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How to Prepare Your Menstrual Cups Before Using Them?



How to Prepare Your Menstrual Cups Before Using Them?

A menstrual cup is a very suitable menstrual product for every woman during menstruation. A lot of women patronize this product because it helps make their period experience comfortable and hassle-free.

The menstrual cup is made from high medical-grade silicone that is safe for your private area. It is also flexible, which makes it so easy to use, especially when inserting it inside your vagina. It works by collecting the menstrual blood instead of absorbing it. That is why there is no way for the bacteria to inhabit in your private area.

When using a menstrual cup instead of tampons and pads, the risk of having toxic shock syndrome is lessened. The menstrual cup gives protection against leak up to 12 hours of using it in a day, depending on your flow. It also helps every woman to save money and time because it is reusable and can be used up to several years.

Honestly, this product is fantastic! Nowadays, there are already a lot of women using menstrual cups, and if you are new in using this product, you might have a little confusion on how to use it before and after your menstruation. Do not worry. By reading this article, you will learn all the essential things you should do in preparing your menstrual cup before using them.

In that way, when your period comes, it will be easier for you to use it.


Cleaning Your Menstrual Cup

It is very important to clean your menstrual cup before and after using them. Remember that you will put this little device to the most vital part of your body, which is your vagina, and if it is not cleaned correctly, it may cause irritations and other diseases.

Cleaning it is not that hard to do either you are at home or outside. Here’s how you can do it.

Steps To Clean Your Menstrual Cup When At Home

  1. Empty the blood from your cup in the bathroom. It is better to pour the blood in the toilet and flush it with water and soap to remove the smell from your toilet.
  2. Wash it with safe liquid soap before using it again. Make sure that the soap you are using does not contain strong chemicals that may imbalance your vagina’s pH level.
  3. Boil it with baking soda for 5-10 minutes to remove the bad odor caused by the menstrual blood and possible bacterias. The baking soda will help in removing the stain from the cup.
  4. Air-dry the menstrual cup to make sure that there is no remaining moist when storing it. You must keep it dry to avoid the bacteria from staying. It will also help if you put it under the sun to restore its vibrant color.
  5. Store it into a breathable clothing bag.

Steps to Clean Your Menstrual Cup In Public Restroom

  1. Empty your menstrual cup in the toilet bowl available in the restroom. And flush it with water until you cannot see any blood in the toilet bowl. It is also essential that you clean the bowl area before going out.
  2. If you don’t feel washing your menstrual cup in the public area restroom sink, then you can clean it with your wet wipes. Make sure that you remove the bloodstain, and you thoroughly wipe every part of it.
  3. You can go ahead and use it again!

Practice Makes It Perfect!

If you are a beginner in using a menstrual cup, it will help if you will practice inserting it before your period starts. It will be messy if you insert it during your menstruation when it is your first time to do it.

Here are the important things you must consider when learning to insert a menstrual cup.

  1. Make sure to choose the right size when buying your menstrual cup. Knowing where your cervix sits will matter in choosing a menstrual cup size. For beginners and women who did not undergo any cesarean surgery, a small menstrual cup will suit you.
  2. Learn the different menstrual cup folds such as C fold to insert the cup without feeling any discomfort.
  3. Know the function of each part of a menstrual cup from its seal, stem, ring, and the body. In that way, you will understand the importance of inserting it correctly. No matter how effective it is, if you are not using it right, then you will encounter some issues when using it.


In everything we do, preparation is very important because it will lessen the possible failures to happen. It is the same when it comes to using a menstrual cup. Using a cup for the very first time is not that easy to do. For this reason, it’s best to prepare before your menstruation starts. Good luck, and have a happy period!


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DFMI Business Lab announces filmmaking-participants from across Africa



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After receiving a record number of applications for the third edition of the DFMI Business Lab, the Durban FilmMart Institute is pleased to announce 35 participants from 22 countries across the continent. 


The selected participants will undergo a 12-week online business development programme aimed at nurturing and empowering producers with the necessary skills to effectively engage in a global market.


