Claricup, how to use your menstrual cup?

A new item in your bathroom, the menstrual cup is becoming a monthly must-have for more and more women.

How to use it, how to position it, how to clean it, we answer all your questions for an easy use of your Claricup menstrual cup.

What is the menstrual cup?

A healthy and ecological alternative to tampons and sanitary pads, the menstrual cup collects your blood thanks to a flexible silicone bell that hugs the walls of your vagina and collects your blood for 6 hours.

At Claripharm, Claricup menstrual cups are made from 100% Class VI medical grade silicone, which is the same medical grade silicone used for pacemakers. A soft, gentle, non-irritating and above all…medically approved material (because yes, even if you have to insert a cup into our vagina, as long as it is made of suitable materials!).

This seems logical, yet due to the lack of European regulation of the intimate hygiene products market, many of the products sold are made from raw materials not designed for intra-vaginal insertion. Inserting plastic, making our vaginas drink chlorine, phthalate or food colouring is a scandal, we’ll grant you that!

We will come back to the subject and our daily fight!

Why use claricup?

The advantages of the Claricup menstrual cup

The Claricup menstrual cup will revolutionise your period, find out why it’s time to change your period.

It is economical. Claricup is priced at 26€ and is reusable for up to 5 years. Your Claricup pays for itself in 3 months. Claricup is eco-friendly and environmentally friendly. It is reusable for up to 5 years, so you don’t have to throw away a lot of sanitary protection every year. Manufactured according to the quality and safety standards of Medical Devices.
Comfortable and invisible.
Respects the intimate balance.
No leaks, no odours. Claricup is easy to use.

Fold it, insert it and reuse it!

100 % MADE IN FRANCE

Focus on the quality of Claricup

Our menstrual cups are made of high quality platinum medical grade silicone (USP Class VI biocompatible). It is the only menstrual cup made of biocompatible and antimicrobial medical silicone.

Did you know that?

In Europe, no certification is required to manufacture or distribute a menstrual cup.

The Claripharm laboratory is certified ISO13485 CMDCAS (Canadian Medical Devices Standard): the entire process of design, manufacturing and

The distribution of Claricup is controlled by an independent organisation in order to guarantee maximum safety for users.

What we say, we prove.

How do we make the Claricup menstrual cup?

At Claripharm, we come from the field of implants. We consider our Claricup menstrual cup to be a Class II medical device.

We carry out the following tests on Claricup, in the same way as a Medical Device: biocompatibility (cytotoxicity, irritation, sensitisation); validation of disinfection in the microwave with the box or in boiling water.

But what is this?

MEDICAL SILICONE

The silicone in the Claricup is approved for use in surgery.

BIOCOMPATIBILITY

After manufacture, Claricup is tested for biocompatibility. It is proven that it does not cause vaginal irritation.

ANTIMICROBIAN

The silicone in the Claricup contains silver, a natural antimicrobial. The silver allows a more effective disinfection (compared to a menstrual cup without silver) so that you can safely reuse the Claricup.

DISINFECTION BOX

For safe use, it is important to disinfect your Claricup between uses (in addition to washing your hands thoroughly).

That’s why every Claricup comes with its own disinfection box!

Maximum safety and extensive testing

0 IRRITATING FIBRES / HEAVY METALS / LATEX / PERFUMES
5 MINUTES IN THE MICROWAVE, IN ITS BOX FOR PROVEN EFFECTIVE DISINFECTION
6 HOURS OF VALIDATED SHIPPING TIME

Our posture: scientific rigour for guaranteed safety and comfort!

How to choose your menstrual cup?

It’s not always easy to find your way among all the models and brands of menstrual cups. At Claripharm, all our models have the same cut, only the size changes to adapt to a maximum of women’s morphology, flow, and lifestyle habits.

Because you are all unique, how do you choose the right Claricup menstrual cup?

1. First of all, a history of flows

There are many indicators that can help you, such as having had children, being a young woman, or being athletic.

But the most relevant indicator is your flow.

To help you, please refer to what you are currently using.

CLARICUP SIZE 0

Very light flow

Equivalent to 1 classic stamp

Capacity: 13,7 ml

Length : 71 mm

Length without stem : 44 mm

Diameter : 36 mm

CLARICUP SIZE 1

Light to normal flow

Equivalent to 1 super absorbent tampon

Capacity : 20.2 ml

Length : 74 mm

Length without stem : 47 mm

Diameter : 41 mm

CLARICUP SIZE 2

Abundant flow

Equivalent to 1.5 super absorbent tampon

Capacity : 29.5 ml

Length : 74 mm

Length without stem : 52 mm

Diameter : 46 mm

CLARICUP SIZE 3

Very abundant flow

Equivalent to 2 super absorbent tampons

Capacity : 36 ml

Length : 74 mm

Length without stem : 52 mm

Diameter : 51 mm

2. How can I be sure that I have taken the right size?

a. No leaks

With the right cup size, you shouldn’t have any leaks. However, if you do, there are two possible reasons:

  • Poor positioning.

In this case we invite you to review our folding and inserting methods here.

To check its correct positioning, you can grab the base of your menstrual cup and rotate it on itself. If it turns, it is well placed and unfolded.
Then you can run a finger along the cup and pull it up to the neck of the cup to check that the menstrual cup is properly deployed.

  • Wrong size.

A leakage is then created because the sealing effect is not achieved.

Either the cup is too small and does not adhere to the vaginal walls, or it is too large and does not fully unfold.

You think you chose the wrong size? Write to us at contact@claripharm.fr and we will offer you a solution.

b. No feeling of discomfort

A properly inserted and positioned cup should not feel. This is one of the many advantages of the cup: you forget that you have your period!

In order for the cup to be well positioned and for the suction effect to occur properly, it is imperative that the cup is properly deployed. If you run your finger around your menstrual cup and feel a small folded bulge, your cup is too big and cannot open fully due to lack of space. Remember to hang one size down.

If you still have any doubts, do not hesitate to contact us by email at contact@claripharm.fr, we will do what is necessary to provide you with our expertise and a solution.

c. Menstrual Cup Size 0 – Deciphering the Mini Claricup

The Mini Claricup is part of our menstrual cup range, it is the smallest size. We thought it smaller to make it easier to use, especially for the first period.

The capacity of the Mini Claricupis 13.7 ml. Despite its small size, its capacity remains sufficient for a normal flow and can collect blood for up to 6 hours.

As with the other models, the reinforced base of the Claricuphas been designed to make it easy to remove the cup even for first-time users. To remove it, simply pinch the base to remove the seal. Then gently pull on the base of the cup to remove it.

d. Zoom on Size 3: Very abundant flows

The Claricup menstrual cup Size 3 meets the demands of women with very heavy flows. With a capacity of 36 ml, which is equivalent to more than 2 super absorbent tampons, size 3 is particularly suitable for women who have given birth vaginally.

Abundant or super-abundant flows? If in doubt, feel free to read our article on abundant rules here.

How do you fold your menstrual cup?

It usually takes 2 to 3 cycles before you can easily handle your menstrual cup.

Before each use of the cup, remember to wash your hands thoroughly.

Each one has its preferred method, you have to take the time to find it by trying several of them. You will see that afterwards insertion will be quicker and easier.

Our 2 preferred methods are the “punch down” method because it allows a very small insertion point (see photo), and the C method which consists in folding the cup in 2.

Discover our tutos just below.

How to insert and position your menstrual cup?

On your first attempts, why not try inserting your Claricup in the shower in a squatting position? Warm water will help you to relax.

If you stress, the muscles of your perineum will contract, and then insertion and removal will be more difficult. Take the time to find a quiet, pleasant place where you feel good and help you to relax.

Once you have folded your menstrual cup, gently guide it into your vagina, inserting it so that the bottom of your cup is level with the entrance to your vagina and the stem between your lips. Menstrual cups, once positioned, are generally equivalent in positioning to the insertion of a finger into your vagina.

Keep the cup folded until it is positioned at the correct height, then let it open gently.

How do I remove my menstrual cup?

Before removing it, be sure to wash your hands.

As with the insertion, you can place yourself under a hot shower to remove it. You can also crouch, stand, sit on the toilet or raise one leg, for example by positioning it on the edge of a bathtub. The important thing is that you are well relaxed and that you find the position that suits you best.

Pinch the base of your menstrual cup with your fingertips without ever pulling on the stem at the risk of hurting yourself.

By pinching the cup, you deactivate the suction effect, leaving you to gently slidethe cup out of your vagina and pour its contents into your toilet, shower or sink.

If you have difficulty reaching your menstrual cup, above all, don’t panic, it’s not serious. Blow, breathe and gently push on the muscles of your perineum as if you were having a bowel movement. Your cup will come down and you will be able to catch its base more easily.

How to clean your Claricupmenstrual cup?

Using a menstrual cup involves a few essential gestures to keep your cup clean and protect your body from bad bacteria.

The 3 steps :

1. Hand cleaning

A simple step, yet one that is often overlooked. Remember to wash your hands before inserting OR removing the cup.

