Frequently asked QUESTIONS
Yes. The MyownCup sits low enough in the vagina and should not interfere with and break the hymen. However, each person’s body is different, so it is advisable that if you have strong personal feelings about keeping the hymen intact, it is preferable to consult your OB/GYN. It is suitable to use from a young girls first menstrual period, it is recommended that you feel comfortable with your body and its natural processes.
Yes. MoC can be worn during all sporting activities including swimming! Because it has no strings or doesn’t absorb liquid, it is discrete and comfortable. During vigorous sports such as horse riding, MyownCup may shift, which will require you to readjust it.
No. MyownCup cannot be used as any form of contraception. It will not prevent pregnancy.
No. MyownCup will not prevent any STIs.
The cup itself will not leak, but if it is not inserted correctly, has not fully opened, or is full then yes, it can leak. Make sure that MoC is fully opened by running your finger around the rim of MoC. You can also grasp the base of the MoC and twist it in either direction to allow cup to open fully. Remember that MoC is NOT inserted as high in the vagina as a tampon. Inserting MoC too high will make it harder to remove. The other reason for MoC leaking is if it is overly full. Remove, discard of contents and reinsert. Make sure that you empty the cup more frequently.
Of course. MyownCup can hold up to 3 times the amount of fluid that a regular tampon can hold. Because of this, you may be able to wear MyownCup for a longer length of time, however, remember to change it at least every 12 hours.
No. MoC sits low in the vagina and will block anything from entering. Make sure you remove your cup before sexual intercourse. Also note that MoC is by no means a contraceptive device nor does not offer any protection from STI’s
Not at all. Surprisingly, the MyOwnCup is very tidy. It collects all fluid within the cup and then it is disposed of by tipping contents into the toilet. It can be wiped clean with toilet paper, tissues or feminine wet wipes.
No. Because the MoC seals against the wall of your vagina, there is no contamination from outside influences such as air or water. So it is completely hygienic. Sometimes, there may be a smell of iron from the blood, but this is only once you remove the cup. While MoC is inserted it is odourless. If there is a fishy or foul smell, be sure to consult your gynaecologist or GP.
Yes! The MoC is made from a 100% medical grade silicone that does not contain any latex, plastic, bleaches, dyes, parabens, or chemicals.
Inserting MoC shouldn’t be any harder that doing other things with long nails. It may take a bit of practice inserting and removing to avoid scratching yourself. A very important point to note is that long nails carry a lot of bacteria. So wash your hands and nails well before inserting or removing MoC.
Of course. It is personal preference, but if you choose to wear MyOwnCup during showering or bathing it will not decrease effectiveness.
No. TSS is associated with products that absorb menstrual fluids. MyOwnCup is non-absorbent, and does not leave any fibres in the vagina or interfere with the natural mucous production.
Absolutely. The MoC is designed so that it is able to hold 3 times for liquid that any tampon. Depending on your flow, you can keep it in for 12 hours at a time. For a restful night!
Contents of MoC should always be flushed away. If a person is infected with AIDS/HIV, their blood is only contagious when fresh. Once blood comes into contact with large amounts of water, or is exposed to air for a period of time, the virus will die. Ensure that if you are hiking and residing etc. in an area there are no facilities, to dispose of blood by covering with earth.
Although to date there has not been any major clinical trials to support this claim, it is suggested that there could be a correlation between a menstrual cup and endometriosis in women prone to the condition due to possible backflow of blood into uterus. Should you have any concerns relating to this, consult your gynaecologist
Yes. MoC can be worn safely and comfortably with the loop, IUD and the copper T (and similar contraception devices), the risk is that you could accidently dislodge your IUD when removing MoC. Check with your Gynaecologist that the IUD is trimmed short enough so that it cannot be pulled out accidently when removing MoC. Be careful when removing MoC, and if you have any fears or questions, contact your gynaecologist.
Never. The opening into the cervix is very small; there is no danger of losing MoC. If the MoC is inserted too high into the vagina you may have some difficulties in removing it.
If the cup is inserted correctly you should not be aware of it. When first using MyownCup, you may feel its presence. It should not cause any discomfort.
No, not necessarily. However you may find that your cup has shifted position and it sitting lower, so readjusts if required.
The material used is designed to last for more than 5 years. Some women may choose to replace the MyownCup every 2 -3 years for aesthetic reasons. Discoloration by no means indicates that the product will lose functionality.
This depends entirely on how heavy or light your flow is. If you have a very light flow, MoC can be own for 12 hours at a time. If your menstrual is quite heavy, you may find that you have to empty it more frequently. After using MyownCup a few times, you will be able to determine how often you need it empty it.
The silicone material MyownCup is made from is 100% medical grade, and it is FDA approved. It is hypoallergenic and biocompatible.
The MyownCup is to be used only as a menstruation device. After childbirth the vagina is often inflamed, irritated and sore. Inserting the MoC may cause further irritation and so is not indicated for this use. The postnatal discharge must be left to exit the body and the vagina to return to its normal pre-birth condition. Use cloth pads to absorb the discharge and only return to using the MoC once your menstrual cycle has returned. Consult your doctor if you have any concerns.