Menstrual Cup FAQ’s

imageHere are the most commonly asked questions about menstrual cups.

Q. How long can I wear my SckoonCup Menstrual Cup?

A. Free of synthetic fibers, bleach, and dioxin, SckoonCup is a healthier and safer alternative to tampons and can be safely worn for up to 12 hours. That means day and night protection without the dryness and irritation that tampons and disposable pads cause.

Q. Can you use a menstrual cup in public toilets?

A. Yes, you can still use your menstrual cup in public toilets. Simply take a small bottle of water into the toilet with you and rinse it with this. Alternatively you can wipe with toilet paper and give your menstrual cup a thorough clean at a more convenient time.

Q. My flow is very light and I find tampons extremely painful to remove. Is it okay to use a menstrual cup with a light flow?

A. Yes it is fine to use a menstrual cup when your flow is light. Menstrual cups are not absorbent and will not cause dryness so you will find removal much more comfortable than with tampons.

Q. My menstrual cup is leaking, what can I do?

A. The most common reason for leakage is not placing the menstrual cup low enough in your vagina. The menstrual cup needs to be placed just inside the entrance to your vagina, not up near the cervix where tampons are placed. Also, you need to check that the whole of the stem is fully inside you. Most women need to trim the stem. If you think you need to trim the stem, remove your menstrual cup and cut the end with scissors. Trim a little off at a time and reinsert your menstrual cup to check how it sits. Repeat this process until it is fully inside you and is comfortable. Another reason for leakage is due to poor seal formation with your vaginal wall. You can try twisting and rotating the menstrual cup once inserted. You can also try pulling the menstrual cup down slightly and then gently pushing it inward. Clamping your pelvic floor muscles around the menstrual cup will also help to create a good seal. Occasionally leakage can occur because the small holes below the rim of the Mcup have become blocked. Use a clean pin and remove any debris blocking the holes. Sterilise your menstrual cup and re-insert.

Q. Menstrual cups are made of silicone, I thought silicone was bad for my body.

A. Let’s get one fact straight, when you are thinking silicone you are thinking of silicone toxic leaking on breast implants right? Menstrual cup are made from medical grade silicone, this is a solid stable piece of silicone (with the feel of soft rubber) that cannot leak or release molecules into the body. The same silicone used to make menstrual cup is also widely used in the medical industry for internal valves and tubing as well as baby bottle teats and breast pumps.

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Cleaning and Storing

During menstruation wash your Menstrual Cup with water each time you empty, before reinsertion. While on your period, there is no need to sterilize your cup between uses. After emptying, wash your cup with warm water. Avoid fragranced soaps that may alter the pH of your vagina.

If this isn’t possible, or you are in a public bathroom then just rinse with bottled water, or wipe clean with tissue. Make sure to wash your cup with water at least once a day. At the end of your period, your cup must be sterilized before storing each month. Rinse your cup, and immerse in a pan of water. Boil for 5 minutes. After disinfecting, dry and store your cup, ready for next month.