I just bought a Soch cup. Can I just use it?
No, before you use the Soch cup for the first time, you need to sterilize it. You can boil it in a vessel filled with water for 7-8 minutes. Watch it closely so that the water doesn’t dry up and you don’t burn the cup
I don’t have access to a stove. How do I sterilize it?
You can use a kettle to sterilize it. You can also try sterilizing tablets which are available in pharmacies.
Do I have to sterilize the cup between each cycle?
No. To clean in between cycles, you can simply dip the cup in boiling/hot water for 5 minutes.
I am excited about trying the cup. Can I try it?
We would advise you to not do a trial run/dry run the very first time. Wait for your period to arrive. Your cervix will be much lower, your vagina will be more lubricated, and the suction will be easy to break when the cup is full. So, wait.
I have never used a cup before. How to use a menstrual cup?
First, find a position that you are comfortable in. Most women prefer to squat. You can also sit on your toilet seat or stand with one leg on the toilet seat. Make sure you are relaxed and are ready to try the cup. Fold your sterilized cup using any of the folds, get a good grip on it, and insert it inside the vagina, aiming it towards your cervix. Do not jab the cup upwards into the vagina; instead, slide it horizontally towards the back. Make sure the fold stays intact as you are inserting it. Once inside, the cup should pop open on its own. If it doesn’t, just nudge the cup a little or pinch the base and it should open. You can also do a few kegel exercises to ensure the cup is open and the seal has been formed. If you are trying a cup for the first time, you can wear a cloth pad as a backup.
What folds can I try?
You can try a C-fold, punch-down fold, or the labia fold. YouTube has several videos about different folds
How long can I let the cup in?
The menstrual cup should be emptied once every 8-10 hours. If you are a heavy bleeder, empty it once every 3-4 hours. By the end of two cycles, you should be able to figure out how long can you leave your cup inside before emptying it.
How do I take the cup out?
ind a comfortable position. Most women prefer a full squat. Find the stem of the cup and then pinch the bottom of the cup to break the suction. Do not pull the cup down without breaking suction. Once you pinch the bottom of the cup, gently pull the cup out. It may take a cycle or two for you to get used to insertion and removal. Dump the contents of the cup in the sink/commode. Rinse the cup in cold water and re-insert.
Should I sterilize the cup every single day I use it?
No, you can sterilize the cup once every cycle. That’s more than enough. To clean in between cycles, simply dip the cup in boiling/hot water for 5 minutes.
I can’t wash the cup right away as I am in a public toilet. What do I do?
If you are unprepared about the situation and you don’t trust the water, simply dump the contents of the cup and reinsert it without washing it. Wash it once you get back home. Or else, you can also carry a small bottle of water with you and rinse the cup with that water
Can I use my cup on light flow days?
Yes, you can use your cup on light flow days. However, make sure you still remove and re-insert once every 8-10 hours. Do not use it for any longer than this.
How do I store my cup in between cycles?
Once you finish using the cup, rinse it out well, and dry it in the sun. Sun drying effectively kills any bacteria that could be on the cup. Soch cup comes in a cotton bag. Make sure you dry the cup thoroughly and then you can store it in the cotton bag. If you lose the bag, make sure you keep it in a breathable pouch and not in an air-tight container.
Can I clean my cup with soap?
No. Do not use soap or any other cleaning agent. Use only plain water to clean it. However, if you want to use soap, you can use mild soaps free of oils or essential oils. Do not use antiseptic soaps.
My cup smells funny. Is it okay?
Cups usually smell funny when you leave it for longer than the recommended time. Remove and reinsert your cup once every 8 hours minimum. If the smell is temporary, it could be due to proteins in the blood. Make sure you sun dry it thoroughly before you store it in a cotton bag. If the smell persists, leave it in a well-ventilated place for a few days. If nothing works, sterilize the cup with vinegar or salt water
My cup has stains. How do I clean it?
Make sure you clean the cup well every time you remove and re-insert. Boiling the cup as recommended should remove stains. Try sprinkling some baking soda on a damp cloth and rubbing the cup. Do not soak the cup directly in the baking soda solution.
I notice discolouration in my cup. What do I do? Is it safe to use?
Over time, the cup is bound to discolour due to use. It is fully safe to use. You can keep the cup in direct sunlight to get the colour back. You can also sprinkle some baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) on a damp cloth or tooth brush and scrub the cup. This should restore the colour of the cup. Do not soak the cup in the baking soda solution. 3% vinegar in in hot or cold water can also be used
How do I clean the holes in the cup?
To clean the holes, fill the cup with water and suction them to your palm and squeeze the water out through the holes. You can do this regularly so that the holes remain clean. You can also use a toothpick or a needle to get the holes clean.
Can I punch some more holes in the Soch cup?
The Soch Cup already comes with 4 punched holes. However, if you notice that the holes are not punched through, then you can punch them through with a clean and sharp needle.