How do menstrual cups work? Are they comfortable? Are they safe? Anyone who has not used a menstrual cup is likely to have questions. We’ve included the most frequently asked questions and provided the answers to help you to decide if the Green Cup is the best choice for your feminine hygiene needs.
Menstrual Cup FAQs
Are menstrual cups safe?
Green Cups are made from medical grade silicone, which is safe for internal use. There is no danger of chemical leaching because they are free from toxins and safe for use.
Can the cup get lost if placed too high?
No, the cup will not get lost. If you cannot feel it with your finger at first try, squat down and you will feel the stem. Simply move it side-to-side and rotate and the cup will quickly be within finger’s reach.
What about leakage?
The majority of women have experienced leakage at some point in their lives. The Green Cup may be worn up to 12 hours. The receptacle is large enough to catch menstrual flow and may be emptied as often as is necessary. The unique design featuring an upper rim with four holes creates a suction that causes firm adherence to the vaginal walls. The silicone is soft enough to form to your body, but rigid enough to stay in place. It blocks leakage of fluids with the seal.
Isn't an internal cup unsanitary?
The cup is to be washed after each use with warm soapy water. When you clean the cup and wash your hands as recommended prior to each use, the conditions are sanitary and pose no health threats.
Is there odor?
Odor does not develop until vaginal secretions are mixed with oxygen. The cup prevents the leakage of fluid and also traps any odor that would otherwise develop.
Is it big enough to catch my flow?
On average, a woman’s flow does not exceed between one and 2 ounces per menstrual cycle. The cup has a capacity for holding up to one full fluid ounce, providing ample protection for the majority of women, even those with moderate to heavy flow.
What about the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome?
There have been no reported cases of TSS with the use menstrual cups. They have been available for approximately 80 years.
Can the cup be worn during sex?
The Green Cup must be removed during sexual intercourse. This is because it sits low in the vagina. It does not need to be removed for bowel movements or urination.
Can I use it if I'm a virgin?
If there is concern over a hymen that is still intact, it is best to consult with your physician prior to using a menstrual cup.
What if my cervix is low?
Women with low cervix can still use the Green Cup. There is a stem attached to the cup that makes it handy for locating just prior to removal. The stem may be shortened before insertion for women with low cervix. This helps to ensure a more comfortable fit.
Can I use the cup with an IUD birth control device?
Because the cup rests low in the vagina, it is generally safe for use with intrauterine birth control devices. It may also be used with NuvaRing, but it is recommended that you review any risks which may be associated with the expelling of your birth control device prior to use. Please check and confirm with your physician.
Will it be too big for my vagina?
The vagina is elastic and is capable of stretching and then returning to its original size. The Green Cup is fit for use in women of all sizes and ages.
How long will it last?
If properly cared for, the Green Cup can last for several years. It is made of durable medical grade silicone. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer for the best results and the longest life of this product. Proper cleaning and storage can help to extend the lifespan of your Green Cup.