All you need to know about periods and menstrual cycles

That’s it, your period has arrived ! With varying degrees of regularity, pain or fatigue, they are often an indicator of your overall health. For your well-being and health, it is important to know your rules.

Menstrual cycle, how does it work?

The menstrual cycle is a period between the first day of menstruation and the first day of the next period. The menstrual cycle is not just blood, so it doesn’t just span the menstrual period but a longer period. It is important to know and understand your menstrual cycle. It is a major indicator of our health and knowing it well allows us to better understand and manage it.

The cycle may be irregular, but there is often a cause for this. It is generally said that a menstrual cycle lasts 28 days, but this is actually not the norm for most women. The duration of a cycle is rather between 21 and 35 days.

What is the menstrual cycle?

A woman’s life is made up of cycles that break down into 4 phases. Each of these phases is marked by hormonal changes.

1. Periods

Day 1 to 7

This first phase marks the beginning of the menstrual cycle.

During this first phase, the endometrium, the tissue that covers the inner wall of the uterus, thickens. If there is no embryo, the endometrium self-destructs each month and flows with a little blood from the uterus through the vagina: this is the menstrual period.

Menstruation usually lasts from 2 to 7 days. If you have painful periods, they will surely occur during the first few days. Hormones in the body cause the elimination of the endometrium, which is what hurts.

The first period arrives on average at the age of twelve, but this is still an average, they can arrive much earlier or much later without having to worry about it. Some girls will have their first period at 9 years old, others at 13 years old, it’s nature that decides.

One season: winter.

2. Pre-ovulatory phase, also known as the follicular phase.

Day 1 to 14

This phase extends from the first day of menstruation until ovulation.

During this period, the body produces more estrogen and less progesterone. Estrogen will boost your energy.

As a reminder, estrogen is a hormone secreted by the ovary, ensuring the formation, maintenance and functioning of the female genital organs.

Progesterone, on the other hand, is a sex hormone that prepares the uterus for a possible pregnancy. It is secreted by the corpus luteum, the follicle after ovulation in the second part of the menstrual cycle.

The pre-ovulatory phase lasts an average of 14 days. During this phase, cells called follicles present in both ovaries will develop under the action of a molecule. At the same time, the endometrium thickens for possible fertilization.

One season: Spring

3. Ovulation

Day 14 to 17

It is common to hear that ovulation occurs on the 14th day of the cycle but this is only an average, it can vary, generally ovulation does not occur beyond the 17th day. Some women feel slight pain at the time of ovulation, but many feel nothing, there is no sign of ovulation.

In this phase of ovulation, you should feel like in the summer, serene with great energy and self-confidence, ready to face anything. It only lasts a few days, the small days when your uterus will be ready to receive an embryo, this is the best time if you are looking to get pregnant. This is when the egg leaves the ovary and begins to travel to the uterus.

On the 14th day, only one of these follicles matures and ruptures. It will then expel an egg into one of the two fallopian tubes (the uterine tubes that connect each ovary to the uterus). Once emptied, this follicle will then turn into a corpus luteumand we are halfway through the menstrual cycle.

One season: summer

4. Luteal phase

Day 17 to 28

This phase begins after ovulation and ends when menstruation arrives.

The corpus luteum, which we have just talked about, starts to produce a hormone that will act directly on the uterine lining. This will continue to thicken to accommodate a possible future embryo.

Progesterone is in the majority and the drop in estrogen will lead to premenstrual symptoms (=PMS), headaches, loss of energy, small pimples, breast pain, bloating and irritability. That moment when you just want to be in bed watching a movie with a nice hot tea, isn’t it autumn?
It is important to know your cycle, so you will know that during this phase it is time to take care of yourself :).

If the egg is not fertilized by a sperm, the corpus luteum atrophies and the progesterone level drops. Then comes the menstruation …

One season: Autumn

Of course we are all different and do not all react in the same way. Neither are we robots and not all of us are perfectly tuned. Stress, diet, lack of sleep, travelor a change in activity can affect it. But following your cycle will allow you to better understand your body and how the 4 phases of the cycle affect it. So you can keep a small calendar or use an application like Cluewhich is great for tracking your symptoms and calculating your cycle.

50 Shades of Red – The Color of the periods

That’s it, your period has arrived! With varying degrees of regularity, pain or fatigue, they are often an indicator of your overall health. For your well-being and health, it is important to know your periods, their average duration, the amount of blood you lose or their usual color, so that you can react if a change occurs. The explanation may be simple (change of contraception, menopause…), or a sign that something is wrong and should be consulted.

Among the different signs to observe is the color of your periods: you may have noticed that their color varies during your cycle, but does that mean something for your health? Here we explore with you how this happens, and when to react.

It is normal for the color of your rulers to change during your cycle.

Let’s start by recalling the (simple) basics: from adolescence to menopause, the female body is governed by sex hormones that trigger a succession of menstrual cycles whose purpose is simple: to conceive life. With each cycle, the body prepares a cozy little nest in the uterus in case an embryo wants to develop into a fetus. If there is no embryo, the endometrium (= the cozy little nest) self-destructs, and flows with a little blood from the uterus through the vagina: BINGO is menstruation (and you are not pregnant).

The different shades of red that you may observe are generally due to the length of time your period is in contact with oxygen. A bit like when you cut yourself: the blood runs red at first, then reacts and dries on contact with the oxygen in the air (it oxidizes), taking on a dark red or brown color. It is therefore quite normal to observe, during a period of menstruation, different nuances.

Dark red to brown periods

This is usually the color observed during the first day or towards the end of menstruation and is quite usual. This is only a sign that the menstrual blood took a long time to evacuate and therefore oxidized. The endometrium does not disintegrate all at once, it is a slow process to start and stop.

This is also the color you probably see when you use towels. It makes sense: by settling in a towel, menstrual blood has more contact with oxygen than when it is collected in a menstrual cup or absorbed by a tampon.

You can also observe dark red (sometimes black) clots, and again: don’t worry. It is the endometrium that is evacuated and it is normal to observe a few clots during the days when your flow is most abundant.

On the other hand, if these clots are accompanied by pain, irregular, very long and abundant periods, it is possible that they are due to a fibroid. In this case, we recommend that you consult a health care professional. Fibroids are (usually) diagnosed through a simple gynecological examination.

You may notice a few brown drops if you start/change contraception or if you are approaching menopause. This is normal: any hormonal change tends to provoke some losses without seriousness.

Bright red periods

This is when the serious stuff starts and your flow intensifies.

Increased menstrual flow = faster evacuation with less oxidation. Everything is working as planned!

When you started using a menstrual cup, you may have felt that your period was redder than before. It’s normal! Once collected in a menstrual cup, the menstrual blood is in contact with little oxygen and oxidizes less (which also prevents odors).

If you experience bright red spotting between your periods, you should consult a health care professional as there are several possible causes for this unexpected bleeding, including some sexually transmitted infections.

Pink Periods

You have periods like diluted, less abundant and have started training for a marathon? Don’t look further! Intense physical activity can lower your estrogen levels, which decreases your flow and can even stop your periods. This is common among top athletes. It may seem very convenient to have fewer or no periods at all, but low estrogen levels increase the risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the bones and makes them more fragile. This is a frequent consequence of menopause, a period of life during which the levels of sex hormones (including estrogen) also decrease. It is therefore important to be accompanied by a doctor if you think your periods have decreased in intensity because of sport, so that you can be monitored over the long term and avoid any deficiency or fracture.

What if you’re not really athletic? Other causes can explain pink periods: sudden weight loss, polycystic ovary syndrome, or the onset of premenopause. In all cases, we advise you to be accompanied by a health professional.

Grey periods or losses

You’re a little past your period, but at any time during your menstrual cycle, if you have a gray or grayish discharge mixed with blood, we advise you to go see a doctor quickly, because it could be a sign of a vaginal bacterial infection or a miscarriage. If you are or think you may be pregnant, consult your doctor as soon as possible.

Vaginal bacterial infections are common in women and many treatments are available. If you know you are predisposed to this type of infection, consider a few simple hygiene measures, such as using an intimate soap with an acidic pH. By using a soap with an acid pH, you preserve your natural intimate flora, an important defense against infections.

Blue Periods

Blue periods?! No no no, that’s only in commercials! Frankly, advertisers, this is the 21st century and we can show red blood. Don’t forget that we see them every month!

As you will have understood, it is completely normal to observe different shades of red during your period. It is especially if you observe traces of blood without explanation between your periods or during pregnancy that you should seek medical advice.

Pay attention to other signs, such as the amount of blood you’re losing (a common practice with Claricup!), the pain that can accompany menstruation and its duration or regularity: an abrupt change can be a sign that it’s time to make an appointment with your doctor. And you will know this over time by listening to your body to better understand it, and this is the best way to ensure your well-being!

