Sterilising your menstrual cup is essential. Recent research has found that TSS and other bacteria can grow on the silicone of your cup. Sterilising will stop these from growing and keep your cup clean and healthy. There are a number of easy ways that you can do this.
Keep it clean
When I first began to use a menstrual cup, people believed that you couldn’t get toxic shock syndrome (TSS) from using a menstrual cup. Although it is very rare, there have been at least two cases of TSS occurring when people have been using a menstrual cup. For this reason, we would suggest that you sterilise your menstrual cup regularly. Ideally before replacing it each time you reinsert. This might be easier if you keep two cups, one that you are using and one that has been sterilised already. There are a number of options to keep your cup clean easily though.
Sterilising your menstrual cup
- Use a small toothbrush to clean the surface of the cup. This will help to remove any bacteria.
- Use alcohol wipes, such as the ones from lunette here.
- A Milton tablet can be used in the same way that you would sterilise a baby bottle.
- A microwave steriliser, such as the new one we sell can be used to clean your cup. Cover the cup with water and microwave for between 3 and 5 minutes. You can find it here.
- Pouring boiling water over your cup and leaving it to sit for five minutes should also kill anything on it. You can use our microwave steriliser for this too.
Out and about
When you are away from home, keeping your cup clean may be a challenge. Our collapsible menstrual cup can fit inside our new menstrual cup steriliser when folded up. This is a handy size to keep in your bag. When you change your cup swap the one that needs sterilising and then you can use the container to sterilise when convenient.
Our new menstrual cup sterilisers are a great option if you are looking for an easy way to keep your cup clean. You can find out more and purchase them here.