Gladrags Xo Flo Menstrual Cup is a soft, internally worn reusable menstrual cup with body-safe medical grade silicone. XO Flo collects (rather than absorbs) monthly menstrual flow. XO Flo may remain in the body for up to 12 hours at a time, unlike a tampon which must be changed more frequently. It holds more fluid (38 ml) than most other cups due to its rounded shape and high, slanted release holes.
Xo Flo Menstrual Cup Highlights:
- Medical-grade silicone
- Chlorine Free
- Non Toxic
- Green packaging
- Made in USA
Xo Flo Menstrual Cup Features
- Last for years of period protection that is better for the body and the environment
- Soft beaded stem is designed to be both trimmable and super comfortable when left untrimmed
- Patent-pending inner support rings help pop XO Flo open once insertedâ€”no need for a thick, uncomfortable rim like other cups
- Support rings also ensure easy removal
- Smooth, flexible medical-grade silicone
- Diameter at rim: 45mm
- Total Length: 86mm
- Length without stem: 55mm
How To Use A Menstrual Cup
Inserting a Menstrual Cup
- Before using your XO Flo for the first time, thoroughly wash your hands and the cup in warm water with a mild, body-safe soap
- To insert XO Flo, press the "x" sides of the cup together to fold the cup in half, then fold in half again. The rim of the cup will now be held in a "C" shape.
- Gently insert the cup rim-first into the vagina, angled gently toward the tailbone, and slowly guide it to where it feels comfortable
- The length of the cup is worn within the body, though the stem may remain outside of the body. Release your fingers to open the cup
- If you would prefer the cup to open a bit more slowly, start by pressing the "o" sides of the cup together, then fold in half again
Wearing a Menstrual Cup
- XO Flo can be worn for up to 12 hours at a time
- Menstrual cups are commonly emptied between 2 and 4 times per day
- XO Flo holds up to 38 ml, and most periods consist of about 30 ml to 60 ml for the entire cycle
- You will learn how frequently to empty your cup depending on the heaviness of your menstrual flow. When your flow is heavy, empty the cup frequently to avoid leaking -- every 2-4 hours
- After a month or two, you'll become familiar with your own menstrual flow pattern
- You can wear a menstrual cup at night or during physical activity such as running, swimming, or yoga.
How to Remove a Menstrual Cup
- Before removal, thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water
- Tug gently on the stem, then squeeze the base of the cup between your thumb and forefinger to break the seal
- If you cannot reach the stem or base of cup, bear down with your internal muscles to help push the cup downward
- Gently pull the cup downward at an angle, holding it carefully to avoid spills. Empty the contents of the cup into the toilet. It is not necessary to remove the cup before urination or bowel movements
- Finding it tricky to break the seal? Extend a finger along the length of the cup on the back wall of the vagina, then press into the cup to introduce air. Once the seal is broken, squeeze the base of the cup with two fingers and remove.
Menstrual Cup Cleaning and Care
- After use, wash your menstrual cup with mild soap and water before reinsertion.
- At the end of your cycle, wash and dry the menstrual cup before storing it in the drawstring fabric bag provided. Do not store your menstrual cup in a plastic bag or airtight container
- At the beginning of your next cycle, thoroughly wash your cup with mild soap and water before using. You may also choose to boil the cup in an open pan for up to 5 minutes. Note that prolonged boiling may damage your cup
- Important- XO Flo has two small holes near the opening of the cup which should be kept clean. Do not use a toothpick or other sharp objects to clean the holes as this may damage the cup. Instead, submerge the cup in water and squeeze the water out through the holes. Your menstrual cup may naturally discolor slightly over time. This does not impair its function.