As with anything that you put inside your body - you need to know that it's right & safe for you.
That's why we want to make sure your questions are answered so you feel confident using a Talula Cup.
Below we've indicated the risks of using menstrual cups, but if you can't find answers to any queries you might have there or on our FAQ or How To Use Your Cup pages, then just send us an email.
We are a small business and we know that communication is key - especially with something like a menstrual cup - so we will endeavour to get back to you asap.
menstrual cups and the risks
As with a lot of things, menstrual cups have their risks too. Below we've split up key bits of information.
Recently news stories have covered the risks of pelvic floor prolapse caused by incorrect
removal of menstrual cups.
It's important you don't pull on the stem to remove your cup. Menstrual cups act like a suction
to catch blood, so to avoid any internal damage when you remove them,
you need to break the suction seal.
In our instructions we suggest you lightly twist your cup to break the seal, however you can also gently squeeze it at the bottom too. This breaks the seal through the tiny holes at the top of the cup. This BBC video and article is useful if you need to see what we mean.
Infection is a rare when using a menstrual cup, but if it does happen, it’s more than likely to be a result of the bacteria on your hands transferred to your cup than from the actual cup.
You can reduce the risk of infection by washing your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap before handling the cup. Make sure you wash your cup with warm water and - if you have some to hand - un-perfumed soap between uses, and boiling your cup for 5 minutes after each cycle.
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is a rare, serious and sometimes fatal disease. If you experience TSS symptoms while using a menstrual cup, take it out and seek medical advice immediately.
TSS is caused when the bacteria Staphylococcus or Streptococcus bacteria (which naturally exist on your skin, nose or mouth) — are pushed deeper into the body.
To reduce the low risk of TSS, wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap before removing or inserting your cup, and clean the cup as per our instructions.