First Menstruation – What you need to know about puberty

A woman’s life is made of cycles. During puberty the first menstruation occurs, a sign of the beginning of the fertility cycle. It is a natural phenomenon that will accompany you every month until you are no longer fertile.

But let’s go back to the beginning, to fully understand what’s going on in your body…

First of all, what is puberty?

Puberty, which happens to both boys and girls, is the transition period from childhood to adulthood. It usually starts between the ages of eight and fourteen in girls1. It is an important stage of life where the body changes. In girls, puberty is triggered when the brain starts producing hormones that act on the ovaries (the two sex glands located on either side of the uterus). They then begin to produce sex hormones called estrogen and progesterone. It is these hormones that “trigger” and regulate the menstrual cycle.

What is a menstrual cycle?

The menstrual cycle is the period between the first day of menstruation and the first day of the next period. The menstrual cycle lasts an average of 28 days. It can be broken down into four phases:

The pre-ovulatory phase (also called the follicular phase):

It lasts on average 14 days. During this phase, cells called follicles present in both ovaries will develop under the action of a molecule. At the same time, the lining of the uterus, also known as the endometrium (the outer wall of the uterine cavity) thickens for possible fertilization.

Ovulation

On the 14th day, only one of these follicles matures and ruptures. It will then expel an egg into one of the two fallopian tubes (the uterine tubes that connect each ovary to the uterus). Once emptied, this follicle will then turn into a corpus luteumand we are halfway through the menstrual cycle.

The luteal phase

It lasts on average between 10 and 16 days

The corpus luteum, which we have just talked about, starts to produce a hormone that will act directly on the uterine lining. This will continue to thicken to accommodate a possible future embryo. If the egg is not fertilized by a sperm, the corpus luteum atrophies and the progesterone level drops.

Menstruation

This drop in ovarian hormones causes the thick part of the uterine lining to detach: it drains through the cervix and then through the vagina in the form of “blood”. Yes, those are the periods !

The first period arrives on average at the age of twelve, but this is still an average, they can arrive much earlier or much later without having to worry about it. Some girls will have their first period at 9 years old, others at 13 years old, it’s nature that decides.

As you can see, this cycle lasts about (again, this varies from woman to woman) 28 days. This means that from the moment you have your first period, you will have it (in principle, but there may be exceptions) every 28 days during your life as a fertile woman.

What does the first period look like? What is their quantity? How long do they last?

These are obviously questions we ask ourselves when we have never had our period since it is not always a very easy subject to discuss. It is even sometimes referred to as the “taboo” of periods. Fortunately, more and more people around the world are talking about it publicly and explaining this phenomenon which, after all, is quite natural!

Menstruation lasts an average of two to seven days(again, this is an average) with a more abundant flow at the beginning. The blood is a bright red color at the beginning of menstruation and then, over the course of the days, tends to darken as the flow diminishes. Sometimes there are small clots that mix with the blood: don’t worry, it’s a completely natural phenomenon.

The amount of blood lost during menstruation varies from 20 to 70 ml2. The average is considered to be 50 ml, the equivalent – to help you visualize – of ten teaspoons.

During the first cycles, menstruation is generally less abundant.

To avoid staining your underwear and clothing, there are several solutions that will “capture” the flow of your period and allow you to go to school, go out, play sports, run, jump…with confidence.

Among them is the Mini Claricup (size 0), developed by the Claripharm laboratories, which is specially adapted for first periods and light flows. It is a small flexible cup that is inserted into the vagina and collects the flow. Made of antimicrobial silicone, it is proposed with its disinfection box. It is a protection that is both very secure and easy to insert: it doesn’t move once installed and allows you to play sports in complete safety, for example.

You can also use sanitary napkins. The pad is an absorbent external protection that is placed directly on the panties. It exists in different sizes, adapted to the volume of the periods.

1 – Figures from Inserm (National Institute for Health and Research)

2- Source Larousse Medical.

Abundant periods: causes and solutions

Today 30% of women consider that they have heavy periods.
The scientific community considers menstruation to be too abundant compared to normal when you lose more than 80ml of flow per cycle, (or if menstruation lasts more than 7 days) which is equivalent to 6 tablespoons. Admittedly, it is not simple to measure the amount of blood lost with a tablespoon … Measuring the amount of blood lost with a cup remains much simpler!

To help you quantify your flow :

  • Users of menstrual cups :

If you use a menstrual cup, it will be very easy to know how many ml of menstrual periods you lose because we indicate the capacity of our menstrual cups.
Claricup T0 has a capacity of 13.5 ml, Claricup T1 has a capacity of 20.2 ml, Claricup T2 has a capacity of 29.5 ml and Claricup T3 has a capacity of 36ml. So all you have to do is find out how many times you empty it per day, see roughly how full your cup is and do the calculation on your cycle.

  • Users of tampons or towels :

If you use super absorbent tampons or pads that you change every hour or every 2 hours, you have a very abundant flow. Sometimes, some women place 2 tampons at the same time (yes you read correctly), which is of course contraindicated. In this case too, we can speak of a very abundant flow.

Causes

The abundance of your periods varies over the course of a cycle, as does the color of your period, which is normal. Just as it is normal to observe variations in flow according to individuals, age, or different periods in a life, such as :

  • The first periods,
  • After the insertion of a copper IUD,
  • In Pre-Menopause,
  • In Post-Childbirth,

But also when following a certain diet, exercising, or taking hormonal contraceptives.

As you may have noticed, it’s a matter of hormones in many cases ! These are progesterone and estrogen.
Estrogen gives the physical female characteristics and orchestrates the menstrual cycle. Although estrogen acts mainly on the breasts and uterus, it also acts on the brain (effect on mood) and the heart (protection of the cardiovascular system).

A high level of estrogen will cause an increase in menstrual flow.

In the same way, a low progesterone level will imply the development of estrogens which will be more dominant.

We told you about the first periods earlier. Yes because puberty leads to a consequent hormonal upheaval. This is when the body is transformed to become capable of procreation. During this upheaval, the hormones try to regulate themselves but it is the estrogen level that is the highest, the first periods can then be quite abundant. However, this only lasts for a while. Eventually, the hormones are balanced, and everything is back to normal.

The same applies to the post-partum period. A woman’s body after birth has undergone many changes, we are talking about it here and there. The lochies occur, then the “real” periods come back. These may be different from the rules we have known before. Include: Niagara Falls. (By the time the hormones are regulated after childbirth, some women have thyroid dysfunction).

After the insertion of an IUD, it’s different: a copper IUD causes a change in the endometrium, the mucous membrane that detaches at the end of each menstrual cycle (which triggers menstruation). This modification of the endometrium prevents the development of an embryo (this is the contraceptive effect) but also prevents heavier periods than before the IUD was inserted (this is the KissCool effect). This is one of the reasons why many women become cup users. Just in case you’re wondering, There are no contraindications to wearing a cup and IUD. We explain why here.

Pre-menopause: It is again the great upheaval of hormones.
The production of progesterone is less due to a more random ovulation, while the secretion of estrogen is still satisfactory, menstruation can therefore be very abundant. But they can also disappear, reappear, become weaker… It is a period of hormonal imbalance that is totally unpredictable.

As soon as there is a hormonal change (change in hormonal contraceptives, hormonal imbalance, pre-menopause, etc.), a change in the abundance of menstrual flow can be observed.
But how do you know if this abundant flow is normal or if it is abnormal?

When to consult ?

Too much blood loss can lead to intense fatigue caused by iron deficiency. This is referred to as anemia. If this is the case, your periods are abnormally heavy, it is then time to go see your doctor. He will help you and accompany you in the search for a solution.

If your flow is much more abundant than what we defined previously (+80ml or more than 7 days), it may be a sign that something is wrong. We think of a thyroid disorder, fibroid, endometriosis, polyp. Do not hesitate to consult your health care professional.

Solutions

With our expertise and our desire to accompany you throughout the life of your vagina, we have sought solutions for your heavy periods.

Following your requests, we have created a new menstrual cup size, one size bigger than the others, the Claricup Size 3!
The most absorbent tampons can collect up to 15ml. The Claricup size 3 has a capacity of 36ml! Twice the capacity of a super absorbent pad.

If you do not wish to change the abundance of your flow (with a hormonal contraceptive for example), the Claricup size 3 is therefore one of our solutions for your heavy periods. Beware, it is not because the capacity of our cup is bigger that we have to change it less often! The Claricup is still to be emptied every 6 hours. (read our article on wearing time here).

