REAL TALK: I've been using a menstrual cup for almost half my life and I can't go back to tampons + pads. As backup, I wear thinx for heavier flow days. If I could start using a cup at 19, you can do it now. Holler at us if you have any questions. What we like most about this particular cup over others: 1) it's black so it's not gonna age like some of the clear silicone cups on the market can. 2) the stem! If you're familiar with cups, the stem is often hollow and therefore a doozy to clean, this stem isn't hollow and we are oh so stoked about it! 3) Made in the USA--yay! 4) one for one giving program so that your purchase also helps hook up a woman in need with one of these amazing cups! 5) It comes in a super cute pouch!
Here are the deets:
A Dot cup is a medical-grade, silicone menstrual cup that can be worn for up to 12 hours and used for up to 10 years. Every cup comes with a limited-edition, hand-sewn, canvas storage pouch, designed by the artist Ashley Mary.
You're actually purchasing 2 cups! For every Dot cup purchased, one is given to a girl in need, allowing her to go to school or work and to be an active member of her community, regardless of her menstrual cycle!
Made in the USA.
One Size fits most: This cup was designed to fit the broadest audience and is great for cup rookies and cup mavens alike. Every body is unique though, so eventually, Dot plans to introduce a smaller cup for theirr youngest users.
NEW TO MENSTRUAL CUPS?
A Dot cup is a re-usable alternative to tampons that is worn in the vagina for up to 12 hours and emptied in the toilet at the end of each day. We believe the menstrual cycle is incredible and getting in touch with it is a gift. If you're anything like us, the sheer convenience, lack of leaks, landfill reduction, and cost-savings will make you wonder why you didn't discover Dot long ago. If you're new to the cup world, it might be a little strange and uncomfortable at first, but hang in there! We guarantee if you try a few of the folds detailed below and give it a cycle or two you're going to be telling all of your friends about it.
Many users choose to trim down the stem of their cup due to the position of their cervix during their period. Every body is unique, so for those with a lower-positioned cervix, it is helpful to trim the stem for optimum comfort. We recommend wearing the cup for a day or two before doing any trimming because sometimes the cup adjusts to your body on its own. Never trim the stem while the cup is inside your body.
After no more than 12 hours or when your Dot cup feels full, push as if you're passing gas, grab the stem, and gently pull. If you meet resistance or discomfort, reach a bit higher for the base of the cup and pinch and wiggle the base as you pull downward. Dump your blood in the toilet, rinse the cup with water, and re-insert. If you're in public, it's completely fine to re-insert your cup without rinsing it, just make sure to rinse when you return home. When your period is over, wash your cup, and return it to your Dot storage pouch until next month!