Claricup, how to use your menstrual cup?

A new item in your bathroom, the menstrual cup is becoming a monthly must-have for more and more women.

How to use it, how to position it, how to clean it, we answer all your questions for an easy use of your Claricup menstrual cup.

What is the menstrual cup?

A healthy and ecological alternative to tampons and sanitary pads, the menstrual cup collects your blood thanks to a flexible silicone bell that hugs the walls of your vagina and collects your blood for 6 hours.

At Claripharm, Claricup menstrual cups are made from 100% Class VI medical grade silicone, which is the same medical grade silicone used for pacemakers. A soft, gentle, non-irritating and above all…medically approved material (because yes, even if you have to insert a cup into our vagina, as long as it is made of suitable materials!).

This seems logical, yet due to the lack of European regulation of the intimate hygiene products market, many of the products sold are made from raw materials not designed for intra-vaginal insertion. Inserting plastic, making our vaginas drink chlorine, phthalate or food colouring is a scandal, we’ll grant you that!

We will come back to the subject and our daily fight!

Why use claricup?

The advantages of the Claricup menstrual cup

The Claricup menstrual cup will revolutionise your period, find out why it’s time to change your period.

It is economical. Claricup is priced at 26€ and is reusable for up to 5 years. Your Claricup pays for itself in 3 months. Claricup is eco-friendly and environmentally friendly. It is reusable for up to 5 years, so you don’t have to throw away a lot of sanitary protection every year. Manufactured according to the quality and safety standards of Medical Devices.
Comfortable and invisible.
Respects the intimate balance.
No leaks, no odours. Claricup is easy to use.

Fold it, insert it and reuse it!

100 % MADE IN FRANCE

Focus on the quality of Claricup

Our menstrual cups are made of high quality platinum medical grade silicone (USP Class VI biocompatible). It is the only menstrual cup made of biocompatible and antimicrobial medical silicone.

Did you know that?

In Europe, no certification is required to manufacture or distribute a menstrual cup.

The Claripharm laboratory is certified ISO13485 CMDCAS (Canadian Medical Devices Standard): the entire process of design, manufacturing and

The distribution of Claricup is controlled by an independent organisation in order to guarantee maximum safety for users.

What we say, we prove.

How do we make the Claricup menstrual cup?

At Claripharm, we come from the field of implants. We consider our Claricup menstrual cup to be a Class II medical device.

We carry out the following tests on Claricup, in the same way as a Medical Device: biocompatibility (cytotoxicity, irritation, sensitisation); validation of disinfection in the microwave with the box or in boiling water.

But what is this?

MEDICAL SILICONE

The silicone in the Claricup is approved for use in surgery.

BIOCOMPATIBILITY

After manufacture, Claricup is tested for biocompatibility. It is proven that it does not cause vaginal irritation.

ANTIMICROBIAN

The silicone in the Claricup contains silver, a natural antimicrobial. The silver allows a more effective disinfection (compared to a menstrual cup without silver) so that you can safely reuse the Claricup.

DISINFECTION BOX

For safe use, it is important to disinfect your Claricup between uses (in addition to washing your hands thoroughly).

That’s why every Claricup comes with its own disinfection box!

Maximum safety and extensive testing

0 IRRITATING FIBRES / HEAVY METALS / LATEX / PERFUMES
5 MINUTES IN THE MICROWAVE, IN ITS BOX FOR PROVEN EFFECTIVE DISINFECTION
6 HOURS OF VALIDATED SHIPPING TIME

Our posture: scientific rigour for guaranteed safety and comfort!

How to choose your menstrual cup?

It’s not always easy to find your way among all the models and brands of menstrual cups. At Claripharm, all our models have the same cut, only the size changes to adapt to a maximum of women’s morphology, flow, and lifestyle habits.

Because you are all unique, how do you choose the right Claricup menstrual cup?

1. First of all, a history of flows

There are many indicators that can help you, such as having had children, being a young woman, or being athletic.

But the most relevant indicator is your flow.

To help you, please refer to what you are currently using.

CLARICUP SIZE 0

Very light flow

Equivalent to 1 classic stamp

Capacity: 13,7 ml

Length : 71 mm

Length without stem : 44 mm

Diameter : 36 mm

CLARICUP SIZE 1

Light to normal flow

Equivalent to 1 super absorbent tampon

Capacity : 20.2 ml

Length : 74 mm

Length without stem : 47 mm

Diameter : 41 mm

CLARICUP SIZE 2

Abundant flow

Equivalent to 1.5 super absorbent tampon

Capacity : 29.5 ml

Length : 74 mm

Length without stem : 52 mm

Diameter : 46 mm

CLARICUP SIZE 3

Very abundant flow

Equivalent to 2 super absorbent tampons

Capacity : 36 ml

Length : 74 mm

Length without stem : 52 mm

Diameter : 51 mm

2. How can I be sure that I have taken the right size?

a. No leaks

With the right cup size, you shouldn’t have any leaks. However, if you do, there are two possible reasons:

  • Poor positioning.

In this case we invite you to review our folding and inserting methods here.

To check its correct positioning, you can grab the base of your menstrual cup and rotate it on itself. If it turns, it is well placed and unfolded.
Then you can run a finger along the cup and pull it up to the neck of the cup to check that the menstrual cup is properly deployed.

  • Wrong size.

A leakage is then created because the sealing effect is not achieved.

Either the cup is too small and does not adhere to the vaginal walls, or it is too large and does not fully unfold.

You think you chose the wrong size? Write to us at contact@claripharm.fr and we will offer you a solution.

b. No feeling of discomfort

A properly inserted and positioned cup should not feel. This is one of the many advantages of the cup: you forget that you have your period!

In order for the cup to be well positioned and for the suction effect to occur properly, it is imperative that the cup is properly deployed. If you run your finger around your menstrual cup and feel a small folded bulge, your cup is too big and cannot open fully due to lack of space. Remember to hang one size down.

If you still have any doubts, do not hesitate to contact us by email at contact@claripharm.fr, we will do what is necessary to provide you with our expertise and a solution.

c. Menstrual Cup Size 0 – Deciphering the Mini Claricup

The Mini Claricup is part of our menstrual cup range, it is the smallest size. We thought it smaller to make it easier to use, especially for the first period.

The capacity of the Mini Claricupis 13.7 ml. Despite its small size, its capacity remains sufficient for a normal flow and can collect blood for up to 6 hours.

As with the other models, the reinforced base of the Claricuphas been designed to make it easy to remove the cup even for first-time users. To remove it, simply pinch the base to remove the seal. Then gently pull on the base of the cup to remove it.

d. Zoom on Size 3: Very abundant flows

The Claricup menstrual cup Size 3 meets the demands of women with very heavy flows. With a capacity of 36 ml, which is equivalent to more than 2 super absorbent tampons, size 3 is particularly suitable for women who have given birth vaginally.

Abundant or super-abundant flows? If in doubt, feel free to read our article on abundant rules here.

How do you fold your menstrual cup?

It usually takes 2 to 3 cycles before you can easily handle your menstrual cup.

Before each use of the cup, remember to wash your hands thoroughly.

Each one has its preferred method, you have to take the time to find it by trying several of them. You will see that afterwards insertion will be quicker and easier.

Our 2 preferred methods are the “punch down” method because it allows a very small insertion point (see photo), and the C method which consists in folding the cup in 2.

Discover our tutos just below.

How to insert and position your menstrual cup?

On your first attempts, why not try inserting your Claricup in the shower in a squatting position? Warm water will help you to relax.