2. Cleaning the cup

Why do it before each insertion?

Because the menstrual cup is reusable, it is essential to wash it thoroughly to remove any biofilm of bacteriathat may have formed during its use. The idea is to “start from scratch” at each reintegration.

How?

To remove a biofilm, rinsing with water is not enough: a mechanical action with a mild detergent is needed to remove all traces of the biofilm and thus bad bacteria.

We advise you to clean your menstrual cup with an intimate shower gel formulated without perfume, dyes, alcohol or parabens to leave no residue on the menstrual cup without damaging your vaginal flora.

… wait a few more weeks to discover our cup cleaner, Claricup Wash.

3. Disinfection of the cup

Why do it before each insertion?

The cleaning will have removed traces of blood and biofilm of bacteria. But to be really sure to eliminate as many bacteria as possible, sterilisationis the most effective way.

Normally, the bacterial flora naturally present in the vagina creates an acidic environment, which prevents the development of micro-organisms that can cause infections. Nevertheless, during menstruation the vaginal pH increases, which favours the growth of pathogenic micro-organisms, those little beasts that cause diseases, such as infections or mycoses.

When a device is inserted into the vagina during menstruation (tampon or menstrual cup), certain bacterial species tend to proliferate, including Staphylococcus aureus. This is why it is important to disinfect your cup before each insertion, i.e. every 6 hours in order to avoid any risk of infection, especially the small but existing risk of causing Toxic Shock Syndrome.

How?

To disinfect your menstrual cup, nothing could be simpler!

Your Claricup comes with a black box: the Claricup box.
All you have to do is :

1/ Place your Claricup in its box.

2/ Fill the Claricup box with water.

3/ Place everything in your microwave, lid open, 5 min at 750 Watts.

4/ Wait for it to cool down a little before handling it.

Your cup is now disinfected, so you can use it again with complete peace of mind.

Disinfecting your cup every 6 hours is too demanding?

We have specially designed the DuoPack, a set of 2 Claricup with its 2 Claricup boxes that will allow you to change your cups more easily for 2×6 hours serenely.

Claricup under the magnifying glass 🔍

What’s in my sanitary protection? This is a question that more and more women are asking themselves, yet it is sometimes very difficult to know what you are putting in contact with your vagina 5 days a month, every month, for 30 to 40 years. How is this possible? Where to find the right information? And once we know the composition, how can we be sure that it is safe for our health?

Many women have started to use a menstrual cup. strong In addition to being practical, environmentally friendly and economical, the silicone in a cup looks a priori safer than bleached wood cellulose containing endocrine disruptors and pesticides found in tampons and towels. But is this really the case?

A recent ANSES report confirms this: traces of chemical compounds can be found in traditional intimate protection products (tampon, towel, panty liner).

The news came on 19 July 2018: for 2 years, the ANSES (French National Health Safety Agency) has been conducting studies on the composition of conventional hygiene protection, and the list of compounds of “concern” is frightening: dioxin, pesticides, phthalates, allergenic perfume… so many compounds that the scientific community suspects of carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic effects.

These substances may be provided by the raw material (e.g. pesticides in cotton) or by the manufacturing process (bleaching of fibres by chlorine derivatives causes the formation of dioxin).

Fortunately, ANSES claims that these substances are in too small quantities to be dangerous. However, it still recommends modifying manufacturing processes to reduce the risk of contamination AND implementing regulations that would provide a better framework for intimate protection.

In spite of the amalgamation sometimes made in the media, no study of chemical components has been made on menstrual cups for the moment, because the analyses are more difficult to make (we will come back to this later).

How do I know what’s in the Claricup menstrual cup?

Don’t worry, we didn’t wait for the ANSES to ask the question!

  • Guarantee n°1: Already its main components are USP Class VI antimicrobial medical silicone and pharmaceutical dyes. These two raw materials have passed all the Medical Devices biocompatibility tests: if we wanted to, we could make surgical implants out of them!
  • Guarantee n°2: As mentioned by the ANSES, the raw materials are important but also the manufacturing processes: they can contaminate the product if they are not well controlled. By applying the ISO13485 standard to our Quality Management System, we offer you the guarantee that each stage of manufacture, transport, packaging and storage is designed and controlled in the same way as for a Medical Device, thus minimising the risk of unintentional contamination.
  • Guarantee n°3: It’s all well and good to check, but once the product has been manufactured, how can you be sure that there is nothing dangerous in it that you didn’t expect? There are two types of tests to ensure that a healthy and safe product is placed on the market: biocompatibility tests, and extractables tests.

The biocompatibility tests carried out on Claricup are the same as those carried out on the raw materials. 3 parameters are tested: cytotoxicity, sensitisation and irritation. They indicate whether a product causes a reaction once it comes into contact with the body. It’s official: the Claricup has passed all these tests with flying colours, so it’s biocompatible!

Extractable testsmake it possible to know exactly which chemical components are in the products. These are the tests that the ANSES has difficulty doing on menstrual cups. We know this because we had the same problems when we did them on the Claricup! The principle is simple: a product is immersed in different solvents (water, alcohol, etc.) for at least 24 hours. Each solvent makes it possible to extract different types of molecules from the product. Then each extraction is evaporated and analysed. The problem is that silicone tends to dissolve in certain solvents … difficult in these cases to analyze anything! But thanks to many tests (and thanks to our super R&D Project Manager who has a PhD in Biomaterials), we have managed to set up a protocol which allows us to reveal the exact composition of the Claricup :

In Claricup, there is no : (attention, diction contest!)

  • Bisphenol A
  • Nonylphenol
  • 4-Heptylphenol
  • Nonylphenol diethoxylate
  • 4-tert-Octylphenol
  • 4-tert-Octylphenol monoethoxylate
  • Bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate
  • Benzyl butyl phthalate
  • Bis(2-methoxyethyl)phthalate
  • Dipentylphthalate
  • Diisopentyl phthalate
  • Di-n-hexyl phthalate
  • Heavy Metals (Antimony, Arsenic, Cadmium, Copper, Mercury, Nickel, Lead, Manganese, Tin)
  • Chlore

In the Claricup there is :

  • Silica (the base of silicone)
  • Silver (the antimicrobial agent)
  • Platinum (which accelerates the curing of the silicone during the manufacturing process).
  • Pharmaceutical dyes (nothing surprising here)

That’s it, you know everything!

Why doesn’t everyone do the same? Because no regulation in Europe obliges them to do so.

In Europe, in the field of health, there are 3 main categories of products, each of which has its own regulations:

  • Medicines have the most drastic regulations. They act on a disease thanks to a molecule or a combination of molecules.
  • Medical Devices range from sterile wipes to hip replacements and condoms. Their mode of action is different from drugs: MDs have a mechanical action on a disease (a wound to be cleaned, a sexually transmitted infection to be avoided).
  • Cosmeticsare not there to cure a disease, but to cleanse, improve the appearance, perfume or make-up the skin and hair.

When we look at these 3 categories, it would seem logical to put tampons, pads and menstrual cups in the Medical Devices category. And yet… Since menstruation is (fortunately) not a disease, in Europe, hygienic protection does not fall into any of these 3 categories. They are therefore regulated as an everyday consumer product… a bic pen, for example.

Other countries have gone further than Europe: the USA, Canada, Japan or Mexico have different regulations: as they are objects that remain in prolonged contact with the vulval and vaginal mucous membranes (which, it should be remembered, allow even more molecules to pass into the bloodstream than the skin), hygienic protections are classified as Medical Devices.

What difference does it make? EVERYTHING!

In Europe, the lack of regulation means that there is no obligation for manufacturers to display the composition of their products, nor to prove the safety of the components. When it comes to hygienic protection, European women are therefore less protected than (almost) everywhere else in the world.

Fortunately, things are moving: one of the main conclusions of the ANSES report is that it is necessary to frame intimate protection by means of European regulations, a conclusion with which we obviously fully agree. And we are proud to confirm that we are the only menstrual cup manufacturer to have answered their questions in their survey, in full transparency, for the safety of us all.

Do you have further questions about the daily use of your menstrual cup? Write on social networks or by email to: contact@claripharm.fr

Clarigyna™ intimate shower gel without perfume !

Clarigyna™: chosen by a woman for women.

This 200 ml intimate shower gel is suitable for the care of intimate parts.

Clarigyna™ is PERFUM FREE, its gentle washing formula is as neutral as possible because Clarigyna™ is also :

  • paraben-free
  • dye-free
  • without SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate)
  • soap-free

Its pH is physiological and adapted to :

  • daily external use
  • to the cleaning of your Claricare™

More information on the product sheet : Clarigyna™

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Menstrual cup: frequently asked questions

A new item in your bathroom, the menstrual cup is becoming a monthly must-have for more and more women.

How to use it, how to position it, how to clean it, we answer all your questions for an easy use of your Claricup menstrual cup.

FAQ – Your 14 questions about the menstrual cup

Here we answer all the questions you may have about the menstrual cup. If you have others, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How old can I wear a cup?

