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Before You Buy

In this section we cover;

 

JUJU MODELS

Which size should I use?

While there are no hard and fast rules for selecting a size, model selection is generally based on childbearing history. Many other factors, such as anatomy, age, and pelvic floor tone may also influence your cup size selection.

1. Childbearing history, age, and cervical position

The following is a guide to selecting a suitable model;

  • Model 1: Under 30 years of age and have not given birth
  • Model 2: Over 30 years of age or have given birth
  • Model 3: For a high cervix or long vaginal canal
  • Model 4: For a low cervix or short vaginal canal

This is only a guide. Many women who have had children will still be able to successfully use a Model 1, and vice versa. So, please also consider the other factors below in conjunction with childbearing history and age.

2. Cervical position

Your cervical position may also influence your selection of the model number and/or your ability to successfully use a menstrual cup. Your cervix may move at different stages of your cycle, so it’s a good idea to check your cervical position at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of your menstrual cycle to get a good understanding of your overall cervical position.

To determine your cervical height; wash your hands, then insert your index finger into your vagina to locate your cervix. Your cervix is a bump, which feels a bit like the end of your nose, but is shaped like a donut. Thoroughly wash your hands.

If you consistently feel your cervix sitting just inside the vaginal opening or when you have only inserted the tip of your finger up to your ‘first knuckle’ (or the bend in your finger just below your fingernail), you most likely have a low cervix and a Model 4 JuJu Cup may be the most suitable for you. The Model 4 JuJu Cup is better suited to shorter vaginal canals as it has a shorter body and stem when compared with other JuJu Models. Please only choose this model if you are sure you have a low cervix throughout your cycle as the removal of this cup may be more difficult if you have a normal to high cervix. In most cases, the Model 4 JuJu Cup is not recommended for young girls or virgins.

If you are unable to reach your cervix or need to insert your finger past the middle bend in your finger before you can feel your cervix, you most likely have a high cervix and may like to consider the Model 3 JuJu Cup. The Model 3 JuJu Cup has a longer body, which makes removal easier for women with a high cervix and longer vaginal canal.

3. Age

Some women experience a loss of pelvic floor tone due to hormonal changes and/or age. In this case, a Model 2 may be a preferred choice. A Model 4 should be considered if there is a loss of pelvic floor tone in conjunction with a low cervix.

4. Virgins and young women

A Model 1 is recommended for virgins and sexually active young women.

A Model 3 is recommended for virgins and sexually active young women with a high cervix/long vaginal canal.

5. Pelvic floor tone and exercise

If you have good pelvic floor tone, practice regular Kegel exercises or other activities, such as Pilates, yoga or dance, you may wish to consider a Model 1 regardless of your childbearing history and age.

If you have had corrective surgery, such as vaginoplasty or perineoplasty, you may want to consider a Model 1.

A Model 3 is recommended for women who have good pelvic floor tone in conjunction with a high cervix.

If you have lost some pelvic floor tone and have a low cervix, you may wish to consider a Model 4.

This Model should only be chosen if you are confident with removing a menstrual cup and are sure you have a low cervix.

6. Build

If you have a petite or small build, you may wish to consider a Model 1 JuJu.

If you have a larger build, you may wish to consider a Model 2 JuJu.

 

What is the difference between the original and newer style JuJu?

The newer style JuJu Cups have a thicker stem with nodes as trim points and a more pronounce butterfly grip pattern at the base of the cup. Choose this cup if you are new to using cups or if you know you have a high or low cervix. This style is available in a Model 1, 2, 3 and 4. 

The original JuJu Cup has a thinner triangular shaped stem and a smoother finish on the base of the cup. Choose this cup if you are an experienced cup user and are comfortable with the removal of your menstrual cup. This style is available in a Model 1 and Model 2.

 

What sizes are the cups?

Model

Capacity 
to holes (ml)

Capacity
to brim 
(ml)

Length x Diameter
(mm)

Cup Length excl. stem
(mm)

1

16

22

65x40

46

2

25

33

69x46

50

3

22

28

78x40

58

4

23

32

50x48

40

 

SUITABILITY

Can I be guaranteed a cup will work for me?

