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- Medical-grade silicone
- FDA registered
- Made in China
Menstrual cups are a wonderful reusable period product that can be used and reused for years. Silicone is derived from quartz, which is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust and not hazardous to the environment.
The Original option is not coloured, avoiding any colouring additives. However, we have two other colours so that if you use a shared bathroom, it is easier to tell yours apart.
Always boil your cup to sterilise it before inserting for the first time.
We have selected our "Regular" sized menstrual cup to be a great all-rounder size. Based on all the cups we have collectively tried, we wanted to have a cup that would come closest to fitting all our needs - not too small that it does not hold much flow, and not too large that it is intimidating for first-timers.
When inserted correctly, you will not feel any discomfort and will be unable to tell that you have a cup inserted.
The cups are medical-grade silicone and produced in an FDA-certified factory.
There is no box packaging for the cups in line with our efforts to reduce packaging waste. Cups will come in a batik pouch made from fabric offcuts or handstamped batik fabric.
How to choose a size?
"Regular" will fit most people. We recommend you to choose this size, even if this is your first cup. The cups are designed for comfort and the silicone is made to be soft for easier insertion and removal. The rim is slightly firmer to maintain a good fit once inserted. You will NOT feel the cup when it is properly inserted!
For teenagers (12-16) or those who need a smaller size, we have a "Light" cup which is one of the smallest in the market.
The Regular cup can hold up to 25 ml comfortably, and the Light cup can hold 18 ml.
The diameter of the regular sized menstrual cup is 43mm and the diameter of the light (teens) cup is 38mm.
Can I swim with the cup and how long can I leave it in?
Go ahead and enjoy sports and water activities - the cup when inserted correctly will be leak-free for 8 to 12 hours (this is an average; some people experience heavier flows than others). On a heavy-flow day, you will need to empty the cup more often.
How to insert
Find out which fold you are most comfortable with - there are several ... The C-fold and the Punchdown fold are our favourites! Make sure you maintain a firm grip on the cup and insert the cup tilted diagonally towards the back (towards your tailbone). Make sure that the cup is fully open by running your finger around the base of the cup to check for any folds.
How to remove
Reach your fingers in and find the base of the cup. Press down on the base of the cup to break the "seal" and pull the cup out. Make sure to maintain a firm grip of the cup. Do not pull hard on the stem to remove the cup as you will feel resistance. Use the stem as a guide to find the base of the cup.
Sterilising is not necessary every time you empty the cup out. But you should sterilise the cup before and after your period. Simply get a small bowl, place your cup inside, and pour hot water over to soak for 5 minutes.
Once removed, use clean water and a fragrance-free soap to wash out. Dry it with tissue or a clean towel. If you are in public, handicapped toilets (with connected sinks) are great. You can also use a water bottle to clean it out. Rinsing the cup with water every time you empty it will help prevent stains in the long run and keep your cup looking fresh! This cup is made of 100% medical-grade silicone and can potentially last for several years. If the cup changes in colour or texture (becomes slimy), or changes in appearance in any way, stop use immediately.
Menstrual cups are very hygienic because no external factors or free oxygen will reach the accumulated menstrual flow while the cup is inserted, and no bacteria will be created. You will be more likely to get an infection from bacteria on your hands that was transferred via the cup than from the menstrual cup itself. This is why you must wash your hands with soap before you insert or remove the cup and you should empty your menstrual every 8-12 hours, or earlier depending on your flow.
TSS is a complication of bacterial infections, which has been associated with tampon use, but is not solely linked to tampons. In fact, 50% of cases are non-menstrual and 25% are found in men.
Unlike pads and tampons that absorb menstrual flow, a menstrual cup collects and catch it. This means that no oxygen reaches the collected flow and it remains bacteria free. It also means that no unnecessary vaginal fluids will be absorbed. This eliminates irritation and dryness while ensuring that the natural pH balance of the vagina is kept intact. To contract TSS, a person needs to be a carrier of a specific strain of staph bacteria (staphylococcus aureus) in their body. If the person has that, the staph can multiply in, for instance, a tampon’s absorbent fibers but also in an unhealed wound, producing a harmful toxin. Nevertheless, there is still a minimal risk of TSS (if you have the specific strain of staph bacteria in your vaginal flora), so we always recommend making sure that you empty it after 8-12 hours, sanitise your cup between periods and wash your hands before handling the cup.
If you have any pre-existing health conditions or if you are using an IUD, check with a doctor before use.
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