From the beginning of periods 🙂

Which size to choose?

We recommend choosing the size according to the flow.

Very light flow = Size 0

Light to normal flow = Size 1

Abundant flow = Size 2

Very abundant flow = Size 3

Claricup Size 0 is also recommended for young girls, especially for the first period. Its small size makes it easier to use and insert for young girls who are not yet used to inserting hygienic protections in their vagina or for young virgin women. But it turns out that this Mini Claricup is also suitable for sportswomen or women with very small flows.

We have drawn up a sizing guide to help you see more clearly.

At Claripharm we are aware that it is not easy to choose the right size the first time. So, if the chosen size is not the right one, we will send one back to you free of charge.

Is it painful to insert the Claricup?

The Claricup inserts like a tampon. Don’t be afraid! By folding it correctly you will have no trouble inserting it. If you suffer from vaginal dryness, we recommend that you moisten it with water.

Can I use my cup with an IUD?

Some will tell you that they had a disastrous experience and others will tell you that they had a super successful experience!
But then what is the bottom line for those who have had a bad experience?

There are two important parameters:

  • The length of the threads of your IUD.

When inserting the IUD, do not hesitate to mention to your healthcare professional that you are a user of the menstrual cup. So ask him to cut the IUD wires very short. This is the only risk of IUD expulsion with a cup. The risk is not to aspirate your IUD by unscrewing your cup, no. There is a risk of catching the threads of your IUD and therefore removing it! Therefore, take the necessary precautions at the time of installation.

If you have already inserted your IUD, don’t panic, don’t hesitate to talk about it with your healthcare professional at your next visit.

  • The removal of your menstrual cup.

La chose la plus importante est de ne pas ventiler votre coupe menstruelle avant de l’enlever. To do this, pinch the base of your cup, then once you feel that it no longer adheres to the walls of your vagina, you can gently remove it by pulling on the base. The stem serves as a guide to find the base of the menstrual cup. (Yes, according to some people, and according to some vaginas, the cup goes up more or less high. But don’t worry, it’s impossible for it to get stuck in there ;))).

If you respect these two parameters then long life to the cup!

Can I use a lubricant to make insertion easier?

It is possible to moisten the Claricup with water or insert the cup in the shower. The Claricup is made of medical grade silicone, which is a porous material that can retain components of the lubricant that you may not want to have in prolonged contact with your vaginal mucous membranes. We do not recommend the use of silicone-based lubricants or oils.

How long can I wear my menstrual cup?

You can wear the Claricup for up to 6 hours. After 6 hours, it is possible for some bacteria to grow inside the vagina.

We have carried out tests to prove that this wearing time ensures maximum safety.

And at night, can I wear my cup?

The recommended wearing time is 6 hours. Therefore, if your night is 6 o’clock, you can wear it. Otherwise we advise you to put a towel on.

Problem of leaks, how to do it?

Note that it is normal to observe leaks during the first few uses. It usually takes 1 to 2 cycles to get used to it.

  • Menstrual cup size

A leak is created because the sealing effect is not achieved.

Either because the cup is too small and does not adhere to the vaginal walls, or because it is too big and does not unfold well.

How do you know whether to go up or down?
It’s very simple: once you have inserted your menstrual cup, grasp the base and try to rotate the cup on itself. If it rotates and you still have leaks: it is unfolded and therefore it is too small. If it doesn’t turn: it doesn’t unfold properly, so it’s too big.

Discomfort or leaks, it’s the same problem in the end, it’s the size of your cup.

  • The cup is full!

You have the right cup size, you feel it is well positioned, but you still have leaks? The cup is probably full. All you have to do is see it when you remove your cup. We recommend changing your cup every 6 hours. If your cup is full before the recommended 6 hours, you may need to change your cup size. Our largest size is size 3 for very heavy flows. To find out if you have a very abundant flow, don’t hesitate to read our article here.

How do I clean my cup?

Cleaning the menstrual cup with water is not enough. In order to remove all traces of blood, the following must be done a mechanical action and therefore rub the menstrual cup with a gentle cleanser. Silicone is a porous material.This means that by using an unsuitable cleanser, the components present in your cleanser (dyes, perfumes, endocrine disruptors…) can leave residues on the surface of your menstrual cup and then remain in prolonged contact with your vaginal mucosa.

This is why we have created the Clarigynaintimate shower gel (available soon) which respects your vaginal flora but which can also clean the menstrual cup. There is no alcohol, perfume, dye or parabens, our formula is as neutral as possible.

How do you clean your menstrual cup when you don’t have a water point available?

Cleaning your cup awayfrom home could sometimes be complicated. So we thought of the DuoPack.
As a reminder, we recommend cleaning and disinfecting the cup before each insertion. So how do you clean your cup with soap and water if you don’t have a washbasin? And above all, how do you disinfect your cup when you’re at the office and you don’t have a microwave at your fingertips?!

The solution may seem a little too easy to you but we haven’t found a better one; it’s best to have two of them.

The Claricup is supplied with its transport and disinfection box, this small and discreet black box. The idea of the Duopack is therefore to have two menstrual cups and two boxes. Ainsi, vous partez le matin avec votre deuxième tasse propre dans sa boîte et après 6 heures d’utilisation, vous pouvez échanger vos tasses avec facilité. You clean everything up when you arrive home, once you are at ease with your washbasin and microwave.

How often should I disinfect my cup?

Every time you use it. Before each insertion, it is important to disinfect your cup to remove any bacteria.

Can I cut the stem of my cup?

If the stem of your cup bothers you, you can cut it off. If it doesn’t bother you and you feel comfortable, you don’t need to cut it.
If necessary, remember to remove your cup and then cut the stem on a flat surface with a clean pair of scissors.

Can I play sports with my menstrual cup?

Of course! You can swim, dance, do yoga, run, in short you can do whatever you want!

Can I urinate with my cup?

Absolutely. It is not the same orifice, so you can go to the toilet when you need to, without having to remove your menstrual cup.

Pouvez-vous utiliser une coupe menstruelle lorsque vous êtes vierge ?

There is no contraindication to wearing the menstrual cup when you are a virgin.

However, the menstrual cup may seem imposing for a first insertion into the vagina.

For this reason, we have created a smaller menstrual cup, the Mini Claricup, which allows for easier insertion and use. If you have any questions about the use of the Claricup cup, please do not hesitate to read our article here.

The most important thing :

  • First of all, you have to feel comfortable with your body because to insert and remove a menstrual cup, you have to put your fingers in your vagina. It is important to know all parts of your body well. Don’t hesitate to learn about your anatomy, familiarise yourself with your vagina and explore it. He deserves it.

What about the hymen in all this?

When we talk about virginity, we talk a lot about hymen. But from an anatomical point of view, what exactly is the hymen?

At birth, the lower opening of the vagina is partly closed by a thin membrane, this is the hymen.

At puberty, the hymen becomes elastic and gradually widens. It is therefore possible to widen it enough to fit a menstrual cup.

  • Cup and Hymen, the risk: there can be a tear in the hymen when inserting a menstrual cup (as can happen when using a menstrual tampon, or when practising certain sports such as cycling, yoga, or following a bad fall), so if it is important for you to keep your hymen intact, it is best to wait before using a menstrual cup.

There, now you know more about it. If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can contact us via our website or on our social networks.

Discomfort with the menstrual cup: size, infection, positioning?

You’re a fan of themenstrual cup, you’ve finally passed the milestone! But sometimes you feel some discomfort when you wear it? The advantage of the menstrual cup is that it doesn’t leak and is very comfortable, so much so that you almost forget it! Feeling discomfort is therefore not normal, you should not feel your Claricup. Don’t give up, a few small changes and everything should fall into place.

Positioning

The first thing to check if you feel any discomfort with your menstrual cup is its positioning.

Afterfolding and inserting your menstrual cup, check its correct positioning.

As a reminder, the menstrual cup is worn low, just at the entrance to the vagina, no further than an inserted phalanx. It is not worn as high as a tampon.

Once you have this in mind, you will be able to check with a few simple gestures that your menstrual cup is in place and that the suction cup effect has been achieved.

  1. Run a finger around the Claricup menstrual cup to check that it is wide open in your vagina. If you notice that the menstrual cup is not open, it does not have room to unfold, so it is too big. Don’t hesitate to consult our sizing guideto help you.
  2. Pinch the base of the Claricup menstrual cup to rotate it into your vagina. This will help the cup to position itself well and unfold if it hasn’t already done so!

Stem

If, in spite of this, you still experience discomfort, it is possible that the problem lies with the stem. Our vaginas are all different, depending on the tone of the perineum, the cup will not be positioned in the same place for everyone, for some it will tend to rise and for others to remain low.

If you feel a small burn at the entrance of your vagina, if you fall on the stem of your cup, it’s really the stem that is bothering you!

If the stem of your cup protrudes from your lips, this can also be uncomfortable.

In this case, remember to remove your cup and then cut the stem on a flat surface with a clean pair of scissors.

