CARE & CLEANING
Health and safety is our priority, thus we have done extensive research and taken the extra steps necessary to ensure that we provide our customers with high quality and safe products. Private Party's Happy Hour menstrual cup is made of 100% medical grade silicone. It does not contain any hazardous chemicals, toxins, or dyes. Our menstrual cup adheres to medical device standards. The storage bag is made of eco-friendly cotton and is handcrafted.
HYGIENE & INFECTION
Our menstrual cup does not contain any ingredients that pose a risk for developing irritations or allergies. It is very unlikely that you will have an allergic reaction to the cup itself. Using a menstrual cup is very hygienic because menstrual fluid does not come into direct contact with free oxygen while it is inserted, therefore no bacteria is created. However there is a small chance that an infection can occur but that is more likely due to bacteria from your hands being transferred by way of the cup. That's why it is very important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before handling your cup. Also make sure you empty your menstrual cup every 8-12 hours to prevent bacteria formation.
With proper care and cleaning Private Party's Happy Hour menstrual cup will last for several years. Please follow our instructions on how to use and clean your cup. Again always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water prior to handling your cup.
First Time Use
When using for the first time it is essential that you wash it with a mild soap and warm water. Avoid the following ingredients when washing your cup:
- Fragrance/Scented Soap
- Oil-based Soap
- Anti-bacterial Soap
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Baking Soda
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Dish Soap
Sterilize your cup prior to first use. Boil it in a pot of water for 5-10 minutes. Make sure there is enough water in the pot so that the cup is fully submerged in the water as you don't want it to burn at the bottom of the pot. You may wonder if you can sterilize your cup in the microwave. There are several products that are specifically made for sterilizing menstrual cups in the microwave however we don't recommend this route. It is important that the water temperature reaches 100 degrees Celsius to kill bacteria. Trying to sterilize your cup in the microwave may not be the best choice because it is difficult to control temperature and duration. Simply pouring boiled water over your cup will not work because the water tends to cool very quickly and you cant't guarantee that the entire cup was covered. We recommend sterilizing your cup in boiling water before and after each cycle (well your cup was just sitting in a baggie somewhere in a drawer for a month, we just can't trust that it's still clean).
During Your Period
While you are on your period and actively using the cup we recommend that each time the cup is full empty the contents in the toilet, wipe the remaining residue with toilet tissue, then rinse the cup in clean running water making sure to properly flush the holes. To flush the holes fill the cup with water while holding in one hand then place your other hand with open palm across the top/rim of the cup creating a suction. Then squeeze the base of the cup and the water should come shooting out. Make sure you do this over the sink or you could get wet. After a through rinse simply reinsert it. It's not necessary to use soap after removing the cup each time throughout your cycle but if this is your preferred method just make sure the soap is safe for menstrual cup cleaning.
After Your Period
When your period has ended make sure to sterilize it again in boiling water for 5-10 minutes. If you are unable to boil the cup after your cycle just wash it with soap and water. When it is completely dry store it in your cotton bag until your next cycle.