FAQ Menstrual cup

GENERAL QUESTIONS

 

 QUESTION: What is a menstrual cup?
ANSWER: A menstrual cup is a reusable, comfortable and convenient sanitary protection that is used inside your vagina. The cup collects and holds the blood until it is emptied. It comes in various sizes to fit different people and their needs. A menstrual cup is a safe and environmentally friendly option for disposable sanitary protection products.


QUESTION: How do I know if I can use a menstrual cup?
ANSWER: Most people can use a menstrual cup. Even if you’re very sensitive and normally can’t use tampons, the menstrual cup might work for you. Since it doesn’t absorb any liquid, it won’t cause dryness inside the vagina, which is a common reason for people not being able to use tampons.


QUESTION: Isn’t it quite messy to use a menstrual cup?

ANSWER: Not at all! If the cup is removed correctly, there should not be any mess at all. Change and empty the cup over the toilet or in the shower and give it a good rinse or clean before inserting again.


QUESTION: Can I feel the cup when wearing it?
ANSWER: When using a cup that fits your body, you shouldn’t be able to feel it. If you still notice that you’re wearing a cup, it’s normally because it isn’t inserted correctly. Remove the cup and try to insert again. Sometimes the stem of the bottom of the cup can be felt, if so, it is safe to shorten the stem to an appropriate length. If none of these tips helps and you still feel the cup, you might have a cup that doesn´t properly fit your body. Try a different size or perhaps a cup in a different, softer material.

 

QUESTION: How many cups do I need?
ANSWER: You only need one cup. Use it, empty it and use again.


 

SIZING & FIT

 

QUESTION: How do I know which size to use?
ANSWER: MonthlyCup is available in three different sizes. The sizes are based on your flow.

Mini: Suitable for the first years of menstruating.
Normal: Suitable for moderate to average bleeders.
Plus: Suitable for heavy bleeders

 

QUESTION: How do I know that the cup is sitting correctly in place?
ANSWER: When the placement of the cup is correct, you should not feel it at all. Try moving around a little bit to see if you can feel it or not. The cup will be shaped after the body and its movements. The cup should not stick out of your body. If the stem is too long, you can shorten the stem. The cup might also be too big. If the bottom of the cup is sticking out, the cup is not placed high enough.

 

QUESTION: I’m having trouble inserting the cup, what should I do
ANSWER: A great advantage with a menstrual cup is that it doesn’t absorb the “natural lubricant” making it quite easy to insert. If you’re still experiencing difficulties inserting the cup, try using a water-based lubricant. It may take a few periods to get the true hang of inserting the cup properly, but once you’ve mastered it, it’s totally worth it! Here are 6 great folding techniques for the menstrual cup. >> Folding techniques menstrual cup

 

QUESTION: I’m having trouble removing the cup, what should I do?
ANSWER: If you’re having trouble getting the cup out, take a break for a while, before trying again. A cup cannot disappear into the body and can be safely worn for up to 12 hours so there’s no point in stressing out. If you get stressed and anxious, your muscles might tense up, making the removal of the cup more difficult. So try to relax and it should come out in no time!
If the cup has moved higher up, sit in a squat position try to push, just like you’re trying to go to the toilet and you should be able to grab hold of it. It might make it even easier to get a hold of the cup if you wipe it off to get a better grip of it.

 

QUESTION: What can I do if my cup doesn’t open up?
ANSWER: A menstrual cup that doesn’t open up properly will leak and might move around a bit. When the cup opens up as it should, it creates an under pressure/suction (not a vacuum) which in combination with your muscles will keep the cup in its place.
To ensure that the cup is opened up, there are a few tips and tricks that you can use to check the fit after inserting it:

– Give the cup a spin
– Push and give the cup a slight pull
– Insert a finger around it
Apart from this, there are different foldings that can be used when inserting the cup, try to find the fold that suits you and your body.
Here are 6 great folding techniques for the menstrual cup. >> Folding techniques menstrual cup


QUESTION:
My cup is leaking
ANSWER: The most common reason for a leaking menstrual cup is simply that the cup hasn’t opened up properly. See the previous question. Another reason is that the cup is full or that you have the wrong size.


QUESTION:
What do I do if the cup feels too small or too big?
ANSWER: If you feel that your cup might be the wrong size, we recommend you try a different fold to see if you can adjust the placement of the cup making it feel better. Another reason might be that you have the wrong size.
Here are 6 great folding techniques for the menstrual cup. >> Folding techniques menstrual cup

 

QUESTION: Do I need more than one cup in different sizes to adjust to lighter and heavier flow during the cycle?
ANSWER: No, one menstrual cup should be enough for the entire cycle.

