A soft, reusable silicone cup that is placed inside the vagina during a woman's period to collect menstrual fluids.
They are generally shaped like an upside down bell and have 4 holes near the rim to prevent suction when removing. There is usually a stem and ridges at the base to help locate and grip the cup during removal.
Because of their longevity, menstrual cups do not provide the steady income that pads and tampons create, so larger feminine hygiene companies are not interested. Also, many women simply don't know about them because they were taught to use pads and tampons. It may also be difficult for women to change what they have used for many years.
Menstrual cups are, however, starting to be more widely accepted, as women learn more about them and share their experiences with friends.
Most women who use menstrual cups use them because they are so comfortable, you don't even know it's there.
Ease of use for daily life
Because you can wear it up to 12 hours, you can go about your day with fewer disruptions of needing to change pads or tampons or finding a clean, private toilet.
Money savings and sustainability over time
One EverCup can replace 10 years' or more worth of pads and tampons, saving money and preventing many kilograms of waste from entering landfills.
Healthy and made from safe materials
Our cups are made in the USA from Medical-Healthcare Grade silicone, so it is also safer for your body compared to pads and tampons made with chemicals and bleach.
Measuring your Cervix Height
First wash your hands, then insert a finger into your vaginal canal as far as you can until the tip of your finger reaches your cervix:
- Standard: Whole finger fits or you can't even reach your cervix
- Mid: Half or more of your finger fits
- Mini: Half or less of your finger fits
If you find the stem protrudes or is uncomfortable with any of the cups, you can cut the stem off - just be sure not to make a hole in the cup!
Please note - all fingers and cervices are different, so these are just general guidelines. For more clarification, watch Red Herring's video on finding and measuring your cervix.
If you are uncomfortable with this method or have any questions or concerns, please consult your doctor prior to using EverCup.
Wash: Thoroughly wash your hands and then your Cup with warm potable water and mild/unscented soap. Make sure the four holes under the rim are cleaned out. You may also boil the cup each month prior to use.
Fold: Use a "C" or "Punch Down" fold. Try both or experiment with other folds to see what works best for you.
Insert: In a relaxed position, usually sitting on the toilet or squatting in the shower, slide the folded cup into your vagina so that it is angled towards your tailbone and the stem is within 1/2 inch of your vaginal opening and release. The cup should 'pop' open and create a seal against the vaginal walls; however, you can also rotate the cup to ensure it's fully open or flex your vaginal muscles to help locate it. Once it is comfortably placed, you should not feel anything.
Use: Go about your daily life uninterrupted for up to 12 hours of comfortable, odor-free & worry-free protection. Empty at least 2 times per day.
Remove: Wash your hands in warm soapy water. Find the stem with your thumb and index finger and pinch the grooved area above the stem to release suction. Remove slowly to minimize spill. Empty in the toilet and repeat these steps.
We recommend cleaning your cup with boiling water before each period and it must always be washed with clean, drinkable water.
We know clean water is not always accessible for many women in India and throughout the world, and that is why we provide a Cleaning Case with every cup. The idea behind the Cleaning Case is to make menstrual health management easier, while also being respectful of sensitive cultural topics.
Step 1: boil water in a pot on the stove or in the microwave
Step 2: pour hot boiled water in the case
Step 3: The case has generous finger grips that allow you to carry the case from the kitchen area to the bathroom or another private place
Step 4: submerge the cup in the boiled water for 5-10 minutes
Step 5: empty water when it's safe and cool enough to touch
Step 6: you can now use the cup, or store it in the case for next use
Always make sure your hands are clean prior to insertion or removal and, again, make sure to use only clean, drinkable water when rinsing. Once you remove the cup and empty it, you can simply rinse your cup with clean water and mild water-based soap. If you do not have access to clean water, you may remove and empty the cup, wipe it with a clean paper towel and reinsert. The next time you are able, wash it thoroughly with clean water and mild water-based soap.
Yes! EverCup is made from 100% Medical-Healthcare Grade Class VI Silicone that is non-allergenic and non-toxic, proven with bio-compatibility certifications provided by the manufacturer with every shipment. EverCup is soft and safe, even for people with skin sensitivities, unlike scratchy and drying tampons and pads made with chemicals and bleach.
- Up to 12 hours and even overnight! Make sure to empty it at least 2 times per day.
- One EverCup is good for many years, potentially even up to a lifetime with proper care.
The beauty of the cup is that you will really learn about how your cycle works and become more in tune with your body. Make sure to empty at least every 12 hours and you can adjust the length of time as you learn more about your cycle.
EverCups hold 30ml (size 1) or 40ml (size 2). On average, most women lose a total of 30-40ml of blood during an entire cycle, so many women only need to empty once in the morning and once in the evening.
If you see spotting, check to see if the cup's full, or it may have been placed incorrectly. Either way, empty, clean and reinsert.
If you have heavy days at the beginning of your cycle or a heavy flow in general, you may need to empty it more frequently.
Also, 'when to empty' can simply be based on when you have a comfortable place to do so. Sometimes emptying the cup sooner than the 12-hour timeframe in the comfort of your own home or a known clean and private bathroom can be useful.
