What are the holes in menstrual cups for?

The four tiny holes on the cup provide the suction that ensures your cup stays in place. Always remember to release the suction before removing the cup. These holes can have dried blood in them, it is important to keep them clean and clear of any residue to ensure they work well. Stretch the cup to clean the holes.

What is the stem for?

The stem is to be used as a guide to help you locate the cup in order to remove it. Do not pull the stem to remove the cup. Always, release the suction before removing the cup.

How much blood can TARA menstrual cup hold?

Normally a menstrual cycle can last approximately 5 days. Generally, women bleed from 15-50 ml (2-3 tablespoons) on an average in a 5-day cycle. TARA Cup can hold up to 25ml (1.6 tablespoons). Under normal circumstances, bleeding is usually within this limit.

How many cups do I need?

Just one. Use, wash and reinsert.

My cup has changed colour?

Over time, your cup may change in colour with use. This is common, and nothing to worry about, it does not necessarily mean you need to replace it.

How will it go into such a small area?

TARA menstrual cup is made of soft, flexible, 100% medical grade silicone and is designed to go inside the vagina comfortably. The vagina is designed to allow a baby to pass through it and as can expand, move, and bend.

Can I pee while wearing a menstrual cup?

Yes, you can. There is no need to remove the cup. Urine passes through a different opening.

Can I poop while wearing a menstrual cup?

Yes. However, the pressure may shift the position of the cup. You could check to see that it is in place or remove and reinsert.

Can a menstrual cup get lost inside me?

A menstrual cup cannot pass through your cervix; it would be in the vaginal canal. The stem is designed to allow you a grip to locate and remove the cup.

Can I sit on a Two Wheeler, walk? Will we feel it like something has been stuck inside us?

Once the menstrual cup is inserted correctly, you will not be able to feel it at all. You can sit and ride comfortably.

What if it overfills?

For a person with a normal bleeding pattern, the cup is unlikely to overflow provided it is emptied every 10 hours. However, if there is overflow on certain days, you should consider removing and emptying it more often. It might take a couple of cycles for you to understand your own menstrual bleeding pattern to identify the right interval at which you should empty the cup.TARA Cup recommends that you remove, rinse and reinsert every 10 hours even if the cup if not full.

What if it pops out when we sit?

Once the menstrual cup is inserted correctly, the suction will hold it in place. Ensure that you rotate the cup after insertion to make sure it is completely open.

Different women have different degree of menstrual bleeding. Is it suitable for all?

Yes, the menstrual flow doesn’t have an impact. Normally a menstrual cycle can last approximately 5 days. Generally, women bleed from 15-50 ml (2-3 tablespoons) on an average in a 5-day cycle. TARA Cup can hold up to 25ml (1.6 tablespoons). Under normal circumstances, bleeding is usually within this limit. All it may require is frequent emptying to ensure there is no overflow.

It's a foreign body that I have to insert in my body?

TARA Cup is made of 100% medical grade liquid silicone, the same material used in making baby bottle nipples and catheters. It is completely safe, free from any chemical dyes and is designed scientifically. Menstrual Cups have been available world over for over 20 years and several women have adopted this smart way of maintaining menstrual hygiene.

Can I sleep with a menstrual cup in?

Absolutely, TARA menstrual cups can be worn for up to 10 hours, so you can insert your cup just before going to bed and sleep comfortably without fear of leakage.

How do I empty my cup in a public bathroom?

In case there is no water, simply wipe with a tissue and reinsert. You can rinse the cup when you have access to a bathroom. In case you have drinking water available, you can use it to clean the cup.

I've never used a cup before and think it is difficult.

As with learning any new skill, there is a period of getting familiar with the product. It takes a few attempts to learn to insert and remove the cup with ease. Generally, by the second or third cycle, it should be extremely simple.

Does it smell of menstrual blood?

If you take care of the cup by following the care instructions. TARA Cup is made from odour free, 100% medical grade silicone. Since the cup is inside the vagina and collects the menstrual fluid inside the body, using a menstrual cup is odourless. This is an important advantage that menstrual cups provide. It is important to note that blood will have an odour when it comes into contact with air as it allows bacteria to develop. In the case of the cup, the blood does not come in contact with the air and therefore does not smell.

Do I also need to wear a pad?

Menstrual cup is an independent device and can work efficiently without need for a pad. It is leak proof. However, we recommend that you use your usual sanitary napkin or pad until you gain confidence in using the product.

How will I know when the cup is full?

For a person with a normal bleeding pattern, the cup is unlikely to overflow provided it is emptied every 10 hours. However, when you start using the cup, you may want to check the cup every 4 to 6 hours so that you are able to understand your menstrual flow.

What water should I use to clean the cup?

It is recommended that you use clean water to rinse your cup. If you are unsure, you may use drinking water.

While boiling the cup, it is slightly defaced and the cup looks slightly damaged. Can I use it? However there is no hole on the cup?

A defaced or damaged cup will not be effective and may also cause discomfort.In the interest of your safety, it is advisable to replace your cup.

Is there anyone who cannot use the cup?

Please read the instruction leaflet carefully before use. TARA Cup is designed for adult women and as such can be used by anyone, except in the following cases, (1) post-delivery bleeding (2) termination of pregnancy bleeding (3) infections or gynaecological conditions. However, if you have any doubts, please consult a doctor before using the menstrual cup.

Can it be used by unmarried girls?

Using the cup may result in the rupture of the hymen. However, the hymen can also be ruptured by other activities like cycling etc.

Can I use a menstrual cup if I have an IUD?

TARA Cup recommends that you check with your doctor first.

Can you get Toxic Shock Syndrome from a menstrual cup?

TSS is an infection caused by bacteria entering through wounds or mucous membrane. It is an extremely rare, potentially fatal disease occurring in those with or without a uterus, and children. TSS is connected with absorbent tampons. Like with any period care product, you cannot have zero risk of TSS. But a clean, properly used menstrual cup means the chances are very small. Take good care of personal hygiene and always choose a trusted brand. TARA Cup is made from the highest medical grade silicone and contains no chemical dyes.

Can one have sex while wearing the cup?

No, the cup is not designed to be worn during penetrative sex

Can I use a cup for post-delivery bleeding?

No, usage of menstrual cups is not recommended. Due to internal tearing during labour and delivery any internal device is a risk for infection.

Can I be allergic to the menstrual cup?

It is extremely rare to be allergic to menstrual cup because it is made of 100% medical grade silicone. However, if you do experience skin sensitivity, immediately discontinue use and contact your health care provider.

How is it better than cloth or sanitary napkins?

Cloth and sanitary napkins both are menstrual hygiene solutions that are outside the body and the blood is exposed to air which allows bacteria to grow. Menstrual cup collects blood inside the body and is not exposed to air, therefore there is (1) no odour, (2) no wet feeling or (3) no rashes. As long as the cup is kept clean and changed as per requirement, there is minimal risk of infection. Also compared to both, this is reusable up to 10 years, economical and easily accessible once you have it at home.