Frequently Asked Question!
A menstrual cup is an alternative to disposable menstrual products we typically see on the shelves, such as tampons and pads. Most menstrual cups are made of silicone, but there are a few made of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) or rubber. A menstrual cup is worn below or around the cervix to collect menstrual flow instead of absorbing it.
A menstrual cup is folded and inserted into the vaginal canal. Once inserted, the cup opens below or around the cervix to collect menstrual flow instead of absorbing it. When the cup is filled, the cup is removed (often at scheduled times), the contents are emptied into the toilet or down a drain, and the cup is then ready to be used again or stored away for your next period.
A menstrual cup is inserted completely into the vagina. If the stem is too long, it can be trimmed for comfort. When positioned properly, it is comfortable to wear and is undetectable externally. Because a menstrual cup is washed and reused, it is unnecessary to carry additional menstrual products that may fall out of your bag, for example.
When a menstrual cup is the correct size, shape, and firmness, it’s so comfortable that you may forget that you are on your period! That’s why it is important to set a schedule to remove and rinse the cup every 12 hours, or at least twice a day (morning and night).
Most cups are safe to use for up to 12 hours before they need to be removed and washed. It can then be immediately re-inserted. Some companies suggest removing the cup prior to that, so please check with the website of the specific brand that you have.
Blood itself has an iron-like odor to it. However, when blood comes in contact with oxygen, it starts to decompose and bacteria grows. This is what causes foul odors. Because the menstrual flow is collected in the menstrual cup, it stays in a liquid state until it’s emptied into the toilet or down the drain. It is then flushed or rinsed down and instead of rotting away in a trash can.