FAQ

1. Why should I make the switch to a menstrual cup?

It's time to put yourself and your body first.

Lani is made from the highest quality, medical-grade silicone in California in an FDA-registered and ISO 13485 certified facility. They are free of latex, BPA, perfumes, bleaches, and all other harmful chemicals for the body.

We guarantee that it will make having your period like any other day of the month. Unlike tampons that absorb natural moisture from your vagina, Lani will not dry out, irritate, and will not alter your body's natural pH.

Plus, since you can reuse your Lani for years, you won't have to worry about having pads or tampons available when your period comes unexpectedly. Lani has three times the capacity of tampons, making heavier days so much easier, and you take fewer trips to the bathroom.

Did we mention you'll save some money along the way, too? Yes, about $1,000 in your life.

2. Are menstrual cup safe?

When used correctly, menstrual cups can even be safer and cause fewer infections than sanitary pads and tampons. Read our review summary of The Lancet on our blog

3. Are menstrual cups are easy to use?

While some people learn right away, it may take a little practice for others, in the same way, tampons take a little practice the first time.

Once you are familiar with it, you will find that your Lani is very easy to use! Sometimes beginners prefer to try inserting it into the shower. Water helps with lubrication, and you don't have to worry about any mess. You can also use water-based lubricant if you think you need it.

The main thing is to make sure your cup opens properly once inserted and creates a seal. While you're getting used to it, don't be afraid to move your finger around the base of the cup to make sure it's fully open. If you notice any dents or folds, we recommend moving the stem cup gently side to side until it unfolds.

4. Do menstrual cups cause infections?

No. However, suppose you have a yeast infection before or during your menstrual cycle. In that case, we do not recommend you to use your menstrual cup as this can cause additional irritation and interrupt treatment. If you notice that you have a yeast infection while using your menstrual cup, remove it until the infection is gone and boil the cup in water to make sure it is clean before the next cycle.

5. Can the menstrual cup increase menstrual cramps?

It is possible that if Lani is incorrectly positioned, it generates pressure on your cervix, bladder, or urinary tract. Being the same pelvic area, you may think that they are menstrual cramps, but they are not. Identify where the pressure is being generated, and move the cup away from that area, or remove it and reinsert it. A well-placed cup should not be felt at all or cause pain or discomfort.

6. Can I get toxic shock syndrome (TSS) from the cup?

The risk of getting TSS (toxic shock syndrome) while wearing a menstrual cup is extremely low.

TSS is a rare but severe condition caused by toxins released by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. Symptoms include fever, chills, dizziness, fatigue, muscle aches, or a skin rash.

If you experience any of these symptoms, remove your Lani and consult a doctor. To stay safe, make sure you don't use your cup for more than 12 hours. TSS can only occur if the toxin enters the bloodstream; this can happen if you have an injury, which can be caused by sex, nails, tampons, or cups that are inserted without sufficient vaginal lubrication.

If you are aware that you have an injury, avoid using your cup until you have healed. Wash your hands before and after changing your cup. It is also important to sterilize the cup at the beginning or end of your cycle.

To sterilize your cup, boil it for three minutes. If you have any questions, send us an email: hello@lanicup.com

7. Is it disgusting?

Not really. It is important that you are comfortable with your body since you will have to manipulate and be in contact with your menstrual flow. After a couple of cycles, you will realize that your perception of menstruation changes for the better, and you reconcile with your body.

8. How often do I have to change it?

Much less than you would sanitary pads or tampons. Everyone's flow is different. On heavy days, you may need to empty your Lani up to four times a day (24 hrs), but the following days probably will only need to remove it two or three times every 24 hours. It is not recommended that you leave your Lani inside your body for more than 12 continuous hours; Ideally, you should empty it every 8-12 hours.

9. Will it leak?

As long as Lani is inserted correctly and emptied when necessary, it should not leak. However, leaks can happen from time to time, especially if your cup hasn't been opened correctly.

To check if Lani is fully open, run your finger across the base of the cup. If you feel a dent or fold, try rotating the cup a couple of times. It's also worth giving the stem a couple of gentle tugs after inserting your Lani to ensure a suction has formed.

We recommend that the first time you use Lani, you wear backup just in case. Most people find cups to be much more reliable than tampons. Once you are an expert, you will not have any leaks.

10. How should I pick a size?

Lani Classic was designed to fit the widest audience and is ideal for first-time users and cup experts alike. It is 43 mm (1.69 in) in diameter and 63 mm (2.48 in) in height, including a 15 mm (0.59 in) stem. It can collect up to 23 ml below the holes and 30 ml to the rim.