If the discomfort persists, do not hesitate to contact us via our site or our social networks. Please be aware that if the discomfort comes from a wrong choice of size, we will send you back a cup free of charge!
This discomfort may also be due to a small inflammation or vaginal infection. You can also talk to your healthcare professional who will be able to help you.

Menstrual cup and odour

Have you been using the menstrual cupfor some time and have you noticed a bad smell on your cup, despite the daily cleaning you give it? We agree this is not the most pleasant thing. We go around the subject so that you don’t have to wonder whether that fishy smell is normal or not!

Menstrual cup and smell, is this normal?

No, it is not normal to smell a bad smell on your menstrual cup.

Your menstrual blood may have a peculiar metal smell, but in this case, don’t panic, it’s normal because the blood contains a lot of iron.

On the other hand, if you smell a fishy smell directly on your cup, it is not normal.

But… doesn’t that kind of smell mean anything to you? These are smells that you may have already smelled if you have had avaginal infectionor too much and foul-smelling vaginal discharge. So you make the connection?

Where can this smell come from?

A vaginal infection

Indeed, most of our clients who observed a bad smell with their cup had unknowingly had a vaginal infection.

If you have been using Claripharm for some time, you know that we recommend that you clean and disinfect your cup before each use. However, if a germ, yeast or parasite has settled in your vagina and therefore on your cup, this cleaning + disinfection step will not be enough.

The cleaning will remove traces of blood from the menstrual cup and the disinfection will eliminate bacteria.
But the smell (the scent molecules produced by the micro-organism causing the infection) can stay on your menstrual cup and also in your vagina if you don’t treat the infection.

This is why we recommend that you change your menstrual cup if you have a vaginal infection and that you do not use a cup if you have a vaginal infection.

Cleaning a little too quickly

Cleaning + disinfection is the essential step, as you can see. Think of it as a real routine when you use your cup.

If this step is not carried out correctly, residue or bacteria will stick to your cup and cause a potential odour.

In addition, remember to let your cup dry thoroughly after disinfection. If you put your cup back in its transport box when it is not completely dry, a “musty” odour may occur. All the more so as your cup is then stored there for 3 to 4 weeks, while waiting for your next period to return.

The choice of cleanser for your menstrual cup is important.

As silicone is a porous material, not just any detergent can be used. Cleaners with perfume or alcohol are not recommended as they leave traces on the surface of the cup. However, the cup must be pure and free of any trace of ingredients that could disturb the mucous membrane and vaginal flora and, by domino effect, cause a bad smell.

This is why we recommend cleaning your menstrual cup with an intimate shower gel formulated without perfume, dyes, alcohol or parabens to leave as little residue as possible on the menstrual cup.

How to get rid of this unpleasant smell?

At the risk of disappointing you, we do not yet have a miracle recipe to get rid of this smell.

If it does not disappear after a cleaning and disinfection cycle, the best thing to do is to change your menstrual cup.

What not to do

We were able to observe practices that are not validated. So as a reminder, don’t :

  • Use white vinegar
  • Using Betadine
  • Use Sanytol
  • Use disinfectant tablets such as Milton.
  • Various oils
  • Baking soda is also not validated by our tests, so we do not recommend it.

Honestly, how would you like to have these products in your vagina? Because that would be the case. Once again, silicone is a porous material, it retains everything!

Now you know where that bad smell on your menstrual cup can come from. The most common cause is still vaginal infection. As a reminder, we do not always recognize or feel the effects of an infection, so be sure to seek the advice of your healthcare professional.

Menstrual cup and leaks, what to do?

Oops, you have leaks? Don’t panic, the solution is not far away. Note that it is normal to observe leaks during the first few uses. It usually takes 1 to 2 cycles to become familiar with the use of the menstrual cup.

However, there are a number of causes that can cause leakage, such as a poor positioning of your menstrual cup or the wrong cup size.

Positioning and insertion of the menstrual cup

First of all, you have to relax. If you stress, the muscles of your perineum will contract, and then insertion will be more difficult, which can cause the cup to be badly positioned and therefore leak!

Good bending is important and prevents possible leaks. If your Claricup menstrual cup is not folded correctly, the insertion and unfolding of the cup will not go well. There are several bending methods, each with its own preference. For more information on how to fold the cup, click here.

The menstrual cup is worn low, just at the entrance to the vagina, no further than an inserted phalanx. It is not worn as high as a tampon.
This is because if the cup is placed too high in your vagina, the suction effect with the vaginal walls will not take place and you may find… leaks.

To check its correct positioning, you can grab the base of the menstrual cup and rotate it on itself. If it turns, it is well placed and unfolded. Alternatively, you can move it up and down or left and right, still holding the base of the cup, to unfold it.

Then you can run a finger along the cup and pull it up to the neck of the cup to check that the menstrual cup is properly deployed.

Menstrual cup size

A leak is created because the sealing effect is not achieved.

Either because the cup is too small and does not adhere to the vaginal walls, or because it is too big and does not unfold well.

How do you know whether to go up or down?

It’s very easy : once you have inserted your menstrual cup, grasp the base and try to rotate the Claricup on itself. If it rotates and you still have leaks: it is unfolded and therefore it is too small. If it doesn’t turn despite all your efforts: it doesn’t unfold properly, it’s too big.

More advice on how to choose your Claricup size here.

The cup is full

You have the right cup size, you think it is well positioned, but you still have leaks? The cup is probably full. All you have to do is see it when you remove your cup. We recommend changing your cup every 6 hours. If your cup is full before the recommended 6 hours, you may need to change your cup size. Our largest size is size 3 for very heavy flows. To find out if you have a very abundant flow, don’t hesitate to read our article here.

In short, if you have leaks with your menstrual cup :

  • Check the correct positioning of your cup
  • If the cup is well positioned and you notice leaks, then it is probably the wrong size. Then go back to our “Menstrual cup size” paragraph to find out which size you need.
  • The cup may be full, take the size above.

Don’t be discouraged, once the first cycles are over, you’ll get the hang of it and become the queen of the cup!

Do you have further questions about the daily use of your menstrual cup? Write on social networks or by email to: contact@claripharm.fr

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Menstrual cup : hygiene and cleaning

To wear your menstrual cup safely, cleaning is a more than essential step! Here we show you all the tips to have a 100% clean cup.

Do you know the Claribox?

The Claricup box is supplied with each Claricup menstrual cup. Why ? Because it is very useful for disinfectionbut also for transporting the menstrual cup. Moreover, almost 70% of you use the Claricup box(user survey December 2018).

In the past, you may have been in the habit of disinfecting your menstrual cup in a pan. However, we have to admit to ourselves that this is not the most discreet thing. We’ve all heard stories of girlfriends who find themselves having a fight with their partner because it’s not cool to see, and then “What? Then we use this pan to make food ?? ». In short, you have understood that it is not always practical in everyday life.

And then, how do you empty your menstrual cup in the middle of the day? We don’t necessarily have a washbasin in every toilet that would allow us to clean our cup and then put it back. We don’t necessarily have a washbasin in every toilet that would allow us to clean our cup and then put it back. (yes, we know it’s restrictive, but it’s for your own good). Cleaning your cup with a piece of toilet paper or just rinsing it out with whatever is at hand is not very hygienic.

How do you do it then?

That’s why we like our Claricup box, it’s practical for disinfection, discreet and allows you to keep your cup in a safe place, which makes our cleaning routinemore hygienic.

Microwave disinfection of the menstrual cup

After cleaning your cup, all you have to do is :

  • Place your menstrual cup in its box.
  • Fill the Claricup box with water
  • Place everything in your microwave, lid open, 5 min at 750 Watts.
  • Wait for it to cool a little before handling it.

Your cup is now disinfected, so you can use it again with complete peace of mind.
If you wish to disinfect your menstrual cup in a pan, it’s possible! We have also validated the disinfection of the cup in this way. To do this, immerse the Claricup menstrual cup in a pot of boiling water for 7 minutes. Everyone is free to choose their own method of disinfection.

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Questions / Answers about disinfecting your menstrual cup in the microwave

Are we talking about disinfection or sterilisation?

To talk about sterilisation, the atmosphere and environment in which you are in must be sterile, which is not possible at home.

Thanks to tests carried out by an external laboratory approved by the Ministry of Research, we have validated that the microwave (5 min. at 750 Watts) and boiling water (7 minutes) have an eliminating action on several bacterial species, so we can talk about disinfection.

Why disinfect at 750 Watts for 5 minutes?

At Claripharm, we manage our products, including the Claricup menstrual cup, exactly like Medical Devices, which means that everything we write is validated by tests carried out by an external laboratory. This means that we have carried out tests proving that disinfection is effective in microwaves with a precise power and time, and in boiling water in a pan for 7 minutes.

We recommend that you clean, disinfect or change your Claricup every 6 hours to avoid any risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome. Staphylococcus aureus (the bacterium that causes TSS), in the worst case, can produce the toxin that causes TSS after 6 hours in your body. We therefore recommend that you clean and disinfect your Claricup every 6 hours, to stop the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and not reintroduce bacteria that can cause SCT.

