FAQ – Frequently asked questions

1. Questions about the cup

Is the menstrual cup safe?

Yes! The design of the Nomai menstrual cup is based on knowledge of the female anatomy and menstrual physiology. The cup is made of particularly soft material that rests naturally in the vagina and conforms perfectly to the unique anatomy of each woman. In addition, the Nomai menstrual cup has also been extensively tested by Finnish women of varying ages in the product development phase. A menstrual cup must be comfortable, reliable, easy-to-use, and extremely safe.  Nomai is all that.

Nomai was created by gynaecologist Nonna Heiskanen. The cup is made of medical-grade silicone in Finland, and in terms of design, it is an advanced option. Thanks to its narrow base and smooth surface, the cup is comfortable to use, and it does not press on the bladder or irritate the sensitive vaginal lining. The smooth surface is also easy to clean. The stem of the cup and the grip support at the base make the cup more convenient to use.

Medical-grade silicone and our colours are FDA approved so they are safe to use. Medical-grade silicone is inert material – that means that bacteria cannot easily attach onto the surface.

2. Using the cup

Is it dangerous to keep the menstrual cup inside the vagina with blood in it?

Not at all! The menstrual cup is a reusable feminine hygiene product that is made of medical-grade silicone. As the name suggests, it is a cup that is inserted in the vagina to collect menstrual flow. The first menstrual cup was designed already in the 19th century, so it is by no means a new invention. When compared with the other numerous menstrual cup brands on the market, Nomai stands out due to the strong medical expertise behind its product development.

Can I use menstrual cup with an IUD?

Yes you can! Before using a menstrual cup, it is good to check that the IUD:s thread is deep enough in your vagina so that you won’t remove the IUD with your cup. You can ask your gynaecologist to check that the IUD is properly in your uterus before using the menstrual cup for the first time.

What happens if I can’t take it out?

The menstrual cup cannot get stuck inside your vagina nor can it disappear in your vagina. Take a deep breath, just relax and push down gently like you do when you are releasing gas. This makes finding the stem or the bottom of the menstrual cup easier. Squeeze from the cup’s base and remove the cup. Simultaneously, push down gently with your pelvic floor muscles.

Can I use a menstrual cup if I have a rash or a fungal infection?

No, you can’t. Before using the cup, you should visit a doctor to treat the infection, rash, fungal infection, etc. Once you are healthy again, you can use the menstrual cup normally.

Can I use a menstrual cup postpartum?

No, you can’t because of risk of infection.

Can menstrual cups cause prolapse?

No – using menstrual cups cannot cause prolapse. Uterine prolapse is caused by other reasons, such as weak pelvic floor muscles or genetic issues.

3. Safety

I am scared that it will hurt my vagina.

The menstrual cup cannot hurt your vagina. It is made of soft, flexible medical-grade silicone. Using the menstrual cup, just like any other new item, takes some practice at first. Once you learn how to use the cup, the other menstrual products will no longer seem like an option for you.