The Hivette Menstrual Cup
Squeky Hivette Cleanser
Other than a scented soap, do you know that any oil-based soap is also not recommended to wash your menstrual cup? Oil-based soap causes oil buildup due to the remaining oil residues left on the cup after washing. This will then slowly degrade and soften the silicone over a long period of time, causing deterioration of the cup. We want our cups to remain intact to be able to use them forever! (well, almost forever
Trust us, you don’t want to ruin your cup by using the wrong soap. Not only it can ruin your cup but can also irritate your va-jay-jay (psst, we want to keep the vagina happy aren’t we?)
So, what kind of soap can be used to clean my cup?I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE!
About The Hivette
The Hivette is a menstrual cup, the menstrual cup is a reusable device for menstrual fluid collection.
The Hivette is available in two colors and sizes, can become your new BFF when you’re having your period. The Hivette is the first Malaysian menstrual cup and was introduced at the beginning early 2019.
The Hivette is an environmentally-friendly alternative to pads and tampons. Depending on the flow, the cups are reusable for up to 10 years, leak-proof, hypoallergenic and all day long (8 to 12 hours) we recommend emptying your cup every 4 to 6 hours.
The Hivette is made of medical-grade silicone.
The Hivette is made of FDA-registered and medical-grade silicone which originates from Germany, while the moulding process is done in China. The laboratories testing is done in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Every purchase will get you one (1) Hivette cup and a matching waterproof travel-friendly pouch
The Hivette is available in many sizes and two colours; yellow and black
The material of the Hivette is tested to last for years. With proper care, it can lasts up to 10 years. However, we recommend that you replace it if the material starts getting sticky, cracking or any visible tears spotted.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Menstrual Cups
Your cup must be removed and washed every 10-12 hours ( we recommend emptying the cup every 4 to 6 hours) . This represents someone with an average menstrual cycle’s experience (30-60ml total per cycle). Cups keep 4-6x longer than a single tampon or pad meaning you can wear it for longer periods.
When you are on your cycle, every time you empty it, you do not need to disinfect your menstrual cup. A quick cleaning with hot water and a mild soap would be appropriate. Make sure that the tiny holes just below the rim of the menstrual cup are washed out, which is responsible for producing suction so that blood does not spill past the cup.
Yes you can but don’t simply clean your cup with bathroom water. You should bring with you some bottled water or use a disinfecting wipe. If you don’t have any, just clean it with toilet paper, reinsert it and clean it later
Menstrual Cups and Safety Related Issues
Menstrual cup is safer than tampons/disposable pads as menstrual cups collecting the fluid rather than absorbing it like the tampons/pads did. Thus, it lowers the risk of getting Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSSS) resulting from bacterial infection. More about TSS
The Hivette is made up from a medical grade silicone where technically, this material is known for being skin-contact safe, durable and versatile to be used as it tested and approved by the FDA for its biocompatibility.
Plus, The Hivette is tested in Kuala Lumpur Laboratory….. where we got the Certificate of Analysis (COA)
No, wearing menstrual cup can’t causes infertility
Infertility caused by many other factors and wearing a menstrual cup ain’t one of it. Yes, the vagina’s wall will bend and move to create space but it is totally normal. Once the cup is removed, it will return to its compressed state
Yes, you can.
Before using The Hivette with an IUD, it is recommended to ask a doctor. The Hivette cup is not a means of contraception.
YES and YES! You will have to empty your cup more frequently, depending on how strong the flow is, but if you suffer from endometriosis, it is fully safe to use a period cup. We always, of course, recommend consulting your doctor first
No, the menstrual cup won’t get lost
The cup inserted in your vagina will be held in place by a strong pelvic muscles at the tube between cervix and vaginal opening. The opening of your cervix is slightly open to allow the blood to pass through, so it is impossible for the menstrual cup to go in and get lost inside you.