Remember to wash your hands before handling the Claricup to avoid bringing in extra bacteria.

What if my microwave is more powerful and doesn’t offer me the possibility to choose 750 Watts?

As previously mentioned, we have carried out our microwave disinfection tests which validate disinfection at 750W. Disinfection at a higher power will only be better. However, we cannot guarantee that the life of the cup will last up to 5 years of use.

Carrying your menstrual cup with the Claricup box

The majority of users have only one cup. With a cup this would mean that you would have to find a place with a washbasin to be able to quickly clean your cup after 6 hours of wearing it… AND disinfect it. Not easy… In addition, how do you clean your cup? With water? With toilet paper? No this is not hygienic. How to disinfect it? Almost impossible.

This is where the DuoPackand its two Claricup boxes become interesting. Thus, you leave in the morning with your second clean cup in its box and after 6 hours of use, you can interchanging your cups with ease. You clean everything up when you arrive home, once you are at ease with your washbasin and microwave. For the sake of discretion, we did not choose a transport and disinfection box in every colour! The Claricup box is sober, neutral, black in colour. Who would ever suspect that you are walking around with your used cup inside?

Why have 2 menstrual cups?

Most of us use the menstrual cupbecause it is reusable and therefore very practical. While keeping the practical dimension (and ecological and economical!), we recommend to have 2 menstrual cupsfor more hygiene .

You start the day wearing a cup. You keep a clean cup in its box that you take with you for the day, and after 6 o’clock you can exchange it with the one you were wearing.

As you may already know, we have carried out our own test on the wearingtime of the menstrual cup. As a precautionary measure and for your health, we recommend a maximum wearing time of 6 hours.

Hygiene measures to be respected

6 hours ? You are going to tell us that it is not very practical to change it. Especially when you’re on the move, at work, or simply away from home. And we know this, because yes at Claripharm we are the first users of our products.

Remember, the cup is reusable, but in order to reuse it it is necessary to maintain it with good hygiene measures. Cleaning with water is not enough to clean your cup, a cleaning routine is necessary (cleaning + disinfection before each use).

Cleaning and disinfection every time? You’re going to tell us, but they really don’t give a damn about us… Already it’s a pain to change your cup every 6 hours, and on top of that you have to disinfect it too?

This is where the DuoPack becomes interesting. Thanks to your 2 cups, you can easily spend a 12-hour day by interchanging them during the day. Once you have arrived in a suitable place, for example on your way home in the evening, you can clean and disinfect your 2 cups.

For the sake of discretion, we did not choose a transport and disinfection box in every colour! The Claricup box is sober, neutral, black in colour. Who would ever suspect that you are walking around with your used cup inside? And then to transport it, it’s much easier in this box than in a textile bag.

The majority of users have only one cup. With a cup this would mean that you would have to find a place with a washbasin to be able to quickly clean your cup after 6 hours of wearing it… AND disinfect it. Not easy… In addition, how do you clean your cup? With water? With toilet paper? No this is not hygienic. How to disinfect it? Almost impossible.

Why 6 hours?

After 6 hours, nasty bacteria can develop in your vagina and lead to infections or even Toxic Shock Syndrome. The risk is rare, but it is present. As a result, we have carried out our test which today allows us to guarantee you a totally safe wearing time of 6 hours. If you would like to know more about Toxic Shock Syndrome, please click here.

Your health comes first

As we know that it is important for our health to have these 2 menstrual cuts, we offer the DuoPack at a preferential rate. The DuoPack is priced at 36€, while the single cup is priced at 26€!

And there you have it, you now know how to simplify your life, at least your periods.

After how long do I have to empty my menstrual cup?

The menstrual cup is a “new” product, which has been in the news a lot lately. In fact, it is not such a new product since the menstrual cup was created in the 1930s by Leona Chalmers.

Claripharm, which has been developing menstrual cups for 5 years, tests and analyses its products and has scientific data to guarantee the quality of the product and the best way to use it. Claripharm carries out all its tests in a laboratory approved by the Ministry of Research. Since 1930, the menstrual cup has evolved, but it remains an unregulated product in Europe. Today we have bibliographical data but no tests have been carried out on the product itself.

Our posture: scientific rigour for guaranteed safety and comfort!

As such, we have obtained ISO13485 certification, an international standard that regulates the quality management of Medical Devices. This status implies quality requirements from the design to your handling. But this status also allows the product and any information about the product to evolve according to known scientific data. At Claripharm we consider that a menstrual cup deserves the status of a Medical Device because it is inserted into our body every month for 5 days for 30 years and remains in prolonged contact with the vaginal mucous membranes. It is important to know that in France and in Europe, the menstrual cup is a hygiene product for everyday consumption, i.e. as regulated as a pen!

Why this test?

In the context of the constant questioning on the development of Toxic Shock Syndrome, it seems to us indispensable to evaluate the risks of use.
This is why we decided to carry out our own test on the Claricup.

With a view to improving the product and in view of developments in scientific data, we carried out a test on the Claricupin September 2017 to determine its wearing time.

The risk of developing a SCT is very rare, but for this small percentage of existing risk, we owe it to you to give you a clear answer on wearing time.

How was this wearing time determined on the Claricup menstrual cup?

Claripharm carried out this test in an external laboratory approved by the Ministry of Research.

This test consisted of measuring the growth of Staphylococcus aureus in the presence or absence of the Claricup menstrual cup, every hour for 12 hours.

Always with the precautionary principle in mind and with the aim of providing you with a healthy product, we have placed ourselves in the worst case scenario. We carried out this test under conditions of use most favourable to the development of staphylococcus aureus.

  • We have chosen a culture medium that is even more favourable to the development of Staphylococcus aureus than menstrual fluid.
  • The concentration of staphylococcus aureus was already high at the beginning of the test: it is as if you started the test with an already contaminated / poorly cleaned menstrual cup.

We added the culture medium in vials; vials containing a menstrual cup and empty vials. Then we measured how staphylococcus aureus develops, every hour for 12 hours at 37°C.

Staphylococcus aureus begins to produce the toxin responsible for Toxic Shock Syndrome as soon as its growth reaches a plateau. This allows us to define a maximum wearing time of 6 hours.

There is no difference in the development of Staphylococcus aureus, whether there is a Claricup or not. Claricup does not promote Toxic Shock Syndrome.

What we recommend for you :

Based on these scientific results, Claripharm recommends a wearing time of 6 hours.
By following simple and easy hygiene rules (wash your hands before handling the cup & clean the cup before each insertion), you further reduce the risk of contaminating your cup and thus developing TSS.

The safety of our products is at the centre of our concerns & we are already working on solutions to make your life easier, but that’s not all… to be followed in the next news !

Do you have further questions about the daily use of your menstrual cup? Write on social networks or by email to: contact@claripharm.fr

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Women in Economy Trophy

Press release: Women in Economy Trophy

On 05 December 2016,

National Final of the “Women of the Economy” Trophy Territories

This Friday 2nd December, we had the honour of participating in the 4th National Territorial Final of the 2016 “Women of the Economy” Awards.

After winning the Grand Ouest prize for the Promising Woman Entrepreneur last September, Clarisse Le Court, head of the Claripharm company, was elected Gold Laureate Promising Woman Entrepreneur on Friday 2 December at the Hotel Potocki, at the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

For Clarisse, this trophy goes to the entire Claripharm team. The company’s values are “communication, transparency, Startup spirit, “No Limit” in innovation, quality and regulation, Pleasure”.

Claripharm would like to thank the organisers of this national final, which was an exceptional event that brought together the gold winners from 7 major territories.. This final ceremony closes the 2016 year of the “Women of the Economy”. A year rich in the revelation of female talent, with a total of 124 women rewarded for their exemplary professional careers. Congratulations to all the winners of the evening.

We would also like to thank the Réseau Entreprendre, for having supported us throughout 2016, as well as Chantal Jolivet, thanks to whom we have embarked on the adventure of Women in the Economy.

This trophy means a great deal to a company that wants to be innovative and aims at the well-being of women. The aim of the company is to develop and offer regulated and quality products always with a view to innovation as well as development, research and international expansion.

As Clarisse says, “The network is essential in entrepreneurship, and Women in Business is also a network of women! ».

Trophée des femmes de l’économie, lauréat Claripharm entreprise prometteuse.

Clarisse Le Court has just been named Gold Laureate of Promising Business Leaders at the 2016 Women in Business Awards.

All about endometriosis

Endometriosisis a chronic disease that affects nearly 10% of women in France. We discuss this in more detail in this article (click here).
The symptoms of the disease are numerous, but above all, contrary to what one might think, their intensity is not indicative of the seriousness of the lesions. Indeed, superficial endometriosis can be very painful and deep endometriosis sometimes goes unnoticed.

Endometriosis, a disease that is still too poorly diagnosed

Endometriosisaffects nearly 10% of women in France according to social security figures. This gynaecological and chronic disease can be extremely disabling. To date, there are different therapeutic solutions available depending on the stage of the disease, hence the importance of making a rapid diagnosis.

