I was, as many are, quite apprehensive and unsure when I first came across Mahina Cup, it was unfamiliar and quite taboo. The idea of being in such close contact with the product of my period was confronting as well as, physically putting something new inside myself! But I took the risk and tried and there is no going back! My moon-time has become easy and pleasurable. I no longer have to think about taking tampons or pads with me when I go out for the day, spending money each month, pollution of the planet with my unnecessary waste or the disruption to my body’s delicate balance by tampons. The real blessing of Mahina Cup however has been the connection and awareness to my own sacred body and the importance and beauty of our cycles and of being a woman. Mahina Cup opened up a path to self-love, self-respect and self-wonderment Seeing our moon-time and moon-blood not as a curse or an inconvenience but as a blessing and a gift. And for that I am eternally grateful
— Jess, Gold Coast. Australia
The Mahina Cup 'Tulip Technique'

The Mahina Cup 'Tulip Technique'

How to use Mahina Cup
There are many folding techniques to insert Mahina Cup. The most practical way is shown on the image above. Stay positive and take your time. This is a process of learning a new technique, it may take a few times and then it will become natural and enjoyable!

Inserting
STEP 1: Wash your hands
It is most important to take care of your body with good hygiene, especially during menstruation. 

STEP 2: Fold your Mahina Cup
With one finger push down on the side edge until your Mahina Cup forms the shape of a tulip. By holding the base you insert the cup on tilted angle and give it a little turn inside so the cup can fully open. Tip: you can try using Mahina Cup before your bleeding begins to get a hang of it. 

STEP 3: Inserting
When inserting, make sure the cup is placed far enough inside. The muscles inside the vagina are shaped differently to suction the cup to prevent leaking and movement. Here Mahina Cup can sit comfortably, just deep enough that you do not feel the stem. 

STEP 4: Turning
Once Mahina cup is inside, if it does not open automatically, you can take the base and swirl it. This will ensure it is open and in place to work efficiently for you.  

Taking out
STEP 1: Wash your hands
Ensure your hands are clean every time you handle Mahina Cup. 

STEP 2: Break the vacuum
You take out Mahina Cup by squeezing the base and slowly pulling down in a zigzag-motion. The squeezing allows some air to enter the cup, allowing it to come out easier.  Be sure not to tilt the cup until you are ready to empty it, while removing the base of the cup pull straight down as to not accidentally spill your blood.

STEP 3: Empty
You simply empty your moon blood in the toilet or sink. As an alternative, you can collect your blood in a simple container to later pour onto the land and/or garden. Tip: your blood is the most potent fertilizer! If I am out and about - I like to send my potent, life giving moon-blood down with gratitude and appreciation!

STEP 4: Wash
It is important to use cold water when you wash the cup. The combination of warm water and blood can cause stains on the silicone. Cold water allows the blood to wash away quickly without a trace. If there is no tap with running water near the toilet, you can take a bottle with clean water to the toilet or use toilet paper as an alternative.

Boiling the cup
Only at the start of the menstruation is it necessary to boil you Mahina Cup. By putting it in a pot of boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes, any bacteria and filth will be gone. Alternatively you can use a natural soap or put it in a cup with some drops of Tea Tree oil. Check that any residue is washed away before using Mahina Cup.   

Stem
There is a small stem attached to the base of Mahina Cup. This can be used to pull out the cup. If you feel the stem when the cup is inside, you can choose to cut a piece of the stem. Some women even choose to cut the entire stem, and squeeze the base of Mahina cup to take it out. Do what feels best for you, as every Body is different.  

Storing
After cleaning Mahina Cup it is best to store it in the bag that you received her in. Clean and dry; ready for your next moon. Do not keep Mahina Cup in a plastic or any sealed bag. Fresh air prevents fungus to grow. 

What are the dimensions of Mahina Cup? 

New Moon. Size 0.

inch: 2.37 long x 1.67 rim dia
mm: 60 long x 42 rim dia

Holds up to 25 ml

 

Full Moon. Size 1

inch: 2.75 long x 1.67 rim dia
mm: 70 long x 42 rim dia

Holds up to 30 ml

 

Super Moon. Size 2

Inch: 2.75 long x 1.81 rim dia
mm: 70 long x 46 rim dia

Holds up to 40 ml

 


What size should I choose? 
There are many factors to consider when choosing which size Mahina Cup is perfectly suited for you.



Amount of flow.  Typically, New Moon is optimal for a light flow. Full Moon for medium flow and Super Moon is appropriate for a medium to heavy flow.  

