The position of cervix is variable at different points of a menstruator’s life, our vaginas are elastic irrespective of our sexual or birthing history. Hence, measuring the length of the vaginal canal (from vaginal opening to cervix) offers an inexact and inconsistent result. So long as one doesn’t have a very low cervix**(disclaimer on how to check cervical position), a medium size, medium softness cup like Boondh is a good place to start. It will likely fit most individuals, irrespective of body type, pelvic floor length or height and suffice in terms of capacity as well except in case of extremely heavy flow (relatively rare). Statistically, only 4 in 1000 individuals might have an issue with the sizing of the cup.
What are the testing standards that a Boondh cup is compliant with?
The Boondh cup is made with utmost care to quality and safety. It is a product representing quality control with both bio-compatibility as well as component testing. Our product is certified and in compliance with in accordance with US Pharmacopeia (USP V) and has received clearance and from the US Food and Drugs Administration FDA 21 CFR 177.
What material is the Boondh cup made up of?
The Boondh cup is made of medical grade silicone, certified in accordance with the US Pharmacopeia and USFDA standards. This material is inert and also used in contact lenses and the nipple of feeding bottles for babies.
What happens to the Boondh cup at the end of its 10-year long product lifecycle?
Although the cup itself is made of a recyclable material, there is a lack of robust infrastructure to recycle them. So to dispose of the cup, you can simply burn it and it will turn into harmless white ash which can be disposed of in dry waste. In the future, based on tech advancements, we do hope to build processes to collect used cups from beneficiaries and customers alike and enable their recycling.
How often do I empty a Boondh cup?
How often you need to empty the Boondh cup is contingent on your blood flow and. Ideally, it should be emptied once every 10-12 hours. However, in case of a heavier flow (usually on the initial days of your periods) you might need to empty it 2-3 times a day.
Can I sleep wearing a Boondh cup?
Sleeping, or lying horizontal, does not cause the cup to shift, loosen or leak. You can comfortably sleep while wearing the Boondh cup but do ensure to empty it and rewear it properly before bed.
How messy is it to wear a Boondh cup?
The Boondh cup is clean, mess free and unbelievably comfortable to use. However, learning how to use a cup initially is a curved process, on an average it might take you 1-3 cycles to get used to it and to know your body, how your cervix and vagina are positioned or shaped. It is completely alright even if it takes you longer.
Can I poop or pee with a Boondh cup?
Absolutely! Contrary to popular perception, we have three holes down there, connected to 3 different systems in the body! The cup is placed in the vagina, which is located between the opening we pee through (urethra) or the one we poop through (anus). So you shouldn’t face any obstruction or discomfort when pooping and/or peeing.
I’ve not had sexual intercourse, can I still use the Boondh cup?
You most certainly can! Our relationship with our body and virginity is intimate and personal. We feel differently about it, if you believe that using a menstrual cup and remaining a virgin have nothing to do with each other then you should feel comfortable using a cup. The hymen (if present) stretches slightly while using a Boondh cup, due to this it could be slightly uncomfortable to insert or remove the cup initially. However, one should remember that hymen itself is a delicate tissue which can be stretched in an individual’s life due to a variety of activities other than sexual intercourse by penetration. Virginity is notional and no one’s dignity ought to be decided by the nature of a particular tissue in the body.
How to store a Boondh cup?
To store a Boondh cup, all you need is a dry and clean storage area. Once your period is over, after sterilizing the cup in boiling water, you can place it dry in your wardrobe or carry it around in a breathable pouch. Boondh provides you with a cotton pouch for this very purpose!
Can I share my Boondh cup?
It is not recommended to share a Boondh cup with any individual for hygiene. Ideally, individuals should get their own respective cups.
What is the life of a Boondh cup?
Granted that the cup is taken care of properly, it can last for more than 10 years. The Boondh cup is a high quality device which is usable for several years.
I have a yeast infection, can I still use a Boondh cup?
In case of a yeast infection we recommend that you do not use a Boondh cup. While boiling the cup sterilizes it very well, it is not known or medically confirmed if boiling completely destroys the yeast spores.
Can you use a Boondh cup with an IUD insert?
Although individuals with IUD inserted do use cups, we recommend you speak with your gynaecologist before taking this decision. One has to be careful during removal and ensure that the seal is completely broken before tugging the cup out. We encourage that you take this decision in consensus with your medical professional to avoid any discomfort.
FAQs: CLOTH PADS
Are cloth pads hygienic?
Yes absolutely! Using cloth pads is like a cotton cloth with a leak proof lining. You simply have to ensure to wash it properly and dry it well under the sun.
How do you wash/clean your cloth pad?
Ideally, you should hand wash your cloth pads in cold water and dry them under the sun. Washing machines are quite harsh on the material of the cloth pad, however if you wish to use one it is recommended that you use a garment bag.
Can cloth pads cause rashes?
The cloth pads are less harmful than synthetic disposable napkins and do not cause rashes as such. However, it is important to maintain hygiene, wash them regularly, sun dry them to ensure utmost care while using them.
For what duration can you wear a cloth pad?
Cloth pads should be worn according to your blood flow. On an average, they should be changed every 4-6 hours regularly.
Do cloth pads smell?
The pads will smell of menstrual blood, which is a mild smell. How your menstrual blood smells is contingent upon your lifestyle choices. But, washing the pads properly and drying them under the sun to ensure disinfection will reduce the odour.
For how long can one use cloth pads?
Taking proper care of cloth pads can give them a lifetime of 2-5 years.
How many cloth pads do I need?
It is advisable that you carry 2-4 cloth pads, 2 extra so that you have alternatives while your most recently used cloth pad dries.
How do I carry a soiled cloth pad?
If you are unable to immediately wash a cloth pad after use, you can fold it outside in and store it in a cloth/reusable bag till you have access to a washing and drying space.
Boondh is a social enterprise working on Sustainable Menstrual Products, Menstrual Literacy, Advocacy, Policy and Programming.