How often should you boil your menstrual cup?

We advise boiling your cup for 20 minutes between each menstrual cycle to keep it fresh and clean, but if you forgot or didn’t have time to boil it, you can sanitize the cup with our handy Cup Wipes, or wipe it down with rubbing alcohol.

How do you sterilize a menstrual cup without boiling?

If you would rather not boil, you can place the cup in a “steam bag” (often sold for use of sanitizing breast pump parts), use Milton tablets and soaking, or buying a specific menstrual cup container for steaming cups in the microwave (Yuuki Cup makes one).

Can I use feminine wash to clean my menstrual cup?

While not typically gender inclusive in name or branding, products labeled intimate/feminine wash are typically formulated to be safe to us on the vulva. This typically makes them a safe choice for cleaning your cup. As always, an unscented product is ideal.

How do you clean a menstrual cup in a public restroom?

What to do if you drop your menstrual cup on the floor?

If you drop the menstrual cup on a clean surface it can be rinsed with clean water and reinserted. If it falls onto a dirty floor or latrine do not use it until you have cleaned it with boiled water.

Can menstrual cups overflow?

In that regard, some leaking might be expected when you’re first getting the hang of it so you might want to wear a back-up pad. Once it’s inserted properly, however, leakage because of overflow is very rare. For most women, a menstrual cup can actually hold an entire cycle’s worth of period blood!

Why are menstrual cups bad?

Because the device has to be inserted into the vagina, there has been a long-standing concern that menstrual cups cause toxic shock syndrome (TSS). The researchers found that in the study sample, there were only five reported cases of TSS, a potentially fatal condition caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus.

How do I know if my menstrual cup is full?

How far up should a menstrual cup go?

Tightly fold the menstrual cup in half, holding it in one hand with the rim facing up. Insert the cup, rim up, into your vagina like you would a tampon without an applicator. It should sit a few inches below your cervix. Once the cup is in your vagina, rotate it.

Should the stem of a menstrual cup stick out?

It should sit low in the vagina (lower than a tampon), and ideally, not over the opening of your cervix. The end of the stem should be sitting no more than 1cm from the vaginal opening. Nothing should be sticking out, but it should be only just inside you.

Why does my menstrual cup leak when I lay down?

We do know of some, who while sleeping, may experience leaking due to their muscles relaxing so much that it loosens the seal of the cup. For this reason, ensuring the cup is angled correctly and inserted properly is important. For more tips on how to insert the DivaCup, check out our Insertion page.

What happens if I leave my menstrual cup in for more than 12 hours?

Wearing a cup in the vagina for more than 12 hours is not advised but it’s something that has happened accidentally to many users who have reported nothing catastrophic happening other than a very smelly cup of blood upon removal.

Does using a menstrual cup shorten your period?

After a few brief (and very bloody) learning experiences, I can attest to the fact that my menstrual cup is totally awesome. My periods are shorter, my cramps are lighter, and I can go for up to 12 hours without emptying it, thus eliminating many messy moments in public restrooms.

Can you wear a menstrual cup on light days?

5. You aren’t supposed to use a tampon on light flow days but can you use a menstrual cup? Menstrual cups are non-absorbent (they collect the blood, instead of soaking it up) so you can use it whenever you‘d like.

Why can I still feel my menstrual cup?

If you do notice the cup, it is most commonly that the cup is not inserted properly (remove and try again) or the stem that you are feeling (which can be easily trimmed or removed). If neither of these things helps, you may have a cup that will work (catch your flow) but isn’t the best for your shape.

Can’t get my menstrual cup out?

Firmly squeeze the body of the cup between your finger and thumb (several times) to try break the rim’s seal and then gently pull outwards. If this doesn’t work, run your finger up to the rim and press inwards to allow air between the cup’s rim and the surface it has suctioned onto, then pull out gently.

Can a guy feel a menstrual cup?

They sit at the base of your cervix just like a diaphragm, so as long as it’s inserted properly, you and your partner shouldn’t be able to feel it.