Menstrual FAQ's - What You Wanted To Know
I am concerned about the leakage and potential embarrassment?
Fitted correctly, Confidence Cups create a seal against the vaginal wall and can hold twice as much as a tampon, preventing leakage. Too prevent leakage for first time users, practice fitting the Confidence Cup in advance.
I hate blood and am squeamish, and think these could be gross, unhygienic and messy.
The simple movements involved in removing the Confidence Cup means you do not have to touch or see blood. Simply squeeze the bottom of the cup to break the seal and use the stalk to remove it and tip the contents into the toilet. Do not pull it by the stalk. Also, the Confidence Cup does not sit high inside the vagina, so you will not be fishing around for it.
Will the odour become a problem?
No. Given that menstrual blood is held inside the body inside a container sealed against your body, and briefly comes into contact with air when it is emptied, they will have less odour than traditional sanitary applications.
Are they difficult to clean?
It’s as simple as filling the case it comes with (along with the Confidence Cup as well) with water and popping it into the microwave oven. This will kill any microbes on it.
Would they stay clean over a long period of time?
Confidence Cups are made from medical grade silicon. Sterilised and cleaned according to the instructions means they will last for many years.
Would they retain any fungus?
Medical grade silicone does not harbor bacteria or fungi. Sterilisation according to the instructions will ensure they stay hygienic and clean for a long time.
Does sterilizing actually work?
Yes. Microwaving your Confidence Cup in water in the collapsible cup provided will kill all pathogens.
I am concerned I could not insert them.
Confidence Cups are made of very pliable soft silicon that mould and fit to the contours of the inside of your vagina. If you can insert a tampon, then these are just as easy. It’s a misconception also that the cup has to be pushed all the way up. In fact, the cup just sits inside the entrance to the vagina. (Diagram?)
Do they move around inside you?
Fitted correctly, you will not even know that it is there.
What if they flip while inside you and create embarrassing spillage?
Once the Confidence Cup is fitted, it creates a seal against the tissue of the vaginal wall, making it virtually impossible to flip upside down.
Tampons and pads are cheaper than a Confidence Cup.
Given that the Confidence Cup lasts up to ten years, the savings made on purchasing sanitary products can amount to thousands of dollars over that time. With the Confidence Cup, you will never run out of sanitary supplies.
How comfortable are they really?
Once fitted properly they cannot be felt. Some women may have a low sitting cervix and may need to trim the stalk back to adjust to their body size and prevent the stalk poking out.
I have some internal damage, can I use them?
This will depend on the type and amount of damage. If you an insert a tampon, then it is safe to use a menstrual Confidence Cup.
I have heard they are sharp. Is this true?
The FDA approved medical grade silicon is soft and pliable and works in with the natural contours of your vagina. You should feel no pain.
Can they cope with heavy bleeding?
For heavy bleeding use the larger cup, it holds up to 35mls of fluid which is still four times more than a tampon. This means that you will have to change it four times less than a tampon.
If it holds more blood than a tampon, is that safe?
Yes. The blood is inert and will sit inside the Confidence Cup until it is emptied.
Are they messy to insert?
They are no messier than a tampon.