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General questions about Tulipon
What is the Tulipon?
The Tulipon is a new disposable menstrual product that combines the convenience of a tampon with the eco-friendliness and 12-hour wear of a menstrual cup. In addition, for the first time, it allows users to monitor and control their health from home based on biomarkers available in the vaginal cavity. Tulipon consists of two parts: the applicator and the collection cup. The applicator is used to insert and position the Tulipon in the correct location. The collection cup remains in place for up to 12 hours, after which the user pulls the extraction string like a tampon. This closes the “liquid lock” valve and collapses the structure for easy extraction from the body.
Does the Tulipon come in different sizes?
Yes, the Tulipon is available in two sizes, Tulipon Size 1 and Tulipon Size 2.
Tulipon 1 is ideal for those with medium to heavy flow and is designed to provide maximum comfort for those with both high and low cervixes. Tulipon 2 is ideal for those with heavy flow and is designed to provide enhanced comfort specifically for those with a high cervix.
What material is the Tulipon made of?
The Tulipon is made from biocompatible and environmentally friendly materials. The full list of raw materials will be released upon completion of the mass production line and prior to distribution.
How do I dispose of the Tulipon?
Tulipon is a sustainable product. The applicator is made of water-soluble materials that dissolve completely after about an hour, and the Tulipon cup is recyclable and can be placed in the recycling bin (like any other plastic packaging). In the future, we hope to make Tulipon completely flushable and biodegradable, making Tulipon an eco-friendly menstrual product.
What is the "liquid lock" and what is its purpose?
The liquid lock mechanism securely holds menstrual fluid inside the Tulipon, even after removal, giving the Tulipon the ability to provide menstrual volume measurements, allowing you to conveniently monitor your flow & your health.
What can the Tulipon measure?
One of its most notable features is the pH reading, which provides insight into your vaginal health. This can be especially helpful in identifying potential pathogens, infections or imbalances, including STIs. Another biomarker the Tulipon measures is your flow (bleeding volume) which can be an early indicator of various health conditions.
What are the dimensions of the Tulipon?
The Tulipon comes in 2 sizes:
Tulipon Size 1 Dimensions are as follows:
Open diameter – 48X37 mm
Open length – 43 mm
Closed diameter in the applicator – 18 mm
Closed length in the applicator – 57 mm
Tulipon Size 2 dimensions are as follows:
Open diameter – 44X36 mm
Open length – 45 mm
Closed diameter in the applicator – 18 mm
Closed length in the applicator – 60 mm
Is there any risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)?
TSS is a rare but serious condition that can lead to serious consequences, including death. TSS is associated with the use of absorbent materials in contact with living body tissues, such as the vaginal and nasal cavities. In fact, half of the cases associated with TSS result from the use of absorbent materials to stop nosebleeds. Polymeric vaginal devices such as the diaphragm or the Novoring and other pessaries have been known to remain in the vaginal cavity for weeks or even months without causing any problems. The Tulipon, like menstrual cups, does not contain absorbent materials, yet there are approximately three documented cases of TSS associated with the use of menstrual cups in the scientific literature. However, it is not clear from the articles whether the cup caused the TSS or whether the user injured herself while trying to manipulate the cup to open it with her fingernails. Or whether the cup was not properly washed and sterilized prior to reuse, leaving a biofilm of bacteria on the cup. Our goal is to add an antibacterial coating to the final Tulipon membrane (depending on funding constraints), in addition, the Tulipon is clean, manufactured in a clean room environment, disposable, and inserted by an applicator (no need to insert fingernails). Based on this, we do not expect any problems with TSS, although we could only say for sure after conducting an extended validation clinical study. In any case, to minimize the risk of TSS, it’s important to follow all of the care and precautions outlined in your package insert. Proper hygiene is critical, so always ensure that your hands and the Tulipon are properly cleaned before insertion or removal. If the Tulipon has fallen to the floor prior to insertion, or if the package was not completely closed, do not use this device. In the latter case, send us a picture of the defective package and we’ll make sure to send you a new one.
