HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT CUP?

How does my cervix size affect my cup choice?

The closer your cervix is to the entrance of your vagina, the shorter your vaginal canal is, and this may affect the type of cup you should use. Take into consideration that the cervix height changes depending on the time of the month, even during the period - it can get lower or higher.

Women with a lower cervix may find Lily Cup One more comfortable as it is shorter.

How does my cervix size affect my cup choice?

The stem is too long and I can feel it - what can I do about it?

All cups’ stems apart from Ziggy Cup can be shortened or trimmed to fit you more comfortable, but be careful not to damage your cup. There's a specific marked point after which you shouldn't cut higher. You can find the diagrams on the manuals. If the stem of Lily Cup Compact and Lily Cup is still too long you can try and flip the cup inside out.

The stem is too long and I can feel it - what can I do about it?

How to choose a cup for heavy/easy flow?

Lily Cup is great for any flow volume: from light to very heavy. Lily Cup Compact is best for light to medium flow. However, if you have a heavier flow you can still use it, you’ll just have to empty it more frequently. Ziggy Cup covers light to heavy flow – up to 76 ml!

How to choose a cup for heavy/easy flow?

HOW TO PROPERLY USE A MENSTRUAL CUP?

How to insert the cup (and different ways on how to insert due to different anatomy)?

It's important to try out all the different folds and insertion methods to see which one works best for you. This “How to Use” video can help you a lot with figuring out the best folds and methods for getting the cup in and you can try out each fold.

Sit or stand in a slight squatting position and relax your vaginal muscles. If necessary, apply some water-based lubricant to the vaginal opening for added comfort. What works well for many women is to sit on the toilet with their knees quite far apart (this opens the vagina up a bit more). You can try inserting it in the shower while standing up or with one leg on the edge of the tub – the water can also help the cup slide into place easier. As you would with a tampon, angle your cup towards your tailbone and insert it upwards until the stem is inside. On the Lily Cup, the tall rim of the cup should be situated towards your back. We also recommend inserting the cup a bit higher than it needs to be at first, you can use your finger on the rim of the cup to push it further into your vagina. Then squeeze or press the body of the cup a few times (as high on the body as you can reach) to try and get the rim to pop open and form a seal. If the cup still doesn't open you can slide your finger up to the rim of the cup and press inwards. Then you can pass your finger around the cup and wiggle it so it pops open – which can help more stubborn folds to open fully.

How to insert the cup (and different ways on how to insert due to different anatomy)?

How to take it out?

To remove, wash your hands and sit in a slightly squatting position, i.e. over the toilet.

Relax your body and use your vaginal muscles to gently push the cup down and grip the stem to slowly pull downwards. Once you can feel the base of the cup softly squeeze the base to release the seal. If you have difficulty releasing the seal, gently shift the cup from side to side.

Gently pull the stem downwards and when you feel that the base is almost out, angle it slightly to avoid any spilling. Remain calm if you cannot remove your cup—it is common to have a little initial difficulty with removal. The key to easy removal is relaxing your body.

If the seal will not release, slide your finger as high up on the body of the cup as you can and press in, this should break the seal. You can also push directly in on the rim as well.

If you have any further concerns always contact your medical practitioner.

How to take it out?

How to maintain it?

Intimina Cups can be washed with mild soap and hot water, or with a special cleaning product. The silicone is very flexible so it is easy to clean in between the folds. For a more thorough cleaning in between periods, we recommend that you boil the cup submerged in a pot of water for 5 to 8 minutes. Other methods, recommended for occasional cleaning to removing stains: Hydrogen peroxide (1%): Use 1 part 1% hydrogen peroxide and 1 part water. Submerge your cup and let it soak cup for 24 hours. Wash well to remove all of the hydrogen peroxide residues before using it or storing it. White vinegar: Use 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water. Submerge and soak your cup for 24 hours. If, after washing the cup well, it still smells like vinegar follow up by boiling as above. Milton sterilizing tablets: Follow manufacturer’s instructions. We DO NOT recommend using sterilizing bags or microwaving our cups. We do not recommend cleaning your Lily Cup in the dishwasher as the harsh chemicals used in detergents could cause irritation to your intimate areas.

How to maintain it?

Why and how to boil a cup?

Cleaning and storing your Intimina Cup properly will ensure that it lasts for a number of years. Boiling the cup ensures the cup is fully sterilized before your first usage. Fully submerge your cup in boiling water for 5 to 8 minutes. Do not boil dry.

Why and how to boil a cup?

How long can I wear a menstrual cup?

All cups are offering 8 hours of protection, including while you sleep. However, how often you personally need to change it depends on your flow. For those heavier days, you may need to change it more frequently than on your lighter ones.

How long can I wear a menstrual cup?

When will I know I need to replace my menstrual cup?

You can wear your cup for up to 8 hours, and we recommend that you empty your cup 3-4 times per 24 hour period. Generally speaking, the lighter your flow, the less frequent the changes. With time and practice, you will be able to gauge how often you need to empty your cup.

When will I know I need to replace my menstrual cup?

ZIGGY CUP

How to insert Ziggy Cup?

