spent hours researching and reading reviews on the internet on which menstrual cup is best for you.
The menstrual cup from OrganiCup/AllMatters is one of the best out there, with a good size selection, and is made from high-quality medical-grade silicone. It is soft and folds nicely, which makes insertion easier, especially for first-timers.
Check out my OrganiCup review below:
Benefits of Using Menstrual Cup
Using a reusable period product is more sustainable than disposable pads. It reduces waste greatly and is more economical in the long term. If you’re looking for more ways to live a sustainable life, check out our detailed post here.
Before using a menstrual cup, I was sceptical of whether or not using it was worth it. The thought of it was intimidating. After researching the benefits it brings, I decided it is the best thing to do.
In this section, I list the several benefits of using menstrual cups.
Do you know that single-use menstrual products such as pads, tampons, applicators, and packaging produce about 200,000 tonnes of waste annually? Most of them are made of plastic which causes damage to the environment and disrupts the ecosystem. (1).
The constant waste builds up to an average of 11,000 disposable menstrual products throughout 40 years of menstruation (2).
On the other hand, a single silicone cup is long lasting and can last for 10 years. Therefore, by using OrganiCup instead of single-use menstrual products, you can help lessen the amount of waste tremendously.
A menstrual cup may cost you more upfront, but in the long run, it is more economical because it is reusable. It will pay for itself in 2 period cycles.
In the US, each period can cost up to $13.25 a month, which is $6360 throughout their 40 years of menstruation (3).
Alternatively, a menstrual cup only costs around $25 and lasts for 10 years. In total, a woman only spends about $100 in an average reproductive lifetime of 40 years.
Easier for Travelling
Traveling with only a menstrual cup is way easier than bringing disposable pads with me.
Also, a menstrual cup can be used for 12 hours straight. This means that you can wear it all day long and it only needs to be emptied and rinsed twice daily. Although, for heavier flow, I recommend emptying it more often.
An organic cotton storage pouch is included when you purchase OrganiCup, and I find it highly convenient. It takes up less space, and you can easily store them in your makeup bag.
Why Choose OrganiCup?
After doing extensive research on the perfect menstrual cup, I find that OrganiCup is one of the best menstrual cup out there for these reasons:
OrganiCup is made of 100% medical-grade silicone. It is soft and bends easily, which makes the whole process of folding and inserting it way easier.
The OrganiCup is also 100% free from bleach, glue, chlorine and perfume, which may irritate your skin. This makes it safe and worry-free to wear them.
They are free from allergen as certified by the Allergy Certified, and registered with The Vegan Society.
The Satisfaction Guarantee in OrganiCup allows you to change the size of the cup and period underwear for free or get a refund if you find it unusable.
You could do so for up to 90 days after purchasing the menstrual cup and 60 days for period underwear. How great is that?
Determining the right cup size for you you might not be straightforward. It might need some experiments to determine which size is the best, or if it works for you at all.
When you menstrual cups from OrganiCup, they come in fully recyclable packaging and zero plastics.
The box for the cup is made from cardboard and the instructions are printed directly on it, so there is no unnecessary use of paper.
It also comes with a cute small, organic cotton, eco-friendly pouch for you to store the cup in.
OrganiCup is actively fighting against period poverty, especially in poorer countries, and has formed partnerships with NGOs worldwide to educate women about menstrual health and provide them with menstrual products.
To date, they have donated about 30,000 menstrual cups worldwide. It always feels rewarding to support companies that benefit the society.
Good Selection of Cup Size
OrganiCup has a good selection of cup size that caters to many people. For exact dimensions, see their size recommendation. You will likely find something that suits you.
Remember that the recommended size is only sometimes true, as no size fits all. That is why OrganiCup has a Satisfaction Guarantee so you can find the right cup.
I personally bought the size A cup but later purchased the mini size because I needed a smaller size. See the table below for exact measurements of Size A and Mini that I took. I have also included a picture of both sizes side by side.
|Size Mini||Size A|
|Total Cup Length (cm)||5.5||7.0|
|Cup Diameter (cm)||3.5||4.0|
How to Use OrganiCup
The most important thing before using a menstrual cup is to put it in boiling water and let it simmer for 3-5 mins to sterilise it and kill the bacteria. This step needs to be done before you use it at the beginning of your period and after your period ends prior to storing it.
At first, I found inserting the menstrual cup to be the most challenging part. On my first period cycle, I spent about 5 minutes inserting it and ensuring it was properly sealed.
But after a few times, it became easier as I am used to it. It also helps tremendously to put some lubricants around the rim the first few times.