Using the Tulipon
How do I use the Tulipon?
To insert the Tulipon, first wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and fragrance-free, mild soap. Next, remove the Tulipon from the package and hold the applicator between your fingers in a comfortable position; the applicator plays a crucial role in creating a proper seal for ultimate coverage. Once you’re in a comfortable position, use both hands to gently insert the Tulipon into your vagina. Press on the handle of the applicator to make sure it is inserted all the way up (a gentle push may be enough). Then remove the applicator, toss it in the toilet, flush, and you’re ready to go! Remember to follow the instructions provided for proper use to ensure a leak-free experience.
You can watch detailed instructional videos here https://www.youtube.com/@Galsbio
How long can I wear the Tulipon for?
The Tulipon can be worn for up to 12 hours. Comfortable, worry-free, leak-free protection.
Can I use the Tulipon if I’ve never tried a tampon or I am a pre-teen?
There is no age limit for use of the Tulipon. However, we recommend that individuals considering using the Tulipon have previous experience with tampons or be comfortable with inserting objects into their vagina. The Tulipon applicator is about the same size as a regular tampon applicator, making it more suitable for those who are already familiar with tampons. If you have never used tampons but would like to try the Tulipon, it is important that you read all of the instructions provided.
What are the benefits of switching to the Tulipon?
Easy to use, removal is painless, mess-free, long lasting, eco-friendly, high capacity, fiber free, healthy pH maintenance, period diagnostic tool.
Can I use another Tulipon directly after removing one?
Yes, you can. After 12 hours, remove your used Tulipon and immediately insert a new one for another 12 hours! Never use the Tulipon for more than 12 hours at a time.
Can I use the Tulipon without the applicator?
No, do not use the Tulipon without the applicator. The Tulipon applicator is specifically designed for proper insertion and positioning to ensure comfort and a leak-free experience.
How do I know which size is right for me?
One of the best ways to narrow down which Tulipon might work for you is to locate and measure your cervix. One of the best ways to narrow down which Tulipon might be right for you is to locate and measure your cervix. After you’ve located and measured your cervix, choose which cup size to order.
How do I know which Tulipon is suitable for my flow type?
Tulipon size 1 is ideal for individuals with moderate to heavy flow.
Should I be able to feel the Tulipon once it has been inserted into my vagina?
The Tulipon is designed to be placed in the vaginal canal below the cervix. You may be more aware of its presence the first few times, but if it’s positioned correctly, you shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort. If you experience any discomfort after inserting the Tulipon, remove it and try inserting a new one, following the instructions carefully. Like using a tampon, it may take some getting used to, but with practice you should become more comfortable and confident with it!
What should I do if I feel any pain or discomfort?
If you experience generalized pain, burning, irritation, inflammation in the genital area, or difficulty urinating, remove the Tulipon and seek medical attention immediately.
Can I use a lubricant to help with insertion?
Yes! If you are having difficulty inserting the applicator into your body, you can apply a small amount of water or water-based lubricant to the tip of the applicator barrel. This may help ease the insertion process and make it more comfortable for you.
Is the Tulipon suitable for heavy menstrual bleeders?
The Tulipon is designed thinking of those who experience heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) and those whose daily lives are disrupted by their heavy flow. The Tulipon holds up to 45 ml (equivalent to 5 large tampons), making it larger than most menstrual cups on the market.
How do I make sure the Tulipon is fully opened & positioned correctly?
Push all the way in. When inserting the applicator, be sure to push it all the way up until it’s fully inserted; this will ensure that the Tulipon is in the correct position and will create a proper seal.
Once the Tulipon is in place, do not touch or reposition it. The Tulipon is designed to be positioned below the cervix in the vaginal canal. Once properly positioned, you should not feel any pain or discomfort.
If you feel that the Tulipon is loose or moving inside you, make sure that it has opened properly and created a seal. If the Tulipon feels loose, moves, or falls out, it’s possible that size issues are the cause. If the Tulipon is too small, it may not make proper contact with the vaginal walls or create a secure seal around the cervix. If this is the case, consider trying a larger size.
