Can be worn for up to 12 hours at a time. Can be worn overnight.
Miacup can securely hold up to almost three times the fluid that an average tampon or sanitary pad can: between one third and one quarter of an entire average monthly flow. Perfectly suitable for both the lightest and heaviest flows, Miacup needs to be changed less frequently than even the highest absorbency tampons and can be worn overnight.
Many women will only need to empty the cup upon waking and again before bed.
Easy to clean. Nothing to throw away. Easy to sterilise.
When it does need to be emptied, Miacup can be easily cleaned with soap and water (when at home) or simply wiped clean with toilet paper or a feminine hygiene wipe (when on the go). There is nothing to throw away.
Between cycles, Miacup can be fully sterilised by boiling.
Easy to use. Comfortable. No strings.
With a little experience, Miacup is as easy to use as a conventional tampon. The soft, flexible silicone rubber that it's made from means that Miacup is also incredibly comfortable when in place. Most women are unable to feel the cup at all when it is properly inserted. Some women even report that Miacup can help reduce the pain associated with menstrual cramps and endometriosis.
Worn within the body, Miacup is odourless and entirely invisible with no strings or other external parts.
More reliable. Perfect for swimming & other sports.
With proper insertion, Miacup pops open to form a suction seal that resists leakage and provides most women with more reliable protection than tampons. This makes Miacup ideal for those with an active lifestyle and especially suitable for activities like running, swimming, dance and yoga.
Perfect for travelling. Requires less space to store/pack.
Lightweight and small in size, Miacup is perfect for travelling. There is nothing bulky to pack or carry, nothing to throw away and nothing to run out of.
Can be worn before start of period.
Miacup may be comfortably inserted prior to the onset of menstruation, ensuring maximal preparedness. This also means that new Miacup users will have the freedom to practice using Miacup before their period begins.
Contains no harmful substances. Leaves no fibres behind.
Unfortunately, despite the common assumption that tampons are entirely inert, many are not. Chemicals are often present in non-organic tampons (1). These may include absorbency enhancers, pesticides used to produce the cotton, deodorants and chlorine compounds (2) used in bleaching processes.
It has been proposed that dioxin, a carcinogen, may be formed in the bleaching process itself.
Fragrances used in some tampons can cause irritation, allergic reactions and may upset the vagina’s natural microbial balance (3).
Fibre loss and damage done to vaginal tissue by fibres are also concerns (4,5). In particular, there has been some concern over the use of rayon, a manufactured fibre consisting of tiny strands of plastic and often used in tampons. Some speculate that the rayon strands can cause microtears of the vaginal wall when a tampon is inserted or removed, possibly leaving the vagina more susceptible to infection.
Although individually wrapped to keep them clean, tampons are not sterile, nor are tampon companies required by law to list their ingredients (6).
Miacup leaves no fibres behind and is produced from the very same material used for permanent surgical implants such as heart valves, making it entirely inert.
Miacup is 100% hypoallergenic and suitable for women with sensitive skin, thrush, eczema and allergies (including latex allergies).
Not associated with TSS, fungal or bacterial infections.
Both tampons (7) and pads (8) can cause an increased risk of bacterial infection.
In particular, Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), a serious and potentially fatal disease, is associated with the high absorbency of tampons (9) and with their prolonged use (10).
It is a fact that tampon users are 18 times as likely to develop menstrual TSS as non-users (11).
Miacup is antibacterial, entirely non-absorbent and is not associated with TSS or with other infections like cystitis (inflammation of the bladder, associated with sanitary pads (8)) or candidiasis (thrush).
Does not interfere with the body’s natural processes. Does not irritate or dry.
More than a quarter of the fluids absorbed by a tampon are, in fact, natural and necessary vaginal secretions (12).
The absorption of these fluids and the use of absorbency enhancers can lead to vaginal dryness, peeling of the mucous membrane, ulcers and lesions (4,5).
Contact dermatitis, a form of skin reaction, is associated with sanitary pads (13,14).
Miacup is different. It does not interfere with the vagina’s natural sloughing off of dead cells. It collects menstrual fluid, rather than absorbing it, leaving all moisture levels undisturbed and allowing the body’s processes to function unimpeded.
The material from which Miacup is produced is entirely biocompatible (that is, not harmful to living tissue). Keep in mind that this is the same material from which permanent surgical implants are made.
Environmentally friendly. Lasts for years. Cost effective.
Within the next 50 years, over 90,000,000,000 (90 thousand million) tampons/pads will be disposed of in South Africa alone.
In the United States, over 10,000,000,000 (10 thousand million) tampons will be thrown away this year. This number excludes sanitary pads.