If you stress, the muscles of your perineum will contract, and then insertion and removal will be more difficult. Take the time to find a quiet, pleasant place where you feel good and help you to relax.

Once you have folded your menstrual cup, gently guide it into your vagina, inserting it so that the bottom of your cup is level with the entrance to your vagina and the stem between your lips. Menstrual cups, once positioned, are generally equivalent in positioning to the insertion of a finger into your vagina.

Keep the cup folded until it is positioned at the correct height, then let it open gently.

How do I remove my menstrual cup?

Before removing it, be sure to wash your hands.

As with the insertion, you can place yourself under a hot shower to remove it. You can also crouch, stand, sit on the toilet or raise one leg, for example by positioning it on the edge of a bathtub. The important thing is that you are well relaxed and that you find the position that suits you best.

Pinch the base of your menstrual cup with your fingertips without ever pulling on the stem at the risk of hurting yourself.

By pinching the cup, you deactivate the suction effect, leaving you to gently slidethe cup out of your vagina and pour its contents into your toilet, shower or sink.

If you have difficulty reaching your menstrual cup, above all, don’t panic, it’s not serious. Blow, breathe and gently push on the muscles of your perineum as if you were having a bowel movement. Your cup will come down and you will be able to catch its base more easily.

How to clean your Claricupmenstrual cup?

Using a menstrual cup involves a few essential gestures to keep your cup clean and protect your body from bad bacteria.

The 3 steps :

1. Hand cleaning

A simple step, yet one that is often overlooked. Remember to wash your hands before inserting OR removing the cup.

2. Cleaning the cup

Why do it before each insertion?

Because the menstrual cup is reusable, it is essential to wash it thoroughly to remove any biofilm of bacteriathat may have formed during its use. The idea is to “start from scratch” at each reintegration.

How?

To remove a biofilm, rinsing with water is not enough: a mechanical action with a mild detergent is needed to remove all traces of the biofilm and thus bad bacteria.

We advise you to clean your menstrual cup with an intimate shower gel formulated without perfume, dyes, alcohol or parabens to leave no residue on the menstrual cup without damaging your vaginal flora.

… wait a few more weeks to discover our cup cleaner, Claricup Wash.

3. Disinfection of the cup

Why do it before each insertion?

The cleaning will have removed traces of blood and biofilm of bacteria. But to be really sure to eliminate as many bacteria as possible, sterilisationis the most effective way.

Normally, the bacterial flora naturally present in the vagina creates an acidic environment, which prevents the development of micro-organisms that can cause infections. Nevertheless, during menstruation the vaginal pH increases, which favours the growth of pathogenic micro-organisms, those little beasts that cause diseases, such as infections or mycoses.

When a device is inserted into the vagina during menstruation (tampon or menstrual cup), certain bacterial species tend to proliferate, including Staphylococcus aureus. This is why it is important to disinfect your cup before each insertion, i.e. every 6 hours in order to avoid any risk of infection, especially the small but existing risk of causing Toxic Shock Syndrome.

How?

To disinfect your menstrual cup, nothing could be simpler!

Your Claricup comes with a black box: the Claricup box.
All you have to do is :

1/ Place your Claricup in its box.

2/ Fill the Claricup box with water.

3/ Place everything in your microwave, lid open, 5 min at 750 Watts.

4/ Wait for it to cool down a little before handling it.

Your cup is now disinfected, so you can use it again with complete peace of mind.

Disinfecting your cup every 6 hours is too demanding?

We have specially designed the DuoPack, a set of 2 Claricup with its 2 Claricup boxes that will allow you to change your cups more easily for 2×6 hours serenely.

Claricup under the magnifying glass 🔍

What’s in my sanitary protection? This is a question that more and more women are asking themselves, yet it is sometimes very difficult to know what you are putting in contact with your vagina 5 days a month, every month, for 30 to 40 years. How is this possible? Where to find the right information? And once we know the composition, how can we be sure that it is safe for our health?

Many women have started to use a menstrual cup. strong In addition to being practical, environmentally friendly and economical, the silicone in a cup looks a priori safer than bleached wood cellulose containing endocrine disruptors and pesticides found in tampons and towels. But is this really the case?

A recent ANSES report confirms this: traces of chemical compounds can be found in traditional intimate protection products (tampon, towel, panty liner).

The news came on 19 July 2018: for 2 years, the ANSES (French National Health Safety Agency) has been conducting studies on the composition of conventional hygiene protection, and the list of compounds of “concern” is frightening: dioxin, pesticides, phthalates, allergenic perfume… so many compounds that the scientific community suspects of carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic effects.

These substances may be provided by the raw material (e.g. pesticides in cotton) or by the manufacturing process (bleaching of fibres by chlorine derivatives causes the formation of dioxin).

Fortunately, ANSES claims that these substances are in too small quantities to be dangerous. However, it still recommends modifying manufacturing processes to reduce the risk of contamination AND implementing regulations that would provide a better framework for intimate protection.

In spite of the amalgamation sometimes made in the media, no study of chemical components has been made on menstrual cups for the moment, because the analyses are more difficult to make (we will come back to this later).

How do I know what’s in the Claricup menstrual cup?

Don’t worry, we didn’t wait for the ANSES to ask the question!

  • Guarantee n°1: Already its main components are USP Class VI antimicrobial medical silicone and pharmaceutical dyes. These two raw materials have passed all the Medical Devices biocompatibility tests: if we wanted to, we could make surgical implants out of them!
  • Guarantee n°2: As mentioned by the ANSES, the raw materials are important but also the manufacturing processes: they can contaminate the product if they are not well controlled. By applying the ISO13485 standard to our Quality Management System, we offer you the guarantee that each stage of manufacture, transport, packaging and storage is designed and controlled in the same way as for a Medical Device, thus minimising the risk of unintentional contamination.
  • Guarantee n°3: It’s all well and good to check, but once the product has been manufactured, how can you be sure that there is nothing dangerous in it that you didn’t expect? There are two types of tests to ensure that a healthy and safe product is placed on the market: biocompatibility tests, and extractables tests.

The biocompatibility tests carried out on Claricup are the same as those carried out on the raw materials. 3 parameters are tested: cytotoxicity, sensitisation and irritation. They indicate whether a product causes a reaction once it comes into contact with the body. It’s official: the Claricup has passed all these tests with flying colours, so it’s biocompatible!

Extractable testsmake it possible to know exactly which chemical components are in the products. These are the tests that the ANSES has difficulty doing on menstrual cups. We know this because we had the same problems when we did them on the Claricup! The principle is simple: a product is immersed in different solvents (water, alcohol, etc.) for at least 24 hours. Each solvent makes it possible to extract different types of molecules from the product. Then each extraction is evaporated and analysed. The problem is that silicone tends to dissolve in certain solvents … difficult in these cases to analyze anything! But thanks to many tests (and thanks to our super R&D Project Manager who has a PhD in Biomaterials), we have managed to set up a protocol which allows us to reveal the exact composition of the Claricup :

In Claricup, there is no : (attention, diction contest!)

  • Bisphenol A
  • Nonylphenol
  • 4-Heptylphenol
  • Nonylphenol diethoxylate
  • 4-tert-Octylphenol
  • 4-tert-Octylphenol monoethoxylate
  • Bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate
  • Benzyl butyl phthalate
  • Bis(2-methoxyethyl)phthalate
  • Dipentylphthalate
  • Diisopentyl phthalate
  • Di-n-hexyl phthalate
  • Heavy Metals (Antimony, Arsenic, Cadmium, Copper, Mercury, Nickel, Lead, Manganese, Tin)
  • Chlore

In the Claricup there is :

  • Silica (the base of silicone)
  • Silver (the antimicrobial agent)
  • Platinum (which accelerates the curing of the silicone during the manufacturing process).
  • Pharmaceutical dyes (nothing surprising here)

That’s it, you know everything!