What is endometriosis ?

In endometriosis, you may hear the term “endometrium”. The endometrium is the tissue that covers the inner lining of the uterus and thickens at the beginning of each menstrual cycle. The endometrium is evacuated each month through the vagina when no embryo is implanted: this is the menstrual period. (See the article The First Periods)

In almost all women, we can observe what is known as retrograde menstruation: instead of flowing through the vagina, the menstrual period goes up through the fallopian tubes and into the abdominal cavity. For 90% of women, it is eliminated each month without any problem. In the remaining 10%, the endometrium remains fixed, without knowing why. This is endometriosis.

This uterine tissue can attach itself to the ovaries, but also to the fallopian tubes, to the ligaments that support the uterus, the rectum, the vagina…or, more rarely, in the intestine, the colon or the bladder.
Every month, at the time of menstruation, it acts exactly like the uterine endometrium: it bleeds, causing an inflammatory reaction on the affected organs and leaving scars with each menstrual cycle.

Several hypotheses (genetics, heredity, environment…) have been put forward to explain the causes of endometriosis, but today we still do not know exactly why some women suffer from it and not others.

What are the symptoms?

There are endometrioses without any particular symptoms, but in most cases endometriosis is detected as a result of dysmenorrhoea, the very strong pain in the pelvis that accompanies menstruation, the intensity of which can even become incapacitating for the woman suffering from it.
As endometriosis can affect different organs, the symptoms can also be very different.

The main ones, apart from dysmenorrhoea, are :

  • pain during sexual intercourse
  • urinary disorders
  • chronic fatigue
  • difficulty in intestinal transit (constipation or diarrhoea)

It should be noted that these symptoms can appear independently of each other.
Finally, one last symptom, otherwise painful: infertility. For women affected on the ovaries and fallopian tubes, there is indeed a risk to fertility. In fact, women sometimes discover that they have endometriosis when they come to see us because they find it difficult to get pregnant.

When is it necessary to consult? How is a diagnosis made?

Even today, it still takes an average of 7 years on average to diagnose the disease, which is a lot…
Do not hesitate to consult a general practitioner or a gynaecologist if you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, especially violent pain during menstruation or during sexual intercourse.
The latter will then prescribe several examinations (ultrasound, MRI, hysterography…) in order to make a diagnosis. The reference examination remains laparoscopy (this is a surgical examination) which allows lesions to be identified and tissue samples to be taken for analysis.

What are the existing solutions?

It is not possible to “cure” endometriosis, but with good management it is now possible to fight the pain and slow down the evolution of the disease.
Hormonal or surgical treatment may be considered, following the advice of a health professional.
Endometriosis is a disease that can be very difficult to live with, either physically or psychologically. Many associations exist, offering advice, listening and support. Don’t hesitate to contact them.

Source : EndoFrance

Symptoms of endometriosis

There are endometrioses without any particular symptoms, but in most cases endometriosis is detected as a result of dysmenorrhoea, the very strong pain in the pelvis that accompanies menstruation, the intensity of which can even become incapacitating for the woman suffering from it.
As endometriosis can affect different organs, the symptoms can also be very different.

Pain

In most cases, endometriosis is detected as a result of dysmenorrhoea, a very strong pain in the lower abdomen but also in the lower back during menstruation. In most cases, endometriosis is detected as a result of dysmenorrhoea, a very strong pain in the lower abdomen but also in the lower back during menstruation.

Painful periods that prevent you from living your day normally, or that resist taking an analgesic may be symptoms of endometriosis. If the pain becomes disabling, talk to your health care professional.

Abnormal bleeding

Endometriosis also causes heavier and longer periods with periods that can last more than 7 days. As a reminder, on average menstruation lasts between two and seven days, but this is just an average, each one of us is different.

The presence of blood clots over time can also be a symptom.

Infertility

Infertility is often associated with the disease, but not all women with endometriosis are affected, 30 to 40% face infertility.

Digestive disorders

Digestive disorders associated with endometriosis include :

  • Alternating diarrhoea/constipation at the time of menstruation
  • Pain when going to the toilet
  • The presence of blood in the stool
  • Abdominal bloating, stool and gas stops.

This is known as digestive endometriosis. This is when endometriosis develops in the intestines, colon and rectum.

Urinary disorders

Women often talk about symptoms reminiscent of a urinary tract infection such as difficulty emptying the bladder, a frequent urge to urinate or sometimes the presence of blood in the urine.

Bladder endometriosis occurs when endometriosis develops in the bladder.

Chronic fatigue

Fatigue, irritability or depression, usually due to the fact that the pain is chronic.

Dyspareunie

These are deep pains during sexual intercourse. There are two types of dyspareunia in women:

  • superficial dyspareunia, when pain occurs near or at the opening of the vagina
  • deep dyspareunia, in case of pelvic pain, i.e. pain felt in the pelvic area, including the lower abdomen and genital area.

Deep dyspareunia can be a symptom of endometriosis.

Severe pain during menstruation or infertility often underlie the symptoms that lead to a visit to the doctor or gynaecologist and which are followed by a diagnosis of endometriosis or not.

If you have the slightest doubt, do not hesitate to contact your GP, your gynaecologist or the EndoFranceassociation, representatives are available in your regions.

Avez-vous d’autres questions concernant l’utilisation quotidienne de votre coupe menstruelle ? Write on social networks or by email to: contact@claripharm.fr

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CLARINEWS for the Claricare™

Today, we are helping you to adopt Claricare, our patented medical device.

Article on the Claricare protective shell

Focus on the Claricare intimate protection shell.

Writing of an article on Claricare by the magazine Porphyre.

We would like to thank the magazine Porphyre, which appears in the Moniteur des Pharmacies, for the beautiful article on our innovation created in 2014.

Click here to view it.

Focus on Claricare :

What is it?

Claricare is the first protective shell for intimate areas. It is a bio-compatible medical silicone medical device. It is adapted to all female morphologies. It avoids friction between the scar and the underwear and also allows a stable sitting position.

The protective shell is supplied with its transport box.

Why should I use it?

Claricare relieves discomfort to intimate parts related to vaginal, perineal or anal wounds and sutures. It is used to relieve pain following a painful childbirth, episiotomy, haemorrhoids or intimate cosmetic surgery.

“J’ai pu m’occuper de ma fille aînée et de mon bébé.”

Interview about Claricare, protective shell for intimate parts

February 2014, Emeline 30 years old (Paris) gives birth to her 2nd child. This childbirth proved to be more difficult than the first one. She underwent an episiotomy, a tear down to the anus and vaginal oedema. Emeline suffered from severe pain in her private parts for a month. On the advice of a friend, she tested Claricare™. She tells us about her experience…

How did you find out about Claricare™?

A friend of mine gave me Claricare™. I confess that I was a bit sceptical when I opened the box. She explained to me that this soft shell protects stitches and sores on the private parts by keeping them away from the chair and the hygienic protection. As I couldn’t sit down anymore, I had nothing to lose so I tried it.

Why did you need to wear Claricare™?

Back home I had to take care of both my baby and my 3 year old daughter. As she was feeling a bit neglected with the arrival of her little brother, it seemed to me essential to spend some time with her, face to face, and to give her some reassurance.

The ideal moment was the meal: I absolutely had to sit down at the table with her to give her food “as before”. But because of the scar and the swelling, I couldn’t even sit properly on a sofa, and it was absolutely impossible to sit on a chair as it was so painful!

How was Claricare™ useful to you?

Thanks to Claricare™: I was able to take care of my eldest daughter and my baby; the simple gestures of everyday life became easy again. I could be at the table with my daughter for as long as I needed. That’s at least 1 hour, the time for her to eat and tell me about her day.

Once my daughter went to bed, I could still sit at the table without any problem, to have dinner with my husband. Which was much more pleasant, than eating lying on the sofa.

I also used Claricare™ to breastfeed my son because wearing it allowed me to have a straight back.

So Claricare™ allowed me to sit on a chair, an armchair, a car seat…And also to get out of my house and walk without the pain of rubbing the hygienic protection on the scars. I was able to take my daughter to school, run errands and live a normal life, in fact!

I also think that Claricare™ has allowed better aeration of my scar, and therefore faster healing.

And how did you wear it?

If I can give a piece of advice, the first time you use Claricare™: don’t hesitate to wear it as far forward as possible and move it several times, to test and get the most comfortable position possible.

Otherwise, to keep it in place, I wore it with a boxer shorts or a boxer shorts. And so that no one could see it through my clothes, I wore dresses with tights, or my early pregnancy jeans with a long jumper: total discretion assured! Even my husband and my friends couldn’t help it!

Do you think that you too could recommend Claricare™ to a friend?

Yes, I am totally convinced of its benefits! In fact, I would have liked to have had it from my first delivery to relieve the pain associated with scratches and haemorrhoids…

What message would you like to convey to other women who are about to give birth?

