Always remember to wash your hands before insertion or removal of your menstrual cup. There is no evidence that menstrual cups increase the risk of bacterial infections but taking care to clean your hands and correctly rinse and sterilize your cup will reduce the chances.
TSS is a serious and potentially fatal illness caused by toxin producing strains of staphylococcus aureus bacterium. It has been linked to the high absorbency and prolonged use of tampons. Although the occurrence is rare, we prefer to remain cautious and recommend the following to reduce your risk:
Please note that symptoms of TSS often resemble flu symptoms and can include: Sudden high fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, fainting or rash like a sun burn during your period or shortly after. If you experience any of the above symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.
For more info please check: http://www.toxicshock.com
No. Ruby Cup is made from a medical grade silicone which is hypo-allergenic, so you will not experience any allergic reactions.
No. Your Ruby Cup is for personal use only.
Using internal sanitary protection for the first six weeks after giving birth is not recommended. This is because of the increased risk of infection that results from tiny wounds on the vaginal tissues. We would advise you to consult your doctor when you feel you may be ready to resume using your Ruby Cup after giving birth.
Many women who have a retroverted or tilted uterus use menstrual cups without any problems. Of course it always depends on how drastically your uterus is tilted, since every women body is different. But for many women a Ruby Cup fits just fine. Maybe you have to work a little with the angle while inserting it, so that it covers your cervix and sits right without leaking – but after a few tries (which any new menstrual cup-user has to face), you will definitely figure out how it should be positioned so it fits best for you.
No. Ruby Cup is only for menstrual management and is not a form of birth control. It cannot protect against any sexually transmitted infections or HIV. You should remove your Ruby Cup before sexual intercourse, and always remember to use a condom.
Physically, there is no reason why a virgin cannot use a cup. If your hymen (the thin membrane which partially covers the opening of your vagina) is still intact then using a Ruby Cup may not be as easy. When starting to use Ruby Cup as a virgin, it might be easier to start with our Ruby Cup Small.
Using a cup may stretch or tear the hymen. Your hymen can also be stretched or torn through sports such as riding a bike, and this is very normal. Some cultures and religions require an intact hymen before marriage, and may not agree with the use of a menstrual cup. If this is not an issue for you, your family or your religion, then using a Ruby Cup is no problem – just take time to find a comfortable way to insert.
Note: Using Ruby Cup when you are a virgin can affect your hymen but that does not mean that you will lose your virginity! You only lose your virginity after your first sexual intercourse – no matter whether your hymen was torn before.
A prolapse is when one or more of the pelvic organs have moved down and put pressure on the wall of the vagina, thus changing the vagina’s shape. This is caused by a weakness in the pelvic floor muscles that provide support within the pelvis. The severity of this condition varies and we advise women with a prolapse to discuss using Ruby Cup with their Gynaecologist or Doctor.
There is a small risk that your IUD can be affected or moved out of position when removing Ruby Cup. But for most women the use of the Ruby Cup while having an IUD has not caused any problems. Still, we advise you to consult your doctor before use.
Try these top tips for using a Ruby Cup if you have an IUD fitted:
Position. Ruby Cup is designed to sit low in the vagina, and if placed correctly will not disturb your IUD strings. Get to know where your strings are and become familiar with where you need to place your cup.
Release the seal. Your Ruby Cup will create a suction seal when inside your vagina – to prevent leaks. Before removing your cup take care to pinch the walls of your cup together to release the suction.
Visit your doctor. If you have any concerns, if you have a low cervix, or feel that your IUD has moved position then visit your doctor or gynaecologist for a health check before using a menstrual cup.
Yes. Ruby Cup is made from top quality, Medical Grade Silicone, which is non-toxic and non-allergenic. Ruby Cup is also non-absorbent, and collects menstrual blood meaning that it does not disrupt your vagina’s natural bacteria balance. The vagina is self-cleansing and continually produces natural lubricants that “flush” the vagina. Tampons absorb this protective fluid and can disrupt the normal vaginal environment. Tampons and pads contain chemicals, and are made with bleach so they can appear white and hygienic – in fact these chemicals are not good for your body, and not hygienic.
Check our page Why Ruby Cup is Healthy & Hygienic to find out more.
That depends on a few things, like was it a public toilet or your private toilet at home, did you flush or do business A or B beforehand?
Generally it should be OK to wash the cup thoroughly and sterilize it before you insert it again. However, we can’t know for sure that you will not have problems, as the circumstances can be so divers and if you are not comfortable using your Ruby Cup anymore, we suggest that you purchase a new one.
