When the word "Period Cup" gets dropped into conversation, it's often followed with a stream of questions and curiosity around how it works and what the fuss is all about.
We asked you everything you wanted to know about the Scarlet Period Cup - these were your most frequently asked questions. But before we deep dive into the 'how', let's talk a little bit more about the 'the why'.
What is a Period Cup?
A Period Cup is a flexible cup inserted into the vagina during menstruation. It is designed to collect your menstrual flow rather than absorbing it like tampons or pads.
We're all different so we have created The Scarlet Period Cup in two sizes:
Size 1 - Regular Ideal for people who have not given birth, are under 30. Suitable for lighter to medium flows. Holds up to approximately 2.5 regular tampons
Size 2 - Large Ideal for people who have given birth, are over 30. Suitable for heavier flows. Holds up to approximately 2 super tampons.
If you're still unsure say email@example.com and we'll help find the right fit.
Your Scarlet Period Cup CANNOT GET LOST inside your vagina. The force and skill of gravity will bring it down. Gotta love science.
Sadly, no. But you can take it out and enjoy the magic of period sex.
No, that’s the best thing about switching to a Scarlet Period Cup. However, for first time cup users we recommend wearing a backup liner for the first few cycles for peace of mind and extra protection while you are learning how to master the cup.
Yes! Swimming, yoga, running, surfing, swimming (and any form of exercise really) is all on the cards while wearing your Scarlet Period Cup. We have designed it specifically to move with you and support your everyday performance.
You can Scarlet Period Cup in just a few simple steps, which we show here - along with some handy visuals. To break it down. Find a comfortable position. Try sitting on the toilet, standing, or squatting. Holding the folded cup with one hand, use your free hand to part your labia. Locate your vaginal opening, and slowly insert your period cup into your vagina in the direction your tailbone. As you insert the cup, try to maintain the folded position of the period cup. When you can no longer hold the cup in a folded position let it “pop” open inside your vagina.
Wrong. There is plenty of room up there for the Scarlet Period Cup to sit comfortably.
If your cup is well looked after it should last for years. Which is why they are so damn good for the planet. But at the first sign of any wear or damage, we suggest replacing it for a new one.
Yes, you can! Your Scarlet Period Cup can be worn for up to 8 hours, so insert it just before bed and rest easy.
Many people safely and happily use IUDs with their Scarlet Period Cup. If you're unsure, we recommend consulting with your doctor before inserting the cup.
If you need to empty your Scarlet Period Cup in a public bathroom, have no fear. Simply take out your cup and empty it into the toilet. We suggest keeping a bottle of water and a few sachets of our Scarlet Cup Wipes handy so it’s super easy to wipe your cup clean. Make sure to check that the holes at the side of the cup are clear before reinserting the cup. No mess, no fuss.
Before you use your Scarlet Period Cup for the first time (and after the end of every period), it’s important to disinfect it. This can be done quickly at home: just grab a pot, drop the period cup in and stick it on the stove top. Boil for five minutes, allow the cup to cool down - and that’s it. While you're on your period, you don’t need to worry about disinfecting your cup each time, a simple wash in warm water with a mild soap or wiping clean with our Scarlet Cup Wipes will do the trick.
Of course. No need to remove the Scarlet Period Cup when taking a wee or number two. It will stay in place - no problems and will not interfere unlike a pesky tampon string. If you feel your cup has moved, simply re-adjust with clean hands.
As long as your Scarlet Period is the right size, is inserted correctly and emptied when needed, it should not leak. However, like tampons leaks can happen – especially if your cup hasn’t opened out properly. To check your Scarlet Period Cup is open, run your finger around the base of the cup. It should feel even all the way around. If you feel an indent, try twisting your cup around a couple of times.
If you feel you’ve done everything and your cup still isn’t feeling quite right – you may need to reconsider your cup size.
If we could say one thing about switching to a Period Cup, it's this... don’t give up. Majority of avid cup users say they'll never go back to tampons and that it took them a few cycles to truly master it. Keep at it.
Do have you more questions about making the switch? Feel free to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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