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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.

Cup

Year Life-Span

Retail Cost

Per Year Avg

The minimum spend on pads in Zimbabwe per year is $23.40 which is $234.00 over 10 years.

Why Should I Use It?

Cost Effective

The Butterfly Cup costs less than one years supply of the cheapest sanitary pads available in Zimbabwe.

User Friendly

Easy to use and maintain. Can be left in place for up to 10 hours. Holds 3 x more than a regular tampon.

Eco Friendly

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.

Safe

The Butterfly Cup maintains the natural PH value of your body by collecting and not absorbing the menstrual blood,  keeping you health.

Discrete Alternative

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.

Why Should I Change?

 

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.

How Do I Use It?
1. Wash your hands with soap and clean water.
2. Using both your hands, fold your Butterfly Cup in half.
3. With the Butterfly Cup still folded, gently insert the cup, aiming towards your back and upwards (not vertically), to a comfortable position just inside your body.
4. Once in place you should not be able to feel the Butterfly Cup inside you.
5. Pinching the base of your cup to release the seal, gently draw the cup down and remove disposing of the contents safely.
6. Rinse your Butterfly Cup out with a little clean water.
7. Place the cup in a pot of boiling water, making sure there is enough water for the cup to float and not touch the bottom of the pan. Allow to boil for 5minutes before using again
8. Your Cup should be stored in your cotton Butterfly Bag and kept clean and safe in a ventilated place for you to use during your next monthly cycle.

1937

American Actress Leona Chalmers designed the first menstrual cup.

1980's

First commercial menstrual cup was launched .

2000

Started to see a shift for menstrual cup from the environmental sector and into the mainstream market

2016

In 2016, the Butterfly Cup Company launches the Butterfly Cup in Zimbabwe

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?
Physically you would be able to use the small sized Butterfly cup from your first period but some girls are not emotionally mature enough to feel comfortable using internal sanitary protection.
Can I use the small cup even if I have a heavy period?
Yes, you can use the small cup even if you have a heavy flow.
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?
The Butterfly Cup can be left in place for up to 10 hours. Some women prefer to empty their cup more frequently, and if you have a heavy flow you may wish to empty it during the day.
Where should the stem of The Butterfly Cup sit?
The stem of The Butterfly Cup should not sit outside of the vagina and if it does you may want to trim it. Every woman is different so we recommend you do this gradually so you are sure to get the right length for you.
What should I do if I experience leaking?
If you experience leaking with your Cup it is possible that that the Cup is sitting too high. It should be placed just inside the vagina above the pelvic bone.
I am finding it difficult to insert and feel comfortable with my Butterfly Cup, what should I do?
It takes time to learn something new so be patient and after three cycles we feel confident that you will be entirely comfortable with your Butterfly Cup.
Can I use my Butterfly Cup for all of my daily activities?
If you are wearing your Butterfly Cup correctly, you should not be able to feel any discomfort. You can continue to participate in sports and activities whilst using your Butterfly Cup, including swimming.
I am finding it difficult to insert my Cup, can I use a lubricant?
Water or other suitable lubricants can be used as a lubricant to help with inserting the Butterfly Cup.
Can I share my Butterfly Cup?
No, your Butterfly Cup is just for you and should not be shared with anyone.
Is the Butterfly Cup safe to use?
Yes, the Butterfly Cup is made from medical grade silicone which is entirely safe to use.
What should I do if my Butterfly Cup is damaged?
Should your Butterfly Cup get torn or damaged in anyway we recommend that you do not use it.
Do I need to take out my Butterfly Cup when I go to the toilet?
No, you do not need to remove your Butterfly Cup when you go to the toilet.
Where should the cup be inserted?
Women have three external genital organs: the anus, opening of the vagina and the opening of the urethra. The Butterfly Cup should be inserted at the opening of the vagina (the genital organ that is centred).
Can I use my Butterfly Cup as a form of contraception?
The Butterfly menstrual Cup is not a form of contraception and must be removed before having sexual intercourse.
Does my Butterfly Cup protect me from STI’s?
The Butterfly Cup does not prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.
Can I use my Butterfly Cup after I have given birth?
Yes, you can, but the Butterfly Cup should not be used for at least 6 weeks after birth.
Can the Butterfly Cup cause an allergic reaction?
The Butterfly Cup is made from medical grade silicone. To date there have been no reports that it has caused any allergic reaction. If you experience any adverse reaction seek medical advice as soon as possible.
Can I get toxic shock syndrome from using my Butterfly Cup?
Unlike tampons, you cannot get toxic shock from using a Butterfly Cup.
Can I get yeast infections from using my Butterfly Cup?
Unlike sanitary pads, you cannot get yeast infections from using a Butterfly Cup.
Does using my Butterfly Cup create unpleasant odours?
You will not get any odours when using a Butterfly Cup.
Will using the Butterfly Cup break my hymen?
Any sanitary protection that is worn internally will stretch and can potentially break the hymen. If keeping your hymen intact is important to you for personal or cultural reasons, we do not recommend using a menstrual cup.
Will using the Butterfly Cup break my hymen?
Any sanitary protection that is worn internally will stretch and can potentially break the hymen. If keeping your hymen intact is important to you for personal or cultural reasons, we do not recommend using a menstrual cup.

Does the Butterfly Cup affect my virginity?

Virginity is the complete absence of sexual interaction. Virginity has nothing to do with periods. In other words, sanitary products like the Butterfly Cup, do not break one’s virginity.

IUD / IUS / COIL

An IUD / IUS can be used in conjunction with the Butterfly cup. We recommend that you consult your doctor or gynaecologist before doing so as there have been some instances where the IUD or IUS has been displaced or dispelled by the body, leaving you vulnerable to an unplanned pregnancy.
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DELPHI CENTRE

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

 

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.)

Click here to find out more – https://www.facebook.com/Zimpact.1/.

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