No, there is no smell from using Ruby Cup. Menstrual flow only begins to smell when it begins to oxidize from being exposed to air – as with sanitary pads. When using the cup, the menstrual flow is not exposed to air so you don’t have to worry about emitting an odour.
No. Ruby Cup does not absorb or interfere with the natural pH of your vagina. Thrush is caused by Candida, a yeast fungus and can occur when the natural balance of your vagina is disturbed. Tampons absorb protective secretions that prevent thrush, menstrual cups do not. Avoid using perfumed soaps to clean your cup and when washing your delicate vaginal area as this can also disturb your pH balance.
Some soaps contain perfumes which can cause irritation to your vagina and cause an imbalance to your natural pH, if you want to wash with soap, make sure it is an fragrance-free, mild soap.
No. The cleaning detergents used in dishwashers are too harsh, and may cause irritation to your vagina. Boiling for five minutes in water is best.
At the end of every period, your Ruby Cup should be boiled for five minutes to sterilize. This way you can be sure that it’s clean for your next period. Ruby Sterilizer is great for cleaning between periods – put your cup inside the sterilizer with water and boil in the microwave or oven.
Microwave: boil for 5 minutes at 1000 Watts
Oven: boil at 200° Celcius or 390° Fahrenheit for 10 minutes
After boiling, wait until your cup is cool, dry thoroughly and store in your Ruby bag.
When boiling your Ruby Cup, make sure you don’t overboil it (no more than 15 minutes), otherwise the silicone will lose some of its bounciness and not open up so easily anymore when inserted, hence leading to potential troubles with leaking.
Have a look at Cleaning and Storing Your Menstrual Cup for some cleaning tips.
Always start with clean hands. After removing and emptying your cup, rinse with warm water before inserting again. If no water is available, then simply wipe your cup with tissue and reinsert.
Check out Cleaning and Storing Your Menstrual Cup for simple cleaning advice.
Have a look at our section How To Use A Menstrual Cup for an easy to use step-by-step guide.
When your cup is correctly inserted, you will not be able to feel it, and there will be no discomfort. Use your finger to push your cup higher or lower until it sits comfortably. Many women find that twisting their cup helps it to sit in the correct place, and that with a little time the silicone material softens with your body heat.
Ruby Cup should be emptied every 4 to 12 hours, depending on your menstrual flow. With a heavy flow, you will have to empty Ruby Cup more frequently than with a light flow. In the beginning it is advisable to empty your Ruby Cup more often – every 4-6 hours, until you get to know how heavy your flow is. If your cup is not full, you can leave it for longer next time.
Have a look at How To Use a Menstrual Cup for an easy to use guide.
Starting to use a menstrual cup is easier than you think, insertion is similar to inserting a tampon. Like with anything new, give yourself time to get used to the new product and choose a relaxing setting to practice insertion and removal until you find the most comfortable way. It may take a few times to get it right, and you might even want to practice when you are not on your period.
Check out our Getting Started With a Menstrual Cup guide to see the top ways to make the change from tampons to cups, and simple steps to start using a Ruby Cup.
Between periods you store your Ruby Cup in the included Cotton Bag. The cotton material ensures a breathable environment for the cup, so any moist on the cup can vaporize.
You should not store your Ruby Cup in an airtight container or the Sterilizer.
Ruby Cup should be emptied at least every 12 hours. This will depend on how heavy your flow is – it may take a couple of cycles to get to know how often you need to empty your cup.
If your cup is difficult to remove, relax and take your time, don’t worry! Staying relaxed will help your muscles to ease and your cup will be easier to remove.
Try sitting in a squatting position, and use your pelvic floor muscles (the muscles that you use to stop and start peeing) to gently push the cup downwards. When the stem is low enough to reach, pull down until you can reach the walls of the cup, and squeeze them together to release the suction. If the suction seal is hard to break, use your finger between the cup and your vagina to release, and remove.
Using a menstrual cup can take a bit of patience and practice. Take your time to try different insertion and removal techniques until you find one that suits your body. Choose a place where you feel comfortable and relaxed, and practice with your cup. Try wetting your cup with water to help with smooth insertion.
No. You will be pleasantly surprised about how clean it really is. Ruby Cup fits inside your vagina, so no leaks, and no dampness. Cups collect your flow, so most of the blood is inside your cup and can be emptied into the toilet.
