A: The Beppy Cup is reusable for years. If you care for the environment, the menstrual cup is the best alternative to the kilos of boxes, cellulose, plastic and applicators we throw in the garbage every month.
A: When the cup is inserted in the right place, you and your partner won't feel it. Sometimes, if your partner is aware that you are wearing a cup while making love, your partner may feel the cup a little. This doesn't hurt you or your partner, because the cup is softer than regular cups and the innovative design has a removal loop instead of a stem.
A: Yes, you can have sexual relations while using the cup. We recommend that you do this on the lighter days of your period. However, make sure that the cup is as far against the cervix as possible, this will keep the vaginal canal free.
A: Studies have proved that it is possible to use the cup with an intrauterine device (IUD). However, like all questions related to gynecology, you have to consult your doctor before taking your decision. Each body and situation is different and you have to consider a lot of factors that can influence your experience with the cup and the IUD. Additionally, you can find more information in this article.
A: Every woman is different, we have customers with a low, medium and high cervix and the Beppy Cup fits perfectly. It's just a matter of trying the Beppy Cup to see if it is suitable for you.
A: Yes, blood smells like iron. Your blood should have a very mild smell. If your blood smells unpleasant, we advise you to contact your general practitioner.
A: No, your menstrual cup cannot get lost in your body. In the end of the Vaginal Canal is the cervix located. During your cycle, the cervix changes its hardness and location (higher/lower). During your fertile period, the cervix becomes softer and lies higher up in the vagina, with the mouth slightly open (max. 4mm). This opening is too small for the cup to go further into the body.
A: Yes, as a virgin you can use the cup. The cup, like any other internal menstrual product, can damage your hymen.
A: The hymen can be damaged when the cup is inserted. It is good to know that the hymen is not a closed membrane, otherwise the menstrual fluid would not come out either. The hymen is an edge or thickening of the vagina. In every woman this is different, sometimes it is a jagged edge and sometimes a bit smoother. When you insert the cup there can be a tear in the edge, which can cause bleeding. In some cases, this tear can heal and close again. Also, during sports, self-explorations, tampon use, etc. the hymen can be damaged.
In some countries, cultures or religions the status of the hymen is valued and related to the woman's virginity. However, being a virgin is not defined by the state of your hymen, according to medical standards a person is a virgin until they engage in penetrative sex.
A: Yes, the Beppy Cup is designed in the Netherlands under high quality standards and certified by SGS global. Made of medical grade silicone, tested on humans, and is completely safe for humans and the environment.
According to a scientific study published in the journal Lancet Public Health, which has endorsed data from 43 investigations and consulted more than 3000 women on the use of the cup, confirms the safety and efficacy of menstrual cups.
A: Yes, you can get T.S.S. if you use a menstrual cup. T.S.S. can occur in anyone and also in men. Scientific research has shown that there is an increased risk of T.S.S. when using a menstrual cup, just like with tampons. Read our Blog for more info.
A: It is possible to wear the cup 2 hours longer, but keep in mind that the bacterial growth and TSST-1 production increases with use for more than 8 hours. Because of this you have an increased risk of developing T.S.S. (Toxic Shock Syndrome). T.S.S. is a rare but very serious disease that can even lead to death.
A: There is a misconception about the usage time of menstrual cups. It's better to use your cup for up to 8 hours to prevent bacterial growth that could lead to T.S.S. (Toxic Shock Syndrome). Scientific research has shown that after 8 hours Staphylococcus Aureus bacterium growth and TSST-1 production occurs. To make you feel clean and fresh for 16 hours, Beppy delivers two cups instead of one.
A: Like other menstrual products, you can wear a menstrual cup for 8 hours at a time. Although some brands make it 12 hours, this is not wise. Scientific research has shown that there is an increased risk of T.S.S. (Toxic Shock Syndrome) from cup use. That's why the Beppy Cup is always available in pairs, so you can always have a clean cup at hand.
A: The Beppy Cup has a capacity of 25ml (up to the anti-leak flap) - 30ml (under the hole). Although the cup has a size comparable to the size S/M, the Beppy Cup has a capacity of almost an L size cup. This is due to the innovative design. Regular cups are tapered at the bottom, while the Beppy Cup is wider at the bottom. Because of this, more menstrual fluid can be collected.
