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Menstrual Cup Dangers

Calling all menstrual cup users! Avoid these menstrual cup dangers and bad habits while using your period cup.

cleaning your menstrual cup
You don’t boil your cup, ever. One of the very first things you should do when you get a menstrual cup is boil it! It’s a sanitary precaution that helps fight off unwanted infections. It’s such a simple step, so don’t skip it! Better safe than sorry.

You don’t wash your hands before. When we’re not on our periods, we naturally sit on the toilet first and then wash our hands after, right? However, because a menstrual cup requires some serious *finger to vagina* contact, it’s important to wash your hands before sitting on the toilet AND after. No one likes dirty hands!

You only rinse your cup with water, and never EVER use menstrual cup cleanser  Uh oh! We recommend not using scented soap as is, but only ever washing your cup with water, and nothing else? That’s a big no for us. If it’s an emergency situation (aka you’re on the go), using only water is fine for the time being (or our Lunette Cup Wipes), but make sure to rinse your cup with soap and water when you get home! Avoid those yeast infections.

You keep your cup inside you ALL DAY. This is a serious menstrual cup danger! Even if you don’t have a heavy flow, you shouldn’t have your menstrual cup in for more than 12 hours before emptying it. Although menstrual cups are safer than tampons, you should always be cautious of what’s inside you. We recommend emptying your cup 2-4 times a day.

Your cup isn’t fully open inside. Sometimes we’re in a rush, and other times we’re just having an off day with our cups. Putting a menstrual cup inside your vagina takes practice, but make sure it’s fully open inside to avoid any leaks! Here’s a tip: Use your finger to feel if the rim of the cup has fully opened.

TSS. Toxic shock syndrome. Normally associated with tampon use, your risk may be less with a menstrual cup but you still want to avoid keeping your menstrual cup in for over the recommended number of hours.

Have more questions and concerns regarding menstrual cup use? Check out our menstrual cup FAQ guide here or send us an e-mail at

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