QUESTION: How do I fold the cup to insert?
ANSWER: Here are 6 great folding techniques for the menstrual cup. >> Folding techniques menstrual cup


USE & HYGIENE

 

QUESTION: I’m using a cup. Can people tell?
ANSWER: No, you cannot see if someone is using a cup or not. The only time someone will know, is whether you tell them or not. J

QUESTION: Does it smell?
ANSWER: No. Blood doesn’ t have a smell until it comes in contact with oxygen. Since the blood is collected inside the body where it is airtight, you can not smell it. Once you remove the cup to empty it, it will come in contact with oxygen and you might be able to smell it.

 


QUESTION: Will it leak?

ANSWER: Wearing the correct size and fit, the cup should not leak.

 

QUESTION: Do I need any extra protection?
ANSWER: In most cases, there is no need for extra protection, but a pantyliner might make you feel more secure. During the night you can use a pantyliner in case the cup gets full during your sleep.


QUESTION: At what age can I start using the menstrual cup?
ANSWER: There is no age limit for using a cup. Anyone at any age can use a cup if choosing to do so.

 

QUESTION: I’m a virgin, can I still use the cup?
ANSWER: yes, it is no problem.

 

QUESTION: Can I use the bathroom when wearing a cup?
ANSWER: yes, there is no problem with using the bathroom when you’re wearing the cup. Some people might find that the cup is pushed down a little bit when doing number 2. This is caused due to the natural pushing and contracting of the muscles involved. If this happens, just push the cup back in place. Just make sure your hands are clean.

 

QUESTION: Discolouration
ANSWER: In time, your cup will be slightly discoloured. This is only natural due to the haemoglobin in the blood.  By rinsing the cup in cold water before washing it, you’re decreasing the chances of discolouration a little bit. You can also try to gently scrub the cup with a soft cloth and some soap to rid the cup of any staining. Turn the cup inside out to get a better reach. Discolouration does not affect the functionality of the cup.

 

QUESTION: My cup has a good fit, but the stem is sticking out. What can I do?
ANSWER: If the stem is sticking out, the cup is probably not placed high enough. Try placing it slightly higher. If this is not the case, you can shorten the stem simply by cutting it with a pair of scissors. It doesn’t interfere with the function of the cup if shortened or cut off. Just make sure you can still grab the cup to get it out, so don’t shorten the stem more than necessary.

QUESTION: How often do I need to empty the cup?
ANSWER: This depends on how heavy your flow is and which size you use. Most people only need to empty the cup twice a day, but if your flow is heavy, it might need to be emptied more often. Don’t leave the cup in for more than 12 hours before removing it and cleaning it.

 

QUESTION: How do I know when the cup is full?
ANSWER: Menstrual cups can be worn safely for up to 12 hours, but we recommend checking it more regularly when you first start using the cup to get to know your flow better and how the cup works for you. After a couple of menstrual cycles, you will have a much better understanding of your flow and how often you’ll need to empty the cup.


QUESTION: Does it hurt removing the cup?
ANSWER: Not usually. In some cases, the removal of the cup may cause some discomfort or even pain since it is not folded up like it is during the insert. If you experience any pain or discomfort when removing the cup, try removing the cup in a squat position, for example over the toilet or in the shower. This position will open up your pelvis making it easier and more comfortable to remove the cup.

 

QUESTION: Can I use the menstrual cup even if I don’t have my period yet?
ANSWER: Yes. Because the cup doesn’t absorb fluids or natural lubricants making the vagina and mucous dry, it is safe to wear a cup even if your period hasn’t arrived yet.

 

QUESTION: I easily get yeast infections, can the cup help me?
ANSWER: Most people that suffer from yeast infections find it better using a cup than other sanitary products. Only handle the cup with pH-neutral soap and clean hands. If you’re still getting yeast infections using a cup, this is often due to soap residues left on the cup or hands that have ended up inside your vagina.

QUESTION: Can I use the cup if I am using an IUD?
ANSWER: Yes. You can still use the cup when using an IUD.
When inserting the cup, release the pressure slightly by putting a finger next to the cup to let some air in. When taking the cup out, be careful not to pull the strings of the IUD. Make a habit of checking that your IUD is safely in place after using a cup. You can also ask your doctor to shorten the strings of the IUD to minimize the risk if tugging at the strings. If it would happen that the IUD is loosened, this probably only means that it wasn’t put in place properly, to begin with. Consult your doctor if this happens.

