Is it safe?
Yes! It is important to keep your cup clean. Before first use and between cycles, simmer your cup for 3-5 mins in a pan of boiling water. There are no reported cases of menstrual cups being the cause of Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Is it difficult to use?
Many people don’t like trying new things during the bleed phase of their cycle. At first it could be a little daunting. Stick with it for a couple of cycles. Don’t worry, there is really nowhere it can go, and you will be sure to get the knack of it soon. Keep with it!
Trimming the stem
Libby Cup has the longest stem on the market to help you remove it . You can choose to keep the stem long, trim it to your preferred length, or even cut it all the way off: your choice!
Is it messy to use?
This is probably the biggest concern for new cup users. It really is not as messy as you might think. Like everything, practice make perfect. You might want to be at home the first time you try taking it out, and soon you will have the process down to a fine art. Expect to get a little blood on your fingers. If you aren’t next to a sink, then just empty and wipe your Libby Cup with a tissue, or carry a bottle of water to splash the cup with.
How long can I keep the cup for?
Years and years! The cup will not deteriorate. If your flow or shape changes for example, as you approach the menopause or following a vaginal birth, you may need a different size. If your Libby Cup gets significantly discoloured or damaged, then it might be time for a new one.
What should I do with my unused tampons and pads?
Give them to women that need them! Bloody Good Period is an amazing charity that donates sanitary products to women who really need them. They only accept full, sealed boxes of pads and tampons. Send them to:
Bloody Good Period
Alexandra Palace Way
Can I swim with the menstrual cup?
Can I do sports with the menstrual cup?
Yes! - You might even find it more comfortable.
Can I use the Libby Cup with an IUD?
IUDs can take a few months to settle into place after insertion. It is best to avoid using a menstrual cup for at least 2 cycles after an IUD has been fitted. For those with an IUD, it is especially important to release the suction of the cup before removal. Release the suction by sliding your finger along the side of the cup, or by squeezing the base of the cup.
Can I use the cup if I am a virgin?
Yes, you absolutely can! The Libby Cup sits much lower than tampons do. Depending on your flow, you may want to try the smallest Libby Cup (size C) to start with.