We understand that you might be a little nervous swapping to a period cup. But don't worry. Did you know that 9 out of 10 women has said that they could never swap back to disposables after trying a period cup ..? We think that says it all about this little wonder-dome.
Anyways, to help answer some of your questions we have pulled together a FAQ for you to scroll through.
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The yoni cup is a reusable cup made of soft silicone that is worn internally like a tampon, but collects - rather than absorbs - your menstrual flow. Naturally odorless, biocompatible, and chemical free, the yoni cup is a healthy and sustainable alternative to pads and tampons.
Because it has 3 to 4 times the capacity of a regular tampon, you can wear it for up to 8 hours before emptying. Yes, that means you only have to change it twice a day, and can sleep with it in.
Once inserted, the yoni cup's flexible design molds to your internal shape so you can comfortably wear it to hike, swim, or just relax.
The yoni menstrual cup is made of medical-grade silicone and dyes that are BPA, latex, and chemical free, and have been tested to ensure biocompatibility.
The yoni cup is made of durable silicone that can last up to 10 years with proper care. If your cup is ripped or torn, or the silicone is showing visible signs of wear or deterioration, it’s time to replace your cup.
The small size yoni cup hold 25ml of fluid, three times the amount of a regular tampon. The regular size hold 30ml which is four times the amount of a regular tampon.
To compare, the largest tampons max out at 18ml of fluid.
There are several factors that play a role in choosing a size. Some women use the small cup for lighter flows and the regular size for heavier flows. The small cup might also be best fit for those with a lower cervix, and the regular cup for those with a higher cervix. See our Size Guide for additional guidelines to consider when choosing a size.
Cleaning and Care
Your yoni cup can be worn for up to 8 hours before emptying. We recommend emptying it morning and night. Of course, you know your body best.
On days that you have a heavier flow, you might find you need to remove and empty more frequently.
Using a menstrual cup is not much messier than using a tampon. But yes, before you've developed the right technique you are likely to come into contact with blood.
Since the cup collects the fluid inside of it, and is rarely ever full, there isn’t usually much on the outside of the cup when you remove it. By removing it carefully and pulling one side out and then the other as it comes through the vaginal opening, the chances of blood being spilt is very low.
You will see the collected fluid, however, using a menstrual cup is much less mess than you might expect.
During your cycle, remove the cup (always use clean hands) and rinse first using cold water, then wash using warm water and mild soap.
Rinse again to completely remove any soap. Your yoni cup is then ready to reinsert.
After your cycle, rinse your yoni cup first in cold water to help avoid discoloration and odor. Then wash thoroughly using hot water and mild oil-free soap.
Avoid strong cleaners or anything that may irritate your skin if not completely washed off. Use a soft rag to wipe away any buildup. Clear the four holes at the top of your yoni cup by passing water through the holes or using a disposable toothpick. You can choose to disinfect your yoni cup between cycles by placing it in a pot of boiling water for 4–5 minutes (but not more than 7 min).
Make sure the cup doesn’t touch the bottom of the pot. You may also sanitise your yoni cup between cycles by wiping it with a soft rag and 70% isopropyl alcohol after thoroughly rinsing in water.
To prevent discoloration, always rinse your cup first with cold water after emptying. Though silicone can become discolored over time, your yoni menstrual cup is still good to use.
If it’s inconvenient to get to the sink in a public restroom, simply wipe your cup with toilet paper or wet wipe and reinsert it. If you prefer to rinse your cup, you might consider carrying a small water bottle or squirt bottle in your bag to use on-the-go.
The most important thing to remember is to always handle your cup during insertion and removal with clean hands. Later, you can choose to wash your cup more thoroughly.
Technically, you only need one cup. However, some women choose to purchase a second one as a spare. So that they do not have to carry their cup in their purse all the time, they may keep the spare cup in their car or at their holiday house.
You may also like to have a second cup if you will be somewhere where you cannot access clean water at the time it needs changing (if you are hiking or camping somewhere remote). You can place the used cup in the storage bag for washing when you are home, and use the second cup knowing it is clean and ready to use.
Insert, Position and Usage
The yoni cup fits comfortably inside your vaginal canal and stays in place when a suction seal is formed between the outside of the cup and the walls of your vagina.
When inserted properly, it will rest naturally and you won't even notice it’s there.
And while it’s very unusual for the cup to fill up, don’t worry, if it does, it won’t overflow or fall out.
We recommend using water as a lubricant, however, if you still feel the need to use a lubricant to aid insertion, be sure to use a product that is safe for vaginal use. Keep in mind that lubricant can make the cup SUPER slippery and even more difficult to insert.
When positioned correctly, it should fit comfortably, and be leak and sensation free.
For some people with strong pelvic muscles or a high cervix, the cup may naturally find its way higher in the vaginal canal during use. This isn’t a problem, so long as it doesn’t cause leaking or discomfort, which can come from positioning the cup too high, creating pressure against the cervix. It may also take a little more effort to remove.
