What is a menstrual cup?
Collects the blood
What is a menstrual cup? A menstrual cup is a silicone thing that you place INSIDE your vagina when you have your period. It collects the blood instead of absorbing it, like the pads and a tampon does. To get the cup inside the vagina, fold it in half lengthwise and bring it into your vagina to it "pops". It should be completely open and sit around or under your cervix. To find out where it is, you stick a finger or two into your vagina until you know something that feels like a lump, nose, or a tiny hole. This is the cup's destination. Note: For some, the cervix is so far in that you do not feel it; Then place the cup underneath. The main thing is that while the cup is completely open and not folded to avoid leaks.
Flove menstrual cup
Flove 's menstrual cup is made from medical silicone from a certified supplier. You can safely leave it inside your vagina for up to 12 hours, unless you bleed more than while the cup can hold. Then it should be emptied more often. The reason why you should not leave it longer than 12 hours, even if you bleed very little, is because the longer an object is inside your body the greater the risk for bacterias to enjoy themselves. Silicone is NOT a place bacteria thrive. Therefore, a menstrual cup can sit inside the vagina longer than a tampon.
You will be aware of what is normal for you, how often you need to empty and how much you are actually bleeding. If you are nervous about blood in your panties, you can use a pad in addition to a menstrual cup until you feel safe. The best thing about this is that you can reuse one for many years.
When the time has come to empty the cup, squeeze the bottom of the cup to break the vacuum that has formed before pulling it easily out. If the cup is not obtained, you can pull a little bit in the stem to get it further down before you break the vacuum. Alternatively, you can use your muscles to push the cup further down (as if you're giving birth to it). When it is out, empty the content in the toilet and rinse it in the sink (first in cold water to avoid discoloration) then in warm water before reinserting. Once your period is complete, boil it and place it in the bag. Boil it again when your period arrives. Repeat.
Fun Facts – what is a menstrual cup
- The menstrual cup does not dry out your vagina like a tampons do
- It does not contain potentially toxic chemicals that can be absorbed by your vagina and end up in your blood.
- It is practical in shape, you can wear it for a long time, swim with it, sleep with it, and it does not lead to fungal infections or other imbalance in your flora.
Especially for FLOVE
Flove's menstrual cup is developed and designed in Norway and produced in something called a Clean Room (ISO13485) in Taiwan. The silicone used is medical grade silicone from Dow Corning and is adapted to the fact THAT in theory you can have that silicone in your body for 30 days at a stretch (but you should of course not).