Menstrual cups work for most people but there is a small chance a menstrual cup will not suit your anatomy. To our knowledge, less than 1% of people find cups simply don't work for them. 

It’s hard to say exactly why some people find the use of a menstrual cup difficult. Some people with a retroverted/tilted uterus use a cup successfully whilst others find it difficult. 

Knowing your anatomy can help with your purchasing decision as it may be that a particular brand of cup works better with your anatomy than another.

If you have any gynaecological concerns, such as a particularly long or narrow vaginal canal, we recommend you seek the advice of your medical practitioner prior to using JuJu to see if it is suitable for you.

 

COLOURED CUPS

Does JuJu come in any other colour?

At this point in time, JuJu is only available in a clear/semi-opaque colour.

Cups that are coloured contain pigments or dyes and so are technically not made from 100% medical grade silicone. Until such time as we are able to gain an accurate understanding of the effects of the addition of dyes on our bodies, we have chosen to manufacture JuJu without any colour additives.

Instead of dying JuJu Menstrual Cup we have chosen to allow you to 'customise' your cup by choosing your pouch colour. 

 

HEAVY PERIODS

I suffer from heavy periods, can I still use JuJu?

Yes. As JuJu holds three times more fluid than tampons and pads, you will find that you will need to empty your JuJu less often than you would change a tampon or pad. In the initial stages, while you become familiar with JuJu and if you are concerned about leaking, try using a pad in conjunction with your JuJu until you have confidence in your cup and know how often you need to empty it. As a guide, you can generally wear you menstrual cup for twice as long as you would wear a tampon or pad. 

 

VIRGINITY

I am a virgin. Can I still use JuJu?

If you are a virgin it is still safe to use JuJu however you should be aware that the hymen may break when JuJu is inserted or removed. If you wish for your hymen to remain intact, no form of internal sanitary protections, including tampons, should be used.

A little water-based lubricant applied to the rim of the cup once folded may assist virgins with the insertion of menstrual cups. 

You can also practice inserting and removing your menstrual cup before your cycle starts to get used to using it and making the transition easier. This can be done a few times a week whilst in the shower whilst you are relaxed. 

 

SEXUAL INTERCOURSE

Can I wear my menstrual cup during sex? 

JuJu Menstrual Cup is a sanitary product intended for the purpose of menstruation only. The JuJu Cup should not be worn during sexual intercourse. Your menstrual cup can not be worn for the purpose of birth control and will not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or pregnancy. 

 

CHOOSING A BRAND

What should I consider when choosing a brand of menstrual cup?

When looking to buy a menstrual cup some points for consideration are;

  1. Material: silicone (medical or non-medical grade), TPE or latex and if you are happy to use a cup with other additives such as colours.
  2. Firmness: this is the 'squishiness' of the cup - some people prefer a firm cup, a medium cup or a soft cup
  3. Capacity: this may be an important consideration if you have heavy periods.
  4. Size: the overall length and diameter of both of the cup and the stem.
  5. Shape of the cup: some cups are long and narrow whilst others more rounded, the rims of different branded cups can also vary in thickness and shape (hoop skirt or narrow-bodied).
  6. Design of the stem: rounded, flat, triangular, hollow, solid, with or without grips, etc.
  7. Air holes: number and placement of air holes varies across brands.
  8. Quality and safety: it is important to note that not all brands available on the market are registered for sale in Australia. The Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia (TGA) is a government body responsible for regulating therapeutic good including menstrual cups in Australia so this may be a consideration for you too.
Please seek the advice of your medical practitioner is you have a specific condition and would like to know if JuJu would be suitable for you.
 

What is the key difference between the brands of cups sold in Australia?

There are some critical differences in standards of production and materials used that you should consider when making a choice. For instance, some cups are made of Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), rubber, silicone or medical grade silicone.

To legally supply a menstrual cup within Australia it must be listed with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). There are only three medical-grade silicone cups that have been listed with TGA. They are; JuJu, the only Australian-made cup, Lunette and DivaCup.