How do you manage your Niagara Falls? 😉

My period is late! 6 reasons other than pregnancy

You were ready: your Claricup menstrual cupdisinfected in one hand, hot chocolate in the other, you were ready to live quietly your period this month. And then when the day comes… nothing. Calendar error? Contraception error? All the scenarios start scrolling through your head and panic mounts. STOOOP ! There are many possible explanations other than pregnancy.

To better understand why the rules are not triggered at the time they were calculated, it is important to go back to their triggering mechanism :

From adolescence to menopause, the female body is governed by sex hormones that trigger a succession of menstrual cycles whose purpose is simple: to conceive life. Every 28 days or so, your ovaries release an egg to be fertilized and your uterus prepares a cozy little nest in case the fertilized egg develops there. If the egg is not fertilized by a spermatozoon, the endometrium (= the small, soft nest) self-destructs and runs out with a little blood: this is the menstrual period. Menstruation is a sign that you are not pregnant.

But being late with your period is not necessarily a sign that you are late.

Adolescence or menopause

One of the simplest explanations is that you are in one of these two transition phases: it is perfectly normal to have irregular periods during adolescence or menopause.

In adolescence, it takes a little time, sometimes a few years, before menstrual cycles are well established. At menopause, they gradually stop and often get longer. And in these two cases, it is difficult to calculate anything! Do not hesitate to ask for advice from a health professional to accompany you through these stages of your intimate life that come with many changes.

Stress

There are two types of stress: acute stress, in response to a specific event, and chronic stress, which occurs when we are constantly subjected to situations for which we are not prepared. However, our body is not made to be stressed all the time. Chronic stress is therefore harmful because, like a domino effect, it disrupts important body functions, including the menstrual cycle and periods1. Which kind of makes sense: if you’re stressed all the time (sometimes even without realizing it), your body feels like you’re in a situation that’s totally unsuitable for having a baby. It stops ovulation and thus stops menstruation. If you can identify the cause of the stress and manage it, your periods will return naturally.

If you can identify the cause of the stress and manage it, your periods will return naturally.

Flight attendants and nurses are familiar with this problem: changes in the pace of life disrupt not only sleep, but also the rules. Indeed, nearly 53% of women working staggered hours observe changes in the rhythm of their periods2. People with staggered schedules have fragmented and shorter than average sleep. However, it is during sleep that the hormones that trigger ovulation are secreted. So don’t worry if your period is late after a trip to the other side of the world: your ovaries are also out of sync!

You play sports intensively

This situation has been evoked in article 50 shades of red: the consequence of intensively practiced sport is to reduce the volume of menstruation, to make it irregular or even to make it disappear3. This is due to a deficit in available energy, which decreases the secretion of sex hormones. These deficits lead not only to irregular or non-existent periods, but also to other disorders that specialists call “The Female Athlete Triad”: insufficient energy intake and disorders of the menstrual cycle associated with osteoporosis. It is therefore important to be accompanied by health professionals who will be able to advise you on how to reduce your training volume and adapt your diet to your energy expenditure, which will allow your periods to return naturally.

Extreme weight gain or loss

Whether one way or the other, a rapid weight change is a stress for the body, which has no time to adapt to these sudden changes. It will therefore stop producing sex hormones (in case of extreme weight loss) or, on the contrary, produce too much (in case of obesity)4. In both cases, the result is the same: your cycles may become irregular, your periods may stop. A health professional will be able to advise you on how to return to a balanced weight, in a healthy way, so that your menstrual cycles become regular again.

You have stopped taking the pill or changed your hormonal contraception.

It often takes no less than 6 months to return to regular cycles after stopping birth control pills. So no stress! It is completely normal to have irregular menstrual cycles during this time. If you use other hormonal contraceptives such as an implant or hormonal IUD, your period is likely to decrease or even disappear, and that’s nothing to worry about.

That leaves pregnancy

You don’t find yourself in any of the situations described above… and come to think of it, you may have forgotten your pill once or twice a month… And then with Jules, you didn’t take too many precautions… Well, now we’re not going to lie to each other, it’s time to take a pregnancy test. Urine pregnancy tests are available in pharmacies and, since 2014, in supermarkets. To make sure you don’t miss out, it is important to do it at the right time: a pregnancy test detects a hormone made by the embryo, beta-HCG. This hormone is produced by the embryo as soon as it begins to develop, and more and more over time. By testing too early, it is possible that the hormone may be present in too small an amount to be detected. It is therefore necessary to wait until the presumed date of your period to do a test, and then redo one a week later if the first one was negative. If you have absolutely no idea when your period should have arrived, it is advisable to wait 19 days after the last sexual intercourse to take a pregnancy test. One last piece of advice: take the pregnancy test in the morning instead, when the urine is concentrated in hormones, you will have a better chance of detecting them.

As you will have understood, a delayed period is often a problem of hormones unbalancedby a drastic change. If you are certain that you are not pregnant and have not had a period for 3 months, it is time to seek medical advice. But above all, listen to your body, it has a lot to tell you. Even if you don’t have any worries, remember to write down somewhere the amount of blood you lose (handy with the Claricup menstrual cup!), the intensity of pain that may accompany menstruation as well as its duration or regularity: an abrupt change is often a sign of an imbalance, which can be easily resolved if it is taken in time.

1 D. Prokai and SL. Berga, « Neuroprotection via Reduction in Stress: Altered Menstrual Patterns as a Marker for Stress and Implications for Long-Term Neurologic Health in Women » Int. J. M. Sci., 2016, 17, 2147.

² FC. Baker and HS. Driver, « Circadian rhythms, sleep and the menstrual cycle », Sleep medicine, 2007, 8, 613-622.

3 AK. Weiss Kelly and S. Hecht, AAP COUNCIL ON SPORTS MEDICINE AND FITNESS « The Female Triad », Pediatrics, 2016 ;137(6).

4 B. Meczekalski, K. Katulski, A. Czyzyk, A. Podfigurna-Stopa, M. Maciejewska-Jeske, « Funtional hypothalamic amenorrhea and its influence on women’s health », J. Endocrinol Invest, 2014, 37 ; 1049-1056.

Do you have further questions about the daily use of your menstrual cup? Write on social networks or by email to: contact@claripharm.fr

Happy New Year 2019!

The whole Claripharm Team wishes you an excellent year 2019 ! A new year at your side…

Happy New Year 2019!

The whole Claripharm Team wishes you an excellent year 2019 !

A new year at your side… And in 2019 the whole TEAM Claripharm will give itself body and soul to offer you the best. New products, new tips, contests, gifts and much more…

Thank you for following us in 2018. Thank you for your feedback, be it through your feedback on our products or through your likes, shares and comments on social networks.
Our aim is to accompany you and offer you the right solution throughout the life of your vagina. And what allows us to do this is you.

It has been an eventful year and 2019 promises to be even better!

During the year 2018 :

We have innovated for you!

  • We have launched a new menstrual cup size! The Mini Claricup was born thanks to you, following your requests. We thought of it for young girls. Its small size makes it easier to use and insert for young girls who are not yet used to inserting hygienic protections in their vagina or for young virgin women. But it turns out that this Mini Claricup is also suitable for sportswomen or women with very small flows.

  • We have done tests and more tests in order to offer you healthy products and guaranteed comfort ! In particular, we carried out a test on the composition of our cup. For it is all well and good to control the manufacturing process, but once the product is manufactured, how can we be sure that there is nothing dangerous in it that we didn’t foresee ? This control of the manufacturing process is not enough, we must guarantee that no toxic, dangerous substances are present in the menstrual cup! There are two types of tests to ensure that a healthy and safe product is placed on the market: biocompatibility tests, and extractables tests. More information about these tests in our composition article.

  • As you may have noticed, we have suspended the sale of our Clarigyna intimate gel. Our product was too liquid, which in no way compromised its effectiveness, but that did not satisfy us, it did not respect our commitment. And you know it, we wish the best for you. So we are working on another product that will arrive in 2019.

We got closer!

  • We have travelled all over France through many congresses. We exchanged with many health professionals (Gynecologist, Midwife…) which allowed us to reflect, to think about new products to meet your needs.
  • We reached out to you through our summer campaign #3PointsCommuns. Our campaign was posted on bus shelters all over France and also on TVs in pharmacies.

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  • We revolutionized your summer with our campaign #changemysummer
  • + More than 20 articles have been written on our website with the aim of advising you as much as possible on various intimate subjects.
  • We were talked about.

Article available here.

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  • We celebrated our 5 years with you, it was great!

  • Finally, we questioned you. Because yes, it is you who drive us forward on a daily basis. We would like to thank all the people who responded to our annual satisfaction questionnaire sent out at the end of the year, so thank you very much!

The year 2019 in a few words :

  • Spoil you
  • Getting closer to you, even more
  • Improve your daily life with new products
  • Tests and more tests. The menstrual cup is a new product on the market that requires research to ensure safety and effectiveness. Everything we say, we prove, is important to us.

