No pad, No problem – The future is here.

MatCH Research Unit (MRU) of the University of Witwatersrand in association with other organisations hosted a launch introducing the menstrual cup (MCup) to the Durban University of Technology students at the Steve Biko Campus earlier today.

Team manager Bongiwe Zulu said the research unit tackles and researches issues such as female reproductive health, female condoms, and other contraceptives. This project is one of their many ventures that aim to better the lives of females by making their female reproductive health better and decrease the contraction of STI’s.

This specific project aims to provide Adolescent Girls and Young Women aged 18-24 years with MCups to provide effective projection during ovulation. MCups can be cleaned, re-used and kept for 5 years as it was explained to young women at the launch.

“Alternative, affordable menstrual management is what we aim to get to the young females they should understand, and know the benefits of using the menstrual cup (MCups) which also has positive environmental effects”, said Zulu.

In line with the objectives of the ‘She Conquers’ campaign goal is to distribute 6000 menstrual cups across three districts in Kwa – Zulu Natal, 10 Further Education Training (FET) institutions and community groups with the relevant age group of women between 18 to 24 years old.

DUT clinic and SRC assisted the organisation make a success of the launch and Zulu was pleased with the turnout and the students’ receptive attitudes. In addition Zulu said they educate, support and encourage the continued use of MCups through educating the health care workers at local clinics.


By: Naledi Sikhakhane


Image: Naledi Sikhakhane

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