What’s the best position to be in when inserting the Tulipon?
The best position for inserting the Tulipon is subjective and may vary from person to person. We recommend that you try different positions to find the one that works best for you, as different people may find certain positions more comfortable or convenient. Here are some common positions that people use: Sitting on the toilet: Sitting on the toilet with your knees apart can provide stability and ease during insertion. Standing with one foot on the toilet or bathtub: This position can help create a more open pelvic angle, making it easier to insert the Tulipon. Squatting: Squatting can naturally open the vaginal canal, making it easier to insert
How do I take out the Tulipon?
Removing the Tulipon is a simple process. Wash your hands, relax and locate the string, gently pull down and discard. With practice, you’ll become more confident with the removal process, making your menstrual cycle hassle-free and a breeze.
How do I measure my menstrual flow?
After removing the Tulipon, hold it securely by the string and observe the level shown, which represents the volume of your menstrual flow in milliliters (ml). The cup is designed with markings to measure the amount of menstrual fluid collected. Take a moment to record this volume in the Tulipon app. Recording your menstrual flow in milliliters can be useful for personal tracking and understanding your cycle.
Will my menstrual blood spill when I take it out?
Rest assured, the Tulipon is designed with a capacity of 45ml, which is more than the average amount of menstrual fluid released during menstruation (approximately 40ml). This means that for the average person, the Tulipon will not fill completely in just 12 hours of use, providing you with ample capacity throughout the day.
In addition, the Tulipon features advanced liquid-locking technology that securely seals the liquid inside the Tulipon during removal. This innovative design helps prevent spills or leaks when you remove the Tulipon, ensuring a mess-free experience. However, sometimes a few drops of blood may fall out during collection for various reasons. Therefore, we recommend that you remove the Tulipon over the toilet to avoid any unfortunate accidents.
What do I do if there is a fault with my Tulipon?
If you find that the Tulipon does not open, discard it and use a new one. If there are any problems with your Tulipon, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will initiate a refund.
Can I use the Tulipon while exercising and swimming?
Yes, you can! Physical activity is an important part of life, especially when you’re on your period. Because the Tulipon moves with your body and holds more period blood than the average tampon and other menstrual cups on the market, you can run, jump, swim, and even stand on your head without worrying so much about discomfort or leakage!
Why is checking my vaginal PH levels beneficial?
Regularly monitoring your vaginal pH can help you gain insight into your vaginal health and address any potential concerns in a timely manner. If you experience unusual vaginal symptoms, itching, pain, or burning during urination or sex, consider using the Tulipon pH Test Applicator to check your vaginal pH. If your pH test result is higher than 5 or if you have persistent symptoms, we recommend that you contact your doctor for further evaluation and individual advice.
Remember that this pH test is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns about your vaginal health, always consult your healthcare provider for appropriate diagnosis and treatment.
Can I use the Tulipon while sleeping?
Yes, you can sleep soundly with the Tulipon. Just make sure you don’t wear it for more than 12 hours at a time, follow all the care instructions, and don’t feel any pain or discomfort.
Can I use the Tulipon if I have a tilted/retroverted uterus?
Absolutely! If you have a tilted or retroverted uterus, you can still use the Tulipon. It may take some practice to find the most comfortable position for insertion.
Take time to experiment until you find the insertion position that works best for you. With a little practice and patience, you can enjoy the benefits of the Tulipon even with a tilted or retroverted uterus.
Can I use the Tulipon if I have a bladder or pelvic floor prolapse?
We understand that each person’s health needs are unique, especially when dealing with conditions such as bladder or pelvic floor prolapse. While the Tulipon may be appropriate for some individuals depending on the severity of their prolapse, we strongly recommend that you consult with your healthcare provider first..
Can I use the Tulipon pH applicator on heavier flow days?
It is not recommended to use the Tulipon pH Test applicator on heavy flow days. Menstrual blood is slightly alkaline and can raise vaginal pH.
