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Are menstrual cups safe and healthy to use?

Menstrual cups are generally a very safe option for period care. The majority of menstrual cups sold on the market are FDA approval, made of medical-grade silicone, hypo-allergenic, and have accreditations that confirm they are 100% safe for medical use. They are also better for your body and do not pose certain health risks that other forms of monthly feminine hygiene products do such as tampons and the risk of (TSS) toxic shock syndrome.
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Will a menstrual cup cause any vaginal infections?

Menstrual cups are not known to cause vaginal infections, and very few users of them report any adverse effects of using them for feminine hygiene products. The grade of materials which menstrual cups are made out of our tested and approved for safety in contact with human skin and intimate uses.

If a pre-existing vaginal infection or yeast infection (candida) is occurring when the menstrual cup is being used, it is recommended to discontinue use until the infection is treated and clears up. Additionally, it is advised that a person sterilize their menstrual cup thoroughly after an infection ensues.
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Can menstrual cups cause allergic reactions?

Menstrual cups do not commonly cause any allergic reactions (especially the Silicone ones.) The majority of menstrual cup brands are assured 100% hypo-allergenic and apply to the rules, standards and guidelines that certifies a medical product as hypo-allergenic. However, the Keeper that is made out of rubber material could pose allergy risks to someone who has a sensitivity to latex or rubber materials.
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Will the use of a menstrual cup cause (TSS) Toxic Shock Syndrome?

bacteria can grow anywhere on the body and on any person, not just someone who is menstruating. TSS can be caused by many things, not just tampons. However, because using a tampon provides a moist and humid condition, it creates a perfect environment for it.

Menstrual Cups themselves do not cause TSS.
There was one reported case of TSS of someone using a menstrual cup. Ten days before symptoms she had used a menstrual cup. She was a new user and scratched herself.
It was unsure if the cup actually had anything to do with TSS or if she already had the bacteria present.

Since cups do not absorb menstrual fluid or change the body’s pH balance, the conditions are not as favorable for bacterial growth.

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Do using menstrual cups cause menstrual cramps or make them worse?

It has not been proven or disapproved that menstrual cups cause menstrual cramps or worsen them. In fact, many menstrual cup users note that while using a menstrual cup during menstruation that they felt less cramps, and that the use of their menstrual cup notably alleviated the severity of their menstrual cramps.
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If a virgin uses a menstrual cup will it compromise their hymen?

Yes, because it is inserted into the vagina- the use of a menstrual cup for protection of leakage during periods by a virgin can break the hymen and cause it to be compromised. It is solely up to an individual in their preference whether or not they should take this risk.
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Can I wear a menstrual cup while having sex?

There is only one single brand of menstrual cup that can be worn and used during sex and it is called the Softcup (not to be confused with the Soft Cup.) The Softcup “loves making love” and can be essentially worn during sex while on your period for mess-free intimacy. However, all other menstrual cups cannot and should not be worn while partaking in sexual intercourse.
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Can I use a menstrual cup with an IUD?

Yes. Any person that has an IUD can use a menstrual cup safely and without any health risk. The menstrual cup does not interfere with the effectiveness of the IUD to prevent pregnancy, although it should not be used as a preventative measure to guard against pregnancy.
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Will a menstrual cup prevent pregnancy?

No. The menstrual cup is not a contraceptive method and should not be used as one. It is intended for the sole purpose of providing a female with a feminine hygiene alternative to pads and tampons.
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Can a menstrual cup prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases?

No. It is not a method of protection against sexually transmitted diseases and a menstrual cup should only be used for its intended purpose of supplying a woman with a means of period protection and feminine hygiene.
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If I have an STD (sexually transmitted disease) can I still use a menstrual cup?

Yes, you can still use a menstrual cup if you have a sexually transmitted disease. However, it is not a means of protection and it will not safe-guard you from spreading or acquiring other sexually transmitted diseases. And it is advised that you do not share your menstrual cup with another person as hygienically you can spread your disease to them with the sharing of menstrual cup.
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Can I share my menstrual cup with someone else?

NO. Under any circumstances- you should not share the same menstrual cup with anyone else. This is for your best hygienic health and for many other reasons that sharing intimate health devices is unhealthy, hygienic, and unsafe.
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Do I have to remove the menstrual cup to have bowel movements or to urinate?

No. You can perform any activity or bodily function with the menstrual cup safely intact in your vagina. The menstrual cup should not hinder, pose risk, cause pain, or prevent you from urinating and having regular bowel movements in a normal manner.
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I have a vaginal infection can I still use my menstrual cup?

Yes. You can safely use a menstrual cup when suffering from a vaginal infection, however it is recommended that you wash, clean, and sterilize your menstrual cup thoroughly before the next use so you do not re-contract the infection. Additionally, it may be wise to discontinue using a menstrual cup while having a vaginal infection so not to cause more discomfort and pain and until the infection is treated and clears.
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I just had a baby 5 days ago can I wear a menstrual cup for the bleeding?

NO. Peri-natal bleeding should not be treated with the use of menstrual cup. After a c-section and after a vaginal birth the vaginal canal is sensitive, needs to heal, and can be prone to infections, tears, and such that can make for other problems. It is not advised that a woman insert anything into her vagina, including a menstrual cup for up to 6 weeks after having a baby, hysterectomy, vaginal surgery, or other type of female surgery that involves the vagina.
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I have endometriosis can I still use a menstrual cup?

Yes. Women with endometriosis can safely and effectively use a menstrual cup without posing any further risk to their health or causing any further discomfort and pain. Some women who suffer from endometriosis prefer the menstrual cup over tampons as menstrual cups can lessen the severe menstrual cramps caused and associated with endometriosis.
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Is it safe to use a menstrual cup if I have a prolapsed uterus?

For some women, the use of a menstrual cup with a prolapsed uterus can cause pain and other issues. It is important that you consult with your medical practitioner if you have a prolapsed uterus before using a menstrual cup. Your doctor will advise you what your case involves and if it is the safest period protection alternative for you.
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Can a menstrual cup still work safely for someone who has a tilted uterus?

Yes. Women and females with a tilted uterus can use a menstrual cup without experiencing any issues. However, most women with a tilted uterus have a high cervix as well- so be very careful to choose the right size, stem, and features in a menstrual cup so that you can get the most effectiveness and comfort from a menstrual cup.
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