Our wish in 2019: The regulation for hygienic protections including the menstrual cup, as it is already the case in the US, Mexico, Brazil, South Korea…..This regulation is non-existent in France and in Europe, we will continue to raise awareness among the competent authorities to change the Rules! We are determined, this is our fight for 2019! We are alerting institutions and politicians.

We wish you another beautiful year 2019, happiness, health and love! See you soon,

The Claripharm TEAM.

CLARIGYNA™ : the intimate shower gel

New in your bathroom, the intimate shower gel Clarigyna™ becomes your must-have.

How to use it, what is its composition, we answer all your questions.

New: The intimate shower gel Clarigyna™

Clarigyna™ : designed by a woman for women!

Thisintimate shower gel of 150 ml, is suitable for the care of the intimate parts. Its gentle cleansing formula is as neutral as possible. Clarigyna™est also formulated :

  • Paraben-free (used as a preservative in cosmetics thanks to its antibacterial and antifungal actions)
  • Alcohol-free (which is a drying and irritating ingredient)
  • Dye-free (used to adjust the shade of the product but does not bring any efficiency to the product)
  • Fragrance-free (used to mask odors and is often composed of alcohol that is particularly irritating to the intimate area)
  • SLS-free(Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) (is an anionic sulfate surfactant that has a detergent action but can have a very irritating and drying effect on the skin)
  • Soap-free(which has an alkaline pH, which could irritate the mucous membrane by cleaning it too radically)

It has a physiological pH of 5.5 and is suitable for :

  • Daily external use

Function of the ingredients

Ingredients Function Origine Note INCI Beauty
AQUA (=eau) Solvent, it allows the mixing of ingredients. Water is the most used ingredient in cosmetics: 83% of products contain it. Mineral Good
COCO-BETAINE Amphoteric surfactant that improves the quality of the foam and gives the product cleaning qualities. Natural derived from coconut. Or synthetic. Good
LAURYL GLUCOSIDE Mild non-ionic surfactant cleaner. Vegetal, obtained from coconut oil and sugar. Or synthetic. Good
DISODIUM LAURETH SULFOSUCCINATE Anionic surfactant being among the softest. It is not part of the sulphates. It gently cleanses the intimate parts. Plant or synthetic Middle
GLUCONOLACTONE Skin care agent, it moisturizes the epidermis. Synthetic Good
ACRYLATES COPOLYMER Thickening agent, which gives a gel texture to the product. Synthetic Middle
SODIUM BENZOATE Antifungal preservative, which protects the product from microbial contamination. It is very effective against fungi, yeasts and bacteria. Synthetic Satisfactory
SODIUM HYDROXIDE pH regulator. The pH of Clarigyna is perfectly adapted to the intimate area. Synthetic Good
CALCIUM GLUCONATE Humectant, it helps to maintain the skin’s hydration. It is also used as a preservative in the product. Mineral Good

Gynecological test results

Thus at the sight of the results of the gynecological test, it appears that the product Clarigyna™ has a pleasant texture, it foams well, it brings feelings of comfort to clean the intimate zone gently and to hydrate it.

The product is ideal for daily intimate cleansing, especially of the external genital mucosa.

The conclusions showed excellent gynecological tolerance on the external genital area and excellent cosmetic acceptability, with 100% favorable opinions.

List of ingredients :

AQUA, COCO-BETAINE, LAURYL GLUCOSIDE, DISODIUM LAURETH SULFOSUCCINATE, SODIUM LAURYL SULFOACETATE, GLUCONOLACTONE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, SODIUM BENZOATE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, CALCIUM GLUCONATE

Top 8 frequently asked questions on Clarigyna™

Simply wash only the outside of your intimate area (no need to wash inside, this could cause a disturbance of your vaginal flora and induce ugly infections). Then rinse abundantly with warm water.

  • Can the Clarigyna be used several times a day?

Yes, it is quite possible to use the Clarigyna several times a day. Gynecological test results have shown that Clarigyna can be used 1-2 times a day and is very well tolerated. However, one shower a day allows the intimate area to be washed properly.

  • Why use a slightly acidic product?

The vagina has a naturally acidic pH, between 3.8 and 4.5, due to the secretions of naturally occurring bacteria that make up the vaginal flora. Thus, they produce lactic acid to inhibit the development of undesirable microorganisms. The vulva has a pH slightly less acidic than the vagina.

Clarigyna is very soft and harmless, it can be used during pregnancy.

  • Can Clarigyna be used after a vaginal delivery?

Clarigyna can be used after a vaginal delivery. In case of irritation, burning sensation, urinary discomfort, pain, discontinue use immediately and contact your doctor.

  • What to do if the intimate area is irritated after using Clarigyna?

If irritation occurs, discontinue use immediately and contact your doctor.

Clarigyna can be used after the first period, when the vaginal pH becomes more acidic.

  • Can I continue to use Clarigyna in case of fungal infections?

The development of mycoses being more favourable in an acid medium, it is advisable to use a basic (alkaline) cleaning product during mycoses, which allows to relieve the intimate parts more quickly.

Do you have other questions about using Clarigyna? Write to us on social networks or by mail at: contact@claripharm.fr

Over-the-counter drug alert

60 million consumers warned about over-the-counter medicines [1]

The team of 60 million consumers studied 72 food supplements and 60 non-prescription drugs.

A monitoring system: The nutrivigilance system set up by the ANSES [2] enables the detection of potential undesirable effects of active ingredients. It is used in food products, such as food supplements.

The authors of the article tell us that, just like medicines, many substances in food supplements, seemingly “innocuous”, can cause undesirable effects without having proven their effectiveness.

For example, it is thanks to this tool that an alert was issued on melatonin consumption. It is used in more than half of the “sleep” food supplements that have been studied.

  • In conclusion, it can harm the circadian rhythm or cause nausea, dizziness and sometimes convulsions.

ANSES, then conducted an assessment of the potential health risks.

She then recommended that certain populations avoid the consumption of food supplements containing melatonin because of its undesirable effects.

  • It is therefore not recommended for pregnantand breastfeeding women, children and teenagers, people suffering from inflammatory or auto-immune diseases, epilepsy, asthma, mood, behaviour or personality disorders, as well as people taking medication.

What about Claripharm?

The Claripharm Laboratoryensures compliance with safety rules and regulations by surrounding itself with experts to formulate and manufacture products that are effective, safe and comply with current regulations.

Our Claricycle food supplement has followed a controlled manufacturing process, being registered with the authorities before it is placed on the market and following up with consumers.

Sources :

[1] 15/10/2020, Christelle Pangrazzi, 60 millions de consommateurs, Hors-série – N° 205 – novembre 2020

[2] ANSES (l’agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail)

Chemical Products & Hygienic Protection. What security for our periods?

Internal hygienic protections: “inserted in the vagina”, such as tampons and menstrual cups, have been the subject of analyses by the ANSES (Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail) for several years.

In 2019, the DGCCRF (Direction générale de la concurrence, de la consommation et de la répression des fraudes) carried out a new investigation in the periodic protection sector.

During this survey, 19 references were analysed (tampon and menstrual cup).

These products are subject to the general provisions of the consumer code, in particular the general safety obligation.

In particular, manufacturers must :

  • Provide clear information to users to enable them to use them safely.
  • Ensure the safety of the products (composition, manufacture).

In addition, further analyses were carried out on 9 product samples to verify the absence of release of chemicals of concern, such as phthalates and other plasticisers. Its substances can pass into the body via the vaginal mucosa.

What about tampons?

Buffers may contain toxic substances such as dioxins, furans and phthalates (DnOP).

According to tampon manufacturers: “substances detected in intimate protection are not added intentionally“.

  • They would then be :
    • From contamination of raw materials(or finished products),
    • Formed during manufacturing processes (e.g. bleaching, gluing).

     

    According to ANSES :

    • Today, the cellulose used in these products can be bleached in certain processes using chlorinated agents, such as chlorine dioxide. This would be the cause ofthe formation of dioxins and furans.
    • Environmental contaminationcan also lead to the presence of undesirable substances such as pesticides (e.g. glyphosate), dioxins and furans in buffers.

     

    A number of substances found in these intimate protections are suspected endocrine disruptors, known or suspected skin sensitizers. (DnOP, dioxins and furans).

 

What about menstrual cups?

In 2019, the SCL (Service Commun des Laboratoires) carried out tests on 9 references of menstrual cups available on the French market. According to the results. No phthalates or plasticizers have been quantified.

RESULTS

ANSES considers that the concentrations of undesirable chemical substancesfound are not likely to present a health risk (because its substances were present in very low concentrations and without exceeding health thresholds).