It is normal if you can’t feel the menstrual cup, but now you know it is there, it’s just you can’t feel it. You can try by squatting down and use your muscle to push it down while staying relax
Wearing Menstrual Cups
- You should crawl, squat, sit on the toilet or just get up. Over time, you can discover the place that fits well for you!
- You may want to use water or a lubricant dependent on water to ease insertion.
We have several choices on how you can fold the cup before insertion.
Noted that, everyone has their own preference. Try and let us know which one suits you the best!
The Hivette is available in two (2) sizes.
The smaller cups (25ml) are generally suggested for women that are:
- Younger than 30 years old/teens
- Haven’t give a birth, vaginally
The bigger cup size (35 ml) is frequently suggested for ladies who are:
- Older than 30 years of age
- Giving a birth, vaginally
- Have a heavier period
Your first time using a menstrual cup can be a bit daunting as you feel uneasy. However, the process becomes very easy after 2-3 cycles of period and eventually, you will get used to it without you even realizing it.
Cups can be worn comfortably for up to 12 hours, but when you first start using a cup, we suggest testing it after 4 or so. You will have a clear idea of the flow after a few cycles and how much you need to drain it
Again, start washing your hands with mild soap and warm water.
Sit back, squat, sit on the toilet or stand up, find a suitable spot for you. Relaxation is important, since your menstrual cup would be harder to remove if you tense.
You absolutely can go to sleep with your menstrual cup replacing disposable maxi-pads. It is advisable to empty the cup just before bed as they can be worn up to 12 hours. Again, we do recommend emptying the cup every 4-5 hours because of Toxic Shock Syndrome although it is extremely rare, worldwide we are aware of only 1 case over the past 10 years.
First of all, the presence or absence of hymen shouldn’t define your virginity. Secondly, the hymen is very soft and thin tissue, located at the opening of your vagina. This means, it also can break due to physical exercise too
No, it wont (assuming you are wearing the right size)
You don’t have to worry about the leakage if you’re wearing the correct size. You should be able to sweat without any leaks. We always recommend wearing a liner during the first few cycles until you discover what works best for you (liner or no liner).
You don’t have to remove it. You can urinate while wearing it
The menstrual cup is placed into the vagina, which is different to our urethra (the tube which carries the urine). Theoretically, there’s no interference with urination and wearing a menstrual cup
Refer to the picture to be more clear on what we are trying to imply.
About The Maker
“I’m Claire Sancelot – maker of The Hivette, and I wanted to ensure that women have a sustainable, comfortable and eco-friendly method of period management that’s also friendlier on your pocket – given that the average woman will spend a couple thousand dollars managing her period with disposable products. Truly asolution that I wish existed while I still had my periods! I’ll love to hear your stories and suggestions as we will be rolling out even more solutions for the modern woman – e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org”
What Should You Know About Menstrual Cup
The placement of the cup should be laying low in the vagina or…… if you used tampons before, it should be lower than that (preferably not over the cervix opening) . Plus, the cup should be fully inside you with nothing sticks out.
You will feel a discomfort as soon as the cup is sitting near to the opening of your cervix as it shouldn’t be there. But do not get shocked by this, it just means that you will have to go a little further upon removal.
- Always, always and always wash your hand during both insertion and removal of the cup. This is very crucial to prevent bacteria from entering the vagina and prevent infection
- The cup needed to be folded before insertion. As you know you can find many types of folds and it’s very important for you to try and find the best one that suits you the most, your best friend’s preference might not be easy for you, if you know what we mean 😉
- We truly understand that the first time using a menstrual cup would be a little bit difficult, but it is important to stay relaxed and do yourself a favor to damp the cup before insertion, which you can use any water-based lubricant. *Thank us later!
- Make sure that you are already in the position that makes it easier for the insertion, we would suggest you to spread your knees and squat down. But again, it’s up to your preference.
- You can always try to rotate the base of the cup to let it unfold whenever you feel uncomfortable.