If you’ve got a vivid imagination or are prone to compulsive searches of the internet for any negative product reviews, you may have been put off by the idea of using period cups by some of the stories you’ve read. We’d like to set the record straight and, hopefully, put your mind at rest.
Frequently asked questions
Can I get a get an infection from a menstrual cup?
It’s extremely rare to pick up an infection from the cup itself. If anything, you’re more likely to introduce bacteria from your hands. That’s why it’s so important that you wash your hands thoroughly every time you insert or remove the cup and you sterilize the menstrual cup before using it. Read more about How to Clean Your Menstrual Cup. If you’re out and about, and you only have water and/or scented soap to clean your period cup, only use the water. You can use a menstrual cup cleaner, cup wipes or unscented soap and water when you get home.
Can I get Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) from a period cup?
TSS is a fairly rare bacterial infection that’s associated with (but not exclusive to) tampon use. In particular, tampons being left inside the vagina for long periods). Although there have only been two cases of TSS in connection with menstrual cup use, we recommend you limit the length of time you keep your cup inside you to 12 hours (even if your flow is very light). Even better, empty it 2-4 times a day. Read more about Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Is it dangerous to sleep with my menstrual cup in?
Not at all. One of the great things about period cups is that you can sleep soundly without having to wake up to change your pad or tampon.
Is it OK to use a menstrual cup with an IUD?
Yes, absolutely. Although there are some things you need to be aware of. Check out our article ‘Using a Menstrual Cup with an IUD’ for more information.
What if I want a poo when I’ve got the cup inside me?
Simple. You have a poo, just as you would without the cup. Just remember to wash your hands before and after you go to the toilet, in case you need to check the cup is still sitting correctly.
Do I have to avoid swimming?
No. On the contrary. Menstrual cups are ideal for swimming as everything’s inside and you don’t have to worry about any strings making an unwelcome appearance.