“The Lab is now in its third year. We would like to thank DW Akademie for their continued investment into capacity-building on the African continent,” says Magdalene Reddy, director of DFMI. “In addition to providing filmmakers with the expertise to expand their film career, the lab has created a sense of community between the producers inviting them into a peer-to-peer support system where they are free to share opportunities and learnings as they engage in the film industry.”



The Lab will focus on modules such as Financial management, Business management, Intellectual Property and  Entertainment Law, Distribution, and coproduction led by film and creative industry professionals from Burkina Faso, Canada, France, Kenya, South Africa, and the USA.


DFMI Business Lab participants:

Abdifatah Abdi  (Somalia)


Boi Beatrice Kenneh (Sierra Leone)

Boris Fredy Agblo (Benin)

Chelsea Art (South Africa)

Doreen R. Kilimbe (Tanzania)

Duwayne Murphy (South Africa)


Emil Garuba (Nigeria)

Faith Riyano (Zimbabwe)

Faye Binetou (Senegal)

François Maree (South Africa)

Ghislaine Kanga (Ivory Coast)


Gopalen Parthiben Chellapermal (Mauritius)

Habtamu Mekonen (Ethiopia)

Ian Tarimo (Tanzania)

Ibtissem Labidi  (Tunisia)

Khangelani Mtyhalela (South Africa)


Khanyisile Zondi (South Africa)

Lauren  Scholtz (South Africa)

Limbani Maxwell Teputepu (Malawi)

Madelize De Lange (South Africa)

Manar El-Zohery (Egypt)


Muhammad Taymour (Egypt)

Muhannad Lamin (Libya)

Naseeba Bagalaaliwo (Uganda)

Ndumiso Gumede (South Africa)

Nduruka Njoroge (Kenya)


Omoyefe Majoroh (Nigeria)

Oueslati Ager (Algeria)

Oularé  Momo (Guinea)

Paul Wilo (Zambia)

Pingdewinde Tiemtore (Burkina Faso)


Rugare Ponde   (Zimbabwe)

Sally Ngoiri (Kenya)

Timilehin Adewoye (Nigeria)

Zineb Chafchaouni Moussaoui (Morocco)

The programme is presented in partnership with DW Akademie and supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The online programme will commence in October 2023.


The Durban FilmMart Institute receives principal funding from the Durban Film Office and the eThekwini Municipality.

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Prof. Douglas Boateng-chaired institutions shine at CEO Awards and CIMG Awards



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Two institutions under the leadership of Professor Douglas Boateng, the Minerals Income Investment Fund (MIIF) and Labadi Beach Hotel, celebrated significant wins at the second edition of the Ghana CEO Vision & Awards ceremony, CIMG Awards and HR Focus Awards 2023.

Edward Nana Yaw Koranteng, CEO of MIIF, proudly received the prestigious ‘CEO of the Year’ award in the Minerals category, while David Attu Eduaful, the Managing Director of Labadi Beach Hotel, was honoured with the ‘Excellence in Leadership’ accolade at the Ghana CEO Vision & Awards for skillfully navigating the hospitality giant beyond the challenges of the pandemic.

Labadi Beach Hotel had earlier won the Best HR Management in Hospitality at the HR Focus Awards 2023 and also recently won the CIMG Hospitality Facility of the Year. 

Prof. Boateng, speaking about the awards, stressed the importance of good corporate governance. He believed that winning these awards was proof that following ethical and responsible business practices could lead to remarkable success. “These awards are a testament to the power of proper corporate governance and the remarkable outcomes it can achieve,” he said. 

Prof. Boateng added that when he was given the mandate the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo reminded him that MIIF, especially, was a Ghana and a generational project and not a political party project. To this end, he explained that, there was going to be minimal interference and they have lived up to their promise. 