Why doesn’t everyone do the same? Because no regulation in Europe obliges them to do so.

In Europe, in the field of health, there are 3 main categories of products, each of which has its own regulations:

  • Medicines have the most drastic regulations. They act on a disease thanks to a molecule or a combination of molecules.
  • Medical Devices range from sterile wipes to hip replacements and condoms. Their mode of action is different from drugs: MDs have a mechanical action on a disease (a wound to be cleaned, a sexually transmitted infection to be avoided).
  • Cosmeticsare not there to cure a disease, but to cleanse, improve the appearance, perfume or make-up the skin and hair.

When we look at these 3 categories, it would seem logical to put tampons, pads and menstrual cups in the Medical Devices category. And yet… Since menstruation is (fortunately) not a disease, in Europe, hygienic protection does not fall into any of these 3 categories. They are therefore regulated as an everyday consumer product… a bic pen, for example.

Other countries have gone further than Europe: the USA, Canada, Japan or Mexico have different regulations: as they are objects that remain in prolonged contact with the vulval and vaginal mucous membranes (which, it should be remembered, allow even more molecules to pass into the bloodstream than the skin), hygienic protections are classified as Medical Devices.

What difference does it make? EVERYTHING!

In Europe, the lack of regulation means that there is no obligation for manufacturers to display the composition of their products, nor to prove the safety of the components. When it comes to hygienic protection, European women are therefore less protected than (almost) everywhere else in the world.

Fortunately, things are moving: one of the main conclusions of the ANSES report is that it is necessary to frame intimate protection by means of European regulations, a conclusion with which we obviously fully agree. And we are proud to confirm that we are the only menstrual cup manufacturer to have answered their questions in their survey, in full transparency, for the safety of us all.

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

Menstrual cup: frequently asked questions

A new item in your bathroom, the menstrual cup is becoming a monthly must-have for more and more women.

How to use it, how to position it, how to clean it, we answer all your questions for an easy use of your Claricup menstrual cup.

FAQ – Your 14 questions about the menstrual cup

Here we answer all the questions you may have about the menstrual cup. If you have others, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How old can I wear a cup?

From the beginning of periods 🙂

Which size to choose?

We recommend choosing the size according to the flow.

Very light flow = Size 0

Light to normal flow = Size 1

Abundant flow = Size 2

Very abundant flow = Size 3

Claricup Size 0 is also recommended for young girls, especially for the first period. 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 drawn up a sizing guide to help you see more clearly.

At Claripharm we are aware that it is not easy to choose the right size the first time. So, if the chosen size is not the right one, we will send one back to you free of charge.

Is it painful to insert the Claricup?

The Claricup inserts like a tampon. Don’t be afraid! By folding it correctly you will have no trouble inserting it. If you suffer from vaginal dryness, we recommend that you moisten it with water.

Can I use my cup with an IUD?

Some will tell you that they had a disastrous experience and others will tell you that they had a super successful experience!
But then what is the bottom line for those who have had a bad experience?

There are two important parameters:

  • The length of the threads of your IUD.

When inserting the IUD, do not hesitate to mention to your healthcare professional that you are a user of the menstrual cup. So ask him to cut the IUD wires very short. This is the only risk of IUD expulsion with a cup. The risk is not to aspirate your IUD by unscrewing your cup, no. There is a risk of catching the threads of your IUD and therefore removing it! Therefore, take the necessary precautions at the time of installation.

If you have already inserted your IUD, don’t panic, don’t hesitate to talk about it with your healthcare professional at your next visit.

  • The removal of your menstrual cup.

La chose la plus importante est de ne pas ventiler votre coupe menstruelle avant de l’enlever. To do this, pinch the base of your cup, then once you feel that it no longer adheres to the walls of your vagina, you can gently remove it by pulling on the base. The stem serves as a guide to find the base of the menstrual cup. (Yes, according to some people, and according to some vaginas, the cup goes up more or less high. But don’t worry, it’s impossible for it to get stuck in there ;))).

If you respect these two parameters then long life to the cup!

Can I use a lubricant to make insertion easier?

It is possible to moisten the Claricup with water or insert the cup in the shower. The Claricup is made of medical grade silicone, which is a porous material that can retain components of the lubricant that you may not want to have in prolonged contact with your vaginal mucous membranes. We do not recommend the use of silicone-based lubricants or oils.

How long can I wear my menstrual cup?

You can wear the Claricup for up to 6 hours. After 6 hours, it is possible for some bacteria to grow inside the vagina.

We have carried out tests to prove that this wearing time ensures maximum safety.

And at night, can I wear my cup?

The recommended wearing time is 6 hours. Therefore, if your night is 6 o’clock, you can wear it. Otherwise we advise you to put a towel on.

Problem of leaks, how to do it?

Note that it is normal to observe leaks during the first few uses. It usually takes 1 to 2 cycles to get used to it.

  • Menstrual cup size

A leak is created because the sealing effect is not achieved.

Either because the cup is too small and does not adhere to the vaginal walls, or because it is too big and does not unfold well.

How do you know whether to go up or down?
It’s very simple: once you have inserted your menstrual cup, grasp the base and try to rotate the cup on itself. If it rotates and you still have leaks: it is unfolded and therefore it is too small. If it doesn’t turn: it doesn’t unfold properly, so it’s too big.

Discomfort or leaks, it’s the same problem in the end, it’s the size of your cup.

  • The cup is full!

You have the right cup size, you feel it is well positioned, but you still have leaks? The cup is probably full. All you have to do is see it when you remove your cup. We recommend changing your cup every 6 hours. If your cup is full before the recommended 6 hours, you may need to change your cup size. Our largest size is size 3 for very heavy flows. To find out if you have a very abundant flow, don’t hesitate to read our article here.

How do I clean my cup?

Cleaning the menstrual cup with water is not enough. In order to remove all traces of blood, the following must be done a mechanical action and therefore rub the menstrual cup with a gentle cleanser. Silicone is a porous material.This means that by using an unsuitable cleanser, the components present in your cleanser (dyes, perfumes, endocrine disruptors…) can leave residues on the surface of your menstrual cup and then remain in prolonged contact with your vaginal mucosa.

This is why we have created the Clarigynaintimate shower gel (available soon) which respects your vaginal flora but which can also clean the menstrual cup. There is no alcohol, perfume, dye or parabens, our formula is as neutral as possible.

How do you clean your menstrual cup when you don’t have a water point available?

Cleaning your cup awayfrom home could sometimes be complicated. So we thought of the DuoPack.
As a reminder, we recommend cleaning and disinfecting the cup before each insertion. So how do you clean your cup with soap and water if you don’t have a washbasin? And above all, how do you disinfect your cup when you’re at the office and you don’t have a microwave at your fingertips?!

The solution may seem a little too easy to you but we haven’t found a better one; it’s best to have two of them.

The Claricup is supplied with its transport and disinfection box, this small and discreet black box. The idea of the Duopack is therefore to have two menstrual cups and two boxes. 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.

How often should I disinfect my cup?

Every time you use it. Before each insertion, it is important to disinfect your cup to remove any bacteria.

Can I cut the stem of my cup?

If the stem of your cup bothers you, you can cut it off. If it doesn’t bother you and you feel comfortable, you don’t need to cut it.
If necessary, remember to remove your cup and then cut the stem on a flat surface with a clean pair of scissors.

