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If you’ve used a tampon before, menstrual cups should be simpler for you. For those of you who haven’t used a tampon either, you’re in for a ride. Jokes. It’s not that tricky. Practice makes you perfect.
What is a menstrual cup?
Menstrual cups are the most economical menstrual product so far. Our cup is made of 100% Medical Grade Silicone and FDA approved. They are supposed to be inserted into your vagina. It can collect up to 20 ml of blood and no, it doesn’t leak out. On an average, we bleed just about 20 ml a day but never forget the thumb rule with any period products; keep a check every 4-5 hours.
What size do I use?
Extra Small (16 ML) - This one is especially designed for all the teenagers below 18 years of age. It's small in size and easy to insert for all those who first want to familiarise themselves with the cup. It can store upto 16 ML of blood.
Small (20 ML) – This is recommended for women who have never given birth or have delivered via C-Section.
Large (30 ML) – This is recommended for women who have given birth.
Is my cup clean?
Our manufacturing facility is germ free and sterilized. However, some of you might still want to wash your cup once before inserting it for your own peace of mind. We’re with you.
When to wash?
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.
When to boil?
For sterilizing the cup, you can simply put the cup in a pot of boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes. Make sure, there is a decent amount of water in the pot. You can also alternatively boil it in a microwave.
Folding 101 – The real deal
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 these folds, keep it in place and insert the cup into your vagina, directing it towards your back.
The C Fold – Push the cup from both ends and curve it to make the letter C.
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 Punch Down Fold – Push the front side of the cup towards the bottom of the cup to punch it down.
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.
How to trim the stem of your cup?
At no given point should the stem be left outside your vagina. It should sit right inside your vagina. The length varies according to different body types and the cup’s stem is designed to be trimmed as needed.
Once you insert it, check for the length that needs to be trimmed and do the needful with a pair of clean scissors after pulling it out.
How to store your menstrual cup?
We’ve taken care of that by giving you a bag where you can store your menstrual cup without any worry. Do not store your cup in a plastic container or a plastic bag.
When it is time to switch?
Discolouration of the cup is not to be alarmed by. Although, if there are any tears, rips or texture change then it’s time to replace it. Don’t worry, you won’t need to think about that for the next few years.
Certification & Tests
- FDA Certification
• ISO 13485 Certification
• SVHC Test
• Vaginal Membrane Irritation Test
The Don’ts (Could damage your menstrual cup or cause vaginal irritation)
- Avoid petroleum jelly or coconut
- Essential oils
- Scented/perfumed soaps
Toxic Shock Syndrome
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) 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, diarrhoea, 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 menstrual cup as a precaution if you are menstruating. If you had TSS before then you should consult a doctor before using the menstrual cups in future