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Frequently Asked Questions - SochCup

The Basics

What is SOCH cup? SOCH cup is a reusable menstrual cup made of medical grade silicone. It is designed to be used during menstruation as a healthier and eco-friendly alternative to sanitary pads. It is completely safe and hygienic to be used internally.

What is the Soch cup made of? The Soch cup is made of biocompatible medical grade silicone. It is manufactured in France in compliance with quality requirements according to ISO 9001 and ISO 13485

What are the specifications of the Soch cup? What are its different sizes? The Soch cup comes in two sizes: Small and Large. Here are the specifications: Small: Diameter - 41mm, Length - 47mm (excluding the stem), Stem Length - 27mm, Total Length - 74mm

Who can use a cup? Can teen girls use the cup? The menstrual cup can be used by all menstruating women. However, for young girls, we recommend Soch cloth pads and Soch period panties. If you are a teenager and are willing to use the cup, then do so with adequate knowledge and research. Use of a water-based lubricant is recommended. Use of a cup will definitely stretch the hymen if it is still intact. The hymen generally stretches due to physical exercise or activities.

Can cups cause TSS or Toxic Shock Syndrome Menstrual cups have been in use since 1930s, and they have never been associated with TSS. TSS is a fatal disease caused by a bacterial toxin associated with Staphylococcus aureus; it is usually connected to tampon use. TSS symptoms are similar to those of the flu, including: sudden fever (>39°C), muscular pain, vomiting, headache, diarrhoea, dizziness, fainting, or rash rather like a sunburn. If you experience one of these symptoms when using the SOCH Cup, remove it and contact your doctor immediately. If you have already suffered from TSS, seek your doctor’s advice before using SOCH cup

Where does the menstrual cup sit? The menstrual cup sits in your vagina. It shouldn’t be too high inside or too low. It should be angled towards the cervix.

What is the cervix? The cervix is a neck of tissue that connects the uterus with the vagina. It has a cervical opening that usually described as feeling like the tip of your nose. It is through this cervical opening that period blood and white discharge come out.

Should I measure my cervix to choose a cup? Women with low, medium, or high cervix can use the SOCH Cup, thanks to its smart design. However, women who have a very low cervix can go for cloth pads and period panties.

How do I measure my cervix? The cervix should be measured while you are on your period as it usually comes lower during heavy flow. Insert a clean finger inside the vagina and look for your cervix - it should feel like the tip of your nose. Do not confuse the pubic bone (which is hard and bony) with the cervix (which is soft and squishy). Refer to the diagram to find the height of your cervix or watch this video:

Should the cup suction to my cervix? No, the cup actually forms a gentle suction with the vaginal walls. The cup has holes which aid the cup in forming a suction. It does not suction to your cervix.

How should I choose my cup? You can use this link to find out which cup would suit you best.Take a quiz to find your right option

Should my cup go all the way inside or should the stem stay out? Yes, the cup should go all the way inside. With the Soch cup, let the stem stay as it is for a couple of cycles. If you find it uncomfortable, or feel its presence, or if it’s sticking out, then you’d need to cut the stem.

If I want to cut the stem, how do I do it? First, remove the cup before cutting the stem. Use a clean pair of scissors or nail cutters, and cut the stem of the cup step by step, making sure that you don’t cut it more than required

Will my cup get lost inside? No, the cup cannot get lost inside. The cervix is a small opening from which the period blood comes. Nothing can go past the cervix.

Should I take my cup out each time I pee/poop? No, you don’t have to take your cup out each time you pee. However, you may take your cup out when you are pooping as the pressure may impact the suction of the cup.

How long will I take to get used to my cup? This can be different for every individual. However, it’ll take at least two full cycles for you to get used to the cup. We recommend you join Menstrual Cups Cloth Pads, our Facebook group, for more support

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CAN I USE THE CUP IF

My gynaecologist does not approve of it? It’s up to you to decide if you want to use it or not. Most gynaecologists in India are not aware of menstrual cups. You can be persistent and ask your doubts to them. Ultimately, you have to choose what’s best for your body and the environment.

I am travelling on a flight? Yes, absolutely. You may find it a tad difficult to empty and reinsert the cup in the flight loo because of space constraints, so make sure you are prepared for that. If it’s a long flight, you can always use a period panty or a cloth pad as a back-up

I am travelling by train? Yes, public loos may be a concern. Therefore, it’s advisable to carry a small bottle of water with you so that you can rinse your cup with clean water

I have a yeast infection? We’d advise you to not use a cup if you have a yeast infection. Use external products till the infection clears up. If you have used a cup while you have an infection, you should discard the cup and buy a new one.

I am a heavy bleeder? Absolutely. Cups are great for heavy bleeders. You can choose a larger cup for increased capacity. Apart from comfort, you’d also not have to rush to the bathroom as often as with a pad! You may also want to back it up with a Soch Period Panty or a Soch Cloth Pad.

I have a retroverted uterus? Yes, it’s possible. However, you may have to do some trial and error to figure out which angle works best for you.

I have a prolapsed uterus? It might be difficult to use a cup with a prolapsed uterus. We recommend kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Once the muscle tone improves, you can try a soft cup.

I have an IUD inserted? Yes, just make sure that the thread is cut higher than usual. Ensure you remove the cup carefully. For more information, you can watch this video -https://youtu.be/dUIoxg-oYPY

CAN I USE THE CUP FOR

For excessive white discharge? For excessive white discharge? Yes, while technically it’s possible to use the cup for white discharge, we recommend using labia pads, period panties, or cloth pads for white discharge.

For postpartum bleeding? No. We do not recommend any internal products for postpartum bleeding. You can use cloth pads or period panties for the same.

As a contraceptive? No! Cups are only meant for period blood. They do not and cannot act as contraceptives

To have period sex? No, we do not recommend sexual intercourse when you are using the SOCH cup.