Anvisa (National Health Surveillance Agency) requested the ban and recall of all POP menstrual cups, from the company Fleurity, in a resolution published in the DOU (Official Gazette of the Union) on Wednesday (3).
According to the agency, the product was being sold without regularization, that is, before being registered with the Ministry of Health. This Thursday (4), it was no longer possible to buy it at most points of sale.
The collector, sold at an average price of R$30, was a popular version of the company’s products. On its packaging, it claimed to be “the most economical collector in Brazil” and did not bear the Fleurity brand — which has collectors at a minimum price of R$49.90.
Wanted by Sheetthe company did not respond to questions sent until the publication of this report.
Products approved by Anvisa have safety requirements, says gynecologist Marair Sartori, vice-president of Sogesp (Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the State of São Paulo). This means that the material used is of good quality, without chemical contaminants and that the product causes few allergic reactions and irritations, she says.
If it is not safe or used well, the cup can cause allergies, irritation and even vaginal infection, says Sartori.
How to take care of your menstrual cup
Not changing the collector properly and routinely, with correct hygiene, can also precipitate the occurrence of infections and imbalances in the vaginal flora, says doctor Gabriela Pravatta Rezende, member of Febrasgo (Brazilian Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics Associations).
Collector hygiene must be carried out with neutral or intimate soap, says Rezende, and insertion must be done with the collector dry, to avoid excessive humidity. Furthermore, after the end of each menstrual cycle, the cups must be sterilized with boiling water.
The menstrual collector is an alternative to traditional disposable pads, designed to collect menstrual flow internally, in the vaginal canal. The container made of latex or silicone can be used for up to 12 hours uninterruptedly and is reusable for up to three years.
How to choose your menstrual cup
There are different brands and types of collectors. The choice, according to Sartori, depends on factors such as the amount of menstrual flow, the size of the vaginal canal and also the elasticity of the vagina. A conversation with your gynecologist, he says, can help in obtaining this information.
For younger women who have never been pregnant, smaller models are ideal, says Rezende. For those over 35 or who have already become pregnant, especially with a natural birth, models with greater capacity are more suitable.
According to the doctor, for heavy menstrual flow, a wider and larger cup is recommended; for medium flow, a medium-sized collector; and for the weak, a smaller, shorter collector. “Unfortunately, in some cases, replacement is necessary due to extravasation or poor adaptation,” says Rezende.
In all cases, he says, it is preferable to choose collectors with a hypoallergenic composition and no smell or coloring.