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A menstrual cup is a reusable feminine hygiene product.  It is a small, flexible funnel-shaped cup usually made from medical grade silicone that needs to be inserted into the vagina during menstruation to collect menstrual fluid.

The menstrual cup can hold more blood and is the best eco-friendly alternative when compared to other menstrual products available.  You could wear a cup for up to about 12 hours. 

The best reusable menstrual cups made from medical grade silicone are available at Stonesoup Shop. Buy Reusable Menstrual Cups Online India – Stonesoup Shop

Stonesoup's menstrual cups are patented for its unique U shape design, double platinum polished to have a smooth surface and have a strong support system to help customers for a smooth transition.

How does a menstrual cup work?

Unlike other menstrual products, a menstrual cup does not absorb the menstrual blood; instead, it collects the menstrual fluid. When your menstrual cycle begins, you need to tightly fold the menstrual cup and insert it into the vagina.  There are different types of folds. The most commonly used is the punch down fold. In punch down fold, the cup is folded using the thumb so that one part becomes very small and can be easily inserted inside the vagina. When inserted properly you would not feel it.  It is like putting a diaphragm or birth control ring in place that forms a seal to prevent leaks.  The menstrual flow drips into the cup.  To remove the cup, the bottom of the cup needs to be pinched to release the suction and then the cup can easily slide down. The cup needs to be emptied, washed with clean water and reinserted.


Budget-friendly:  Menstrual cups are both eco-friendly and wallet-friendly.  A reusable cup can easily last from 8 years up to 10 years. It prevents you from buying disposable sanitary pads which is a recurring expenditure. On an average if you are using 10 disposable sanitary pads a month , for 12 months it will be 120 pads resulting in 1200 pads for 10 years. Just imagine the amount of expenditure incurred by multiplying with cost per pad.  Spending on Stonesoup stemless cup will be just investing an amount of 8rs per month for 10 years.

Menstrual cups are safer:  A menstrual cup can be worn for upto 12 hours depending on the flow.  Although; other menstrual products would need a change for a maximum of every six hours; however, cups could stay for a longer period.  They are most suitable for overnight use and protection from leakage.  Once inserted there would be no need for any other backup pad or panty liner.  They hold more blood and you could be comfortable even on days of heavy flow.

Eco-friendly:  Reusable menstrual cups can last for a longer time without frequent change; thereby, preventing more environmental sanitary waste. As the cup is reusable for 10 years will obviously generate no disposable sanitary waste resulting in a cleaner environment to all. 

Easy-to-use:  Menstrual cups from Stonesoup are available in the following variants.

  1. Green cup which is  the soft cup, is best suited for women with limited physical activity.  
  2. Teal or blue cup and the Fushia cup has medium hardness and is recommended for medium to heavy menstrual flow, 
  3. Yellow cup, which is tough, is suitable for sports women who practice regularly.

Menstrual cups produce less odor as the menstrual flow only smells on exposure to air.  The cup forms an airtight seal.


At times, finding the right fit may be tough.  There are multiple brands available and generally come in different sizes.  Finding the right size depends on your age, menstrual flow, and physical activities done on daily basis. However, StoneSoup' s unique design cups are available in different hardness with the same size and capacity. The teal cup which is also known as blue cup is of medium hardness and is suitable to 95% of women. The vagina is totally elastic and when the cup is inserted, the muscles just cling to the cup to form a suction. 

Cup insertion and removal is a new skill that takes some time to learn it. Inserting and removing the cup can be very easy if your pelvic muscles are totally relaxed. You may need two or three cycles to get a hang of using the cup. To insert cup stand in half squat position with one leg on a stool. Fold the mouth of cup in required fold and insert. To remove, stand or sit in half squat position, same as when you inserted. Now use your pelvic floor muscles to push the cup down, like putting pressure while pooping, it comes down. Reach up and pinch the bottom of the cup.  Pinching the base helps to break the seal and should angle the cup slightly back to prevent the menstrual flow from spilling. 

Read on How to Use a Menstrual Cup - Insertion, removal and wash care

We always suggest to try the Stonesoup cup when you are at home so that you are comfortable with the space and time available. After getting the confidence of the usage, you can use it anywhere.

When you are outdoors the cup would need to be emptied in the restroom.  It is recommended to rinse it out with clean water and then wipe it clean using toilet paper. If you are not sure about the source of water, then use drinking water to clean the cup. 

Many think that the menstrual cup could interfere with an IUD. 

Women who are using a copper T for contraception can use a menstrual cup without fearing that the copper T will get displaced. The negative suction pressure of the menstrual cup is not strong enough to displace the Copper T. And one pinches the base of the cup to break the vacuum, before  removing the menstrual cup from the vagina. Thus there is very little chance of displacing the Copper T/IUD contraceptive device.

For more details contact: StoneSoup Shop

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