What is a menstrual cup?
A menstrual cup is a healthier and environmental-friendly substitution to tampons and pads during period. It collects your menstruation, without absorbing it, as it does not contain any chemicals or additives.
Who can use FEmale cup?
You can use Female Cup regardless of age and whether you are sexually active or not. In principle every girl that has started menstruating, should be able to use a menstrual cup. There are however two aspects to consider before you order your first menstrual cup. First, some girls may feel shy about the topic of menstruation in general, not to mention touching the intimate parts (I assume this is not a problem if you are reading this now). So basically, the use Female Cup depends on the girls’ emotional maturity. The second issue is your virginity, namely the hymen which is a thin membrane that partially covers the vagina opening. For some girls the hymen covers small part of the vagina opening, while for others it may have a small perforation allowing for the menstrual blood to come out. It is also possible that by the time you have started menstruating your hymen will have been stretched or even torn, e.g. through sport activities or trying out tampons. Now for some cultures, keeping the hymen (the evidence of virginity) intact until marriage may be an important issue. In that case, you should not use FemaleCup, since inserting it may stretch or tear your hymen. As you can see, the choice is a personal one but if you are ready to try FemaleCup, we suggest to use the smallest one (size A), and practice with different folds to make the insertion process as easy as possible.
Can you feel using the Female Cup?
Once you insert the cup correctly and carefully, you shouldn’t feel it at all. Our vaginal walls are elastic and are really built to expand (and fit larger objects than a menstrual cup). But with most new things, inserting Female Cup may take a little time to get used to. Regardless of whether you are sexually active or not, you may feel slight discomfort at first, but this is often associated with the idea of having a strange object sitting inside your body. These nerves will subside as soon as get used to using FemaleCup.
How does the Female Cup stay in place?
The bell-shaped Female Cup is designed to be held naturally in place (vertically) by your vaginal walls, therefore it is important to choose the correct size that for you. The silicone material used to make the FemaleCup is suitably firm to keep the cup open even when you move, but at the same time flexible, so it doesn’t irritate you. Additionally, the small suction holes, just beneath the rim of the cup, help create a seal which prevents leaks and ensures that your cup stays in place. If you would like to learn about reasons for possible leakage click here.
Do you have to trim the stem and how?
Since the natural length of the vaginal canal varies from woman to woman, the stem is designed to be trimmed if necessary. The tip of the stem should sit just inside your vagina and it should not be showing while you wear it. If it’s sticking out or causes you any discomfort, try trimming the stem. Women with very low cervix, may even need to remove the stem completely, but we always recommend that you practice removing your cup without using the stem first. We also suggest to trim the stem gradually, because once it’s cut it you will not be able to attach it again. What else may help you decide how much you need to trim? Give yourself time. If possible try using the cup for a couple of days before trimming (for example leave it in overnight). Sometimes the stem sticking out may be caused if the cup is in the wrong position in your vagina. After some time, it can reposition itself in the correct place. Once you are sure it sits correctly and you are comfortable with inserting and removing it, it will be easier for you to trim it.
Check the position of your cervix during menstruation - your cervix may move slightly up or down from one day to another, therefore it is important to know your cycle. If you cut the stem first, you may notice that the cup moves up toward the cervix and suddenly it is difficult to reach it. You can self-check the position of your cervix , but it is always recommended to do it around your menstruation period, as this is the time when the position of cervix is changing.
Use sharp scissors or nail clippers to cut the stem in order to get a more rounded shape and smooth edge so it is comfortable to wear.
Be careful not to damage the base of your cup, so it doesn't leak.
Never attempt to cut the stem while wearing your cup, trim the stem when the cup is outside of your vagina!
What is it made from?
The Female Cup is made of 100% medical silicone.
Does it have different sizes?
Female Cup comes in two sizes: Size A (smaller cup) is recommended for women under 30 who have not given birth vaginally, and Size B (larger) is recommended for women over 30 or if you have had a baby. These guidelines are based on the fact that vaginal muscles tend to lose their elasticity as we age and after vaginal birth. When choosing the right size of FemaleCup, consider personal factors like your flow, position of your cervix and your body fit. If you haven’t tried a menstrual cup before, you may want to opt for the smaller size since it can make the insertion process easier until you get hang of it.
Do I have high, normal or low cervix?
