Dot Menstrual Cup
A Dot cup is a medical-grade, silicone menstrual cup that can be worn for up to 12 hours and used for up to 10 years. Every cup comes with a limited-edition, hand-sewn, canvas storage pouch, designed by @ashleymaryart.
You're actually purchasing 2 cups! For every Dot cup purchased, one is given to a girl in need, allowing her to go to school or work and to be an active member of her community, regardless of her menstrual cycle!
Customizing your Stem
Many users choose to trim down the stem of their cup due to the position of their cervix during their period. Every body is unique, so for those with a lower-positioned cervix, it is helpful to trim the stem for optimum comfort. We recommend wearing the cup for a day or two before doing any trimming because sometimes the cup adjusts to your body on its own.
Never trim the stem while the cup is inside your body.
After no more than 12 hours or when your Dot cup feels full, push as if you're passing gas, grab the stem, and gently pull. If you meet resistance or discomfort, reach a bit higher for the base of the cup and pinch and wiggle the base as you pull downward. Dump your blood in the toilet, rinse the cup with water, and re-insert. If you're in public, it's completely fine to re-insert your cup without rinsing it, just make sure to rinse when you return home. When your period is over, wash your cup, and return it to your Dot storage pouch until next month!
Will I be able to feel it?
When inserted correctly, you shouldn't be able to feel your Dot cup at all and there will be no discomfort. Use your finger to push your cup higher or lower until it sits comfortably. Keep in mind, our medical-grade silicone softens with your body heat!
How do I get it out? Is it stuck?
It's not stuck! Or lost inside of you! We promise. The vaginal canal is 4-5 inches of muscle that does not connect to other parts of the body. If it feels stuck, simply push like you're... you know, going #2? passing gas? delivering a baby?...choose your own adventure :D and the stem will make its way down. Once you can reach the stem, gently pull downward until you're able to reach the body of the cup. Gently pinch the bottom of the cup as you pull it down and out.
I'm in high school, can I use a Dot cup?
Yes! The Dot cup is designed to fit *most* body types, and the vagina is muscular so it gives and stretches with ease. Vaginal canals come in all shapes and sizes though, so the best way to know for sure is just to try it. If you're fairly new to inter-vaginal period products, insert and remove slowly and gently, and relax your muscles as much as possible. If you feel discomfort when using light tampons, we recommend talking to your doctor before trying a Dot cup.
Does the Dot cup come in multiple sizes?
Eventually, yes! Currently, no. Model 1 of the Dot cup was designed to fit the broadest audience and is great for cup rookies and cup mavens alike. We know every body is unique though, so eventually, we plan to introduce a smaller cup for our youngest users.
Is it a Pre-Baby or Post-Baby Cup?
We designed Model 1 of the Dot cup as close to "one-size-fits-all" as possible. In fact, our focus group included young women who have never been pregnant and women who have had multiple vaginal births, and both groups experienced great success and minimal leaks using the Dot cup. At Dot we don't recommend choosing a cup based on whether or not a you've given birth vaginally, instead, we like to point users toward rim width, cup height, and cup capacity - especially if they've used other cup brands and want to compare. You can view the Dot cup dimensions here!
How do I know if I need to trim my cup?
If you've worn your Dot cup for a day or two and the stem still seems to stick out uncomfortably, you are not alone! You are one of many users who has a lower cervix during their period. This discomfort can be easily remedied by simply trimming the stem of your cup. Remove your cup from your body (we had to say it!) and start by trimming the very end. Re-insert your cup and see how it feels, and trim a bit higher if needed. Many women trim the stem off completely! The grip rings around the bottom of the cup itself are designed to be used with or without the stem.
Does the Dot cup come in multiple colors?
Currently, black is the only color we offer, but if there's a color you'd love to see, email us at email@example.com!
How should I clean my Dot cup?
After Each Use: Rinse and re-insert, or if in public, simply re-insert and rinse when you return home. Soap isn't necessary, but if you do use soap, make sure it's gentle and fragrance-free as to not irritate your lady parts!
Between Cycles: Wash with soap and water and store it in your Dot pouch until next month! If you'd like to fully sterilize your Dot cup you can do so by boiling for 5 minutes and removing with tongs. Let your cup cool and dry, then store in your storage pouch.
What about Toxic Shock Syndrome?
The primary cause of toxic shock syndrome is the combination of the material, usually cotton which supports the growth of bacteria, paired with the duration of use. When a saturated tampon is worn for too long it's touching the walls of the vaginal canal. In contrast, a menstrual cup catches blood vs. absorbing it, meaning there is a barrier (medical-grade silicone) between the walls of the vagina and the blood itself. Therefore, there is a much lower risk for TSS when using a menstrual cup!
What is the Dot cup made of and where is it made?
The Dot cup is a patent-pending design, made of FDA-approved, medical-grade silicone, and does not contain latex, plastic, PVC, acrylic, acrylate, BPA, phthalate, elastomer or polyethylene. The Dot cup is manufactured in the United States, in East Troy, Wisconsin.
Swimming, Sleep, Sex?
Swim freely while wearing the Dot cup!Sleep freely while wearing the Dot cup! Since the Dot cup sits low in the vaginal canal, it cannot be worn during Sex. On that note, the Dot cup is not a birth control device and should not be used for this purpose. The Dot cup can, however, be used with an IUD or a contraceptive ring. Make sure the ring is still in place after you remove the cup, and if using with an IUD, make sure to break the suction of the cup with your finger prior to removing, and check the strings to make sure it hasn't shifted down.
How much fluid can the Dot cup hold?
More than a tampon, that's for sure! The Dot cup can hold up to 28mL of fluid, which allows you to go about your day or your sleep without interruption! For reference, a medium tampon can hold about 10mL.
Is the Dot cup registered with the FDA?
Yes! And it's made with FDA-approved, medical-grade silicone.
What if I have a low cervix?
Although the Dot cup was designed to fit most vaginal canals, every body is unique! If the Dot cup seems to stick out, sit low, or cause discomfort, simply trim the stem of your cup with scissors. Just take it out first. ;)
How often should I get a new cup?
Your Dot cup can be safely used for up to 10 years! Some users prefer to purchase a new cup every few years, however, this is not necessary.
What if the women you're giving cups to don't have access to clean water?
A lack of access to clean water makes e v e r y aspect of life extremely difficult, especially menstruation and sanitation. It is for this reason that we've chosen to partner with World Vision, the largest non-government provider of clean water in the world. We work with World Vision to determine the best communities to distribute Dot cups, taking into consideration cultural appropriateness, clean water access, and other environmental and social factors.
Still have questions? We have answers! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.