No real link has been established between the presence of these substances and the appearance of the toxic shock syndrome that can occur during prolonged use of these internal hygienic protections (tampons or menstrual cups). However, other long-term consequences are envisaged.

In its conclusions, the DGCCRF deplores the lack of informationand sometimes false informationgiven to users on the conditions of use of internal protection, which can generate a serious risk of toxic shock.

Indeed, some products claim upto 12 hours of use, or no limit at all. Based on test results, the ANSES sets a safety limit not to be exceeded between 6 and 8 hours.

What about the Claripharm Laboratory?

At the Claripharm Laboratory we design intimate hygiene products for women. Notably menstrual cups, in accordance with the most demanding international regulationsin order to offer the healthiest products possible. This is because inEurope there are no specific regulationsfor internal hygiene protection.

Thus, our products are analysed in terms of :

Extractables: chemical substances that are potentially harmful to health,

Stability in use,

Use Time Validation.

The cases and leaflets (included in our products), contain all the information concerning the good practices of use and the toxic shock syndrome, in order to inform you as well as possible.

Following the test results, our Laboratory recommends a wearing time of 6 hours for the menstrual cup, as the risk of developing TSS increases with the length of time the internal protections are worn.

The information we provide you with is therefore in accordance with the recommendations published by ANSES.

Source :

ANSES (Agence Nationale de Sécurité Sanitaire de l’Alimentation, de l’Environnement et du Travail. Safety of intimate protection products. Revised opinion of the Anses. Revised collective expertise report. December 2019 – Scientific edition. Saisine n° 2016-SA-0108. 23 December 2019. 294p.

Clarigyna™ intimate shower gel without perfume !

Clarigyna™: chosen by a woman for women.

This 200 ml intimate shower gel is suitable for the care of intimate parts.

Clarigyna™ is PERFUM FREE, its gentle washing formula is as neutral as possible because Clarigyna™ is also :

  • paraben-free
  • dye-free
  • without SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate)
  • soap-free

Its pH is physiological and adapted to :

  • daily external use
  • to the cleaning of your Claricare™

More information on the product sheet : Clarigyna™

Menstrual cup : hygiene and cleaning

To wear your menstrual cup safely, cleaning is a more than essential step! Here we show you all the tips to have a 100% clean cup.

Do you know the Claribox?

The Claricup box is supplied with each Claricup menstrual cup. Why ? Because it is very useful for disinfectionbut also for transporting the menstrual cup. Moreover, almost 70% of you use the Claricup box(user survey December 2018).

In the past, you may have been in the habit of disinfecting your menstrual cup in a pan. However, we have to admit to ourselves that this is not the most discreet thing. We’ve all heard stories of girlfriends who find themselves having a fight with their partner because it’s not cool to see, and then “What? Then we use this pan to make food ?? ». In short, you have understood that it is not always practical in everyday life.

And then, how do you empty your menstrual cup in the middle of the day? We don’t necessarily have a washbasin in every toilet that would allow us to clean our cup and then put it back. We don’t necessarily have a washbasin in every toilet that would allow us to clean our cup and then put it back. (yes, we know it’s restrictive, but it’s for your own good). Cleaning your cup with a piece of toilet paper or just rinsing it out with whatever is at hand is not very hygienic.

How do you do it then?

That’s why we like our Claricup box, it’s practical for disinfection, discreet and allows you to keep your cup in a safe place, which makes our cleaning routinemore hygienic.

Microwave disinfection of the menstrual cup

After cleaning your cup, all you have to do is :

  • Place your menstrual cup in its box.
  • Fill the Claricup box with water
  • Place everything in your microwave, lid open, 5 min at 750 Watts.
  • Wait for it to cool a little before handling it.

Your cup is now disinfected, so you can use it again with complete peace of mind.
If you wish to disinfect your menstrual cup in a pan, it’s possible! We have also validated the disinfection of the cup in this way. To do this, immerse the Claricup menstrual cup in a pot of boiling water for 7 minutes. Everyone is free to choose their own method of disinfection.

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Questions / Answers about disinfecting your menstrual cup in the microwave

Are we talking about disinfection or sterilisation?

To talk about sterilisation, the atmosphere and environment in which you are in must be sterile, which is not possible at home.

Thanks to tests carried out by an external laboratory approved by the Ministry of Research, we have validated that the microwave (5 min. at 750 Watts) and boiling water (7 minutes) have an eliminating action on several bacterial species, so we can talk about disinfection.

Why disinfect at 750 Watts for 5 minutes?

At Claripharm, we manage our products, including the Claricup menstrual cup, exactly like Medical Devices, which means that everything we write is validated by tests carried out by an external laboratory. This means that we have carried out tests proving that disinfection is effective in microwaves with a precise power and time, and in boiling water in a pan for 7 minutes.

We recommend that you clean, disinfect or change your Claricup every 6 hours to avoid any risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome. Staphylococcus aureus (the bacterium that causes TSS), in the worst case, can produce the toxin that causes TSS after 6 hours in your body. We therefore recommend that you clean and disinfect your Claricup every 6 hours, to stop the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and not reintroduce bacteria that can cause SCT.

Remember to wash your hands before handling the Claricup to avoid bringing in extra bacteria.

What if my microwave is more powerful and doesn’t offer me the possibility to choose 750 Watts?

As previously mentioned, we have carried out our microwave disinfection tests which validate disinfection at 750W. Disinfection at a higher power will only be better. However, we cannot guarantee that the life of the cup will last up to 5 years of use.

Carrying your menstrual cup with the Claricup box

The majority of users have only one cup. With a cup this would mean that you would have to find a place with a washbasin to be able to quickly clean your cup after 6 hours of wearing it… AND disinfect it. Not easy… In addition, how do you clean your cup? With water? With toilet paper? No this is not hygienic. How to disinfect it? Almost impossible.

This is where the DuoPackand its two Claricup boxes become interesting. Ainsi, vous partez le matin avec votre deuxième tasse propre dans sa boîte et après 6 heures d’utilisation, vous pouvez échanger vos tasses avec facilité. You clean everything up when you arrive home, once you are at ease with your washbasin and microwave. For the sake of discretion, we did not choose a transport and disinfection box in every colour! The Claricup box is sober, neutral, black in colour. Who would ever suspect that you are walking around with your used cup inside?

Why have 2 menstrual cups?

Most of us use the menstrual cupbecause it is reusable and therefore very practical. While keeping the practical dimension (and ecological and economical!), we recommend to have 2 menstrual cupsfor more hygiene .

You start the day wearing a cup. You keep a clean cup in its box that you take with you for the day, and after 6 o’clock you can exchange it with the one you were wearing.

As you may already know, we have carried out our own test on the wearingtime of the menstrual cup. As a precautionary measure and for your health, we recommend a maximum wearing time of 6 hours.

Hygiene measures to be respected

6 hours ? You are going to tell us that it is not very practical to change it. Especially when you’re on the move, at work, or simply away from home. And we know this, because yes at Claripharm we are the first users of our products.

Remember, the cup is reusable, but in order to reuse it it is necessary to maintain it with good hygiene measures. Cleaning with water is not enough to clean your cup, a cleaning routine is necessary (cleaning + disinfection before each use).

Cleaning and disinfection every time? You’re going to tell us, but they really don’t give a damn about us… Already it’s a pain to change your cup every 6 hours, and on top of that you have to disinfect it too?

This is where the DuoPack becomes interesting. Thanks to your 2 cups, you can easily spend a 12-hour day by interchanging them during the day. Once you have arrived in a suitable place, for example on your way home in the evening, you can clean and disinfect your 2 cups.

For the sake of discretion, we did not choose a transport and disinfection box in every colour! The Claricup box is sober, neutral, black in colour. Who would ever suspect that you are walking around with your used cup inside? And then to transport it, it’s much easier in this box than in a textile bag.

The majority of users have only one cup. With a cup this would mean that you would have to find a place with a washbasin to be able to quickly clean your cup after 6 hours of wearing it… AND disinfect it. Not easy… In addition, how do you clean your cup? With water? With toilet paper? No this is not hygienic. How to disinfect it? Almost impossible.

Why 6 hours?

After 6 hours, nasty bacteria can develop in your vagina and lead to infections or even Toxic Shock Syndrome. The risk is rare, but it is present. As a result, we have carried out our test which today allows us to guarantee you a totally safe wearing time of 6 hours. If you would like to know more about Toxic Shock Syndrome, please click here.

Your health comes first

As we know that it is important for our health to have these 2 menstrual cuts, we offer the DuoPack at a preferential rate. The DuoPack is priced at 36€, while the single cup is priced at 26€!

And there you have it, you now know how to simplify your life, at least your periods.

After how long do I have to empty my menstrual cup?

The menstrual cup is a “new” product, which has been in the news a lot lately. In fact, it is not such a new product since the menstrual cup was created in the 1930s by Leona Chalmers.

