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One Woman One Cup



MRU (MatCH Research Unit), through PEPFAR’s DREAMS Innovation Challenge is undertaking a project aimed at empowering Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) aged between 18-24 years in selected institutions of Further Education in three districts in the KwaZulu-Natal(KZN) province.

The project aims to empower Adolescent Girls and Young Women by providing an alternate menstrual hygiene product – The Menstrual Cup – at no cost to AGYW attending Further Education institutions. Menstrual Cups are highly effective and environmentally friendly. Typically made of flexible medical-grade silicone, one cup can be used for 5 years at a fraction of the cost of disposable pads and sanitary towels. Additionally, AGYW will receive information and education on Sexual Reproductive Health and will be linked to appropriate health screening and prevention services.

Other study activities include individual interviews with 1200 female students who will be followed up by the study team for a period of one year and, Focus Group Discussions with students and parents as well as individual discussions with policy makers, health care providers and educators. This DREAMS Innovation Challenge project is proudly aligned with the South African government’s “She Conquers Campaign”.

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What is a menstrual Cup?



What is a Menstrual Cup?

A menstrual cup (MCup) is a type of menstrual protection product which is made of silicone material, shaped like a bell and is flexible. It is worn inside the vagina during menstruation to catch menstrual blood and provides protection for a women’s menstrual cycle. Unlike tampons and pads, the cup collects menstrual fluid rather than absorbing it. It can be emptied, cleaned and reused. One menstrual cup lasts for 5 years or more.

What’s good about the MCup?

  • It is a cost-effective option of managing your menses
  • One cup can last between 5 to 10 years.
  • Once inserted, you don’t see or feel the MCup.
  • It has no toxins, bleaches or other chemicals that are harmful to your vagina.
  • Does not restrict you from engaging in sport activities


How to use a Menstrual Cup

In 6 easy steps!


Step 1

Wash your hands

Step 2

Fold the cup

Step 3

Insert the cup

Step 4

Remove and empty

Step 5

Rinse or wipe


Step 6

Reuse/ Reinsert

See Step 3

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)


The following are questions that are generally asked regarding the menstrual cup:

  • What is the menstrual cup made of?
    The Menstrual Cup is made from 100% medical grade silicone which is a safe and hypoallergenic material.
  • How do I know when I have inserted the menstrual cup if it is in the right place?
    Follow the instructions carefully to make sure it is correctly fitted. Once it is in place you can slide your finger around the cup to make sure it has opened properly and unfolded from the way it was inserted. Once correctly fitted it will make a seal and ensure there is no leakage.
  • Can the menstrual cup be worn overnight?
    Yes, it can be worn overnight and it will stay in place. You can empty it when you get up in the morning.

    Click here for a full list of the frequently asked questions




The Dream Team

Meet out dream team! From left to right:

Back Row: Skhumbuzo Mzimela, Prof. Jenni Smit, Zonke Mabude, Dr Mags Beksinska, Phumla Nkosi, Bongiwe Zulu, Nalinie Lazarus, Nonhlanhla Phume

Front Row: Sphamandla Gumbi, Lungile Phungula, Zinhle Zwane Noni Bhengu

Absent: Letitia Greener


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