You can try different ways to fold a menstrual cup, but I prefer the punch-down fold the most as when you pinch it, it forms a smaller tip and gets wider at the bottom. I have also recommended other types of menstrual cup folds for beginners, such as the c fold and diamond fold. Watch the video above as you might find it useful.
When inserting the menstrual cup, ensure that you are in a comfortable position. That can either be putting one leg on the toilet, sitting on the toilet, or squatting down. It is up to you! Most importantly, you have to be relaxed when inserting it.
When the entire cup is inside, feel the base and rotate it a couple of times to ensure the cup is open and sealed. When it is in place, try to pull it gently, and if you can feel a slight resistance, it means that your cup is sealed.
When it is inserted correctly, you don’t feel a thing and sometimes I even forget that the cup is in.
Before removing the cup, you need to be in a comfortable position. I prefer sitting on the toilet as I can empty it immediately. Ensure that you feel relaxed when removing it.
Then, all you need to do is feel the stem and pull it out while using your stomach muscle to push it.
After that, empty it and clean it with a mild soap so it can be inserted again. If you are in a public toilet, wipe it with toilet paper and you can rinse it in the sink.
After you are done with your period, wash your cup with mild soap. Then, put it in boiling water and simmer for 3-5 mins. Alternatively, you can use their sanitizing wipe, OrganiWipe, and store it in the OrganiCup organic cotton bag.
My Personal Experience of Using OrganiCup
It took me until my third cycle to get used to wearing a menstrual cup. The only learning curve involved is to get accustomed to inserting it and ensuring it is sealed properly.
I initially used the size A cup because that size is recommended for those who have not given birth. After a while, I realized that it might be too big for me because the cup could only partially open after being inserted. So, I decided to purchase the mini size, which has worked perfectly well.
Tips and Tricks of Using Menstrual Cups
If you are new to the menstrual cup, here are some tips I suggest:
- Until you get the hang of using a menstrual cup, wear a pantyliner, so you do not have to worry about leaking.
- Put some lubricant around the rim, especially wearing it for the first time or towards the end of your period, as the vagina tends to be dry at this time.
- When doing strenuous physical activities, the cup might move slightly and cause it to leak. I recommend using a pantyliner for extra protection. You can use a reusable panty liner for a zero-waste option.
- If you found the stem length to be too long, you can cut them to your desired length.
Pros and Cons
There are some advantages and disadvantages that the OrganiCup brings, which you can consider before buying it.
- Made from soft silicon – Makes the cup easier to bend.
- Satisfaction Guarantee – You can request for a change of size or a full refund for up to 90 days after purchase.
- Sustainable packaging – All packaging is made from recycled cardboard. Zero plastic is used in the packaging.
- Good size selection – There are three sizes to choose from, so I am sure you will find something that will work for you!
- Limited colour options – The OrganiCup only comes in one colour. It might be because OrganiCup wants the cups to be free of dyes and chemicals.
- Turns yellow after a while – When you have been using OrganiCup after a while, you will notice that it will stain and turn yellow. However, it is perfectly normal for medical grade silicone to get discoloration after being in contact with the iron in blood.
Can teenagers use a menstrual cup?
If you’re wondering whether or not you are old enough to use a menstrual cup, here is the answer. There is no age limit to using a menstrual cup. You can use it as soon as your cycle starts.
In fact, the smallest cup in the OrganiCup range is the Mini cup, which is suitable for teenagers.
How long do I need to boil a menstrual cup in water?
Sterilizing your menstrual cup after every cycle is essential. It is recommended by OrganiCup to put it in boiling water for 3-5 mins. Avoid boiling it for more than 10 minutes.
Keep an eye on the cup when boiling it, and turn it a few times, as it usually floats in water, so that all parts of the cup are thoroughly sterilized.
Can you swim with a menstrual cup?
Period products worn internally, such as tampons and menstrual cups, are perfectly suitable for swimming, bathing, sauna, and scuba diving.
Does a menstrual cup hurt?
Having tried it myself, I can assure you that when a menstrual cup is worn correctly, you will not notice that it is even inside you at all.
If you are concerned about the insertion, putting lubricant around the rim helps get the cup in. It is also worth trying different folds that you are most comfortable with. See my YouTube video for the Top 3 folds I recommend for beginners.
Why Did OrganiCup Change its Name?
OrganiCup changed its name to AllMatters in 2021 when they extended their products range to offer other reusable personal care products. Apart from menstrual cup, they have also recently introduced Period Underwear that replaces pads.
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Using a menstrual cup might be intimidating or messy the first time. Still, once you get the hang of it, you will find it convenient and comfortable.
You can save a lot of money and reduce waste significantly.
OrganiCup menstrual cup is an excellent choice for a high-quality, easy-to-use menstrual cup.