Age.  New Moon is great for teens and younger women to use as their first cup (first 10 years of bleeding).  Teens usually have tighter yoni muscles, so this will be more comfortable and less invasive. Many women switch to a Full Moon cup at some point in their adult life or mid to late 20s if have not had child. Super Moon can be used in the younger years if have extremely heavy/excessive moon-time, though generally is suitable for post-pregnancy time.

Location of cervix.  With clean hands, check for your cervix (best to check throughout the month to have a reference of it rising and falling). If during moon time your cervix sits low, it may be best to choose a New Moon as it is shorter and will fit more comfortably. The Full Moon and Super Moon are the same in length. 

Pregnancy.  Hormone shifts during pregnancy change the vaginal muscles and the hip bone structure. If you have been pregnant, it is recommended to choose a Full Moon or Super Moon depending on your flow. 

Virginity.  Best to choose a New Moon as the yoni muscles are still tight. 


If you are still unsure as to which Mahina Cup is right for you, please  feel free to contact us.

Is the Mahina Cup safe?
Absolutely! Mahina Cup is made from soft 100% medical-grade silicone, is latex-free and does not contain colouring, toxins or bleach. It is hypoallergenic and is suitable for the sensitive woman.  Mahina Cup is SGS, ROHS, and FDA certified.

Are there chances of getting Candida with Mahina Cup?
No, if you handle your Mahina Cup hygienically there are no chances of getting Candida or other infections. The cup catches the blood instead of absorbing it; thus it supports the natural flow and allows the vaginal pH to stay balanced. Tampons not only absorb the menstrual blood but also the protection layer that covers the inside wall of the vagina. When this layer is disturbed, chances of infections increase. With Mahina Cup you can bleed worry-free!

Do I risk getting Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) with Mahina Cup?
Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a very rare yet life threatening infection that women can get from using tampons. TSS can develop because of the absorbent effect of tampons, in combination with keeping the tampon in for a long time (tampons should only be kept in for four to six hours). The material of the tampon creates an excellent breeding home for bacteria. Because Mahina Cup catches the blood instead of absorbing it, TSS has no chance whatsoever. TSS has (since the invention of the menstrual cup in 1930) never been found with women who use this product. 

What is silicone? 
Silicones are a group of chemical materials that are made from silicium – an element that is found in nature in the form of sand and stone. By combining the natural materials with oxygen, carbon andhydrogen silicone is formed. Silicone is a neutral material that does not affect the natural pH level, nor is it able to enter the bloodstream as it is a hard material.

Can I be allergic to silicone?
Mahina Cup is made from 100% medical-grade silicone and is for this reason hypoallergenic. People will only have allergic reactions when silicone is combined with latex or rubber. This hard material of silicone is unable to be absorbed in the bloodstream and does not affect the natural pH level of the vagina. 

Is Mahina Cup hygienic?
Yes, Mahina Cup is very hygienic. Always make sure your hands are washed before you handle the cup. It is only necessary to thoroughly clean Mahina Cup in between moon cycles, which is done by boiling it for only a few minutes. During your menstruation the good bacteria in your vagina will support the cleanliness. Simply rinsing the cup with cool water upon emptying is sufficient to keep the hygiene. 

How do I clean Mahina Cup?
It is very important to sterilize Mahina Cup before using it. This is best done by boiling it in a pot of water for three to five minutes. This is a very safe way of killing bacteria. During your menstruation you can rinse the cup with cool water from the tap when you empty it and reinsert it. While there is any blood in the cup, cool water is best, as using hot water increases the chance of staining your cup.

Are there any alternative ways of cleaning Mahina Cup?
During extensive travels, there is a possibility that you do not have access to a kitchen to boil and sterilize the cup. The best alternative to clean Mahina Cup is to soak it in a glass of clean water with a few drops of Tea Tree oil. This is a natural antiseptic oil that does not affect the pH level of your vagina. You can also choose to flip your cup inside out and gently clean it with a natural soap. In this case it is very important that you rinse off any soap residue before inserting it. While on the go, you can also give your cup a wipe with toilet paper for a quick clean. If you are out camping and enjoy eco-sustainable practices, the most sterile way to clean your cup is to urinate on it and then it is ready for reinsertion. 

Can I clean my Mahina Cup by putting it in the dishwasher? I've heard that silicone is dishwasher safe.
No — the biggest risk posed here is not to your cup but to your vagina. The chemicals used in dishwasher detergents are harsh and likely to be very dangerous to your mucous membranes. Strong detergents can leave residue on the cup (even if you can't see it) and cause serious irritation in your mucous membranes. The best way to wash your cup is with mild soap,  a diluted tea tree oil soak, or a flash boil.