If you are leaking or sensing discomfort, try removing and reinserting it lower. If you have consistent problems, you may need to try a different size or try reinserting your cup using a different fold or angle (towards your tailbone, not straight upward). High, low, or tilted cervix? Click here.
Can I get 'YASS QUEEN'! The cup doesn’t absorb fluids and is therefore perfectly safe to put in if you think your period could show up.
Leaking while using a menstrual cup is usually due to the following reasons:
- An incorrect seal. Try reinserting and ensuring the cup opens completely.
- The wrong size. If your cup is too small, it will not seal correctly around the vaginal wall.
- Positioned too high. Spotting may occur if the cup is positioned too high or close to the cervix. Try reinserting again, making sure the cup sits just inside the vaginal opening.
Menstrual cups hold more fluid than even the high absorbency tampons. This means you will be emptying your cup less often. While you get used to your menstrual cup and how often you need to empty it, try wearing a panty liner. If you have a particularly heavy flow, you may need to empty your cup 3-4 times on day one and two.
Yay for you. We are huge advocates of an active lifestyle! Because the yoni cup was designed to fit snugly inside your vaginal canal, you can maintain the same level of activity that you do when you’re not menstruating. Go ahead and swim, dance and welcome to a world without bulky pads or dangling strings. Woho!
Absolutely! Actually, please do. As we all know, tampons absorb fluids, which includes bacteria and chemicals while swimming. This little scenario is creating a perfect environment fo microbial growth, increasing the risk of infection and TSS.
The yoni cup forms a tight seal that creates a barrier between you and the water and still prevents you from leaking. So if you want to avoid soggy tampons and harmful chemicals, you’ll love the yoni cup.
Unfortunately, no. The cup is great in so many way but you’ll need to remove it before sex.
We recommend talking with your medical professional before use. Some cup users find that it is more comfortable if the strings on their IUD are trimmed shorter prior to using their cup.
The short answer is that getting TSS from a menstrual cup is possible, but highly unlikely.
A fibrous and saturated tampon left inside the vagina can create a breeding ground for bacteria, which can then enter the bloodstream via micro tearing that occurs with continual insertion and removal (especially with dry tampons).
Because your cup collects, rather than absorbs, blood flow without leaving fibrous or chemical residue, using a menstrual cup poses far less risk.
To minimise your risk, always wash your hands before and after handling your yoni cup, clean your cup thoroughly between periods. And please, consult your doctor before using a menstrual cup if you’ve previously been diagnosed with TSS.
You can comfortably use the yoni cup with a high, low, or tilted/retroverted cervix.
The location of the cervix may change naturally throughout a woman’s cycle. If your cervix is higher, your cup may find its way higher in the vaginal canal during use. This isn’t a problem, so long as it doesn’t cause leaking or discomfort, which can come from positioning the cup too high, creating pressure against the cervix. It may also take a little more effort to remove.
For those with a low cervix, the size small yoni cup may be your most comfortable option. If your cervix is tilted, be sure to take some time to find which angle will suit you best when your yoni cup is inserted.
Some women can use a menstrual cup, other can’t, some find it uncomfortable. We recommend you speak with your medical practitioner to determine if a menstrual cup will be suitable for your particular situation.
First of all, no reason to panic. Your vagina is literally a one way exit, it is impossible for the cup to disappear in there. If you've slept with it it may have travelled higher than normal. No worries. Have some brekkie, have a shower, take the dog for a walk and let gravity do it's job.
It usually takes a cycle or two to develop a technique that suits you. Remove by pinching the base of the cup and wiggling as you pull. Don't pull on the stem alone. Ouch. Wiggle back and forth while removing, pulling out the top of the rim first, keeping cup upright to avoid spilling, then remove the bottom of the rim.
To lower the cup, use your pelvic muscles to bear down on the cup, moving it lower (basically give birth to your cup baby). Squatting helps shortening the vaginal canal, naturally bringing the cup down. Once in reach, grasp lower base of cup, pinch, wiggle and gently pull it out.
When your cup is inserted correctly, you shouldn’t experience any discomfort or leaking. First check the position. The yoni cup sits lower in the vagina than a tampon. If it is too high or too close to the cervix, it can leak or cause discomfort and cramping. Use your vaginal muscles to bear the cup down to a lower position.
Your vagina has a natural slant, so make sure the cup is inserted to match the natural slant of your vaginal canal. Leaking can also be caused by a poor suction seal. Make sure the four air holes are not clogged and that the cup has fully opened.
Swirl a finger around the base of the cup to check for any folds or indentations. Pinch the base of the cup and rotate it to make sure it is opened completely. If leaking persists or you cannot obtain a good suction seal, consider using the size regular yoni cup instead of the size small yoni cup.
Don't give up! Keep trying small adjustments, everyone is different.
Wipe or rinse your labia after insertion to prevent spotting. Spotting can also be caused by blood left in vagina after inserting. After inserting your yoni cup, swirl your finger around the cup to remove any excess blood, then wash your hands. You can supplement your yoni cup with a pad or liner while you are learning to use it or on your heaviest days.