What is The Butterfly Menstrual Cup?
The Butterfly Cup is a bell shaped reusable, menstrual cup that is worn internally to collect the menstrual flow.
It is made from medical grade silicon, which is a safe and healthy option for menstrual care.
It sits low in the vagina, leaving a gap between the cup and the cervix. The cup can be worn for up to 10 hours before needing to be emptied.
The Butterfly Cup is environmentally sustainable because it does not create waste every month or add to landfills.
It is economical – one cup can be reused for up to 10 years.
Per Year Avg
The minimum spend on pads in Zimbabwe per year is $23.40 which is $234.00 over 10 years.
The Butterfly Cup costs less than one years supply of the cheapest sanitary pads available in Zimbabwe.
Easy to use and maintain. Can be left in place for up to 10 hours. Holds 3 x more than a regular tampon.
One cup is reusable for up to 10 years. By changing to a Butterfly Cup you can stop 12,000 disposable sanitary products being added to your local landfill site.
The Butterfly Cup is lifestyle friendly – use it when you exercise, swim, go to school and travel. In addition, you’ll never have to worry about shopping for sanitary wear again – What a joy!
Used by women worldwide
In USA, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia women are already enjoying the benefits of a menstrual cup. By introducing the Butterfly Cup to Zimbabwe we are joining this vibrant community.
Hour usage in one-go
More capacity than a tampon
Days spent in menstruating
Disadvantages of using Pads and Reusable Pads
1. Need 5litres of water for washing.
2. Due to social taboos, in Africa a private area is needed for drying rags and reusable pads. This often is not possible and the products become unsafe and unhygienic to use.
3. Soiled pads need to be disposed of or taken home and washed.
4. Pads need to be changed regularly (at least 3 times a day).
5. Pads can create an environment for bacterial growth and yeast infections.
6. Girls need pants, which has been seen as a challenge in underpriveleged communities.
Disadvantages of using Tampons
1. Can cause irritation or dryness because they absorb the body’s natural moisture.
2. They change the body’s PH value, which reduces your natural protection against infection.
3. Can cause toxic shock.
4. Different sized tampons are needed each month, increasing monthly costs.
1. The Butterfly Cup can reduce menstrual cramps and period pains.
2. It may reduce the length of your period by a number of days.
3. You can leave the cup in place for up to 10hours.
4. 1 size cup is all you need for your entire period.
5. You can use the cup before your period starts, so no worry of soiled clothes.
6. The Butterfly Cup maintains the PH value of your vagina.
7. When placed correctly you won’t feel the cup inside you.
8. You are saving money every month.
9. You are contributing to a cleaner, safer planet.
Started to see a shift for menstrual cup from the environmental sector and into the mainstream market
Frequently Asked Questions
Which Butterfly Cup size is right for me?
The Butterfly Cup comes in 2 sizes:
Size A is for women and girls who are below the age of 25, have not given birth vaginally, and who are of a smaller build.
Size B is for women and girls who are over the age of 25, for women who have given birth vaginally, and who are of a bigger build.
Can I safely use the Butterfly cup when I first start my period?
Can I use the small cup even if I have a heavy period?
What should I do if my Cup is difficult to remove?
Sometimes the Butterfly Cup may move upwards and be difficult to remove. This can happen during the night. Relax. Your Cup cannot “get lost”.
Firstly wait for half an hour in order for the Cup to drop down naturally.
If after this time you are still unable to pull the Cup down, you can straddle the toilet seat or squat with your heels together and your knees out. In this position push downwards using the same muscles as when making a bowel movement.
Using your fingertips gently pull the stem downwards and forwards until you are able to pinch the base of the Cup.
To break the suction:
Sometimes it is necessary to do more than pinch the base of the Cup to break the suction.
You can do this by inserting your finger between the Cup and the wall of the vagina until the rim of the Cup “pops” away.
How long can I safely leave my Butterfly Cup in place for?
Where should the stem of The Butterfly Cup sit?
What should I do if I experience leaking?
I am finding it difficult to insert and feel comfortable with my Butterfly Cup, what should I do?
Can I use my Butterfly Cup for all of my daily activities?
I am finding it difficult to insert my Cup, can I use a lubricant?
Can I share my Butterfly Cup?
Is the Butterfly Cup safe to use?
What should I do if my Butterfly Cup is damaged?
Do I need to take out my Butterfly Cup when I go to the toilet?
Where should the cup be inserted?
Can I use my Butterfly Cup as a form of contraception?
Does my Butterfly Cup protect me from STI’s?
Can I use my Butterfly Cup after I have given birth?
Can the Butterfly Cup cause an allergic reaction?
Can I get toxic shock syndrome from using my Butterfly Cup?
Can I get yeast infections from using my Butterfly Cup?
Does using my Butterfly Cup create unpleasant odours?
Will using the Butterfly Cup break my hymen?
Will using the Butterfly Cup break my hymen?
Does the Butterfly Cup affect my virginity?
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Our Other Projects
The Delphi Centre was established in 2010 at Hellenic Junior School and was created to provide extra support for children with learning difficulties (for example dyslexia). With the help of a specialist teacher, state of the art equipment, lessons conducted during school hours and at a minimal cost to parents, the Delphi Centre continues to thrive and offers support to those children who need a little extra guidance.
Starting the Delphi Centre built the foundations of what is now an extensive learning support department at Hellenic Junior School. The school has adopted the Search & Teach programme to prevent reading failure in grade 1 pupils. All pupils are screened for perceptual difficulties as they begin their junior school career and are offered intervention if necessary. Several staff members are trained in NILD therapy and currently the school is able to offer intensive therapy to at least 15 pupils.
To date the Delphi Centre has seen approximately 80 children through its doors and continues to offer a small and safe learning environment that aims to develop reading and spelling skills, number sense and reasoning ability. So many children have benefited from the establishment of The Delphi Centre, and many more will have the opportunity to thrive under the Search & Teach and NILD programmes.
ZIMPACT was founded in 2010 as a non-profit trust volunteer organisation. It’s primary cause and focus is to “change” the culture of drunk driving (principally amongst our teens who are the future of our country) as well as to encourage responsible drinking/partying & to prevent substance abuse.
Here’s what’s been achieved so far:
Awareness Drive – reaching over 500 000 recipients each month through Facebook and e-fliers.
Education Drive – have interacted with 21 Zimbabwean schools (talks, lessons, workshops etc.)
Events – setup chill zones at a number of events where free water is distributed and a sober presence provided, together with awareness/educational type support, food, medic, phone charging stations etc. (to help prevent people driving home when they shouldn’t)
Other – partnered with taxi companies to provide affordable alternative transport methods for teens when they have had too much to drink (for example GTAXI, Shuttle services etc.)
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