“It is for this reason why we have managed to create the fastest growing sectorial sovereign fund within record time. I am proud of the work we have done so far and I extend a hearty congratulations to the executive management and the other board members of the fund. We shall continue to do what is in the best interest of Ghana and Ghanaians,” he said.

He also went further to laud Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) and its Director General, Dr. John Ofori Tenkorang and board chair, Elizabeth Ohene, for empowering the board of Labadi Beach Hotel to function with minimal interference. “This is how institutions are best run. When they are allowed to function properly with good boards and corporate governance principles, they flourish,” he said. 

Mineral Rich

MIIF was established as Ghana’s minerals sovereign fund, with the aim of strategically leveraging the mining sector’s value creation potential for sustainable national development. 

Under the tutelage of Prof. Boateng as Chairman and Mr. Koranteng as CEO, MIIF has defied global economic challenges, experiencing rapid growth in just 18 months. Starting at approximately US$125 million in October 2021, when they were appointed, MIIF’s Assets Under Management (AUM) are projected to surpass US$1 billion by January 2024, making it one of the world’s fastest-growing specialized funds during this period.


Prof. Boateng re-emphasized Ghana’s historical significance in West African mining, with the country currently being the leading gold producer on the continent. However, the mining industry had not fully realized its potential to deliver long-term prosperity and opportunities until now.

He was optimistic about the future as MIIF recently announced a US$32.9 million capital investment in Ghana’s first-ever lithium mine, Atlantic Lithium, signalling its commitment to the mining sector’s growth and diversification.

Additionally, MIIF is considering a GH¢300 million investment in the Ada-Songor Salt project operated by Electrochem Ghana Limited, a subsidiary of the McDan Group of Companies, with the potential to become the continent’s largest salt industrial complex.

Labadi Beach Hotel’s resilience and success

Under the guidance of Professor Boateng, Labadi Beach Hotel has continued to thrive despite economic challenges. Earlier this year, the hotel, a key player in the hospitality industry, presented a GH¢10 million dividend to its sole shareholder, the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), for the year 2021. It is projected that the hotel shall declare another dividend to the shareholder. 


This remarkable achievement followed the unprecedented challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and served as another reason to celebrate Labadi Beach Hotel’s 42-year legacy of providing top-quality services to guests and contributing significantly to Ghana’s tourism sector.

The hotel’s growth is evident, having expanded from its original 104 rooms to now offering 164 rooms, including 2 Presidential Suites, 4 Executive Suites, 4 Superior Suites, 5 Bars, 2 restaurants, and a 900-seater multi-purpose conference and banqueting facilities. The facility also boasts a spa, well-equipped gym, lagoon for fishing, and two luxurious leisure and lap pools set in a tropical landscaped garden overlooking the natural Maale Lagoon.

Prof. Boateng highlighted the significance of Mr. Eduaful’s role as the first indigenous General Manager for the hotel, emphasising, “This demonstrates the potential for success in companies led by Ghanaians and sets an example for other institutions to achieve similar heights.”

Professor Douglas Boateng

Professor Douglas Boateng, Africa’s pioneering Professor Extraordinaire for supply and value chain management at SBL UNISA, is a globally acclaimed expert in procurement, governance, logistics, and industrial engineering within the context of supply and value chain management. Holding numerous qualifications, including a Doctor of Engineering from Warwick and various fellowships from prestigious institutions in the UK and South Africa, he has made remarkable contributions to both academia and the industrial advancement of supply chain management on local and international fronts. 


Notably, he received the Platinum Life Time Global Achievers Award in 2016 and a Life Time Achievers Award in 2013 from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Professor Boateng’s expertise in industrial engineering, procurement, and supply chain management in developing countries earned him a Life Time Achievers Award from CEO Titans Building Nations in 2016. He is widely recognized for his pivotal role in promoting strategic sourcing’s significance in Africa’s long-term industrialization and socio-economic development. 

Furthermore, Professor Boateng has been an elected member of the UK’s Institute of Directors for over two decades, lending his expertise in board-level decision-making, accountability, and governance to both local and international organizations and CEOs.