Menstrual Cup Safety
Who can use a menstrual cup?
JuJu Cup can be used by most menstruating people, however, there may be some anatomical differences or conditions such as vaginismus, pelvic organ prolapse, a retroverted uterus or poor pelvic floor tone, which may make it too difficult for some people to use a menstrual cup. Some people also find one particular brand of cup may work better for them than another.
If you have any concerns and question regarding the suitability and safety of a menstrual cup in your particular situation, you are advised to seek the advice of a qualified health care professional.
Are menstrual cups safe?
Menstrual cups can be used by most menstruating people of all ages. With the correct cup size and proper hygiene practices, your cup will allow you to maintain an active lifestyle while it is inserted.
There are some menstrual cup dangers but with the correct precautions, these risks can be minimised.
What are the risks associated with using a menstrual cup?
1. Material, allergies and sensitive skin
The silicone used in the manufacture of JuJu cups is 100% medical grade silicone and has been independently evaluated for biosafety. JuJu cups are hypoallergenic and do not contain any additional colours or dyes, are latex and BPA free, fragrance free and free from bleaches and absorbency agents.
Whilst medical grade silicone allergies are rare we recommend you discontinue use of your menstrual cup if you develop a red, raised (bumpy or swollen) or itchy rash in the area or contact with the menstrual cup and consult an allergy specialist for a diagnosis.
2. Toxic shock syndrome (TSS)
If you have previously suffered from TSS, it is recommended that no internal sanitary products, including tampons and menstrual cups, be used again unless under the direction of your medical practitioner. The recommended maximum time for how long can you leave a menstrual cup in is no longer than eight hours. Leaving the cup in any longer may encourages the growth of harmful bacteria.
Read more on toxic shock syndrome signs, symptoms and prevention.
3. Birth control and intrauterine devices IUDs
JuJu can be used in conjunction with the oral pill and contraceptive injection.
If you are looking to use the JuJu cup in conjunction with an IUD such as Mirena, it is advisable that you consult a medical professional for proper guidance. There are specific directions which may need to be followed if a menstrual cup is to be used in conjunction with an IUD. Read more on menstrual cups and IUDs.
JuJu should not be considered a method of contraception and will not protect you against pregnancy.
4. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
A menstrual cup will not protect against sexually transmitted infections or diseases (STI/STD). Before engaging in intercourse, ensure that the JuJu cup has been removed. Failure to remove your menstrual cup prior to having sex may result in the cup getting stuck or the stem on the cup may cause injury to your partner.
5. Unable to remove a menstrual cup
A menstrual cup getting stuck is rare but can happen if you have a particularly long vaginal canal/high cervix or if you have allowed the cup to open too high in the vaginal canal which may result in the cup suctioning to the cervix, as opposed to the with the vaginal walls. Please see menstrual cup removal tips if you are having difficulty removing your menstrual cup.
What are the hygiene considerations when using a menstraul cup?
Maintaining good hygiene practices is important when using a menstrual cup. Always thoroughly wash your hands every time you insert or remove your cup.
JuJu is intended for personal use only and should never be shared with another individual. Sharing a cup can result in the transmission of STDs. Ensure you read usage guide prior to using your cup.
2. Using a menstrual cup after child birth
JuJu menstrual cup is not suitable for use postpartum. A menstrual cup is not recommended while you are still bleeding following child birth, following a miscarriage or termination or during labour. Vaginal tenderness, swelling, bruising and open wounds may be agitated by a menstrual cup and the use of a cup may increase your risk of infection.
JuJu should only be used once your normal menstrual cycle returns and following your final check up with your Obstetrician, Gynecologist or GP which is usually performed around 6 weeks after giving birth.
If you are suffering with thrush, please discontinue the use of your menstrual cup immediately. While there is no evidence a menstrual cup increases the risk of thrush, preventative measures can be taken to reduce the risk of its onset. Visit our FAQ section for more on thrush/yeast infections.
Who was consulted in the desing of JuJu Cup?
During the research and design phase of JuJu, some of Australia's leading ergonomists and product designers where consulted to create a high-quality product.
Is JuJu Cup made in a clean environment?
JuJu menstrual cups are made in Australia. They are manufactured in a clean, sterile environment in adherence to strict standards set by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).
Is JuJu Cup registered or certified?
The sale of medical devices, including menstrual cups, is regulated in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The TGA is a government agency which safeguards public health and safety. The JuJu menstrual cup is an Australian Registered Therapeutic Good (ARTG No. 180153) and was listed on the ARTG in 2011. JuJu menstrual cup is also a FDA listed medical device in the USA (Est. No. 3013920287).
The silicone used in JuJu Menstrual Cup has been independently tested for biosafety and carries biocompatibility and toxicity certificates of compliance.