- You're not alone in thinking that, but it's actually cleaner, healthier, and better for the environment, and you get to know your body a bit better. Tampons and pads are quite messy and, worst of all,...stinky due to blood being exposed to air. Trust us, you will be amazed at how easy menstrual cups can be and wonder why you haven't tried this sooner!
- Not at all! Pads and tampons cause odors, because the blood is exposed to air which allows bacteria to form.
- No! It can take practice to remove at first, but you'll get the hang of it. For most women, the vaginal canal is about 4 inches long, unless you have a low cervix, in which case your canal is shorter, so the cup can't go that far. If you are having trouble finding the stem, bear down like having a bowel movement while feeling for the stem with your index finger and thumb. The cup should move down a bit and the stem will be more accessible. Then simply pinch the base of the cup to release the ‘seal,’ and move it down and out.
- The cup folds down to the size of a tampon for easier insertion. Once open, the cup's rim seals against the elastic vaginal wall muscle. We suggest the "C" or "Punch down" folds, but there are many YouTube videos with different ways to fold menstrual cups, so please experiment with different folds to find what works best for you.
- When EverCup is inserted properly you should not feel it and it should not leak. If it is uncomfortable or you can feel it, it is probably inserted incorrectly, tilted, or not fully open. You can try flexing your vaginal muscles or rotating the cup to ensure it is open all the way, but if all else fails, it's best to just reinsert it.
- The rim of EverCup creates a seal against the elastic, muscular wall of the vagina.
- There's no exact spot since each women's vagina and cervix are different. The cup seals against the vaginal muscles and fits below the cervix in the vaginal canal. In most cases, the tip of the stem is within 1/2"-1" from the vaginal opening. As long as there is no discomfort and no leaks, you should be good to go!
Watch excellent videos by Hygiene and You to learn more about anatomy and locating your cup.
- Because we do not use colorants in our cups, you may notice yellowing or discoloration. Silicone naturally yellows over time and exposure to blood can contribute to this process. This does not mean the cup has gone bad, just be sure to clean it with boiling water before each cycle.
- 100% Medical Grade, Class VI Silicone, the same material used in baby bottle nipples and medical devices. This class of silicone meets very strict requirements for bio-compatibility. A more detailed explanation can be found on our factory's website, cascobaymolding.com
Learn more about medical silicone.
Medical Grade Silicone generally means one of two things confirmed by this Wikipedia link:
Medical-Healthcare Grade, Class VI Silicone, tested for Biocompatibility. Medical Class VI is the material choice for Casco Bay Molding’s Menstrual Cups, Baby Bottle Nipples, food & skin contact, Scuba & Athletic Mouthpieces.
Both Medical-Healthcare Grade, Class VI Silicone and Medical-Long Term Implantable Silicones are considered safe for food contact. Both grades are almost always LSR (liquid silicone rubbers) that are normally processed via injection molding.
- EverCup is made in the USA by Casco Bay Molding.
EverCup is an FDA-registered Class II Medical Device. The FDA doesn't grant "approval" to menstrual cups; they have found them to be safe enough to exempt them from the approval process. EverCup is committed to being transparent with our compliance to FDA standards.
More information can be found at https://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/Transparency/Basics/ucm192695.htm
TSS is very rare, and even more rare with menstrual cups; however, if you experience sudden fever, sunburn-like rash, dizziness, and flu-like symptoms while using your cup, remove it and immediately seek medical attention. Without early treatment, TSS can be fatal.
TSS is a release of toxins into the bloodstream from a bacterial infection (Staphylococcus aureus, or group A streptococcus). It has been linked to high absorbency tampons because they can cause dryness and can scrape the vaginal walls allowing the bacteria to get into an open wound.
- Yes, just be sure to empty & rinse when you wake up, and at least every 12 hours.
- Yes! It's even better because you don't have to worry about strings showing or your tampon getting water logged.
- Yes, you can do most anything athletic with EverCup and without the worry of pads and tampons.
- Check to make sure it's positioned properly, fully open, or try re-inserting it. If you still have trouble, check for damage. If there is no damage and reinserting doesn't work, you may need to try a different size.
- The cup may not be in far enough, in which case try inserting a little farther. Or perhaps you have a lower cervix, in which case you may need a shorter cup. You can tell this by inserting your finger into your vagina until you touch your cervix and measuring how far your finger went in.
Some women also cut the stem off to keep the stem from protruding. Just make sure to not cut too high and make a hole in the bottom of the cup.
- No, the vaginal canal is separate from the urinary tract and colon. The cup may shift when bearing down. You can check that it's still in the proper location by feeling for the stem.
- Yes, you should always remove the cup prior to vaginal intercourse. Also, EverCup is intended for use as a menstruation product only - it is not a contraceptive, and does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
- Many women do, but please be sure to talk with your doctor or gynecologist first. Improper use can cause your IUD to dislodge.
- Yes, it may even be better than pads or tampons, as it doesn't cause dryness. Please consult your physician to discuss your personal situation.
- No, please consult your physician as to when you can start to use a cup again.
- No, please consult your physician before using any internal feminine hygiene product after childbirth.
- Yes, but please consult your physician first, especially if you have concerns about your hymen.