Claripharm, which has been developing menstrual cups for 5 years, tests and analyses its products and has scientific data to guarantee the quality of the product and the best way to use it. Claripharm carries out all its tests in a laboratory approved by the Ministry of Research. Since 1930, the menstrual cup has evolved, but it remains an unregulated product in Europe. Today we have bibliographical data but no tests have been carried out on the product itself.

Our posture: scientific rigour for guaranteed safety and comfort!

As such, we have obtained ISO13485 certification, an international standard that regulates the quality management of Medical Devices. This status implies quality requirements from the design to your handling. But this status also allows the product and any information about the product to evolve according to known scientific data. At Claripharm we consider that a menstrual cup deserves the status of a Medical Device because it is inserted into our body every month for 5 days for 30 years and remains in prolonged contact with the vaginal mucous membranes. It is important to know that in France and in Europe, the menstrual cup is a hygiene product for everyday consumption, i.e. as regulated as a pen!

Why this test?

In the context of the constant questioning on the development of Toxic Shock Syndrome, it seems to us indispensable to evaluate the risks of use.
This is why we decided to carry out our own test on the Claricup.

With a view to improving the product and in view of developments in scientific data, we carried out a test on the Claricupin September 2017 to determine its wearing time.

The risk of developing a SCT is very rare, but for this small percentage of existing risk, we owe it to you to give you a clear answer on wearing time.

How was this wearing time determined on the Claricup menstrual cup?

Claripharm carried out this test in an external laboratory approved by the Ministry of Research.

This test consisted of measuring the growth of Staphylococcus aureus in the presence or absence of the Claricup menstrual cup, every hour for 12 hours.

Always with the precautionary principle in mind and with the aim of providing you with a healthy product, we have placed ourselves in the worst case scenario. We carried out this test under conditions of use most favourable to the development of staphylococcus aureus.

  • We have chosen a culture medium that is even more favourable to the development of Staphylococcus aureus than menstrual fluid.
  • The concentration of staphylococcus aureus was already high at the beginning of the test: it is as if you started the test with an already contaminated / poorly cleaned menstrual cup.

We added the culture medium in vials; vials containing a menstrual cup and empty vials. Then we measured how staphylococcus aureus develops, every hour for 12 hours at 37°C.

Staphylococcus aureus begins to produce the toxin responsible for Toxic Shock Syndrome as soon as its growth reaches a plateau. This allows us to define a maximum wearing time of 6 hours.

There is no difference in the development of Staphylococcus aureus, whether there is a Claricup or not. Claricup does not promote Toxic Shock Syndrome.

What we recommend for you :

Based on these scientific results, Claripharm recommends a wearing time of 6 hours.
By following simple and easy hygiene rules (wash your hands before handling the cup & clean the cup before each insertion), you further reduce the risk of contaminating your cup and thus developing TSS.

The safety of our products is at the centre of our concerns & we are already working on solutions to make your life easier, but that’s not all… to be followed in the next news !

Do you have further questions about the daily use of your menstrual cup? Write on social networks or by email to: contact@claripharm.fr

Women in Economy Trophy

Press release: Women in Economy Trophy

On 05 December 2016,

National Final of the “Women of the Economy” Trophy Territories

This Friday 2nd December, we had the honour of participating in the 4th National Territorial Final of the 2016 “Women of the Economy” Awards.

After winning the Grand Ouest prize for the Promising Woman Entrepreneur last September, Clarisse Le Court, head of the Claripharm company, was elected Gold Laureate Promising Woman Entrepreneur on Friday 2 December at the Hotel Potocki, at the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

For Clarisse, this trophy goes to the entire Claripharm team. The company’s values are “communication, transparency, Startup spirit, “No Limit” in innovation, quality and regulation, Pleasure”.

Claripharm would like to thank the organisers of this national final, which was an exceptional event that brought together the gold winners from 7 major territories.. This final ceremony closes the 2016 year of the “Women of the Economy”. A year rich in the revelation of female talent, with a total of 124 women rewarded for their exemplary professional careers. Congratulations to all the winners of the evening.

We would also like to thank the Réseau Entreprendre, for having supported us throughout 2016, as well as Chantal Jolivet, thanks to whom we have embarked on the adventure of Women in the Economy.

This trophy means a great deal to a company that wants to be innovative and aims at the well-being of women. The aim of the company is to develop and offer regulated and quality products always with a view to innovation as well as development, research and international expansion.

As Clarisse says, “The network is essential in entrepreneurship, and Women in Business is also a network of women! ».

Trophée des femmes de l’économie, lauréat Claripharm entreprise prometteuse.

Clarisse Le Court has just been named Gold Laureate of Promising Business Leaders at the 2016 Women in Business Awards.

All about endometriosis

Endometriosisis a chronic disease that affects nearly 10% of women in France. We discuss this in more detail in this article (click here).
The symptoms of the disease are numerous, but above all, contrary to what one might think, their intensity is not indicative of the seriousness of the lesions. Indeed, superficial endometriosis can be very painful and deep endometriosis sometimes goes unnoticed.

Endometriosis, a disease that is still too poorly diagnosed

Endometriosisaffects nearly 10% of women in France according to social security figures. This gynaecological and chronic disease can be extremely disabling. To date, there are different therapeutic solutions available depending on the stage of the disease, hence the importance of making a rapid diagnosis.

What is endometriosis ?

In endometriosis, you may hear the term “endometrium”. The endometrium is the tissue that covers the inner lining of the uterus and thickens at the beginning of each menstrual cycle. The endometrium is evacuated each month through the vagina when no embryo is implanted: this is the menstrual period. (See the article The First Periods)

In almost all women, we can observe what is known as retrograde menstruation: instead of flowing through the vagina, the menstrual period goes up through the fallopian tubes and into the abdominal cavity. For 90% of women, it is eliminated each month without any problem. In the remaining 10%, the endometrium remains fixed, without knowing why. This is endometriosis.

This uterine tissue can attach itself to the ovaries, but also to the fallopian tubes, to the ligaments that support the uterus, the rectum, the vagina…or, more rarely, in the intestine, the colon or the bladder.
Every month, at the time of menstruation, it acts exactly like the uterine endometrium: it bleeds, causing an inflammatory reaction on the affected organs and leaving scars with each menstrual cycle.

Several hypotheses (genetics, heredity, environment…) have been put forward to explain the causes of endometriosis, but today we still do not know exactly why some women suffer from it and not others.

What are the symptoms?

There are endometrioses without any particular symptoms, but in most cases endometriosis is detected as a result of dysmenorrhoea, the very strong pain in the pelvis that accompanies menstruation, the intensity of which can even become incapacitating for the woman suffering from it.
As endometriosis can affect different organs, the symptoms can also be very different.

The main ones, apart from dysmenorrhoea, are :

  • pain during sexual intercourse
  • urinary disorders
  • chronic fatigue
  • difficulty in intestinal transit (constipation or diarrhoea)

It should be noted that these symptoms can appear independently of each other.
Finally, one last symptom, otherwise painful: infertility. For women affected on the ovaries and fallopian tubes, there is indeed a risk to fertility. In fact, women sometimes discover that they have endometriosis when they come to see us because they find it difficult to get pregnant.

When is it necessary to consult? How is a diagnosis made?

Even today, it still takes an average of 7 years on average to diagnose the disease, which is a lot…
Do not hesitate to consult a general practitioner or a gynaecologist if you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, especially violent pain during menstruation or during sexual intercourse.
The latter will then prescribe several examinations (ultrasound, MRI, hysterography…) in order to make a diagnosis. The reference examination remains laparoscopy (this is a surgical examination) which allows lesions to be identified and tissue samples to be taken for analysis.

What are the existing solutions?

It is not possible to “cure” endometriosis, but with good management it is now possible to fight the pain and slow down the evolution of the disease.
Hormonal or surgical treatment may be considered, following the advice of a health professional.
Endometriosis is a disease that can be very difficult to live with, either physically or psychologically. Many associations exist, offering advice, listening and support. Don’t hesitate to contact them.

Source : EndoFrance

Symptoms of endometriosis

There are endometrioses without any particular symptoms, but in most cases endometriosis is detected as a result of dysmenorrhoea, the very strong pain in the pelvis that accompanies menstruation, the intensity of which can even become incapacitating for the woman suffering from it.
As endometriosis can affect different organs, the symptoms can also be very different.

Pain

In most cases, endometriosis is detected as a result of dysmenorrhoea, a very strong pain in the lower abdomen but also in the lower back during menstruation. In most cases, endometriosis is detected as a result of dysmenorrhoea, a very strong pain in the lower abdomen but also in the lower back during menstruation.

