Boiling a menstrual cup is a straightforward process. After washing your hands, check the menstrual cup to make sure the air holes at the top are open and not blocked. Then grab a pot that is big enough to contain - and completely submerge - the menstrual cup. Fill the pot with water, then bring it to the boil. Place the cup in the boiling water, making sure it is fully submerged. Then simply let it boil for 3 to 5 minutes, keeping an eye on the cup to make sure it doesn’t burn, and stays beneath the water.
If your menstrual cup falls into the toilet, do not reinsert it! Instead, make sure to boil the cup to sanitize it thoroughly before using it again. Accidents happen, but it's important to ensure your cup is clean and safe to use before reinserting it.
Most menstrual cups come with a breathable cotton bag for storage. It’s important to never store your cup in a plastic bag or airtight container, as this could create a breeding ground for bacteria. Always ensure your menstrual cup is thoroughly dried before storing it.
With proper care, a menstrual cup can last for several years. However, it's recommended to replace your cup if there are any signs of cracking, splitting, or tearing, if your cup has a chalky residue or becomes sticky to the touch. Extreme discoloration, thinning, and a foul odour that cannot be removed are also signs that it's time for a new cup.
Menstrual cups are generally very safe to use. However, like any other period product, they need to be used and cleaned properly to prevent infections. If at any time you develop any type of infection that could possibly be related to your menstrual cup, stop using it immediately and contact your doctor.
Regular maintenance and cleaning can help to combat any odours from your menstrual cup. However, if your cup develops a persistent odour, it may be a sign that it needs to be replaced.
Staining and discoloration are normal and do not necessarily mean your cup is dirty. However, if you want to remove stains, you can leave the cup out in direct sunlight for 24 hours. This can often help to lighten stains and remove any odours.