SAFETY AND HYGIENE
Our customers’ safety is our number one priority. That’s why we have taken several steps to make sure we provide our customers with a high quality and safe product.
MedFem Menstrual Cup material
Medfem Menstrual Cup is made of 100% flexible medical-grade silicone. Medical-grade silicone contains silicon, oxygen, carbon and hydrogen atoms. It doesn’t contain any known unnecessary or hazardous chemicals. Medical-grade silicone is tested for biocompatibility and completely safe to use inside the body.
The medical-grade silicone used for the Medfem Menstrual cup is manufactured in the India and the Medfem Menstrual cup is registered and Approved with the FDA as a medical device (Labeled, Packaging, Sterilized).
The MedFem Menstrual Cup is registered with The Vegan Society. This means that the organization’s team has checked our products against their criteria and made sure they meet their standards of being cruelty-free and using no animal by-products.
All MedFem Menstrual Cup products are registered with The Vegan Society.
Infections and hygiene
Using a MedFem Menstrual cup is very hygienic, as no external factors or free oxygen reach the accumulated flow while it is inserted no bacteria is created.
In fact, you’re more likely to get an infection from bacteria on your hands that was transferred via the menstrual cup than you are to get an infection from the menstrual cup itself. That’s also why it’s very important to make sure to wash your hands with soap before you insert or remove the cup.
We have consulted gynecologists on this matter and because bacteria formation grows exponentially, you should empty your menstrual every 8-12 hours. That’s why it is important to keep track of when you inserted it and to follow hygiene recommendations.
In 2019, a report by the Lancet Public Health also concluded that menstrual cups are a safe option. Read the report here.
TSS ( Toxic Shock Syndrome )
TSS is a complication of bacterial infections, which has been associated with tampon use, but is not solely linked to tampons. In fact, 50% of cases are non-menstrual and 25% are found in men. To contract TSS, a person needs to be a carrier of a specific strain of staph bacteria (staphylococcus aureus) in their body. If the person has that, the staph can multiply in, for instance, a tampon’s absorbent fibers but also in an unhealed wound, producing a harmful toxin.
Unlike pads and tampons that absorb menstrual flow, a menstrual cup collects and catch it. This means that no oxygen reaches the collected flow and it remains bacteria free. It also means that no unnecessary vaginal fluids will be absorbed. This eliminates irritation and dryness while ensuring that the natural pH balance of the vagina is kept intact.
Nevertheless, there is still a minimal risk of TSS (if you have the specific strain of staph bacteria in your vaginal flora), so we always recommend making sure that you empty it after 8-12 hours, sanitize your Medfem menstrual Cup between periods and wash your hands before handling the cup.
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TOP 5 MENSTRUAL CUP TIPS FOR BEGINNERS
Tip 1: Wear a panty liner until you feel comfortable
Until you feel 100% comfortable with your menstrual cup, you might want to wear a panty liner so you don’t have to worry about leaking.
Tip 2: Try to locate your cervix
We all have differently positioned cervixes and the cup should be placed below the cervix, if not, it will most likely leak. Try to locate your cervix with your finger, you should feel for a slightly firmer area of tissue and position your cup under it.
Tip 3: Trim the stem of the cup
If you can feel the stem and find it uncomfortable after using the cup a couple of times, you can cut it shorter. However, do not trim the stem while the menstrual cup is inserted!
Tip 4: Practice before your period
No one expects you to be an instant menstrual cup pro, so we recommend you practice inserting and removing your cup before you get your period.
Tip 5: Use lubrication
You can use water or a water-based lubricant to make insertion easier.