I would like to tell women who suffer from pain in their private parts that from now on there is a solution to relieve them, whether the scarring lasts a week, a month or more…Today with Claricare™: women who undergo an episiotomy, a tear, haemorrhoids or scratches can sit without pain and no longer suffer from the rubbing of the sanitary napkin on their scar. It would be a shame not to take advantage of it!

We would like to thank Emeline for answering our questions and sharing her experience.

Claricare™ : Innovative and patented medical device!

ClariPharm™ will co-host the workshop “Protecting my industrial property”at the Open de l’International des entreprises bretonnes, organised by the BCI on 7 July 2014 in Brest.

To access the programme for Brittany International Trade Day, click here.

ClariPharm™ has been invited by the BCI to testify and share its experience in the context of the filing of a patent for Claricare™: the 1st flexible shell for the protection of wounds and stitches on intimateparts used in the indications of :
– tearing and/or episiotomy after childbirth
– vulvar and anal scratches after childbirth
– hemorrhoids
– haematomas to the private parts after childbirth
– coccyx dislocation
– perineal, vulval and anal condylomata
– bartholinite
– intimate cosmetic surgery (nymphoplasty, labiaplasty…)
– anal margin abscess
– low track prolapse
– Rectal prolapse
– anal fissures
– amputation of the rectum

More information about Claricare here.

Claricare™ : a promising innovation

After a difficult childbirth, Clarisse Le Court imagines a device and care to relieve intimate scars.

…headlines in the Journal Des Entreprises on its April front page! To discover the article: click here

If the link does not work, you will find the content of this article below :

After a difficult childbirth, Clarisse Le Court imagines a device and care to relieve intimate scars. From there the company Claripharm was born.

The creators

Originally from Côtes d’Armor and Ille-et-Vilaine, Clarisse Le Court, 38, and Loïc Giquel, 59, worked together in medical devices at THT Bio-Science. She was a sales representative and key account manager for 15 years and he was managing director of the company for 12 years. In 2012, Clarisse asked Loïc to become her partner. Based in the Côtes d’Armor, they created Claripharm in March 2013 and are developing their manufacturing activity in Saint-Alban. Since last March, they have been marketing their products.

The status

The partners have chosen to create an SAS. They hold 70% of the capital, which they divide equally between them. They successfully raised €386,950 from 29 investors. The company has two other employees.

The project

Claripharm sells intimate protection shells for women who suffer from tears and scars related to childbirth or intimate surgery. A range of intimate care products is also sold in kit form. The products are available online, in specialist shops or in pharmacies and parapharmacies. The project was born following the birth of Clarisse Le Court in 2012. She imagined a protective shell and care to relieve intimate scars. The partners called on the company Sterne in Cavaillon (84) to make moulds. The hull was patented in February 2013. Development cost: 200,000 euros.

Assets

“The hull is an innovation. It was because there was nothing on the market that I decided to create the intimate protection shell,” recalls Clarisse Le Court. The managers also have significant experience in the field of medical devices.

The outlook

In France, each year, about 400,000 mothers are affected by tears or episiotomy. These are all potential buyers. The market is also opening up internationally. The patent was filed in this sense. Finally, the company benefits from a network of prescribers in the medical field. It forecasts a turnover of €100,000 in 2014.

(Saint-Alban) 02 96 93 37 89

Article written by Marie-Anne Le Berre

Claricare™: article on enceinte.com

Claricare is featured on www.enceinte.com. This soft shell is useful after childbirth. You can find the article here.
Article to discover on: http://www.enceinte.com/blog/grossesse/claricare-une-coque-souple-de-pro…

Claripharm disponible au Royaume-Uni sur stressnomore.co.uk

Claripharm arrives in England and offers its flagship product, Claricare, for sale in our neighbouring countries. The company is expanding!
http://www.stressnomore.co.uk/claripharm-claricare-11670.html

Claripharm travaille pour le soulagement des douleurs post-partum.

The two founders of Claripharm have developed Claricare, an innovative device to relieve post-partum pain.

 

To read the article from Bretagne Innovation: click here

If the link does not work, you will find the content of this article below :

Innovative project. Claripharm, created in 2013 in Saint-Alban (Côtes-d’Armor), now has four employees including its two founders, Clarisse Le Court and Loïc Giquel. The two partners have developed Claricare, an innovative device specifically designed to relieve some of the frequent post-childbirth pains.

The two entrepreneurs have worked side by side for almost fifteen years at THT Bio-Science. Loïc Giquel was then manager and Clarisse Le Court commerciale then key account manager. After experiencing a difficult childbirth, she invented a specific device for women suffering from the aftermath of tears.

Claripharm now markets a protective shell as well as intimate care, specifically designed for young mothers.It was because there was nothing on the market that I decided to create the intimate protection shell,” explains Clarisse Le Court. In France, 400,000 women are affected each year.

Claripharm, which also intends to expand internationally, has just filed a patent to protect its innovation. The company expects to generate a turnover of 100,000 euros this year.

Article written by Paul-François Jullien

ClariPharm™ A revolutionary concept

Le Télégramme has published an article on Claricare™: the 1st flexible shell for the protection of wounds and sutures to the intimate parts.

To read the article: click here

If the link no longer works, you will find the contents of this article below :

How can we offer more intimate comfort to women after childbirth? How can we make them feel better, especially after an episiotomy? These are the questions Clarisse Le Court, founder of Claripharm and resident of Pléneuf, asked herself following the birth of her first child.

A silicone shell

Questions to which she finally found answers following medical and technical research work carried out in partnership with her colleague Loïc Giquel, now president of the Claripharm company, a laboratory created a year ago in the Saint-Alban craft zone.

With the help of another employee, Clarisse Le Court and Loïc Giquel market, among others, the Claricare product, a medical silicone shell designed to provide more comfort to women following childbirth.

We have been working on this product for more than a year, designing prototypes of different qualities over time,” confide the two entrepreneurs.

Prototypes that have been tested, as and when they were conceived, with the support of medical teams of gynaecologists, obstetricians and midwives“, add Clarisse and Loïc.

“An important medical vacuum”.

The two professionals ended up defining a product made in the South of France and marketed for a few weeks on the internet.

The research and development carried out around this concept has filled an important medical void“, the two entrepreneurs would like to underline.

We were astonished by this emptiness when we told the medical world about our project,” add the two Clariphram managers. “Tomorrow, they add, this revolutionary product, which has already been patented nationally and will soon be available internationally, will be marketed in pharmacies. “While Claricare is effective on pain related to post-delivery problems, it is also suitable for other conditions, such as haemorrhoids or gynaecological and urological surgery.

Contact

Claripharm, 9, rue des Croix-Roses, tel. 02.96.93.37.89

Article by Bernard Mével

Episiotomie, déchirure, hémorroïdes… : Claricare™ la solution

Le reportage consacré à ClariPharm et diffusé par Armor TV dans son journal télévisé du 8 avril 2014, est désormais disponible sur You Tube.

To find out: click here

If the link does not work, you will find the comments of the journalist MathildeQuémener, below :

Part 1 :

This is the flagship product of the start-up Claripharm in Saint-Alban: a protective shell for women’s private parts.An innovation imagined by this mother and refined over two years in collaboration with the medical world. It removes wounds from all rubbings and clothes. An idea born after being torn apart in childbirth.

Part 2 :

This former employee from the medical world then decided to start her own business. Other products are developed such as a fragrance-free intimate geland an antimicrobial silicone cupfor menstrual cycles. The will remains the same: to provide answers that do not exist.

Part 3 :

At the moment, the company has two employees. The hiring of one employee per region in France will begin this week. And by the end of the year, a new product will be launched: an intimate protective shell, but this time for men.Et d’ici la fin de l’année, un nouveau produit sera lancé : une coque de protection intime mais cette fois-ci pour les hommes.

With the founder, Clarisse Le Court, it is a presentation of the company ClariPharm™ and its exclusive innovation, Claricare™: Patented medical device, CE marked and Made in France.

Claricare is the first soft shell for the protection of wounds and stitches in intimate areas used in the indications of :
– tearing and/or episiotomy after childbirth
– vulvar and anal scratches after childbirth
– hemorrhoids
– haematomas to the private parts after childbirth
– coccyx dislocation
– perineal, vulval and anal condylomata
– bartholinite
– intimate cosmetic surgery (nymphoplasty, labiaplasty…)
– anal margin abscess
– low track prolapse
– Rectal prolapse
– anal fissures
– amputation of the rectum

Full Care Kit Claricare™

The care kit Claricare™ is a set of 3 products adapted to the daily care of wounds and sutures on intimate parts:

1 Claricare™

Claricare™ is the 1st soft shell for the protection of wounds and sutures to the intimate parts. It is therefore indicated following an episiotomy, a tear, haemorrhoids, labiaplasty, nymphoplasty, ect…

1 Clarigyna™: 200 ml intimate shower gel, suitable for the care of intimate areas

  • fragrance-free (extremely rare on the intimate shower gel market)
  • paraben-free
  • dye-free
  • without SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate)
  • soap-free

–> Clarigyna™ also allows cleaning Claricare™

NB: Never use petrochemicals (Vaseline), essential oils, corrosive cleaners, scented soaps or dishwashers to clean Claricare™.