Over a decade or generation, including all the packaging, it becomes clear that the worldwide environmental impact of disposable feminine hygiene products is considerable.
Beyond this, the manufacturing of tampons may, itself, be harmful to the environment. Bleach and other potentially environmentally damaging chemicals are often employed in tampon production, and important ecological resources, particularly trees, are sacrificed for the wood pulp from which tampons are largely produced.
Even discounting environmental impact, the average user will purchase over 220 tampons or pads a year (15). This equates to an expense of almost 9,000 purchased in her lifetime.
Miacup is made from an abundant substance, is highly durable and completely reusable. With reasonable care, a single Miacup can give many years of reliable service.
Using Miacup is a way of protecting the environment and saving you money: it normally pays for itself within a year or two.
Can be worn by more women. Can be used with an IUD.
Because Miacup sits lower in the vaginal canal than a tampon, it is well suited to address common anatomical variations among women, e.g. retroverted (tilted) uterus.
With some care during removal (click here for more information), Miacup may also be worn by those using an intrauterine device (IUD). In fact, Miacup is well suited for the increased menstrual flow that is sometimes experienced with this form of contraception.
We understand that, to many, Miacup’s cost represents a substantial commitment to an entirely new idea and that many women may feel uncomfortable with the prospect of paying for something with which they have little experience.
To illustrate our confidence in the product, we are offering a generous return/exchange policy with every Miacup purchased directly from this website. For hygiene reasons, no returned units will ever be resold. Every Miacup is shipped hygienically sealed in tamper-proof packaging.
Click here for details.
Miacup South Africa takes a holistic view of our corporate social responsibility.
From a website hosted on carbon neutral servers to our use of recycled and sustainably-sourced packaging materials (now also 100% carbon neutral), Miacup is as concerned about the environment as you are.
A portion of proceeds from every Miacup sold will be donated to Food & Trees For Africa (click here for more information). This is not a limited-time marketing gimmick.
Unlike some others in the industry, we have never tested and will never test our products on animals in any way.
We are a 100% privately owned organisation and one that is committed to the belief that business without profiteering or exploitation is possible.
(1) "Chemical composition of tampons: An independent study" (1991), referenced by The Tampon Safety and Research Act of 1999, H.R. 890, USA.
(2) "Feminine Products: what to know about tampons and how they interact with your body" (2007), accessible online via: http://www.lclark.edu/~envag/fatcampus/consume/fem.phpl.
(3) Armstrong, Liz and Adrienne Scott, "Stop the WhiteWash" (1992), Toronto: The Weed Foundation.
(4) Steven D. Jimerson, Jr. et al., "Vaginal Ulcers Associated with Tampon Usage" (July 1980), Obstetrics & Gynecology, vol. 56, No. 1, pp. 97-99.
(5) Raudrant, D. et al., "Study of the vaginal mucous membrane following tampon utilization; aspect on colposcopy, scanning electronmicroscopy and transmission electron microscopy" (April 1989), European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Biology, vol. 31 (1), pp. 53-65.
(6) Bogo, Jennifer. "Inner Sanctum: The Hidden Price of Feminine Hygiene Products" (date unknown), EMagazine.
(7) Wroblewski, Sandra Sieler, "Toxic Shock Syndrome" (January 1981), The American Journal of Nursing, vol. 81 (1), pp. 82-85.
(8) Neff, Melissa G., "Acute Female Cystitis", US Pharmacist, vol 26 (9).
(9) Food and Drug Administration (FDA), "Tampons and Asbestos, Dioxin & Toxic Shock Syndrome" (July 23, 1999).
(10) Tierno, Philip M., "Re-emergence of Staphylococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome in the United States since 2000" (April 2005), Journal of Clinical Microbiology, pp. 2032-2033.
(11) Monif, Gilles R.G., "Tampon users were demonstrated to be 18 times more likely to develop menstrual TSS as non-users" (1993), Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
(12) R. Levin et al., "Absorption of menstrual discharge by tampons inserted during menstruation: quantitative assessment of blood and total fluid content" (July 1986), BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol. 93 (7), pp. 765–772.
(13) Eason, EL and P Feldman, "Contact dermatitis associated with the use of Always sanitary napkins" (date unknown), Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Montréal General Hospital, Québec.
(14) Rademaker, Marius (FRACP), "Allergic contact dermatitis to a sanitary pad" (November 2004), Australasian Journal of Dermatology, vol 45 (4), pp. 234-235.
(15) This figure was calculated by assuming 17.5 tampons per cycle, 28 days per cycle and 39 years of menstruation on average.