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A menstrual cup is the most economical menstrual product so far. Our cup is made of 100% Medical Grade Silicone and is supposed to be inserted into your vagina. It collects menstrual blood and no, it does not leak out. On average, we bleed just about 20 ml a day and you can keep it in for 8-12 hours.
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Our manufacturing facility is germ-free and completely sterilized while packaging. However, some of you might still want to wash your cup or even sterilize it once before inserting it for your own peace of mind. We’re with you. Always wash your hands with water and antibacterial soap or Palm Safe before inserting or removing your cup.
When to wash a CUP?
During your cycle, you can just wash the menstrual cup with water and gentle unscented soap. However, when you are inserting it for the first time at the beginning of your next cycle, you must sterilize the cup.
How to sterilize?
For sterilizing the cup, you can simply put the cup in a pot of boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes. Make sure the cup is fully submerged in water. You can also alternatively, boil it with the use of a microwave.
Do I ever need to replace my cup?
You can easily reuse the cup for five years. Do not be alarmed if your cup looks discoloured over time. Although, if there are any tears, rips or texture change then it’s time to replace it. But don’t worry, you won’t need to think about that for the next few years.
Making yourself comfortable
At no given point should the stem be left outside your vagina. It should sit right inside your vagina. Once you insert it, check for the length that needs to be trimmed and trim with a pair of clean scissors after pulling it out.
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Time to put it in!
For a comfortable insertion, the cup needs to be folded in certain ways. The cup once inserted will pop open inside for a leak-proof experience.
Once you’ve managed to do one of the following folds, keep it in place and insert the cup into your vagina, directing it towards your back.
- The Punch Down Fold - Push the front side of the cup towards the bottom of the cup to punch it down.
- The 7 Fold - Push the cup from both ends and curve the right side diagonally to the left side to make the number 7.
The C-Fold - Push the cup from both ends and curve it to make the letter C.
The Don'ts of Menstrual Cup
Avoid petroleum jelly or coconut oil as a lubricant. Do not use during postpartum period or during intercourse. Do not wash with scented or perfumed soaps as it may cause vaginal irritation.
How to remove Menstrual Cup
Removing the cup is definitely much less complicated. All you have to do is squat or sit on the toilet and use your index finger or any finger with the thumb to pull the cup out. Remember, when you do take the cup out, you need to angle the menstrual cup sideways to take out one half of the cup first followed by the other half ensuring the blood doesn’t fall out of the cup.
Toxic Shock Syndrome(TSS)
It is a rare but very serious (possibly fatal) illness that can occur in men, women and children. It is caused by toxin (a kind of biological poison) that is produced by a type of bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus) that is frequently present in humans. The reported risk is higher in women under 30 years of age and teenage girls. The indicate of TSS is estimated to be between 1 and 17 cases of TSS per 100,000 menstruating women and girls per year.
TSS can be fatal and must therefore be recognized and treated early. The symptoms of TSS can appear suddenly during or just after menstruation and they closely resemble the flu. The symptoms below will not all necessarily occur at the same time: sudden high fever (usually 39°C or more) and vomiting, diarrhea, fainting, or near fainting when standing up, dizziness, rash that looks like sunburn, other signs include aching of muscles and joints, redness of the eyes, sore throat, weakness. Consult a doctor if the symptoms of TSS occur and immediately remove the cup as a precaution if you are menstruating. If you had TSS before then you should consult a doctor before use.