20 Mar How to use a menstrual cup
If it’s your first time we’ve put together a quick guide on how to use a menstrual cup.
The Menstrual Cup is designed to be simple and fuss-free. It fits nice and snug, held in position by the seal formed by the walls of the vagina and the vaginal muscles. Your interior does all the work, you’ll barely feel a thing!
Here is a step by step guide on how menstrual cups work.
Step 1 Clean & Sanitise
Clean and sanitise your Menstrual Cup before you use it for the first time and after every menstrual cycle.
Bring a saucepan of water to boil and gently submerge the Menstrual Cup in boiling water using a tong, making sure that it does not touch the surface of the saucepan. Remove it after 3 minutes and let it cool completely on a clean surface.
Tip – To avoid odour and discolouration, rinse first in cold water for the first time.
Step 2 Fold & Hold
Get comfy: you can insert the cup while sitting, standing or squatting. Spreading your legs will help with a successful and comfortable insertion. Fold the cup in on itself to make flat, then in half to form a C shape. Most use the typical C-fold. However, there are many ways to fold a Menstrual Cup. Get experimenting!
Step 3 How to insert a Menstrual Cup
Keep it rolled up and guide it rim first into the vagina. To check that the cup has fully opened, slide a clean finger up to the cup bottom and feel it – it should be round.
Vaginas are tilted backwards, so guiding the cup towards the small of your back, moving it up and down will help you find the correct and comfortable position. Rotate the cup to check that it has fully opened and doesn’t leak.
Step 4 Wear & Learn
Once inserted, you will need to decide whether or not to keep the stem. If it protrudes, it will be uncomfortable. In this case, you likely won’t need the stem and can trim it off. However, if not, you may need it to assist with removal.
Menstrual Cup is emptied about 2–4 times a day, can be used for up to 12 hours, also overnight.
The measuring lines on the cup help monitor your flow and easily learn your rhythm.
Step 5 Remove & Empty
Wash your hands and relax your muscles. Grasp the bottom of the cup. To break seal, squeeze the bottom of the cup.
Be sure not to pull it out by holding the stem alone. The stem is used to gain access to the bottom of the cup. If you pull on the stem, it will hurt! It will also create a mess since the cup won’t be supported or controlled when it exits.
Once out tip the contents into the toilet.
Step 6 Rinse & Reuse