Can I play sports with my menstrual cup?

Of course! You can swim, dance, do yoga, run, in short you can do whatever you want!

Can I urinate with my cup?

Absolutely. It is not the same orifice, so you can go to the toilet when you need to, without having to remove your menstrual cup.

Can you use a menstrual cup when you are a virgin?

There is no contraindication to wearing the menstrual cup when you are a virgin.

However, the menstrual cup may seem imposing for a first insertion into the vagina.

For this reason, we have created a smaller menstrual cup, the Mini Claricup, which allows for easier insertion and use. If you have any questions about the use of the Claricup cup, please do not hesitate to read our article here.

The most important thing :

  • First of all, you have to feel comfortable with your body because to insert and remove a menstrual cup, you have to put your fingers in your vagina. It is important to know all parts of your body well. Don’t hesitate to learn about your anatomy, familiarise yourself with your vagina and explore it. He deserves it.

What about the hymen in all this?

When we talk about virginity, we talk a lot about hymen. But from an anatomical point of view, what exactly is the hymen?

At birth, the lower opening of the vagina is partly closed by a thin membrane, this is the hymen.

At puberty, the hymen becomes elastic and gradually widens. It is therefore possible to widen it enough to fit a menstrual cup.

  • Cup and Hymen, the risk: there can be a tear in the hymen when inserting a menstrual cup (as can happen when using a menstrual tampon, or when practising certain sports such as cycling, yoga, or following a bad fall), so if it is important for you to keep your hymen intact, it is best to wait before using a menstrual cup.

There, now you know more about it. If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can contact us via our website or on our social networks.

Discomfort with the menstrual cup: size, infection, positioning?

You’re a fan of themenstrual cup, you’ve finally passed the milestone! But sometimes you feel some discomfort when you wear it? The advantage of the menstrual cup is that it doesn’t leak and is very comfortable, so much so that you almost forget it! Feeling discomfort is therefore not normal, you should not feel your Claricup. Don’t give up, a few small changes and everything should fall into place.

Positioning

The first thing to check if you feel any discomfort with your menstrual cup is its positioning.

Afterfolding and inserting your menstrual cup, check its correct positioning.

As a reminder, the menstrual cup is worn low, just at the entrance to the vagina, no further than an inserted phalanx. It is not worn as high as a tampon.

Once you have this in mind, you will be able to check with a few simple gestures that your menstrual cup is in place and that the suction cup effect has been achieved.

  1. Run a finger around the Claricup menstrual cup to check that it is wide open in your vagina. If you notice that the menstrual cup is not open, it does not have room to unfold, so it is too big. Don’t hesitate to consult our sizing guideto help you.
  2. Pinch the base of the Claricup menstrual cup to rotate it into your vagina. This will help the cup to position itself well and unfold if it hasn’t already done so!

Stem

If, in spite of this, you still experience discomfort, it is possible that the problem lies with the stem. Our vaginas are all different, depending on the tone of the perineum, the cup will not be positioned in the same place for everyone, for some it will tend to rise and for others to remain low.

If you feel a small burn at the entrance of your vagina, if you fall on the stem of your cup, it’s really the stem that is bothering you!

If the stem of your cup protrudes from your lips, this can also be uncomfortable.

In this case, remember to remove your cup and then cut the stem on a flat surface with a clean pair of scissors.

If the discomfort persists, do not hesitate to contact us via our site or our social networks. Please be aware that if the discomfort comes from a wrong choice of size, we will send you back a cup free of charge!
This discomfort may also be due to a small inflammation or vaginal infection. You can also talk to your healthcare professional who will be able to help you.

Menstrual cup and odour

Have you been using the menstrual cupfor some time and have you noticed a bad smell on your cup, despite the daily cleaning you give it? We agree this is not the most pleasant thing. We go around the subject so that you don’t have to wonder whether that fishy smell is normal or not!

Menstrual cup and smell, is this normal?

No, it is not normal to smell a bad smell on your menstrual cup.

Your menstrual blood may have a peculiar metal smell, but in this case, don’t panic, it’s normal because the blood contains a lot of iron.

On the other hand, if you smell a fishy smell directly on your cup, it is not normal.

But… doesn’t that kind of smell mean anything to you? These are smells that you may have already smelled if you have had avaginal infectionor too much and foul-smelling vaginal discharge. So you make the connection?

Where can this smell come from?

A vaginal infection

Indeed, most of our clients who observed a bad smell with their cup had unknowingly had a vaginal infection.

If you have been using Claripharm for some time, you know that we recommend that you clean and disinfect your cup before each use. However, if a germ, yeast or parasite has settled in your vagina and therefore on your cup, this cleaning + disinfection step will not be enough.

The cleaning will remove traces of blood from the menstrual cup and the disinfection will eliminate bacteria.
But the smell (the scent molecules produced by the micro-organism causing the infection) can stay on your menstrual cup and also in your vagina if you don’t treat the infection.

This is why we recommend that you change your menstrual cup if you have a vaginal infection and that you do not use a cup if you have a vaginal infection.

Cleaning a little too quickly

Cleaning + disinfection is the essential step, as you can see. Think of it as a real routine when you use your cup.

If this step is not carried out correctly, residue or bacteria will stick to your cup and cause a potential odour.

In addition, remember to let your cup dry thoroughly after disinfection. If you put your cup back in its transport box when it is not completely dry, a “musty” odour may occur. All the more so as your cup is then stored there for 3 to 4 weeks, while waiting for your next period to return.

The choice of cleanser for your menstrual cup is important.

As silicone is a porous material, not just any detergent can be used. Cleaners with perfume or alcohol are not recommended as they leave traces on the surface of the cup. However, the cup must be pure and free of any trace of ingredients that could disturb the mucous membrane and vaginal flora and, by domino effect, cause a bad smell.

This is why we recommend cleaning your menstrual cup with an intimate shower gel formulated without perfume, dyes, alcohol or parabens to leave as little residue as possible on the menstrual cup.

How to get rid of this unpleasant smell?

At the risk of disappointing you, we do not yet have a miracle recipe to get rid of this smell.

If it does not disappear after a cleaning and disinfection cycle, the best thing to do is to change your menstrual cup.

What not to do

We were able to observe practices that are not validated. So as a reminder, don’t :

  • Use white vinegar
  • Using Betadine
  • Use Sanytol
  • Use disinfectant tablets such as Milton.
  • Various oils
  • Baking soda is also not validated by our tests, so we do not recommend it.

Honestly, how would you like to have these products in your vagina? Because that would be the case. Once again, silicone is a porous material, it retains everything!

Now you know where that bad smell on your menstrual cup can come from. The most common cause is still vaginal infection. As a reminder, we do not always recognize or feel the effects of an infection, so be sure to seek the advice of your healthcare professional.

Menstrual cup and leaks, what to do?

Oops, you have leaks? Don’t panic, the solution is not far away. Note that it is normal to observe leaks during the first few uses. It usually takes 1 to 2 cycles to become familiar with the use of the menstrual cup.

However, there are a number of causes that can cause leakage, such as a poor positioning of your menstrual cup or the wrong cup size.

Positioning and insertion of the menstrual cup

First of all, you have to relax. If you stress, the muscles of your perineum will contract, and then insertion will be more difficult, which can cause the cup to be badly positioned and therefore leak!

Good bending is important and prevents possible leaks. If your Claricup menstrual cup is not folded correctly, the insertion and unfolding of the cup will not go well. There are several bending methods, each with its own preference. For more information on how to fold the cup, click here.

