FREQUENTLY ASKED CUP QUESTIONS
Are menstrual cups safe?
Yes, absolutely – much safer than your bleached, chemical-laden tampons and pads! Further, every menstrual cup Rebel Kate carries in our store is made of 100% medical grade silicone, a soft and silky yet solid material that is toxin-free, durable, and in no way harmful to human tissue. All cups sold in our store are produced by FDA-registered manufacturers.
What about using a menstrual cup when I'm away from home?
Wearing a cup any time – whether at home or in public – is totally discreet. You can wear your cup up to 12 hours at a time, so normally you will not need to change your cup while in public. Even if you need to, simply carry wipes with you to clean the cup on the go and you'll be fine.
Will my menstrual cup leak?
Correctly inserted cups are leak-proof at all times – while sleeping, running, dancing, doing flips, or however you choose to spend your time. Seriously, you're going to fall in love with your cup.
How often should I replace my cup?
Most cup brands recommend that you replace your cup every one to two years (←our source for this is the instructions that come with the Diva cup, and websites of the other approved brands) though you should regularly inspect your cup for signs of deterioration, just to be on the safe side.
Why does my menstrual cup not arrive in a box, or inside plastic packaging?
Many of the cups we sell do not arrive in plastic packaging or a box. This is because we source our products from suppliers who are eco-conscious and make an effort to package their products without extra materials that are wasteful and unnecessary. For instance, our Menstrual Cup [Set of 2] will arrive inside of a simple cloth bag, with no box or plastic wrapping (other than the plastic packaging used for shipping to you). No matter how your cup arrives, you should always clean your cup thoroughly before using your cup.
HOW TO USE YOUR CUP
It's simple. Just wash your hands, wash your cup, fold and insert – and you're done!
But if you're totally new to this and looking for a bit more guidance, here's a little more information that will help you.
First, relax. If you are nervous or tense, your muscles are going to tighten and insertion will be made difficult. First-timers may consider drawing a warm bath to relax and practice insertion.
Also, it helps to know that your vaginal canal is positioned at an angle in your body, tilted backwards toward the small of your back – not straight up and down like you might imagine. After you fold your cup using one of the techniques listed below, you will want to guide your cup inside of you at this slight angle.
Once you have inserted the cup as far as it will comfortably go, you may push it a bit further or slide it a bit back down to figure out where it sits most comfortably. Once comfortably in place, twist the cup around to ensure that it opens up inside of you and forms a leak-proof seal.
Note that you may prefer to trim the stem of your cup if it protrudes outside of your body one inserted. This is fine, but we recommend giving it one or two uses before committing to this, as once it's trimmed, there's no going back. While the stem is not necessary for removal, everyone is different, and you will want to be sure you can still access the cup easily.
Of course you should only trim the stem of your cup when it is not in use, and safely away from your body.
Your cervix changes position throughout the menstruation cycle, so much of the maneuvering of your cup will be learned as you get to know your own anatomy better through cup use. There is a learning curve, but most women report happier, easier – and often less painful! – leak-free periods in one to two cycles.
CUP FOLDING TECHNIQUES
Fold the cup in half, forming the letter “C” with the rim of the cup. This is the most commonly used method.
Push your finger into the rim of the cup, pushing your finger all the way down into the bottom of the cup. Now the entry point of the cup is smaller than with the “C” fold method.
Squeeze the rim of the cup together to form a straight line, then fold one end of the line down, so that the rim forms a 7 when looking at the cup from the side.
HOW TO REMOVE YOUR CUP
Don't pull on the stem for removal. Instead, use two fingers to pinch the bottom of the cup and release the suction. One way to help pull the cup out of you once the suction is released, is to gently rock it from side to side, as this can help the cup work its way down your vaginal canal.
You should be able to wear your cup up to 12 hours, but will come to learn your best scheduling as you start seeing how full your cup is when you empty it. Eventually you will learn your menstrual pattern and will know what to expect in terms of your heavier and lighter flow days.
Empty the contents of the cup into the toilet, wash your hands and cup, and reinsert if necessary. If you are in a public space, many women carry cup wipes or sanitizer for this purpose.
WASHING YOUR CUP
Rinse your cup with water and mild, unscented soap. Some women prefer to sanitize their cup between cycles, or as needed, by boiling it. If you choose to boil your cup, use plenty of water, do not leave your boiling pot unattended, and do not let the cup touch the bottom or edges of the pot as this can compromise the integrity of the silicone.
Please note that Rebel Kate is not a healthcare provider and all information provided is informational in nature and is not offered as medical advice, nor does it substitute for a consultation with your doctor.