Frequently Asked Questions


    Question:
      What size cup should I get?
      Answer:
      Even though we can provide a guideline to which menstrual cup to use, the selection and fit is up to you. You may have to go through a few sizes to find the right fit for you.
      To answer this, you would have to answer questions:
      1 - How heavy is your flow?
      SMALL for - Light/Regular: 6-9ml
      LARGE for - Super: 9-12ml,  Super plus: 12-15ml and Ultra: 15-18ml
      2 - Have you given vaginal birth?
      If yes, usually a LARGE will do.  You may also want to consider a stiffer cup.
      3 - What is your age?
      Above 30 will usually take a LARGE size, but it depends on you.
      Under 25 will usually take a SMALL soft cup.
      4 – How high/low is your cervix?
      A low cervix usually needs a total cup length of less than 47mm.  These are usually “short” cups.
      It is best to measure the height of your cervix when you are on your period. Gently insert a clean finger into your vagina and feel around for a round nub with an indent in the middle, this is your cervix. Measure the depth of which your finger was inserted until you touched the cervix. This will give you an indication how much “free” space/length you have available for the use of a cup. Select a cup in total length that will fit comfortably in the free space.

       

      Question:

      Are menstrual cups painful to insert or hurt when inside?

      Answer:

      It takes a few tries to get it right, but once you have found the perfect method you will never look back. It should not hurt putting the cup in, and there is a list of tried and tested methods to use. Lubrication is not required and oily substances should not be used with the medical grade silicon as it degrades the material. When inserted properly, you will not even know it is there.

      Question:

      How do I insert/use a menstrual cup?

      Answer:

      Most important: RELAX.
      Before starting, comfort yourself that it is perfectly common and very normal to find this challenging at first and to experience some difficulties.  Understand that this is a learning curve, and with practice it will become easy.  Stick with it, it is really wort while.
      Always start clean by washing your hands and cleaning your cup. Always sterilize the cup (submerge in boiled water for 1 minute) before your first use and between your monthly cycles.  During usage rinse with water. 
      1 - Sit or stand in a position with your feet apart or with one leg up on toilet. (Sitting on the loo is usually the easiest, but see what works for you best).
      2 - Fold the cup, there are many folds you can use so choose one you are comfortable with.  Most people start with the “C” fold.
      3 - Hold the folded sides with the mouth upward (towards you) and stem down (away from you), and insert slowly and gently like a tampon.
      4 - Push the cup in so that is sits as low as it can comfortably sit inside the vagina, check that the stem is fully inside and not irritating the labia.
      5 - The cup should pop/unfold when it is inside and it will create a light suction.
      TIP: FOLDING - Try some of them out until you find the one that works for you.  Using a closed hand (fist) as a dummy vagina (area between you thumb and index finger will be the entrance of your vagina) you can practice your method.
      TIP: LUBRICANT - It is not required to use a lubricant, but if you feel more comfortable with the idea please be sure to use a WATER-based lubricant.  You can also use saliva to coat the rim of the cup.
      TIP: UNFOLDING/POP: To ensure the cup is open run the tip of your finger around the bottom of the cup (where the stem starts) and check that you don’t feel any dents.  You can move the cup around (forward and backward (do not pull it out of the vagina), twist and rotate) to ensure it opens up.  Don’t struggle with it too much, it most often opens with movement like walking/squatting.
      TIP: NAILS: Long nails are fine and safe for you to have when using a menstrual cup, period. Watch out to not scratch yourself inserting, but taking insertion slow and steady will help you in this matter. Be sure to wash under your nails.
      TIP: RINSING THE CUP IN PUBLIC PLACES - If you do not have a sink in the bathroom with you, you can use toilet paper/tissue (wet or dry) to wipe it clean or rinse with a bottle of water. 

      Question:

      How often do I need to empty my cup?

      Answer:

      The cups can usually carry a capacity of 45ml -12 hours depending on your flow.  You will learn your own schedule for when you need to empty the cup.
      TIP: Use a liner for the first month to give you peace of mind and to ensure you can manage your schedule correctly for emptying. You will ditch the liner soon enough.

      Question:

      Must I use a soap/cleaning product to clean/rinse my cup?

      Answer:

      No, your vagina is very pH sensitive, so don’t use anything that can harm your insides such as soap. Also to protect the medical grade silicon of your cup, it is best just to use water.

      Question:

      How do I remove and empty the cup?

      Answer:

      After cleaning your hands. Pull the stem of the cup downwards gently (the suction will cause it to really not move easily, so you will have to PULL -  You may also to need help with the use of the pelvic muscles.).  When you can reach the base of the cup, pinch it to release the suction and continue pulling it out gently.
      When you have removed your cup, empty it into the toilet, and rinse it with water or wipe it down if you don’t have access to water.

      Question:

      Is a menstrual cup messy?

      Answer:

      No, menstrual cups are the cleanest option for your health and the environment. You will have to get used to inserting/removing and emptying your cup, but it is no worse than removing a tampon or changing a sanitary towel. Take note that it may take some practice to ensure a mess-free experience.

      Question:

      Can I use it at night when I sleep?

      Answer:

      Yes, this is one of the great benefits of the cup. Due to the capacity of the cup, you can usually sleep all night without worrying about changing it. Again, depending on your flow, back it up with a sanitary towel (pad) for the first few nights to reach your comfort zone.

      Question:

      Can menstrual cups be used during sex for protection?

      Answer:

      No.  Menstrual cups are not intended for use during sex and it would become very uncomfortable for both parties if kept in place during intercourse. Flipping your cup upside down for insertion (stem inward) is not recommended and could pose risks.

      Question:

      Can I wear a menstrual cup for swimming?

      Answer:

      Yes, you can use the cup for bathing, swimming, spa, steaming. No-one, not even you, will know.

      Question:

      Can I use the cup during physical activities like riding a bike, gym, rock-climbing, etc?

      Answer:

      Yes, this is one of the best benefits most woman love about the cup. It gives you the freedom to live a full active life.

      Question:

      It is my first period, I have never had sexual intercourse (I’m a virgin)- can I use a menstrual cup?

      Answer:

      Yes, there are small sizes available for light flow. Starting as young as possible to make an environmentally positive choice is the best way to go. You just need to be comfortable using it.

      Question:

      Can a menstrual cup suck out your IUD (intrauterine contraceptive device) when you remove ir?

      Answer:

      There are some factors to consider when using a menstrual cup if you have an IUD. You will in general always first “break the seal” of the cup before removing it. You do this by squeezing the cup to let air in and ensure the “seal is broken” .  The IUD will rarely dislodge with the use of a menstrual cup and there usually are other factors involved that causes it to dislodge. However, it is important to discuss all possibilities with your medical care provider to find out if a menstrual cup is right for you.