 

QUESTION: Do I need to boil my cup or are there any other ways to safely clean it?
ANSWER: The cup should be boiled at least once a month – before or after your period doesn’t matter. If you don’t want to boil your cup, MonthlyCup has a cleaning bag for the microwave that can be used instead.

 

QUESTION: Why are there tiny holes in my cup and how do I get them cleaned properly?
ANSWER: The cup is designed with tiny holes at the top to help create a proper suction when putting the cup in. If the cup is filled to the brim where the holes are, the cup will start to leak. The cup should be emptied before this. If you find it hard to get the holes cleaned, try using a small toothbrush to help you get a good reach into these small little areas.

 

QUESTION: How do I handle the cup in public bathrooms?
ANSWER: Since the cup can be left in for up to 12 hours, there is a chance that you might not even need to empty the cup until you get home. But if it does get full when still on the go you need to empty it.  Wash your hands before entering the booth. Empty the cup in the toilet and put the cup back. You can wash the cup the next time you get the opportunity to do so. The most important thing is your own hand hygiene!

 

QUESTION: If I suffer from endometriosis, vaginism, vestibulitis or any other vaginal discomforts, will I still be able to use the cup?
ANSWER: This question is almost impossible for us to answer since this is very individual. A lot of people with endometriosis and vestibulitis can use the cup even though they struggle with tampons. This is probably because the cup doesn’t absorb any liquids or lubricants as other menstrual protections do.
Unfortunately, it’s not that simple when it comes to vaginism. If you’re finding it hard to insert anything at all into your vagina, chances are that this goes for the menstrual cup as well. In this case, we strongly recommend our reusable cloth pads, made from organic cotton, instead.
We always recommend that you consult with your gynaecologist or midwife.

 

 QUESTION: Can I use a cup if I am having a urinary infection?
ANSWER: Yes you can. Just be extra careful with your hand hygiene so there is no risk of any germs getting into your urinary tract.

QUESTION: I can’t use a tampon, can the menstrual cup work for me anyway?
ANSWER: probably yes, but in the end, it comes down to the reasons why you can’t use a cup. Both menstrual cups and tampons are worn inside the body, but there’s where the similarities end. A tampon will absorb any fluids and natural lubricants inside the vagina causing dryness and can at times create pain and discomfort, where a menstrual cup will collect the period blood without causing dryness or imbalance inside the vagina.

QUESTION: Can I use a menstrual cup during the postpartum bleed?
ANSWER: No. During the postpartum bleed, nothing should be used inside the vagina. It may cause infections.

 

QUESTION: Can I swim with a cup?
ANSWER: Yes, you can!


QUESTION: Can I use the cup doing sports and running?

ANSWER: Yes! Any sport can be carried out while wearing a menstrual cup.


QUESTION: Is it safe to buy a used menstrual cup?
ANSWER: Yes. Just be careful to check the material that the cup is made of and that it is safe to use inside your body. Ask the seller to boil the cup before handing it over to you. When you receive the cup, give it a boil before first use.


QUESTION: For how long can I use the cup?
ANSWER: You can use the cup for up to 5 years.


QUESTION: How do I know when it’s time to get a new cup?
ANSWER: We suggest you replace your cup when it shows signs of deterioration. For example, if it starts showing cracks or is getting sticky. A cup doesn’t need to be discarded due to discolouration.


QUESTION: How should I keep my cup in between cycles?
ANSWER: When you’re not using the cup, you can keep the cup in the little bag that came with it at the time of your purchase.


MATERIALS, ENVIRONMENT & MANUFACTURING

 

QUESTION: What materials is the MonthlyCup made of?
ANSWER: The cups are made of medicinal silicone + 1 % vegan pigment paste made of medicinal silicone.

 

QUESTION: Where are the cups made?
ANSWER: In Sweden. MonthlyCup is the only silicone cup being produced and made in Sweden.


QUESTION: Which certifications does Monthly cup have?
ANSWER: MonthlyCup is 100% vegan and is approved by the Swedish Animal Rights organization ‘Djurens Rätt’.

QUESTION: Is MonthlyCup organic or ecological?
ANSWER: it depends on what you mean with this question. Medicinal silicone consists of the element silicon, which is a mixture of sand and carbon, a natural material. After combustion, silica, water and carbon dioxide are formed – thus there will be no hazardous emissions either during manufacture or combustion. A MonthlyCup Plus consists of about 16 grams of silicone and all our cups last for five years so they are incredibly environmentally friendly.