The menstrual cup is worn low, just at the entrance to the vagina, no further than an inserted phalanx. It is not worn as high as a tampon.
This is because if the cup is placed too high in your vagina, the suction effect with the vaginal walls will not take place and you may find… leaks.

To check its correct positioning, you can grab the base of the menstrual cup and rotate it on itself. If it turns, it is well placed and unfolded. Alternatively, you can move it up and down or left and right, still holding the base of the cup, to unfold it.

Then you can run a finger along the cup and pull it up to the neck of the cup to check that the menstrual cup is properly deployed.

Menstrual cup size

A leak is created because the sealing effect is not achieved.

Either because the cup is too small and does not adhere to the vaginal walls, or because it is too big and does not unfold well.

How do you know whether to go up or down?

It’s very easy : once you have inserted your menstrual cup, grasp the base and try to rotate the Claricup on itself. If it rotates and you still have leaks: it is unfolded and therefore it is too small. If it doesn’t turn despite all your efforts: it doesn’t unfold properly, it’s too big.

More advice on how to choose your Claricup size here.

The cup is full

You have the right cup size, you feel it is well positioned, but you still have leaks? The cup is probably full. All you have to do is see it when you remove your cup. We recommend changing your cup every 6 hours. If your cup is full before the recommended 6 hours, you may need to change your cup size. Our largest size is size 3 for very heavy flows. To find out if you have a very abundant flow, don’t hesitate to read our article here.

In short, if you have leaks with your menstrual cup :

  • Check the correct positioning of your cup
  • If the cup is well positioned and you notice leaks, then it is probably the wrong size. Then go back to our “Menstrual cup size” paragraph to find out which size you need.
  • The cup may be full, take the size above.

Don’t be discouraged, once the first cycles are over, you’ll get the hang of it and become the queen of the cup!

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

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

Leisure and periods

Are sports, travel, hobbies … compatible with the moods of our uterus?
And yes Ladies we answer your questions about the practice of your hobbies during your period !

Playing sports during your period: good or bad idea?

Doing sports during your period ? We say yes! Discover our tips for practicing sports with peace of mind during your period.

Did you know that?

Until 1972, women were not allowed to run a marathon, because the organizers imagined that their uterus could unhook (yes yes). Luckily they have since received a few courses in anatomy and gender equality! But even today, many preconceived ideas persist, including the idea that women perform less well in sports during their periods.

It is moreover a taboo that the Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui broke at the Rio Olympics in 2016: arrived at the foot of the podium, she confessed that she was not at the top of her form because she had her period.

Poor sports performance during menstruation: myth or reality?

There are as many answers to this question as there are women: it depends!

Technically speaking, menstruating women do not lose muscle strength. But other parameters can affect athletic performance, including pre-menstrual syndromes that cause migraines, bloating, stomach or back pain. It is normal in this case to have difficulty pushing one’s limits. But the opposite effect can also occur: the aggressiveness that some women feel during their period can be a driving force, especially in combat sports.

What sports are recommended or discouraged during menstruation?

The main criterion to remember is: pleasure. We are not all equal in front of the symptoms before and during menstruation: at best we feel heavy and bloated, at worst we are bedridden with pain for 3 days. It is therefore quite normal to adapt one’s sport practice according to one’s sensations.

Maybe you’re not going to win an Olympic medal this week, but if you feel you can run, swim, do yoga or play soccer, there’s no reason not to.

If you have menstrual pain, it is also recognized that sport has a beneficial effect: not only does it clear your mind, but doing sport triggers the production of a cocktail of hormones (endorphin, serotonin, dopamine …) that reduces pain and stress 1.

It is however necessary to take a few precautions to do sport in all serenity.

What precautions should I take to play sports during my period?

When exercising, the body’s movements increase blood loss during the session: you will notice that your menstrual protection fills up faster. But don’t worry: it’s punctual and only lasts for the duration of the session, it doesn’t mean that your period will suddenly become heavier in general. It is therefore recommended to change your menstrual protection just before starting your session in order to avoid leaks. Think of the menstrual cup! Thanks to its larger capacity than that of tampons, it prevents you from overflowing. Also think about your comfort: if you’re running or cycling, it’s best to avoid towels to prevent friction.
Finally think about your outfit: with black leggings, a small leak will go unnoticed! And if you’re feeling bloated, remember to put on an outfit that doesn’t make your stomach feel too tight.

1R. Da Silve Santos and G. Galdino « Endogenous systems involved in exercise-induced analgesia », Journal of physiology and pharmacology, 2018, 69, 1, 3-13.

Travel and rules

That’s it! Finally, you’ve booked your dream trip and you’re ready to go, but have you really thought of everything?
Travelling, whether short or long, leads to changes in your habits but can also lead to changes in your menstruation.

Why can my cycle be disrupted when I travel?

In reality, it is not your cycle that is actually disturbed, but your brain!

And it’s a fact, your ovaries are intimately linked to your brain and are very attentive to it.

So travelling often, changing time zones and being jet-lagged will lead to changes in habits such as eating at totally different times, and probably sleeping less (Yes, we guessed that you often party on holiday, but we won’t say anything about that).

All this will upset your brain and therefore your ovaries!

It goes without saying that travelling is just as stressful! Whether you leave by car or by plane, you’ve probably already experienced the stress of traffic jams, passports not ready in time, flight delays, and so on…

Stress does not only affect our mind but also our body. If our brain is instructed to manifest stress, it is primarily a physical reaction that occurs. Our body will then conduct a hormone release and disrupt everything.
As a reminder, ovulation is mainly related to hormones. It is the LH that peaks and causes ovulation. This LH spike causes the dominant follicle to rupture and the ovary to release the egg; the egg then enters the fallopian tubes. This process is called “ovulation”.

So if these hormones are deregulated, you may observe a delay or absence of menstruation, or on the contrary, you may observe unexpected bleeding in the middle of the cycle or an advance and it’s the drama, the menstruation not initially planned has invited itself to your trip!

So what to do?

In order to avoid disturbing your hormones and thus avoid the arrival of your period at the wrong time, it is necessary to prepare yourself as well as possible.

  • Sleep:

Despite the time difference, try to get enough sleep. Ideally, you should sleep 7 to 8 hours a night. Sleep maintains a non-negligible balance.

  • Don’t panic:

No stress, relax. Do not hesitate to do breathing exercises or meditation. A good glass of wine and a massage will do the trick.

  • Eat properly :

Despite a change in time zone, try not to skip meals or eat at very different times as this can disrupt your body and therefore your cycle.

Don’t forget to hydrate yourself too!

And above all, when you leave, remember to anticipate with your stock of hygienic protections because, as explained above, they can arrive at any time and depending on where you are going, it will not always be easy to find your usual hygienic protections. The best option is to leave with your menstrual cup, we tell you more here.

For women on the pill who want to be sure to go on a trip without menstruating, this is possible if you take your pill continuously. Taking the pill continuously allows you to miss your period. Be careful because this solution is not highly recommended, but if you talk to your specialist doctor and explain the exceptional situation, he or she can give you a prescription adapted to your needs.

Going on holiday with your menstrual cup

Summer is fast approaching and the aim is to make the most of the beach, holidays, sun and warmth. But saturated or non-existent public toilets, inadequate periodic protection… Summer often brings its share of inconveniences, forcing women to adapt in spite of themselves, or even to deprive themselves of certain leisure activities such as the beach. But that was before the menstrual cup! So for those who haven’t yet taken the plunge, here’s one more reason to switch to the menstrual cup. The menstrual cycle does not take a holiday, and menstruation can sometimes occur without warning, especially when you go on a trip. In this case, the cup remains your best ally.