Using your fingers, squeeze the rim in half for insertion, making an ‘8’ shape. Sitting comfortably on the toilet, relax your vaginal muscles and insert the cup into your vagina by firmly pushing the back rim inside, so the rim moves behind your cervix. Then tuck the front rim up behind your pelvic bone. The cup will fit perfectly around your cervix to collect your flow. A few additional tips for insertion that we recommend specifically for Ziggy Cup; it is important to note that there is actually a front and back to the Ziggy Cup! If you look at the cup from the side, you'll see the difference: one side of the cup looks to be slightly thicker and gives you a bit more space to get a grip on the cup during insertion. Try squeezing in the middle, insert back end (thinner part) first and tuck it behind the pubic bone. After that, try to kind of push it further in by pushing the thicker-rimmed part, and just go over it with your finger. You can also try to feel that your cervix is in the middle and touch with your finger to make sure the rim is open if it's still tucked properly!

How to insert Ziggy Cup?

What's the front and the back of Ziggy?

You can turn the cup over and look at the bottom - the front rim of the cup looks like it might be slightly thicker and gives you a bit more space to get a grip on the cup during insertion (tucking it back/up behind the pelvic bone) and removal (hooking the finger behind the rim and wiggling it down).

What's the front and the back of Ziggy?

Can Ziggy Cup be used as contraception?

Although Ziggy Cup can be worn during sexual intercourse, it doesn’t act as a contraceptive and will not protect you from STI's or pregnancy as a result of sexual intercourse.

Can Ziggy Cup be used as contraception?

GOOD TO KNOW

Tips & tricks: how to empty out the cup

Always remember to wash your hands before handling your cup - consider carrying antibacterial hand wipes or hand sanitizer in your bag. Our cups are designed to inhibit bacterial growth so you can skip a rinse once in a while. If you don’t have access to a sink, you may use a piece of toilet paper to wipe the cup and re-insert it. Another option is to take a bottle of water with you into the bathroom stall and rinse the cup over the toilet. Discard your menstrual fluid into the toilet, wash your cup, and reinsert. If it is not possible to clean your cup, you may reinsert it without washing as long as your hands are clean.

Tips & tricks: how to empty out the cup

How to dispose of a cup?

The cups can be recycled at any facility that processes medical-grade silicone. You could try calling your local hospital and see if they can refer you to the location they use.

How to dispose of a cup?

Where to store your cup

We recommend storing your cup in the provided anti-bacterial storage - pouch or protective case.

You can wash the storage pouch in the washing machine. We recommend using a non-irritating detergent that will be gentle to your intimate areas. The protective case can be washed with soap and water, and then dried before use.

Where to store your cup

MEDICAL INQUIRIES

Can cups be used with an IUD?

Yes, Intimina Cups are held in a lower position than a tampon and should not interfere with an internal birth control device such as an IUD or the ring. However, please consult your medical practitioner prior to using the cup if you use an internal birth-control device.

Before using any cup with an IUD you should confirm with your doctor in your follow up appointment that the IUD is positioned correctly and that the strings are not too long. While using the cup you should also make sure that you are breaking the seal before removing and that the strings are above the cup when you wear it so you don’t pull on them when you remove the cup either.

Can cups be used with an IUD?

Can the cup give me a yeast infection?

Intimina Cups were designed with gynecologists and are made of 100% medical grade silicone, which is completely inert and non-porous so it actually inhibits bacteria and yeast growth. However, during your period you can become more susceptible to infection because of changes in vaginal pH (normal vaginal pH is around 3.8-4.5, but blood pH is 7.4), which can make the environment more hospitable to bad bacteria and yeast. With recurring infections, your pH can normalize during the rest of your cycle, only for the infection to return again during your next period. Generally, we recommend that if you have any infection or irritation you stop using the cups (or any internal period protection) until you are sure the infection has cleared up. Then be sure to fully sterilize the cup by boiling it for 5 to 8 minutes. You should always wash your hands before handling the cups or inserting or removing. Once the yeast infection has cleared up you will be able to use the cups without any issue, you'll just need to make sure that your cup is completely clean and sanitized so you don't reinfect yourself. If you have any concerns then we do encourage you to to see your doctor.

Can the cup give me a yeast infection?

Can I use a cup if I am a virgin?

Generally, women who have not had intercourse have no problem using the cups (though like any new user there is a learning period). For most women, the hymen is not actually a solid barrier that breaks when you insert something into your vagina or have sex (though rarely some women do have thicker hymens). Every woman’s body is different, but for most women, there are natural holes in it to allow things like menstrual fluid to flow out. These holes are generally large enough for tampons and menstrual cups to be inserted easily – it just takes a little practice to find the right positioning for your body. Virginity is not a measurement on how to choose a cup. For those concerned about the hymen, please always a consult medical practitioner prior to use.

Can I use a cup if I am a virgin?

Can a menstrual cup prevent STD transmission?

Menstrual cups will not protect you from STD's or pregnancy. However, you can enjoy sexual intercourse while wearing a Ziggy Cup, but please remove other Intimina cups prior to intercourse.

Can a menstrual cup prevent STD transmission?

What about menstrual cups and post pregnancy?

You should not use any internal period protection until your doctor says you are completely healed and approves it (at least 6 weeks after birth). If you have any questions about your specific situation, please contact your doctor.

What about menstrual cups and post pregnancy?

TECHNICALITIES

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