No. It is not possible for Ruby Cup to be lost inside your vagina, this is due to the shape and size of your anatomy. Read why it is not possible here. If you feel that your cup has moved higher in your vagina, or you cannot reach it, then stay relaxed and gently use your pelvic floor muscles to push down. These are the muscles that you use when you start and stop peeing, they will help the cup to move downwards. Remember, it will not get lost, stay relaxed, and don’t worry. When you can reach the stem you can pull it down with your fingers, then press the walls to release the suction. Then gently pull out and empty. More about how to use Ruby Cup here.
Some women do find that the stem protrudes out the opening of their vagina. This can be due to the fact that their cervix sits low, or their vaginal length is short – and this is very common. The stem of your cup should not be outside your vagina as it can be uncomfortable and cause some irritation to your labia throughout the day. If the stem is too long, you can trim it until you find a comfortable fit. Cut a small amount at a time until it is the right size.
There are different ways of folding Ruby Cup before insertion. Try them and find out which one is easiest for you.
Ruby Cup should sit as low in your vagina as is possible and comfortable – lower than a tampon. The most suitable angle will differ between women, you may need to try a few different positions to find the right one for your body. It is okay if the cup fits a bit higher in your vagina, this may be because of the position of your cervix- all vaginas are different. The stem at the bottom of the cup will help you to adjust, use it to gently push the cup higher or lower. If the stem is causing discomfort, or sticking out of your vagina, you can trim it to size – have a look at our FAQ ‘Should I trim the stem?’ to find out more.
Have a look at our How to Use a Menstrual Cup for a super easy guide to inserting and removing your cup.
No. If your Ruby Cup is inserted correctly you will not be able to feel it. Gently use your finger to move the cup into a position that feels comfortable for you, or take your time to practice different insertion and removal techniques.
If your Ruby Cup is inserted correctly then you will have no leaks or spotting. Leakages usually happen if you cup is not sealed fully inside your vagina. Use your finger to check the rim of the cup to make sure it is fully unfolded.
Have a look at our page How to Use a Menstrual Cup to find out more about correct insertion.
Yes! Ruby Cup is a great menstrual product for women with active lifestyles. They have a higher capacity, so they can hold more flow meaning less bathroom visits. They are comfortable and leak-free, and are also worn internally so are totally discreet. You don’t even need to worry about carrying extra disposable products with you!
Check out our page Using on the Move for some Ruby Cup tips when you are out and about.
There is an ongoing debate that discusses whether or not it is safe and appropriate for women to perform any inverted postures during menstruation. With regards to yoga, many people say that inverted position such as shoulder stands, alleviate menstrual cramps and other symptoms while other say there is a potential for back flow (retrograde flow). This is still a theory, and has not yet been proven by credible research. In addition, most of the concerns people have are about staying in inverted postures for a long period of time. Ultimately, this is a personal decision and depends on your own opinion.
We have put together some simple, gentle yoga poses to ease menstrual cramps, check them here.
Yes, it is perfectly fine to go swimming while wearing a Ruby Cup. Menstrual cups are worn internally, with no strings attached, so no worries about visible strings or wings under your bathing suit.
Of course! You can use your menstrual cup wherever you are. Always start by washing your hands, remove and empty the contents of your cup over the toilet as usual. Some women take a small container or bottle of water into the toilet to rinse the cup with, but alternatively you can wipe your cup with toilet tissue before reinserting.
Check out Using on the Move for more information about using your cup when you are out and about.
Yes. Your Ruby Cup has a high capacity and can hold more flow than a tampon or a pad, so is great for overnight use. You can wear your cup for up to 12 hours, giving you a full night of undisturbed sleep. If you have just started using a cup, you may want to empty it more regularly until you know how heavy your flow is and how quickly your cup fills up.
No, Ruby Cup should be removed before sexual intercourse, and cannot be used as a method of contraception.
However, some women have found that Ruby Cup can help them orgasm through clitoral stimulation or masturbation. Check out our blog post Take Ruby To Bed, to find out some rather surprising Ruby Cup secrets.
Your period will usually come every 28 days or so. You can use our easy Period Calculator to help you record each period so you know where you are in your cycle, and when to expect your next period.
Yes! Ruby Cup is great for travelling because you don’t have to pack pads or tampons, saving you space for packing. Cups are reusable so you will never run out. There is also no waste to deal with if you’re out in the woods hiking or camping. Ruby Cup is comfortable to wear, so you won’t feel anything even when you are on the move.
Check our section Using on the Move to find out more.
There are different options for lubricants to use for Ruby Cup and also Ruby Kegel.