Advantages of the menstrual cup

More space in the suitcases

Taking your menstrual cup with you on holiday saves space in your luggage. No more need to plan for the stock of tampons and pads that takes up all the space! All you have to do is slip your cup and its transport and disinfection box into your bag.

Perfect for swimming

Once your Claricupmenstrual cup is well positioned, it won’t move! The suction cup effect is assured, so there is no risk of leaks. You can bathe without thinking about your rules. And what’s more, you don’t feel it once you’ve inserted it. We would even forget it.

Lucie’s testimony :

“When travelling, a cup still takes up less space than 2 packs of tampons in the suitcase…and no more anxiety at the pool to have the string sticking out.

I love the cup and I’ve been getting all my girlfriends drunk for 3 years to get them into it too! »

Less waste

Maybe you didn’t know it, but Team Claripharm is based in Brittany, close to the beach. And if you knew, waste from sanitary protection on the beach, you can see some … Because yes, the toilets on the beaches are not the cleanest, or are very far away, or sometimes even non-existent, it is then on the beaches that the waste is found …
With the cup it’s over! You can keep your menstrual cup for up to 6 hours at a time. After 6 hours, it should be emptied to prevent bacteria from developing in your vagina.

The best option is to have 2 menstrual cups with you. Each Claricup is supplied with its own transport and disinfection box. So you leave for your day with one cup in you and the other clean in its box. You can change your cup in the middle of the forest, behind a bush at the beach, or in the toilets you will find. All you have to do is exchange your cups thanks to your Claricup box. It’s done!

Don’t forget to disinfect your cups once the situation allows it. As a reminder, we advise you to disinfect your menstrual cup before each use.

That’s it, you’re ready for your next holiday! For more information on how to use the menstrual cup, please read our valuable advice here.

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

Menstrual cup and ecology: the zero waste alternative

More and more of you want to ban stamps. Today, we help you to adopt the Claricup, our menstrual cup.

The Claricup Colorless: your eco-responsible ally

An ecological alternative, zero waste

Periodic non-reusable protections represent a huge source of waste. According to the book “Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation” a woman would throw away, on average, the equivalent of 150 kg of waste consisting of sanitary napkins and tampons during her lifetime. These non-reusable protections are very polluting because they are non-recyclable waste. Buffers take 500 years to degrade …

1200 sanitary pads against 8 menstrual cuts for a lifetime.

The claricuprepresents an ecological and healthy alternative during your period. In her lifetime, a woman could save12,000 sanitary pads or tampons by using only 8 menstrual cups(assuming she changes her cup every 3 years).

Beyond an economic gain of 8582 € over a lifetime, the use of a cup is also an opportunity to consume less but better!

Healthy Composition

Wearing sanitary napkins and tampons raises many questions. Viscose tampons dipped in chlorine for optimal bleaching, the sodium polyacrylate used in some sanitary napkins to make them highly absorbent, are among the ingredients that are harmful to our mucous membranes and therefore our health.

For your safety Claripharm has chosen to develop a healthy and transparent alternative for your health.

Claricup™ colorlessis made only of biocompatible medical grade silicone. A soft, supple and 100% safe material for your vagina. Periodic protection that takes care of you with ease.

100 % Made in France

Claripharm is a French company located in Saint-Alban in Brittany. We guarantee a 100% French, ethical and responsible production. Our French know-how represents a pledge of qualityand seriousnessthat we wish to put at the honor for the confection of our products, in order to take care of your intimacy.

We support local employment to allow professional integration within our beautiful region. We promote collaboration with French partnersfor the manufacture of packaging, flyers, the purchase of raw materials … These short circuits can reduce CO2 emissions with the cessation of imports.

We support French production and build a sustainable economy together!

What are you waiting for to use a menstrual cup that protects the environment and your health? 😉

Alternative to tampons: what if I switched to the cup?

Composition, vaginal dryness, ecology, etc… More and more of you are looking for an alternative to tampons.

Among the menstrual cup, washable pads, menstrual panties or organic tampons, it is not easy to choose a hygienic protection alternative with which one feels comfortable. So we decided to come to your rescue !

The purpose of this article is not to measure the pros and cons on all the new methods of protection, we leave the freedom to each one to make its own opinion, we will expose ours in a future article 😉.

On the other hand, we are going to help you see more clearly about the menstrual blow by answering the 5 main reasons that prevent you from moving on to the cup.

IS IT HARD TO PUT ON?

It usually takes 2 to 3 cycles before you get into the habit of inserting your menstrual cup. There are different ways to fold your menstrual cup, once you find the right method, you won’t have any trouble inserting it. Find here all our bending methods.

You fold, insert at the entrance of the vagina so that the base of the cup is a little bit higher than the entrance of your vagina (usually at a phalanx so you can easily remove it) and voilà!

For more ease or if you suffer from vaginal dryness, we recommend that you moisten it with water or put it in the shower.

Once the Claricup is placed, with your fingertip you make sure that the neck of the cup is completely unfolded, and voilà, you’re in peace for 6 hours!

DID IT HURT?

The menstrual cup inserts like a tampon, once folded, they have the same diameter so no panic! In addition, the silicone used for Claricup is particularly soft and supple. It is the same pharmaceutical grade silicone used for surgical implants. We then say stop the microlesions that tampons do that irritate your mucous membranes when you insert them, and yes to the peachy skin effect of soft silicone!

IS IT LEAKING?

Incorrect positioning of the menstrual cup or mispruning, if a menstrual cup is misused, leakage is often noticeable. At Claripharm, your victory is also ours, so to ensure that all of our customers are satisfied, we’re with you from the choice of your size to its proper use. And if ever the size you choose is not the right one, we’ll send you one back for free!

If you have any questions, just write to us on the social networks or at the following address: contact@claripharm.fr.

IS IT DIRTY ?

Well washed hands before and after insertion, a properly disinfected cup, your Claricup boxat hand and a water point nearby and you’re done!

Contrary to popular belief, your menstrual cup is never full to the brim. Then by gently pinching the base of your menstrual cup, it will gently bend and go down while remaining straight. There’s no risk of flooding your toilet or getting your hands full.

All you have to do then is empty it into your toilet, put it in its Claricup box – the transport and disinfection box provided at the time of purchase, clean it at a water point and leave for 6 hours. No tap nearby? No worries, just bring a small bottle of water with you!
Also, we have designed the Duopackthat allow you to have two Claricup, so you always have a spare one on hand at all times. Clever…!

So we’re still hesitating? For many women, the menstrual cup represents a real revolution: economy, safety of composition, tranquility of use, ecology? And you, when do you move on to the cup?

Follow you on social networks, we answer all your questions.

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

Menstrual cup and IUD: Can you use a cup if you wear an IUD?

A woman’s life is shaped by several significant adventures: the first menstrual period, the choice of contraception, giving birth, the menopause. What do all these adventures have in common? You’re right, they all require intimate hygienic protection.

Convinced of the cup or still hesitating to take the plunge, we come back to the questions we are most asked about the menstrual cup and the stages of life of your femininity.

Can we use the Claricup menstrual cup if we wear an IUD?

Copper IUDs tend to increase the volume of menstruation, which often leads to leakage with conventional sanitary protection.

Among all the advantages of the cup, many of you pass the milestone of choosing the Claricup menstrual cup for its superior collection capacity compared to tampons.

What about when you wear an IUD: is there a risk in using a menstrual cup when you wear an IUD?