Painful periods that prevent you from living your day normally, or that resist taking an analgesic may be symptoms of endometriosis. If the pain becomes disabling, talk to your health care professional.

Abnormal bleeding

Endometriosis also causes heavier and longer periods with periods that can last more than 7 days. As a reminder, on average menstruation lasts between two and seven days, but this is just an average, each one of us is different.

The presence of blood clots over time can also be a symptom.

Infertility

Infertility is often associated with the disease, but not all women with endometriosis are affected, 30 to 40% face infertility.

Digestive disorders

Digestive disorders associated with endometriosis include :

  • Alternating diarrhoea/constipation at the time of menstruation
  • Pain when going to the toilet
  • The presence of blood in the stool
  • Abdominal bloating, stool and gas stops.

This is known as digestive endometriosis. This is when endometriosis develops in the intestines, colon and rectum.

Urinary disorders

Women often talk about symptoms reminiscent of a urinary tract infection such as difficulty emptying the bladder, a frequent urge to urinate or sometimes the presence of blood in the urine.

Bladder endometriosis occurs when endometriosis develops in the bladder.

Chronic fatigue

Fatigue, irritability or depression, usually due to the fact that the pain is chronic.

Dyspareunie

These are deep pains during sexual intercourse. There are two types of dyspareunia in women:

  • superficial dyspareunia, when pain occurs near or at the opening of the vagina
  • deep dyspareunia, in case of pelvic pain, i.e. pain felt in the pelvic area, including the lower abdomen and genital area.

Deep dyspareunia can be a symptom of endometriosis.

Severe pain during menstruation or infertility often underlie the symptoms that lead to a visit to the doctor or gynaecologist and which are followed by a diagnosis of endometriosis or not.

If you have the slightest doubt, do not hesitate to contact your GP, your gynaecologist or the EndoFranceassociation, representatives are available in your regions.

Do you have further questions about the daily use of your menstrual cup? Write on social networks or by email to: contact@claripharm.fr

CLARINEWS for the Claricare™

Today, we are helping you to adopt Claricare, our patented medical device.

Article on the Claricare protective shell

Focus on the Claricare intimate protection shell.

Writing of an article on Claricare by the magazine Porphyre.

We would like to thank the magazine Porphyre, which appears in the Moniteur des Pharmacies, for the beautiful article on our innovation created in 2014.

Click here to view it.

Focus on Claricare :

What is it?

Claricare is the first protective shell for intimate areas. It is a bio-compatible medical silicone medical device. It is adapted to all female morphologies. It avoids friction between the scar and the underwear and also allows a stable sitting position.

The protective shell is supplied with its transport box.

Why should I use it?

Claricare relieves discomfort to intimate parts related to vaginal, perineal or anal wounds and sutures. It is used to relieve pain following a painful childbirth, episiotomy, haemorrhoids or intimate cosmetic surgery.

“J’ai pu m’occuper de ma fille aînée et de mon bébé.”

Interview about Claricare, protective shell for intimate parts

February 2014, Emeline 30 years old (Paris) gives birth to her 2nd child. This childbirth proved to be more difficult than the first one. She underwent an episiotomy, a tear down to the anus and vaginal oedema. Emeline suffered from severe pain in her private parts for a month. On the advice of a friend, she tested Claricare™. She tells us about her experience…

How did you find out about Claricare™?

A friend of mine gave me Claricare™. I confess that I was a bit sceptical when I opened the box. She explained to me that this soft shell protects stitches and sores on the private parts by keeping them away from the chair and the hygienic protection. As I couldn’t sit down anymore, I had nothing to lose so I tried it.

Why did you need to wear Claricare™?

Back home I had to take care of both my baby and my 3 year old daughter. As she was feeling a bit neglected with the arrival of her little brother, it seemed to me essential to spend some time with her, face to face, and to give her some reassurance.

The ideal moment was the meal: I absolutely had to sit down at the table with her to give her food “as before”. But because of the scar and the swelling, I couldn’t even sit properly on a sofa, and it was absolutely impossible to sit on a chair as it was so painful!

How was Claricare™ useful to you?

Thanks to Claricare™: I was able to take care of my eldest daughter and my baby; the simple gestures of everyday life became easy again. I could be at the table with my daughter for as long as I needed. That’s at least 1 hour, the time for her to eat and tell me about her day.

Once my daughter went to bed, I could still sit at the table without any problem, to have dinner with my husband. Which was much more pleasant, than eating lying on the sofa.

I also used Claricare™ to breastfeed my son because wearing it allowed me to have a straight back.

So Claricare™ allowed me to sit on a chair, an armchair, a car seat…And also to get out of my house and walk without the pain of rubbing the hygienic protection on the scars. I was able to take my daughter to school, run errands and live a normal life, in fact!

I also think that Claricare™ has allowed better aeration of my scar, and therefore faster healing.

And how did you wear it?

If I can give a piece of advice, the first time you use Claricare™: don’t hesitate to wear it as far forward as possible and move it several times, to test and get the most comfortable position possible.

Otherwise, to keep it in place, I wore it with a boxer shorts or a boxer shorts. And so that no one could see it through my clothes, I wore dresses with tights, or my early pregnancy jeans with a long jumper: total discretion assured! Even my husband and my friends couldn’t help it!

Do you think that you too could recommend Claricare™ to a friend?

Yes, I am totally convinced of its benefits! In fact, I would have liked to have had it from my first delivery to relieve the pain associated with scratches and haemorrhoids…

What message would you like to convey to other women who are about to give birth?

I would like to tell women who suffer from pain in their private parts that from now on there is a solution to relieve them, whether the scarring lasts a week, a month or more…Today with Claricare™: women who undergo an episiotomy, a tear, haemorrhoids or scratches can sit without pain and no longer suffer from the rubbing of the sanitary napkin on their scar. It would be a shame not to take advantage of it!

We would like to thank Emeline for answering our questions and sharing her experience.

Claricare™ : Innovative and patented medical device!

ClariPharm™ will co-host the workshop “Protecting my industrial property”at the Open de l’International des entreprises bretonnes, organised by the BCI on 7 July 2014 in Brest.

To access the programme for Brittany International Trade Day, click here.

ClariPharm™ has been invited by the BCI to testify and share its experience in the context of the filing of a patent for Claricare™: the 1st flexible shell for the protection of wounds and stitches on intimateparts used in the indications of :
– tearing and/or episiotomy after childbirth
– vulvar and anal scratches after childbirth
– hemorrhoids
– haematomas to the private parts after childbirth
– coccyx dislocation
– perineal, vulval and anal condylomata
– bartholinite
– intimate cosmetic surgery (nymphoplasty, labiaplasty…)
– anal margin abscess
– low track prolapse
– Rectal prolapse
– anal fissures
– amputation of the rectum

More information about Claricare here.

Claricare™ : a promising innovation

After a difficult childbirth, Clarisse Le Court imagines a device and care to relieve intimate scars.

…headlines in the Journal Des Entreprises on its April front page! To discover the article: click here

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After a difficult childbirth, Clarisse Le Court imagines a device and care to relieve intimate scars. From there the company Claripharm was born.

The creators

Originally from Côtes d’Armor and Ille-et-Vilaine, Clarisse Le Court, 38, and Loïc Giquel, 59, worked together in medical devices at THT Bio-Science. She was a sales representative and key account manager for 15 years and he was managing director of the company for 12 years. In 2012, Clarisse asked Loïc to become her partner. Based in the Côtes d’Armor, they created Claripharm in March 2013 and are developing their manufacturing activity in Saint-Alban. Since last March, they have been marketing their products.

The status

The partners have chosen to create an SAS. They hold 70% of the capital, which they divide equally between them. They successfully raised €386,950 from 29 investors. The company has two other employees.

The project

Claripharm sells intimate protection shells for women who suffer from tears and scars related to childbirth or intimate surgery. A range of intimate care products is also sold in kit form. The products are available online, in specialist shops or in pharmacies and parapharmacies. The project was born following the birth of Clarisse Le Court in 2012. She imagined a protective shell and care to relieve intimate scars. The partners called on the company Sterne in Cavaillon (84) to make moulds. The hull was patented in February 2013. Development cost: 200,000 euros.

Assets

“The hull is an innovation. It was because there was nothing on the market that I decided to create the intimate protection shell,” recalls Clarisse Le Court. The managers also have significant experience in the field of medical devices.

The outlook

In France, each year, about 400,000 mothers are affected by tears or episiotomy. These are all potential buyers. The market is also opening up internationally. The patent was filed in this sense. Finally, the company benefits from a network of prescribers in the medical field. It forecasts a turnover of €100,000 in 2014.