Medical grade silicone does not get affected/altered in any way by silicone lubes given that they are lubes made of 100% silicone with no additives etc.
Any water based lubricants with natural ingredients are OK to use too.
As a more natural option you can use a little bit of Organic Virgin Coconut Oil as a lubricant.
The most natural option however would be to use just a little bit of saliva, though it might not be everyones favourite option :)
Depending on where you are going and where you are staying, most well equipped hostels, guest houses, hotels and Couchsurfer hosts have microwaves and/or ovens, so you could sterilize your cup in the sterilizer with that.
If you are hiking and camping mostly, it is worth thinking of taking a little extra pan for your cup. It doesn’t need to be a big pot of course! If you get your hands on a kettle, you can use that and place your cup in a glass or the sterilizer and let boiling kettle water run over it a few times.
Another option is that you use sterilizing tablets, such as Milton sterilizing tablets.
We do not recommend to use plain alcohol to sterilize it as it might be too strong on the material. In case you go for it, make sure you rinse your Ruby Cup thoroughly before you insert it.
Please make sure that wherever you go your hands are clean before handling the Ruby Cup!
During menopause, your periods may become heavier or lighter, or become irregular. Ruby Cup has a higher capacity than disposable products, so can manage a heavy flow with ease – less bathroom visits and no leaks. Because menstrual cups collect your flow instead of absorbing, you can wear a cup during a light flow, or when you are spotting with no risk of irritation or dryness. Ruby Cup is great because it eliminates the need for buying a variety of other disposable products, and gives you the freedom to enjoy a varied lifestyle without menstrual worries.
For some girls and women it does! Many women report that using Ruby Cup has helped to alleviate some of their pain. This may be because Ruby Cup prevents the vaginal walls from contracting, or because using a menstrual cup strengthens your pelvic floor muscles.
Check out our page on How to Beat Menstrual Cramps to find out some practical period pain solutions!
Some girls told us that they feel a little ashamed to ask their parents about Ruby Cup. While your mom may not have tried Ruby Cup, she may have heard of them. We recommend that you tell her you discovered Ruby Cup by a friend or online and are interested in giving it a try. You might want to tell her what your reasons are for thinking about making a switch. For most girls & women, it is because they want a healthy and eco-friendly alternative to tampons and pads.
Once you’ve told her about Ruby Cup and why you want to use them, ask her if she’d feel comfortable allowing you to try one, or if she wants to do some more research herself before making a decision. Your mum or dad can contact us any time if they have further questions.
Yes. Ruby Cup is a great hygiene product to use for a heavy flow, as it has a much higher capacity than tampons or pads, and can hold more menstrual flow. This means less bathroom trips! We recommend to use the Ruby Cup Medium when having a heavy flow or during heavy days. See the measurements below.
For lighter to medium periods
For medium to heavy periods
Have a look at our page Heavy Periods- How To Manage for some great solutions and for tips that help you alleviate your pain. But do visit a doctor if your heavy period starts to interfere with your lifestyle.
Yes. In fact, Ruby Cup is a great menstrual solution for passing clots in your period as it collects your flow and any clots that you pass naturally.
Check out our page How to Manage Period Blood Clots – for more information about the causes and simple solutions.
Yes. Ruby Cup collects your menstrual flow, instead of absorbing, so you will experience no dryness or irritation. Tampons can often cause irritation if your flow is light, as they absorb all of your natural lubrication.
Ruby Cup is made from a healthy, hygienic material, so you can wear it at any time during the month, no matter how light your flow is – and you will not experience any discomfort.
Ruby Cup is available in Classic (not colored), but also in a range of colors. Ruby Cup does not contain any chemicals or dyes. Medical Grade SLR based colour is used for colouring of the cup. Ruby Cup in Classic and Colors is made from silicone, tested and approved according to standard: FDA 21 CFR 177.2600.
Yes. Some menstrual cups have a larger capacity than tampons and pads, and can hold up to three times more menstrual flow. Ruby Cup Medium Size can hold 34 ml, which is more than ‘Super’ or ‘Extra’ tampons and pads for heavy flow. That means you can get a full nights sleep, with no interruptions! See exact Measurements of Ruby Cup Small and Medium below.
Every once in a while it’s nice to clean your cotton bag where you store your Ruby Cup while you don’t have your period. You can easily do this by putting it in the washing machine. Make sure to not wash it hotter than 30° or else it will shrink.