Knowing the position of your cervix, prior the purchase, will help you decide which menstrual cup is right for you but it will also make you more aware of your body. Don’t worry, it is not difficult. It is important to check the position of your cervix the time of your menstruation, since as the cervix changes its position and texture over the course of your cycle. During your period, the cervix is normally low and hard and slightly open to allow for blood flow. As you approach ovulation, the cervix rises up to the top of the vagina and becomes softer and moist.
How to feel your cervix? Follow the guide below:
Start with washing your hands thoroughly (if you have long nails, you may consider trimming them, so you won’t scratch yourself and/or cause discomfort). Find a comfortable position, some women prefer to sit, other stand with one leg raised (e.g. over the toilet sit). Just remember to use the same position each time if you want to compare the results afterwards. If you wish, use a gentle lubricant on your finger. Gently insert your longest finger into the vagina until you feel the cervix - it is located in the upper front or top. During menstruation the cervix gets more firm so it may feel like the tip of your nose. You will know it is the cervix once you reach reach it, because you won't be able to move your finger any further. You can repeat the “test” every day over the course of a month to determine the individual position of your cervix during your menstrual cycle. Note every time how much of your finger is inside of you, that way you can actually measure the position of cervix. If you’re still not sure how to do it, can contact your physician to help you determine whether your cervix is low / high / normal and what would be the ideal menstrual cup for you.
How often should it be emptied?
The cup can stay inside your vagina for up to 12 hours without causing any damage, irritation or dryness.
Can women with retroverted uterus use FemaleCup?
Retroverted uterus, a physical condition that affects ca. one/quarter of women, does not necessarily exclude women from using the menstrual cup. What really matters when considering Female Cup is the position of your cervix since you should be able to “place” the cervix inside the cup, or else the blood will leak. There is only a small number of women for whom the FemaleCup will not work. If you are have doubts, contact your physician or a nurse to determine if you can use the cup or not.
Can the Female Cup be used together with internal birth control devices like IUD / IUS?
There is unfortunately no straight answer to this question. There are some women who successfully use a menstrual cup alongside the IUD/IUS, however it really is really subjective to your individual anatomy. If you currently use an internal device like IUD / IUS and are in the position considering if FemaleCup is right for you, we are highly recommended to consult your gynecologist or nurse.
Is there any risk of getting TSS as a result from using the Female Cup?
There is no risk of getting TSS from using a menstrual cup, as it collects your menstruations rather than absorbing it.
Is it safe for sensitive skin?
Yes, you can safely use FemaleCup even if you are allergy sufferer or have sensitive skin, because our product is made of 100% medical grade, biocompatible silicone (completely latex, fragrance, bleachers and chlorine free). The silicone itself is the same kind of material used for medical purposes like e.g. in bandages, feeding tubes, and medical implants. There are no other additives like fragrances so it won’t cause allergic reaction. Another thing worth mentioning is that the blood collected inside the cup has very little contact with air so it will not develop odor. The silicone cup doesn’t absorb the blood in a way cotton pads and tampons do, so you don’t risk developing bacterial infection.
Is the Female Cup suitable for heavy periods?
The Female Cup is suitable for both heavy and light periods.
Can I use the Female Cup overnight?
The Female Cup is designed and produced to protect you from leakage for up to 12 hours, no matter the position of the body.
Known medical contraindication for Female Cup?
If the Female Cup is being used according to the provided information, there should be no contraindication for the female body resulting from the use of Female Cup.
How to properly maintain my Female Cup?
The first principle: keep it clean and dry. It is important to clean the cup thoroughly every time you empty it and in between the periods. Pay extra attention to cleaning the suction holes in the cup, as the blood tends to get stuck in there and it may be difficult to clean. Second rule: use only mild, non-perfumed soap and detergents designed for silicone; the same applies to lubricants (read more about lubricants above). Once your period is over, and you have cleaned and dried Female Cup, you can to put it into storage. Always store the cup in the breathable bag, (it is best to store it in the one provided together with your cup). Do not store the cup in a plastic bag or sealed container as it risks growing mold.
How often should I sterilize the Female Cup?
Female Cup must be sterilized before the first use and between the periods to assure the disinfection. You may also use that method whenever you need a more thorough cleaning. To sterilize FemaleCup simply boil it immersed in the clean water for 5 minutes. For day-to-day cleaning, it is enough to clean your cup with water and mild soap or just water.
How do you know when it’s full?
The best way to figure out how heavy your flow is and what is the longest period you should use the cup before washing it is to keep it in for shorter periods so you can find out what is the perfect period for your own body.
What can you and can’t do while using FemaleCup?
Do NOT wear Female Cup during sex.
All kinds of sport activities including swimming and yoga