Lani mini was created for younger users, beginners, those with very light flow, or those with a stronger pelvic floor. The Mini is 40 mm (1.57 in) in diameter, 67 mm (2.64 in) tall, including a 24 mm (0.94) stem. It can collect up to 18 ml below the holes and 23 ml to the rim.

Both models have the same firmness, although the Lani mini's smaller diameter may make it feel a bit firmer.

We are working on new projects, including a larger cup that will be available in the fall. If you have any questions or suggestions, write to us at hello@lanicup.com

11. Does it smell?

After using the cup, you will find that menstrual blood does not smell bad. The foul, fishy smell we usually associate with the menstrual flow is due to the chemicals in pads and tampons and the oxidation of blood when it is in contact with the air. If you find that your cup has a strong smell, try changing it more frequently. Here are some other tips to combat odor:

Let your cup airdry by a window where it can get direct sunlight for a few hours.
Boil your cup for 3-5 minutes (as you would at the beginning or end each cycle)

Check that you do not have a vaginal infection, a strong odor can be a sign of an infection.

12. How should I clean it?

It's easy to care for and clean your Lani. Remember to wash your hands before inserting or removing it. After removing it, empty it and rinse it under the tap. If you're not near a sink, it's okay to just empty it and reinsert it. Otherwise, you can wash it with warm water and mild soap ( make sure all soap residue is rinsed off).

While you can leave your cup in for up to 12 hours, we recommend changing it more often, if you can. At the end of your period or the beginning of the next, sterilize your cup. To do this, we recommend placing your Lani in boiling water for 3 minutes.

13. Can it get stuck or lost inside me?

No. The cup can't get past the cervix, so the only way to go is out. If your Lani has moved up and you can't feel the stem, don't panic! Bearing down or squatting on the toilet and pushing a little will help the cup move downward so you can grab the stem.

14. Is there a minimum age to start using the cup?

There is no minimum age, you can start using the cup since your first period. There's no reason why teenagers cannot use the cup. In fact, we have a lot of teenagers who use Lani and love it.

Lani mini is an excellent starting point for younger first-time cup users. 

The most important thing is that you're comfortable with your body and menstrual flow.

Some people prefer not to use cups or tampons for personal or cultural reasons, and that's okay.

15. Can I use the cup while traveling?

 Lani is the perfect travel companion! Not only will you have more money to spend, but you will have more space in your suitcases and you will be more comfortable during your trip, no matter where you are in the world. If you think that while traveling you won't have anywhere to sterilize it, don't worry. Boil it at home, before your trip, and wash it well before you insert it once your period comes.

16. Will the cup leak if I'm lying down or working out?

No. If the cup is inserted correctly, a seal will have formed, preventing the cup from leaking. Because it has more capacity than tampons, your Lani is perfect for overnight wear.

It is also ideal for practicing any kind of sports, yoga, swimming, cycling, gymnastics, etc., since it is comfortable, allows us to move freely, you won't feel it, and you will not have leaks while doing what you like the most

17. Help! I can't reach my cup. I can't remove it. What do I do?

Take a deep breath and relax! Your Lani is still there. It has likely traveled a bit higher than usual. If you can't feel the stem of your Lani, the best thing to do is sit on the toilet or squat down and bear down, like when you poop.

This will help your cup move downward, and you should now be able to reach it. Please do not use any instrument to remove it, as you can damage the cup and your body. Nor is it necessary to go to a health professional to remove it, but you may if you want to. If you still struggle, reach out on Instagram, and we will help you right away!

18. Can I wear a cup if I have a IUD?

Yes. With the IUD, you have to be careful to ensure that your cup does not interfere with the IUD strings.
We recommend talking to your doctor about using your cup with an IUD. They may want to shorten the strings, and the most important thing is to always break the seal in the cup before removing it. Do not just pull on the stem to remove it, as the seal can pull and dislodge your IUD.

19. When do I need to replace my cup?

The material Lani is made of is very durable and can last up to 10 years. However, different individual factors may cause you to need to change your cup ahead of time. If you find signs of deterioration or wear in your cup, it is time to change it.

20. What are the cups made of?

Lani cups are made from the highest quality medical-grade silicone. They do not contain rubber, latex, BPA, heavy metals or other chemicals harmful to your body

They are manufactured in California, USA in facilities and with materials FDA-registered and ISO13485 certified.