Frequently Asked Questions
Which size cup would work best for you, depends on how deep your cervix is. You can check this in the shower, when your hands are clean. Your cervix feels like a small, slightly hard bulge that springs back to the touch. If you can already feel your cervix when you’re one phalanx deep, your cervix is low, around your second phalanx is average. If your finger comes even deeper than that, your cervix will be a bit higher. It is best to check this every day of your period, so that you can determine the lowest point. The higher your cervix is, the larger size cup would be best. Size 1 is 56 mm long and has a diameter of 42 mm. Size 2 is a bit longer, at 58 mm, and is 48 mm wide.
The volume also plays a role. If you have a heavy period, it is best to opt for a cup with a little more volume, as you won’t have to empty it as often. The cup in size 1 has a capacity of 22 ml and in the size 2 fits 29 ml of blood.
Medical grade silicone is specially made so that it can safely stay in the body for a longer period of time.
No worries! Your vagina ends where your cervix is, so there’s no way it can get past that and get lost. If you feel like your cup is stuck, chances are it has still drawn a vacuum. It is important that you do not pull the stem, as this will increase the vacuum. This stem is really just there to help locate the bottom of the cup.
If the cup is stuck it is therefore necessary to break the vacuum. If you can’t break the vacuum by squeezing the base (the rippled part above the stem), you can try gently running your fingers along the rim of the cup. If you can then create an opening, the vacuum is broken, and you can take it out by gently pulling the base of the cup.
It helps to relax while breaking the vacuum. Try not to worry too much and take a deep breath. When you have managed to break the vacuum, it can help to tighten your pelvic floor muscles. The cup is then a bit easier to take out.
Congrats with your new cup! Before using your cup, it is important that you sterilize it. You can do this by first washing it well with soap and water, and then boiling it in water for 5 minutes. An easy way to boil your cup is to put it in the microwave for 5 minutes.After that you can use your cup for the first time. As with many things, chances are it will be a bit rough the first time. But don’t worry, practice makes perfect! Practice inserting and removing the cup a few times before your period starts. If it doesn’t go smoothly right away, check it out; it can take 2 to 3 menstrual cycles until you are completely comfortable with the cup.
The stem of the cup is there to make it easier to identify where the bottom of the cup is. This can tilt a bit if you have it in for a while. Heads up! You should never pull the stem to remove your cup! Doing so can worsen the vacuum, making the cup more difficult to take out. Apart from making removal harder, that also feels very unpleasant.
Always wash your hands thoroughly before removing the cup.
Get into a comfortable position (standing, sitting, or squatting) and relax. When you relax it is a lot easier to remove the cup. At first, it can be best to practice insertion and removal in the shower, to avoid messes.
Insert your thumb and index finger into your vagina. Squeeze the base of the cup with both fingers (the ribbed area above the stem). NEVER pull on the stem. The stem is only for locating the bottom of the cup, never for pulling it out.
Removing the cup should never cause pain or discomfort. If it does, check if the vacuum is really broken.
Once you have broken the vacuum and are holding the cup correctly, it will be easier to remove if you tighten your pelvic floor muscles.
For the best protection against urine loss, it’s best to use incontinence material and not menstrual pads or liners. Menstrual products work differently than incontinence material. Incontinence material is made specifically to absorb urine which is thinner and comes out in larger quantities than menstrual blood. Also, Yoni incontinence material has natural odour control to protect you against the odour that is released from urine. So, it’s best to use incontinence products for urine loss to get the best protection you need. If you are on your period and also experiencing urine loss then it is fine to use menstrual pads/sanitary pads.
If you don’t know the cause or treatment of the urine loss you’re experiencing, it’s important to see your doctor. Incontinence is a signal that something is not quite right in your pelvic floor muscles, or pelvic organs. It could be due to weak pelvic floor muscles or overactive pelvic floor muscles (to name 2). It’s important to know what the cause is in order to treat it properly. 80% of urine loss cases are easily treatable so don’t hesitate to visit your doctor to find out what can be done to decrease urine loss.
Incontinence material is made specifically to absorb urine which is thinner and comes out in larger quantities than menstrual blood. Also, incontinence material has natural odour control to protect you against the odour that is released from urine. Menstrual pads are made specifically to absorb menstrual blood and discharge which is a thicker consistency than urine.
Phthalates are chemicals that are often found in plastics. They are so-called plasticizers that ensure that plastic is flexible and bendable. Substances such as phthalates have been associated with disrupting the hormone balance. Hormone disruptors have consequences and can, for example, affect fertility.
Yes! The Yoni cup is FDA registered, which means that the Food and Drug Administration has examined our processes and found them to be safe and effective. How does this help you with your period? It guarantees that the Yoni Cup is 100% free from plastic, latex and BPA. No mysterious ingredients.
The Yoni cup has a shorter stem to prevent users from pulling it when removing it, without breaking the vacuum first. When the cup is removed without first breaking the vacuum, there is a risk of internal damage in the vagina.