Let’s go back together on the state of scientific knowledge to date :

Some reminders :

IUDs, also known as IUDs or IUS (Intrauterine Devices or Systems), are a means of contraception. They are placed in the uterus for several years and can act in two different ways:

  • The hormonal IUD allows a contraception by diffusing a progestin continuously. Under the action of this hormone, the cervical mucus thickens around the cervix, slowing the passage of sperm. The endometrium (the lining of the uterus) also becomes thinner, preventing the development of a possible embryo. The thinning of the endometrium reduces the duration and volume of menstruation. Sometimes, some women don’t even menstruate anymore, which is harmless to their health or fertility.
  • The copper IUD does not contain hormones. Copper makes sperm less mobile and less viable, preventing them from fertilizing an egg. The IUD also causes inflammation of the uterus, which alters the endometrium and prevents the development of a possible embryo. A copper IUD does not influence ovulation or hormone production, but can trigger longer or heavier periods. It is generally the users of copper IUDs who switch to the menstrual cup because they have very heavy periods.

An IUD can be inserted by a gynaecologist, midwife or general practitioner. It is inserted into the bottom of the uterus via the cervix, an opening at the bottom of the vagina that is no larger than a match head. In order to be able to remove it at the appropriate time, the health care professional leaves the IUD threads protruding into the vagina.

There is no contraindication to wear a Claricup with an IUD.

Much has been heard about the suction effect of the cups, which would be able to suck the IUD out of the uterus, or about women pulling on the threads of their IUDs.

However, a menstrual cup simply does not have enough strength to aspirate anything: in fact, a Canadian study conducted in 2011 showed that during the 6 weeks following the insertion of an IUD, there was no greater risk of losing the IUD if women used tampons, pads or menstrual cups (Wiebe & Trouton, 2012).

On the other hand, whatever your hygienic protection, there is always a risk of spontaneous expulsion: today the rate of spontaneous expulsion is estimated to be around 10%, with a peak during menstruation and in the 3 months following IUD insertion (Zhang, Feldblum, Chi, & Farr, 1992).

To avoid the risk of pulling on the IUD sutures, it is important to discuss this with the healthcare professional who is inserting the IUD, asking him or her to cutthe sutures short enough. This is obviously something that can also be done after the insertion, should you decide to use a Claricup after 2 years of IUD use. It is also an opportunity for you to ask yourself how to check yourself every month that your IUD has not moved during your period.

What precautions to take?

There are two important parameters:

  • The length of the threads of your IUD

When inserting the IUD, do not hesitate to mention to your healthcare professional that you are a user of the menstrual cup. So ask him to cut the IUD wires very short. The risk is not to aspirate your IUD by unscrewing your cup, no. There is a risk of catching the threads of your IUD and therefore removing it! Therefore, take the necessary precautions at the time of installation.

If you have already inserted your IUD, don’t panic, don’t hesitate to talk about it with your healthcare professional at your next visit.

  • The removal of your menstrual cup

La chose la plus importante est de ne pas ventiler votre coupe menstruelle avant de l’enlever.

To do this, pinch the base of your cup, then once you feel that it no longer adheres to the walls of your vagina, you can gently remove it by pulling on the base. The stem serves only as a guide to find the base of the menstrual cup, under no circumstances should you pull on the stem to remove your menstrual cup.

If you respect these two parameters then long life to the cup!

Menstrual Precariousness

What is menstrual precariousness?

Menstrual precariousness in the world

On average, women periods 5 years, 9 months and 1 day throughout their lives.

Obviously, menstruation requires the purchase of pads, tampons, menstrual cups and panties, which are not considered basic necessities (such as bread, water, oil and soap).

According to a British study conducted by VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, the annual budget devoted to the purchase of periodic comfort products would be £492.

That is to say an amount of 20 410€ for the whole life of a woman.

This budget concerns not only the purchase of pads, tampons, cups … the basis to live this period safely! But we, the women of the 21stcentury, also need :

  • Drugs to relieve awful pain.
  • New underwear, to replace our panties stained by blood spills.
  • Candies, chocolate, ice cream …because yes, we need to comfort ourselves as much as we can.
  • And some wellness products(cosmetics, decorative objects, plaid, kettle …) to live this often painful period as well as possible.

 

500 MILLION women in the world are in menstrual precariousness

As you will have noticed, this budget is very large and many women cannot afford such purchases. In 2019, 500 MILLION women will be unable to meet their periodic needs (source Figo).

Fortunately, some countries are beginning to take an increasing interest in this topic.

  • In 2018, the Scottishgovernment set up a program to provide free periodical protection to the country’s 395,000 students (source: Le Monde).
  • Also in 2019, England, Wales, Canada and South Korea actively participated in this fight against menstrual precariousness by distributing free periodical protections in schools and universities (source Libération).

Menstrual precariousness in France

In 2019, 1,700,000 women will not have access to hygienic protection in France (source: règles élémentaires).

Homeless, incarcerated, finding themselves in a precarious situation with a limited budget or because of their student status, too many women are forced to be unable to buy tampons, pads or menstrual cups. Prison inmates had limited access to sanitary safeguards.

Products within the prison administration are sold at three times the priceof what is usually found in supermarkets.

How do these women do it?

“Toilet paper, newspaper, pairs of socks, plastic bottle caps cut out by hand … “.

If some women make up for the lack of means by being inventive, the alternatives found obviously remain. not adapted and jeopardize their health. As menstruation becomes a real handicap, some women are even deprived of schooling or work (source: IFOP Dons Solidaires).

Not having recourse to hygienic protections impacts self-esteem that can lead to social exclusion. Indeed, according to the study conducted by “Dons solidaires”, hygiene and appearance are two determining criteria in the judgment of the other. For 17% of the beneficiaries of associations, personal hygiene is identified as a source of discomfort and negative judgment.

It is in February 2020 that Marlène Schiappa and Christelle Dubos welcome the report about the taboo of rules in our society.

This report makes the fight against menstrual precariousness and access to hygienic protection for all a priority. It announces the experimentation, starting this year, of free hygiene protection in several collective places (source: solidarité-santé.gouv).

Sources :
Dons solidaires, Press Release, 2019.
Figo, month after month period poverty, 2019.
Available at:https://www.figo.org/news/month-after-month-period-poverty
Ifop, Dons solidaire, February 2019.
Available at : https://www.donsolidaires.fr/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Pre%CC%81sentation-IFOP-Dons-Solidaires.pdf
Solidarités-santé.gouv, précarité menstruelle expérimentation de la gratuité des protections, 2020.

The fight of the association “Règles élémentaires”

Because every woman should live her menstrual period with dignity,Claripharm has decided to support the fight of the association Règles élémentaires which militates for this cause affecting so many women.

Who is the “Règles élémentaires ” association?

In November 2015, Tara Heuzé-Sarmani founded the association Règles élémentaires. Today it is the first association to fight against menstrual precariousness in France. Its objective is to collect intimate hygiene products for women in need and to break the taboo of menstruation.

Since its creation they are :

  • 1,500,000 periodic protections collected
  • 50,000 beneficiaries
  • 1,000 collections organized with 200 French partners

The association has created a citizen platform to enable everyone to take action to fight against menstrual precariousness.

By going to the website you can ask to receive personalized communication visuals and even a donation box. These boxes can be placed in a building entrance, at the office … and everyone can offer whatever they wish to give a woman in a precarious situation the chance to receive periodic protection.

What are Claripharm’s actions?

If every woman deserves to be able to menstruate safely, Claripharmhas made the decision this year to commit to donating to Basic Menses every year. Last month we sent nearly 400 menstrual cups to the association in order to improve the lives of women in precarious menstrual situations. Thanks to this device they can be protected for a period of 3 to 5 years.

