Menstrual Cup Precautions
Menstrual Cups are an internal period product and as such there are a number of precautions to be aware of before using a menstrual cup.
Hygiene and Sterilization
Your menstrual cup should be sterilized before first use and in between cycles. You can sterilize your cup by completely submerging in boiling water for 5 minutes. Always wash your hands and menstrual cup prior to and after inserting your menstrual cup.
Toxic Shock Syndrome or TSS is a very rare but serious infection that can be fatal. TSS is a release of toxins into the bloodstream from a bacterial infection (Staphylococcus aureus, or group A streptococcus. It can affect anyone including men and children, but has been linked to the use of tampons and other intravaginal devices. Although developing TSS is unlikely, if you experience sudden fever, sunburn-like rash, dizziness, and flu-like symptoms while using your menstrual cup, remove it and immediately seek medical attention. Without early treatment, TSS can be fatal. You can read more about TSS here.
Consult your medical professional prior to using a menstrual cup if you have gynecological or medical concerns including sexually transmitted infection, pelvic infection, any inflammation of the pelvic area. Always wash hands and menstrual cup prior to and after each use. Consult your healthcare provider prior to use if: you are pregnant or have given birth within the last 12 months; have an IUD, an implanted device or have had surgery on your intimate areas. Do not use if you are allergic to silicone. Menstrual cups are not a contraceptives and will not prevent pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted infections. Discontinue use if you experience any pain or discomfort. Do not use harsh cleaners, petroleum based substances, tea tree oil, alcohol or bleach to clean your menstrual cup.
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