Medical Grade Silicone has an indefinite lifespan. If you treat your Ruby Cup well, it can last you 10 years.
Ruby Cup is produced in strict accordance with ROHS regulations and has passed SGS quality control. Ruby Cup is made of medical grade silicone and the material reaches FDA and LFGB standards.
Yes. Ruby Cup is made from medical grade silicone which is non-toxic, hypoallergenic and very safe!
Yes! The Ruby Cup is made of 100% Medical grade silicone, usable for up to 10 years.
The measuring marks can help you to see your menstrual flow and know how much you bleed during your period. This can help you to spot any period problems such as heavy bleeding or clots, and will also help you to recognise any health issues.
Ruby Cup comes in the sizes Small and Medium. We recommend the small cup for light periods and the medium cup when having a heavy flow. The exact measurements are below.
The white residue you might find on your cup, after you boiled it for 5 minutes, is due to hard water in your region. It is harmless and if you like you can just wash it off before you insert the cup.
Ruby Cup is made of 100% FDA approved medical grade silicone.
Ruby Cup Classic comes in the sizes Small and Medium. Choose Small when you have a light flow and Medium when you have a medium to heavy flow. Here are the Ruby Cup measurements.
Some women have found that their cup becomes a little stained after a number of uses, but it seems that the discolouration is related to the hormones and the unique natural chemical balance of each woman’s vaginal fluids – some women notice staining and others don’t. Some Ruby Cup users have even found that it is related to the Contraceptive Pill and a change in hormonal levels. Don’t worry if your cup becomes a little discoloured. Washing with lemon juice can sometimes help!
Ruby Cup is excited to present our great production partners in China that produce high standard silicone, serving US and EU markets. The material is FDA, SGS or ROHS certified, and meets EU standards.
Exciting changes have taken place for our supplier recently, as they have moved location in order to expand and upgrade production volume. New tool workshops have been established, and education and training are ongoing to ensure technicians maintain excellent standards. Our supplier has very high knowledge and expertise within silicone tooling and production, due to many years of cooperation with EU companies. Check out our supplier in his new office:
Quality assurance is done by a company specialized in silicone materials founded and managed by Danish directors. Assurance includes adhering to product specifications, ensuring that the raw silicone material is medical grade, approved and passes all SGS inspections.
Sometimes, customers ask us about our production site. Since we are an ethical company, high labour and environmental standards are the core of our business.
Ruby Cup production is very capital intensive and the company is run by three very nice guys who are all engineers and experts in the field of injection molding and medical grade silicone.
China can have a bad reputation in terms of labour, environmental, and quality standards. However, just like anywhere, in China you can have both “good” and “bad” producers. After our extensive research and trials, receiving samples from different producers from all over the world, we chose this supplier because he meets the highest quality standards.
We are very very grateful to have found such reliable and good production partner. That way, we can make sure that the very best quality menstrual products make their way to you, our wonderful customers!
It does not but you can find some ideas here.
Strong pelvic floor muscles help support the extra weight during pregnancy and help heal the perineum and pelvic organs after labour.
This would really depend on the person and the pregnancy and you should discuss it with your doctor.
Once again, it really depends on the person, the labour (vaginal, C-section, single baby, twins etc). We advise that you discuss this with your doctor.
Well looked after, it would last as long as Ruby Cup can.
Many women find it easier to locate and exercise their pelvic floor muscles when using the Ruby Kegel exerciser. It is also helpful for more intense exercise routines.
The main use of Ruby Sterilizer would be in a microwave.
However, even if we generally can’t recommend using an oven due to the time it takes and the high energy costs, if you don’t have or don’t want to use a microwave and don’t boil your Ruby Cup in a pot, you can also use Ruby Sterilizer in an oven.
No matter where you decide to use the Ruby Sterilizer, please make sure to leave the lid open to create a steam hole.
That depends a little on your microwave. Try a little around until you find the right settings which will boil your cup inside the Ruby Sterilizer without overflowing too much (However, in most cases a little water will flow out of the Sterilizer).
Before you store your Ruby Sterilizer, after using it, make sure it is completely dry. It is completely fine to let it simply air dry.
The dry Sterilizer can be folded together and stored in any type of bag or cupboard, just make sure it is a dry place and doesn’t sit in direct sunlight for too long.
No, unfortunately not, you would have to boil them one after the other to ensure both of them are disinfected and that you can handle them safely after the boiling process.
Yes! Please make sure not to burn your hands. We recommend using mittens and waiting a few minutes before you handle the Ruby Sterilizer after boiling.