During an entire menstrual period, a woman loses on average 20-80ml of blood. When a woman loses more than 120ml of blood during a normal menstrual cycle, this is called severe blood loss.
A: The single size of the Beppy Cup is comparable to an S/M size of regular cups. So, it is an intermediate size. The diameter at the top is 4,5cm, the diameter at the bottom is 3,5cm and the total length of the cup is 6cm (incl. removal loop of 1,5cm).
A: The cup itself is odorless, but it is possible that the cup may start to smell unpleasant after a while. It is therefore important to first rinse the cup with cold water so all blood remains are removed. Then use lukewarm water and soap to rinse the cup and after cleaning sterilize the cup placing the cup in boiling water for 3 minutes or by using the Beppy Steam+Sterilizer.
A: To clean the holes of your cup, we recommend filling the cup with a little water, placing one hand on the upper open part of the cup and another hand on the lower part. Gently squeeze the cup so that the water comes out of the holes. Use a small brush, such as a toothbrush, to clean the holes even better.
A: It is possible that you forgot to bring your second clean menstrual cup. In that case, you can clean the cup with Non-Alcohol Baby Wipes or just with water (tap or water bottle). When you get home, remove your cup as soon as possible and sterilize it before reinserting it. The most ideal situation is to always have a second clean, sterilized cup at hand so you can easily change it.
A: How do I descale my Beppy Steam+Sterilizer? After a while, limescale can build up in the device, because tap water contains calcium and magnesium minerals. This is especially the case when boiling or heating tap water. This is not dangerous to human health.
Step 1. Fill the Beppy Steam+Sterilizer with a mixture of water and lemon juice or vinegar, so that all lime is under the mixture.
Step 2. Turn on your Beppy Steam+Sterilizer and let it boil for 8 minutes. If necessary, repeat steps 1 and 2 again.
Step 3. When you see that the Beppy Steam+Sterilizer is lime-free, rinse it with clean water.
You have now finished descaling your Beppy Steam+Sterilizer.
A: All menstrual cups can discolor. Menstrual blood gives the cup a yellowish color, which is normal. The consumption of dark drinks such as Cola, coffee, red wine and turmeric can play an important role in the coloring of your cup.
A: Regular cup use can cause stains on your cup. These can be removed by placing the cup in a glass or container with hydrogen peroxide (3%) for at least 8 hours. Don't do this too often and limit it to a maximum of 3 times a year.
A: It can happen that the menstrual cup starts to smell unpleasant for several reasons. To make your cup free of any unpleasant scent, there are a few methods you can try out:
- Soak the cup overnight in hydrogen peroxide (3%).
- Mix ½ part water and ½ part vinegar and leave the cup overnight in the mixture.
- Boil the cup by adding a scoop of baking soda to the boiling water. Then place the cup in full sun to let it dry.
Make sure that after one of the above methods you wash the cup again with pH-neutral soap, rinse it with water and then sterilize it in boiling water. This deep cleansing is stressful on the material of the cup, so don't do it too often.
If the cup still smells after this, there is a chance that the smell cannot be removed from the cup.
A: Step 1. Clean it
First wash your hands and rinse the menstrual cup well with cold water from the inside and outside. Make sure you clean thoroughly the parts that are harder to reach such as the ventilation holes and the space beneath the inner flap. It is enough to rinse your cup with water or with Non-Alcohol Baby Wipes. You can also use a pH-neutral soap to clean your cup such as the Beppy Soapy. Apply it to the surface and massage well with lukewarm water. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if necessary.
Step 2. Sterilize it
Sterilize your Beppy Cup before using it for the first time, during your period, and after your period has ended. You should clean your Beppy Cup more thoroughly when you are not going to use the cup for a long time.
There are different methods to sterilize the cup:
- Sterilize the cup in a pot of boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Since the menstrual cup is made of silicone, make sure the cup does not touch the bottom to avoid burning.
- Put the cup in a special microwave-safe container with water and leave it to boil for up to 3 minutes.
- Using the Beppy Steam + Add a little water into the container, put the cup upside down, close the lid and press the button. In just 8 minutes your cup will be free of germs and bacteria. Do not use any kind of detergent or soap in your Beppy Steam + Sterilizer, as this could cause an imbalance in the pH of the vagina and eventually cause odors.
A: The Beppy Cup has a soft body, but the rim is hard enough to fold open after insertion. Sometimes some practice is needed.