So what are the main differences between these three? Well, other than the fact that they come from different countries (Lunette is from Finland and Diva is from Canada), the size differences are worth taking a closer look at. 

The Lunette and JuJu are both similar in size – diameter and length of both cup and stem. Lunette has a flat tab-style stem which has pronounced ‘grip lines’ on it. Some people like this whilst others find it can irritate them. JuJu has a skinnier triangular-style stem which is more flexible than the Lunette. Unlike Lunette, JuJu doesn’t have grips on the stem, as the stem shouldn’t be used for removal.

DivaCup, on the other hand, is a much longer cup with a shorter, stubbier stem (approximately 13mm compared to JuJu and Lunette with a 20mm stem). DivaCups stem is hollow (like a tube) and not a solid piece of silicone, which can make cleaning a little more difficult. Diva is generally better for people with a high cervix/long vaginal canal. Many people with a normal to short vaginal canal or low cervix find DivaCup causes them discomfort as it is so long even the cup itself can protrude.

There is no difference in the length of the two DivaCup models – the size varies only in the diameter. Whereas both Lunette and JuJu have two models each with different lengths and diameters.

Stems on all the models can be trimmed, but it’s important to bear in mind the overall length of the cup as well, the DivaCup will still be longer than JuJu or Lunette regardless of what you do with the stem.

How you make the choice depends on personal preference, the company you want to support, and more importantly for some people than for others, what works best with your anatomy; i.e. long/short vaginal canal and high/low cervix.

Here are the size comparisons:

 

JuJu
Model 1

JuJu
Model 2

JuJu Model 3

JuJu Model 4

Lunette
Small

Lunette
Large

Diva
Small

Diva
Large

Capacity (ml)

22

33

28  32 

25

30

30

30

Total length (mm)

65

69

78  50 

66

72

70

70

Length w/o stem (mm)

46

50

 58  40

47

52

57

57

Diameter

40

46

 40 48 

41

46

41

45

Making the switch to using a menstrual cup can be a big step for some people, but also one that will make a big difference for both you and your planet. Of course, we hope that you choose JuJu and that it works for you!

We use a medical-grade silicone in the manufacture of our cups and don’t add any other potentially harmful additives such as dyes. Our cups are 100% owned and made in Australia, supporting local businesses for design, packaging and manufacturing and we use only recycled materials for our packaging and correspondence.

Our mission is to educate people about the best choices available to them so you can make an informed decision when purchasing a menstrual cup. 

 

I've seen some really cheap cups online. Why wouldn't I just buy one of these instead of a JuJu?

There are a number of “knock off” cups and cheap brands available online. Some of these are replicas of well know brands whilst others carry no branding at all.

Please be weary of purchasing one of these for the following reasons; 

  • they are unlikely to have undergone any form of sensitisation or toxicity testing, putting your health at risk
  • materials claimed to be used in the manufacture of the cup may not be the actual materials used 
  • they are probably not manufactured to an any ISO standards or in a clean-room environment which means they may contain contaminants
  • they are unlikely to be registered/listed with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the governing body that safeguard consumers' health in Australia
  • the companies or individuals selling these cups are often not able to be contacted once you have made your initial purchase, leaving you with no customer support if you are having difficulties

Your health and customer support should be prime considerations when buying a menstrual cup. If the purchase of menstrual cup is a substantial outlay for you, it may be better to save up for a few months to buy a reputable brand.

We have heard some terrible stories from people who have purchased cheap cups online so please remember that this is a product you will be placing inside your body and be sure to do your research on the product and the company.

  

RESELLERS & STOCKISTS

Where can I buy JuJu?

JuJu is available to buy online or through one of the resellers listed on our stockists page.

 

SAMPLES

Can you send me a free sample?

We are not able to send free samples. Menstrual cups and cloth pads are reusable products that last for many years and the manufacture cost of these products is considerably more than that of disposable tampons and pads. The lifespan and production cost of making reusable sanitary products makes it prohibitive to send out free samples. 



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