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. A Dot cup is a re-usable alternative to tampons that is worn in the vagina for up to 12 hours and emptied in the toilet. We believe the menstrual cycle is incredible and getting in touch with it is a gift. If you're anything like us, the sheer convenience, lack of leaks, landfill reduction, and cost-savings will make you wonder why you didn't discover the Dot Cup long ago. If you're new to the cup world, it might be a little strange and uncomfortable at first, but hang in there! We guarantee if you try a few of the folds detailed below and give it a cycle or two you're going to be telling all of your friends about it.
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!
*The wrapping your cup comes in for sanitary reasons is NOT plastic. It is 100% biodegradable.
FDA-approved, medical-grade silicone
Roll Fold: Wash your hands and rinse your Dot Cup. Roll the cup in a spiral as tightly as you can with the opening pointed up. While keeping a tight grip on the fold, insert the open end into your vagina and push it all the way in. Once in place, let go and allow the opening of the cup to pop open. You may need to use one finger to twist or adjust the cup into place. It should be fully inside of your body causing no discomfort! See below for information on customizing the stem of your cup.
Punch Down Fold: Wash your hands and rinse your Dot cup. Holding your cup with the opening facing up, push one side of the rim down with your thumb. Insert the opposite end into your vagina, push into place, and use you finger to make sure the cup is fully unfolded. Once in place, release the fold and the opening of the cup should pop open. You may need to use one finger to twist or adjust the cup into place. It should be fully inside of your body causing no discomfort! See below for information on customizing the stem of your cup.
C Fold: Wash your hands and rinse your Dot Cup. Holding your cup sideways between your thumb and index finger, fold the top part over so the opening forms a "c." Insert the cup into your vagina with your "c" facing up. Once in place, release the fold and the opening of the cup should pop open. You may need to use one finger to twist or adjust the cup into place. It should be fully inside of your body causing no discomfort! See below for information on customizing the stem of your cup.
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.
Removal: 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 Cup 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!
+ 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. 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 at the bottom of this page!
+ 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.
+ 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 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, just outside of Los Angeles.
+ 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.
+ 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.