FAQ - Is Zero Right For Me?
I've recently given birth - can I use Zero?
Congratulations! Unfortunately, it is not recommended to use a menstrual cup (or tampons for that matter) for 6-8 weeks after you've given birth. This is because after giving birth, your vagina needs to heal and is more prone to infections. In the meanwhile, you should use maternity pads, sanitary towels, or washable pads. You are advised to wait until your 6 weeks post-natal examination and speak with your practitioner before using a menstrual cup.
I'm menopausal, can I still use Zero?
As your Zero cup can be used for heavier or lighter periods, it is an excellent choice of feminine hygiene product. You can monitor any changes in your flow using the markings on the inside of the cup, too!
You won't need to have a whole host of disposable products for varying stages of your flow. Zero cup is reliable and convenient and you'll only need one, no matter how unpredictable your menstrual cycle may become.
Think it's too late to make the change? Bear in mind that your Zero cup will pay for itself within the first 5-8 months!
Can I use a menstrual cup with an IUD/coil?
Yes, you can use your Zero cup if you have an IUD inserted. It is recommended that you wait at least three menstrual cycles after getting your IUD fitted before using your Zero cup, as it may dislodge the IUD.
Speak with your gynaecologist about trimming the strings as short as possible, so it does not interfere with your Zero cup.
When you wear your Zero cup with an IUD, ensure that there is plenty of room between your cervix and the cup. Zero should be worn as low down in the vagina as possible, and make sure that you release the suction seal before removing your Zero cup for emptying & cleaning. After each period, you should check your cervix to feel for the strings from your IUD.
If you suspect that your IUD may have been dislodged or is causing you any pain, visit your gynaecologist and use another method of birth control (such as condoms) in the meanwhile.
Can I use a menstrual cup alongside my NuvaRing?
Using your Zero cup during your week break from your NuvaRing is completely fine! However, if you find that you are still menstruating after your week break, it is not recommended to insert your Zero cup alongside your NuvaRing, as this could cause interference with your contraception.
I'm a virgin, can I use Zero?
If you are a virgin, you can still use Zero. Bear in mind that using a menstrual cup may stretch or tear the hymen. If you have any strong personal or religious views towards keeping your hymen, then use Zero with caution.
Is it safe to use Zero if I have endometriosis or PCOS?
Generally speaking, it is fine to use Zero if you have PCOS or endometriosis. Zero collects up to four times as much menstrual fluid than a regular tampon, so you won't have to empty your cup as often as you would need to change a tampon. In addition, Zero has measuring lines on each menstrual cup, so it may be useful for you to keep track of your flow.
As with any vaginal condition, we would recommend you speak with your gynaecologist before using Zero.
I have a tilted uterus - is Zero right for me?
It is usually fine to use Zero cup if you have a tilted uterus. It may take you a little longer to find the best position for your menstrual fluid to be collected, so you may wish to use a pad as additional protection at first.
Tell me more about the risks of menstrual cups & TSS?
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is a rare, though very serious and sometimes fatal bacterial disease. Currently, there has only been one reported case of TSS linked to menstrual cup usage.
Symptoms of TSS mimic flu and include: high fever, dizziness & fainting, vomiting, diarrhoea, and/or a rash similar to sunburn during your period. If you experience any TSS symptoms, remove your menstrual cup and seek out medical advice immediately.
In order to reduce your risk of developing TSS, ensure that you sterilise your Zero cup often: before your first use, the beginning of your period, and at the end of each cycle.
You should always wash your hands before & after handling your Zero cup, and maintain good hygiene - remember to remove, clean, and reinsert your Zero cup every 4-8 hours.
If you have ever had TSS, do not use any internal feminine hygiene products, including Zero cup.