Want to know more about the Association and actively participate in this fight against menstrual precariousness? Go to the website: www.regleselementaires.com

Clarinews about the Claricup

We present you all the news about our menstrual cup the Claricup !

New opinion on the Claricup menstrual cup!

The website coupemenstruelle.net wrote an article about our Claricup. The website gives us its opinion, also shares testimonials and discusses various subjects.

The menstrual cup, a medical device?

We talk about the status of the menstrual cup in France and in Europe. And yes, as a reminder, the menstrual cup is not considered a medical device in France and Europe, but as a product for everyday consumption. However, it is a medical device in Canada or in the USA.

Claricup‘s Composition :

The website also mentions the composition of the product (dye, medical silicone).

Claricup Menstrual cup wearing time :

We also talk about our test on the wearing time of the Claricup menstrual cup! You can also find out more about our test here.

Facebook Live with Madmoizelle

Finally, we talk about our facebook live made with Madmoizelle last December!

If you haven’t seen it or want to see it again, here it is!

In addition, we are always at your disposal if you have any further questions. Ask all your questions about our websiteor on our networks Facebook or Instagram.

We let you discover this article on their website. A promotional code is hidden there! Good reading !

Column about the Claricup menstrual cup in the Health magazine

Laetitia Fouque, blogger on “green, organic, green” and a journalist at Health Magazine and Allodocteurs.frhas a section on menstrual cups.

Menstrual cups are a healthy and responsible alternative to the heavy use of tampons and sanitary napkins.

  • Is it healthier for women?
  • Is Claricup ™ economical for the women budget?
  • What is the budget for the treatment of tampons in wastewater treatment ?

We are eager to discover the chronicle of Laetitia Fouque in the program “Le magazine de la santé” with Michel Cymes and Marina Carrère d’Encausse on France 5 on October 24 from 2:35 p.m.

Here is the Youtube video 🔽

Claricup Menstrual Cup – Review

The English blogger Eco Fluffy mama published an article on May 14, 2015 about the Claricup, she is doing very well according to her!

Come and discover the article of the English blogger on her Eco fluffy mama website!

http://www.ecofluffymama.com/2015/05/claricup-menstrual-cup-review/

Animation Claricup ™ in a pharmacy in Agde

Claricup went to an animation day in a pharmacy in Agde and it was a great success!

Claricup menstrual cup animation in a pharmacy in Agde

Marine was very successful during this Claricup ™ information day.

Do not hesitate to contact Claripharm ™ to be informed about the products in the range.

ClariCup ™ available in pharmacies and on claripharm.fr

The menstrual cup Claricup by Claripharm is now for sale on our website claripharm.fr and in pharmacies.

Claricup ™ is my cup! 8 good reasons

The Claricup is made for all women who are going through difficult periods who want to change their period.

Comfortable and reliable: Claricup ™ is soft to the touch, convenient to use, and leak-free

Flexibility: Claricup ™ is easy to insert and remove.

Anti-microbial: Claricup ™ is the only anti-microbial silicone menstrual cup.

Reusable and hygienic: Claricup ™ is easy to clean and reusable for 3 to 5 years.

Significant autonomy: Claricup ™ can be kept for 6 hours, regardless of the activities!

Claricup Box: transport box, cleaning and decontamination in the microwave (5 min at 750 watts) of Claricup ™.

Act for the planet: Claricup ™ is ecological, no waste of non-recyclable protections.

Price: very economical, a Claricup ™ can be used for several years (5 years on average).

Discover the Claricup ™ description on the EasyCup website

The EasyCup website has written a description page about the Claricup with its characteristics.

The ClariCup
Material : Medical grade silicone “ anti-microbial and bio-compatible ”
Nombre de tailles : 2
Medium size dimensions: 38.5mm diameter, 75mm length with shank, 30mm shank length
Large size dimensions: 46mm diameter, 75mm length with shank, 30mm shank length
Medium size capacity: 18.5 ml
Large size capacity: 27 ml
Native country : France
Date of onset: 2014
Average price : € 29
Description :
The Claricup is a medical silicone cup, which the Claripharm laboratory specifies as “the only menstrual cup in anti-microbial and bio-compatible medical silicone The anti-microbial agent is silver-based, it is incorporated directly into the base of the silicone. It is effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria, yeasts, fungi and molds, it has a low level of toxicity to the human body. The material has been tested for cytotoxicity and has been shown to be non-toxic to humans.

It has a pretty dark purple color, translucent and has a peach skin texture.

The rather elongated shape, the high holes placed just under the round bead are reminiscent of the FleurCup.

The cup seems rather rigid when taken in the hand, but the presence of 4 large vertical ridges along the body of the cup facilitates folding during handling. The bead is round, thin and toned, which requires maintaining the fold well during insertion but also allows the cup to unfold well in the vagina and have excellent hold.

The 4 holes located just below the bead are small and bevelled, but cleaning them was not a problem. The stem is round and full. Finished in a ball, it has 6 ridges which can help to grip it during handling. It is very flexible and can therefore be kept without feeling any discomfort. Apart from the 4 large ridges, the body of the cup has no other roughness or inscriptions, so cleaning is easy.

Its shape and the position of the holes guarantee a very good capacity, even for the small size. It recalls LunaCopine for its ease of use and may therefore be suitable for many women.

The manufacturer notes a useful life of 5 years The cup is delivered in a cardboard box including the cup, an explanatory leaflet and a black box which allows the cup to be stored and transported as well as its sterilization in the microwave (ClariBox). The manufacturer recommends positioning the cup with the rod down in the sterilizer. The manufacturer also recommends the use of ClariGyna in cleaning the cup, prior to microwave sterilization of their product.

This cup is sold via the ClariPharm network, by visits to health professionals (surgeons, general practitioners and gynecologists, physiotherapists, midwives, etc.) by representatives of ClariPharm. For the moment, the only reseller site of the ClariCup is ClariPharm.

Where to buy it?

Discover the post of coupes-menstruelles.fr on Claricup ™

The coupes-mesntruelles.fr site published an article on Claricup, the results are positive! Find out now.

Discover the post of coupes-menstruelles.fr on Claricup

Find the content of this article below:

Zoom on a new 100% safe and comfortable menstrual cup, the Claricup ™

From the brand ClariPharm, the Claricup has been designed from a more sanitary than aesthetic perspective: no more shimmering colors and glitter, the Claricup relies on woman comfort and the compliance with medical and health standards.

Created by a woman and for women, ClariPharm has first of all a simple objective: to offer more comfort to the privacy of women after childbirth, and in general to all women affected by an intimate concern. From this idea was born a range of specific treatments (from cleansing gel to the flexible shell for intimate protection), including Claricup menstrual cup.

What are the advantages of the Claricup?

– Made from biocompatible medical anti-microbial silicone
– Sold with its Claribox allowing rapid transport and decontamination in the microwave, all for a very reasonable price (26 €)
– Made in France
– Sold in 3 sizes 1, 2 and 3.
– Available online on the site and in pharmacies or drugstores

We join!

The Claricup in an American blog

An American blog, bloglovin.com talks about the Claripharm Cup: The Claricup. Quickly find the blogger’s article here!

To discover the post of the Claricup menstrual cup, click on the link:

https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/menstrual-cups-10651349/claricup-4063470345

The Claricup on set!

Claripharm is preparing a viral film to stage its Claricup menstrual cup! The film will be released in a few weeks! To make you wait, and share this magnificent experience with you, here are the first images of the shoot!