(Saint-Alban) 02 96 93 37 89

Article written by Marie-Anne Le Berre

Claricare™: article on enceinte.com

Claricare is featured on www.enceinte.com. This soft shell is useful after childbirth. You can find the article here.
Article to discover on: http://www.enceinte.com/blog/grossesse/claricare-une-coque-souple-de-pro…

Claripharm available in the UK on stressnomore.co.uk

Claripharm arrives in England and offers its flagship product, Claricare, for sale in our neighbouring countries. The company is expanding!
http://www.stressnomore.co.uk/claripharm-claricare-11670.html

Claripharm works for the relief of postpartum pain.

The two founders of Claripharm have developed Claricare, an innovative device to relieve post-partum pain.

 

To read the article from Bretagne Innovation: click here

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Innovative project. Claripharm, created in 2013 in Saint-Alban (Côtes-d’Armor), now has four employees including its two founders, Clarisse Le Court and Loïc Giquel. The two partners have developed Claricare, an innovative device specifically designed to relieve some of the frequent post-childbirth pains.

The two entrepreneurs have worked side by side for almost fifteen years at THT Bio-Science. Loïc Giquel was then manager and Clarisse Le Court commerciale then key account manager. After experiencing a difficult childbirth, she invented a specific device for women suffering from the aftermath of tears.

Claripharm now markets a protective shell as well as intimate care, specifically designed for young mothers.It was because there was nothing on the market that I decided to create the intimate protection shell,” explains Clarisse Le Court. In France, 400,000 women are affected each year.

Claripharm, which also intends to expand internationally, has just filed a patent to protect its innovation. The company expects to generate a turnover of 100,000 euros this year.

Article written by Paul-François Jullien

ClariPharm™ A revolutionary concept

Le Télégramme has published an article on Claricare™: the 1st flexible shell for the protection of wounds and sutures to the intimate parts.

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How can we offer more intimate comfort to women after childbirth? How can we make them feel better, especially after an episiotomy? These are the questions Clarisse Le Court, founder of Claripharm and resident of Pléneuf, asked herself following the birth of her first child.

A silicone shell

Questions to which she finally found answers following medical and technical research work carried out in partnership with her colleague Loïc Giquel, now president of the Claripharm company, a laboratory created a year ago in the Saint-Alban craft zone.

With the help of another employee, Clarisse Le Court and Loïc Giquel market, among others, the Claricare product, a medical silicone shell designed to provide more comfort to women following childbirth.

We have been working on this product for more than a year, designing prototypes of different qualities over time,” confide the two entrepreneurs.

Prototypes that have been tested, as and when they were conceived, with the support of medical teams of gynaecologists, obstetricians and midwives“, add Clarisse and Loïc.

“An important medical vacuum”.

The two professionals ended up defining a product made in the South of France and marketed for a few weeks on the internet.

The research and development carried out around this concept has filled an important medical void“, the two entrepreneurs would like to underline.

We were astonished by this emptiness when we told the medical world about our project,” add the two Clariphram managers. “Tomorrow, they add, this revolutionary product, which has already been patented nationally and will soon be available internationally, will be marketed in pharmacies. “While Claricare is effective on pain related to post-delivery problems, it is also suitable for other conditions, such as haemorrhoids or gynaecological and urological surgery.

Contact

Claripharm, 9, rue des Croix-Roses, tel. 02.96.93.37.89

Article by Bernard Mével

Episiotomie, déchirure, hémorroïdes… : Claricare™ la solution

Le reportage consacré à ClariPharm et diffusé par Armor TV dans son journal télévisé du 8 avril 2014, est désormais disponible sur You Tube.

To find out: click here

If the link does not work, you will find the comments of the journalist MathildeQuémener, below :

Part 1 :

This is the flagship product of the start-up Claripharm in Saint-Alban: a protective shell for women’s private parts.An innovation imagined by this mother and refined over two years in collaboration with the medical world. It removes wounds from all rubbings and clothes. An idea born after being torn apart in childbirth.

Part 2 :

This former employee from the medical world then decided to start her own business. Other products are developed such as a fragrance-free intimate geland an antimicrobial silicone cupfor menstrual cycles. The will remains the same: to provide answers that do not exist.

Part 3 :

At the moment, the company has two employees. The hiring of one employee per region in France will begin this week. And by the end of the year, a new product will be launched: an intimate protective shell, but this time for men.Et d’ici la fin de l’année, un nouveau produit sera lancé : une coque de protection intime mais cette fois-ci pour les hommes.

With the founder, Clarisse Le Court, it is a presentation of the company ClariPharm™ and its exclusive innovation, Claricare™: Patented medical device, CE marked and Made in France.

Claricare is the first soft shell for the protection of wounds and stitches in intimate areas used in the indications of :
– tearing and/or episiotomy after childbirth
– vulvar and anal scratches after childbirth
– hemorrhoids
– haematomas to the private parts after childbirth
– coccyx dislocation
– perineal, vulval and anal condylomata
– bartholinite
– intimate cosmetic surgery (nymphoplasty, labiaplasty…)
– anal margin abscess
– low track prolapse
– Rectal prolapse
– anal fissures
– amputation of the rectum

Full Care Kit Claricare™

The care kit Claricare™ is a set of 3 products adapted to the daily care of wounds and sutures on intimate parts:

1 Claricare™

Claricare™ is the 1st soft shell for the protection of wounds and sutures to the intimate parts. It is therefore indicated following an episiotomy, a tear, haemorrhoids, labiaplasty, nymphoplasty, ect…

1 Clarigyna™: 200 ml intimate shower gel, suitable for the care of intimate areas

  • fragrance-free (extremely rare on the intimate shower gel market)
  • paraben-free
  • dye-free
  • without SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate)
  • soap-free

–> Clarigyna™ also allows cleaning Claricare™

NB: Never use petrochemicals (Vaseline), essential oils, corrosive cleaners, scented soaps or dishwashers to clean Claricare™.

See the conditions of use on the product sheet Claricare™ .

2 Claristicks: box of 20 single-dose applicators of eosin 2%.

Claristick™ is suitable for the care of superficial wounds because it is :

  • alcohol-free
  • draining
  • practical and precise

–> Claristick™ also has the advantage that you no longer need to stain your fingers with red eosin.

>> Find all the practical information on the product sheet of the care kit Claricare™and/or on the Claricare flyer by clicking here.

 

The patented revolution: Claricare™

Claricare™ represents a tremendous advance in the treatment of pain and the protection of wounds and stitches.

Claricare™: une innovation exclusive brevetée

When you have wounds and stitches in your private parts, it is painful to change from lying down to sitting. It’s painful to sit down to eat. It is painful when you are a young mother breastfeeding or sitting with your baby in your arms. It’s painful when your sanitary protection or clothing rubs your wounds and sutures on your private parts. Claricare™ was designed by the ClariPharm™ Laboratory to relieve these painful and unpleasant pains.

Advertisement Claricare™ in PAROLE DE SAGES-FEMMES magazine

The magazine “Parole de sages-femmes” published an advertisement for Claricare in the Autumn 2014 issue 10.

Discover the advertisement Claricare™ in the magazine by clicking on the link: https://cloud.acrobat.com/sentfiles/OybcRT94STiT-aO99OZVWQ

An ingenious invention thanks to her delivery

After an episiotomy, Clarisse Le Court has devised a device to relieve women of the pain associated with childbirth.

…is the title of the Penthièvre on the front page of its 27 March 2014 edition. Pour découvrir l’article : cliquez ici

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After an episiotomy, Clarisse Le Court imagined a device to relieve women from the pain of childbirth tears. She even set up her own company.

“It’s crazy: we are in the 20th century and the only way to relieve the pain of an episiotomy is to wait for it to heal”, plague Clarisse Le Court, after a difficult childbirth in 2012.

Protective shells

Today, his company Calripharm, created in March 2013, and located in the Lidl area in Saint-Alban, is just beginning to market his invention: feminine intimate protection shells, sold individually or in kit form with other care products. Private individuals, pharmacies and specialist shops can equip themselves.

“The purpose of these shells is to avoid the pain associated with post-partum tears and scars. The principle? Hulls keep scars and wounds, clothing and hard surfaces at bay. This avoids painful rubbing or uncomfortable sitting positions.

A baby of 4 kg

The story begins in 2012 with the arrival of a 4 kg baby. Once you get home things get complicated. “With the episiotomy, my daily life became difficult. Difficulties in sitting down, breastfeeding, getting up which spoilt the happiness of coming home”.

Hence her idea, which she submits to surgeons: a device to put wounds at a distance. Clarisse decides to launch her company. She contacts a colleague who follows her in her project. The development phase is launched. It will take 5 models of prototypes to find the right one. “It cost us two years of our time and money, but what satisfaction.

Article written by Hélène Hérault

Do you have any further questions about the daily use of Claricare? Write on social networks or by email to: contact@claripharm.fr