See the conditions of use on the product sheet Claricare™ .

2 Claristicks: box of 20 single-dose applicators of eosin 2%.

Claristick™ is suitable for the care of superficial wounds because it is :

  • alcohol-free
  • draining
  • practical and precise

–> Claristick™ also has the advantage that you no longer need to stain your fingers with red eosin.

>> Find all the practical information on the product sheet of the care kit Claricare™and/or on the Claricare flyer by clicking here.

 

The patented revolution: Claricare™

Claricare™ represents a tremendous advance in the treatment of pain and the protection of wounds and stitches.

Claricare™: une innovation exclusive brevetée

When you have wounds and stitches in your private parts, it is painful to change from lying down to sitting. It’s painful to sit down to eat. It is painful when you are a young mother breastfeeding or sitting with your baby in your arms. It’s painful when your sanitary protection or clothing rubs your wounds and sutures on your private parts. Claricare™ was designed by the ClariPharm™ Laboratory to relieve these painful and unpleasant pains.

Advertisement Claricare™ in PAROLE DE SAGES-FEMMES magazine

The magazine “Parole de sages-femmes” published an advertisement for Claricare in the Autumn 2014 issue 10.

Discover the advertisement Claricare™ in the magazine by clicking on the link: https://cloud.acrobat.com/sentfiles/OybcRT94STiT-aO99OZVWQ

Advertisement Claricare™ in PAROLE DE SAGES-FEMMES magazine

After an episiotomy, Clarisse Le Court has devised a device to relieve women of the pain associated with childbirth.

…is the title of the Penthièvre on the front page of its 27 March 2014 edition. Pour découvrir l’article : cliquez ici

If the link does not work, you will find the content of this article below :

After an episiotomy, Clarisse Le Court imagined a device to relieve women from the pain of childbirth tears. She even set up her own company.

“It’s crazy: we are in the 20th century and the only way to relieve the pain of an episiotomy is to wait for it to heal”, plague Clarisse Le Court, after a difficult childbirth in 2012.

Protective shells

Today, his company Calripharm, created in March 2013, and located in the Lidl area in Saint-Alban, is just beginning to market his invention: feminine intimate protection shells, sold individually or in kit form with other care products. Private individuals, pharmacies and specialist shops can equip themselves.

“The purpose of these shells is to avoid the pain associated with post-partum tears and scars. The principle? Hulls keep scars and wounds, clothing and hard surfaces at bay. This avoids painful rubbing or uncomfortable sitting positions.

A baby of 4 kg

The story begins in 2012 with the arrival of a 4 kg baby. Once you get home things get complicated. “With the episiotomy, my daily life became difficult. Difficulties in sitting down, breastfeeding, getting up which spoilt the happiness of coming home”.

Hence her idea, which she submits to surgeons: a device to put wounds at a distance. Clarisse decides to launch her company. She contacts a colleague who follows her in her project. The development phase is launched. It will take 5 models of prototypes to find the right one. “It cost us two years of our time and money, but what satisfaction.

Article written by Hélène Hérault

Do you have any further questions about the daily use of Claricare? Write on social networks or by email to: contact@claripharm.fr

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Happy New Year 2018 !

The entire Claripharm Team wishes you an excellent year 2018 !
It’s a new year starting and we will celebrate our 5 years of existence !

Happy New Year 2018 !

The entire Claripharm Team wishes you an excellent year 2018 !

It’s a new year starting and we will celebrate our 5 years of existence !

5 years at your side… And in 2018 the whole TEAM Claripharm will give itself body and soul to offer you the best. New products, new tips, contests, gifts and much more…

Thank you for following us in 2017. Thank you for your feedback, be it through your feedback on our products or through your likes, shares and comments on social networks.
Our aim is to accompany you and offer you the right solution throughout the life of your vagina. And what allows us to do this is you.

Cette année a été riche en événements et l’année 2018 promet d’être encore plus belle !

During the year 2017 :

We’ve changed our look!

  • We have reinvented our visual identity and packaging. We hope you like them!
  • We have launched our new website, where you will find monthly tips and information about our products. Our site is now open to the European Union, so you can buy via Paypal and have it delivered to you at a relay point.
  • We have created new videos, these videos help you to fold and insert your menstrual cup more easily! More videos are coming in early 2018!

We innovate without limits for you!

  • We have hired two PhDs. Grâce à eux, nous pourrons innover encore plus et vous offrir des produits de haute qualité !
  • We have done tests and more tests in order to offer you healthy products and guaranteed comfort !
  • We have released a new size of Claricup, size 3. We created it because you asked us to and also because we ourselves were concerned! And yes, Claripharm is essentially a women’s team.
  • This year we have also offered you our DuoPack. Following our test on the wearing time of the Claricup, we now recommend a wearing time of 6 hours as a precautionary measure. We know that 6 hours is a little less convenient, we are the first users of our products. So in order to allow us to live our rules with peace of mind, we have created the DuoPack at a preferential rate. The DuoPack is a duo of two menstrual cups and their Claribox. The two Clariboxes allow you to change your cups more easily during the day… Every 6 hours.

We are getting closer to you!

  • We have started our collaboration with the laboratory Besins Healthcare. This collaboration allows us to offer you our products in many pharmacies in France.
  • Today we are present in more than 3,000 pharmacies.
  • We have expanded our distribution and we have broken down borders! Our products are now available in Vietnam, Switzerland and North Africa. We are present in more than 29 countries!

We always guarantee more security for you!

  • We have obtained the ISO 13485: 2003 CMDCAS certificate!
    In 2016, we obtained the ISO 13485 certificate. This ISO standard sets out the requirements for a quality management system in Europe. This certificate demonstrates our ability to provide medical devices that comply with customer and regulatory requirements applicable to medical devices and associated services.

And what is the ISO 13485: 2003 CMDCAS certificate?

This is the same certificate as the ISO 13485: 2003 certificate, except that it applies in Canada. Canadians are more demanding in terms of medical device regulations and consider menstrual cups as such. We are therefore evaluated every 6 months on all our files concerning the cup, one more guarantee for you! Because at Claripharm, we regard menstrual cups as medical devices and place the same quality requirements on them.

And so a big thank you to you!

  • We reached more than 6,770 followers on our social networks!

The year 2018 in a few words :

2018 : the year of new products!

In a few months you will discover revolutionary products for your privacy… We can’t wait for you to discover them!

Come on, a few clues?

  • Products that make your daily life easier, every month
  • Products that make it easier to clean your Claricup menstrual cup
  • Products adapted to each age and stage of the vagina’s life cycle

Tests and more tests.

The menstrual cup is a new product on the market. In spite of our 5 short years, we want to do as many tests as possible in order to guarantee you the best. Everything we say, we prove it, is important to us.

Our wish in 2018:

A regulation on the menstrual cup in France. And yes, today there are none in France and in Europe, and we consider that it is inadmissible for a product that you insert in your vagina, 5 days a month for 30 years.

We wish you a happy, healthy and loving 2018!

See you soon,

The Claripharm TEAM.

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Claripharm™ and the SNFCP

The SNFCP: French National Society of Colo-Proctology

Participation du Claripharm™ Congrès de la SNFCP

Claripharm took part in the congress on colo-proctology on 21st and 22nd November 2014 at the Maison des Arts et Métiers in Paris.

Symposium Claripharm™ on post-operative pain management with Claricare™ at the congress of the French Society of Coloproctology at the Maison de Arts et Métiers, Paris.

SNFCP Symposium: Post-Operative Pain

The Société Nationale Française de Colo-Proctologie (S.N.F.C.P.) is organising the 56th Colo-Proctology Days at the Maison des Arts et Métiers (Paris 16ème) on 21 and 22 November 2014.

On November 21st at 4:50 pm, with the support of ClariPharm™: SYMPOSIUM on post-operative pain after haemorrhoidal surgery. Moderator: B. Vinson-Bonnet (Poissy)
– Perineal innovation + impact of the surgical gesture on pain. B. Vinson-Bonnet (Poissy)
– How to prevent and relieve in practice. C. Zallot (Nancy)

For more information

–e> On the programme: click here

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Marion Séclin and Madmoizelle talk about the Claricup menstrual cup!

Discover the video of Madmoizelle where Marion Séclin gives you the good practices of use on the menstrual cup.

Marion Séclin answers your questions

In this video, Marion answers your questions about the cup.

  • Where does the cup fit? Can we urinate in his presence?
  • How is the cup inserted?
  • How long can I keep my cup safely?
  • Can we lose our cup in our vagina?
  • How do I choose the size of my menstrual cup?
  • Can you still ride a horse with a cup?
  • Once emptied, can the cup be reinserted directly?
  • After how many years do I have to change my menstrual cup?
  • Does the cup promote toxic shock, that mysterious and scary infection?
  • Is the menstrual cup a medical device?

On this occasion, we are offering you 25% discount on the whole site with the code MADZ25, until 30th November 2017!

To watch the video, it’s this way!