How do I check my pH level using the Tulipon applicator?
If you decide to use the pH Test applicator, be sure to use it on a day when your period is not heavy. This way, your menstrual blood won’t affect the results and you can be sure the pH is accurate.
Testing your vaginal pH with the Tulipon applicator is a simple process. Here’s a step-by-step guide:
- Clean vaginal area: You can achieve this by gently wiping away blood from the vaginal area
- Select Appropriate Applicator: Please note each box of 8 Tulipon units comes with one pH test applicator included, allowing you to conveniently monitor your vaginal pH. Take out the designated applicator from the box. This will be the packaging featuring a color indicator chart.
- Find the Circle: On the pH test applicator, you will notice a circle at its base.
- Insert the Applicator: With the circle on the applicator facing upwards, gently insert the applicator into your vagina until the circle touches the vaginal wall, just like any other Tulipon device.
- Insert the Tulipon: and remove the applicator.
- Check the Color Indicator: After removing the applicator, observe the color of the circle on the applicator.
- Compare with Color Chart: On the Tulipon box and packaging, you will find a color indicator chart. Match the color of the circle on the applicator to the color chart or simply take a picture on our app.
- Interpret the Result: The color on the chart corresponds to your vaginal pH level. A vaginal pH between 3.8 and 4.5 is considered to be moderately acidic and is normal. If your pH is 4.5 or above, it may indicate various pathogens. If so, consult your OBGYN for further advice.
Please keep in mind that this pH test is intended for vaginal pH testing only and does not detect sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as HIV, chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, or syphilis. If your pH level is abnormal or you have any concerns about STIs, consult your healthcare provider for appropriate testing and treatment.
Why did you choose to get into the market via crowdfunding?
We believe this is a great way to provide early access to as many menstruators as possible. By giving women the opportunity to be involved in the creation of Tulipon, we want to show them first-hand the difference Tulipon can make to their periods before the product goes to market. By gaining real-world validation from our backers, we believe this will give Tulipon the solid foundation it needs to succeed.
How long will the crowdfunding campaign be?
Can I participate in the crowdfunding campaign even if I don’t live in the US?
Yes, you can! Our campaign is open to residents of the US, EU and Israel. You can still participate from other areas of the world by choosing our virtual perks or our donation to period poverty charity perks. If you wish to pre-order products, please note that we will not be able to ship them to your zone until we have completed our regulatory path there.
Why should I buy Tulipon via crowdfunding and not simply wait for it to get to retail stores?
As a crowdfunding backer, you’ll get early access and discounts, and you can help us fight period poverty by spreading the word and contributing to the future of menstruation for real women. You’ll play a personal role in the evolutionary leap where real women can help improve the future of periods for ourselves and future generations.
When can I expect to get my Tulipons?
If all goes as planned, we expect to start shipping in December 2024. Backers who purchase the 6-month or 12-month subscription through our campaign will be given priority.
What will happen in case you don't raise the minimum sum?
If we are unable to raise the funds necessary to take Tulipon to the next level, all crowdfunding backers will be refunded.
Where can I purchase the Tulipon?
Get early access to purchase your Tulipons through our Indiegogo campaign, set to launch in September 2023, and be among the first to try this innovative new product – a game changer for your menstrual cycle. To make sure you don’t miss out, sign up for our mailing list to receive updates on our campaign and product launch.
What will happen to my money in case you won't succeed in building the mass production line?
Will there be extra benefits for the backers that participate in the crowdfunding campaign?
Yes! Our backers are our core community. They will get first access to new features and help us make Tulipon better.
What are the regulatory approvals of the Tulipon?
Unlike menstrual cups, which are exempt from regulatory processes, Tulipon has the same regulatory status as tampons under the 510k (2a) regulatory pathway in the US and CE mark in the EU. We will obtain all necessary certifications as we move into mass production.
Tulipon will initially be certified in the US, EU and Israel. Our development roadmap includes certifications in the rest of the world following these three zones.