How to use a Menstrual Cup...

Inserting, Removing and Caring for your Menstrual Cup...

Menstrual Cups have become more popular in recent years due to their re-usability and as an eco-friendly alternative to tampons. There are a WIDE variety of cups from a number of manufacturers, but all are made from the same safe material. Silicone.


1. BE HYGIENIC


It's important to make sure your hands are clean before touching your menstrual cup. 


2. KEEP CALM & RELAX


It's normal to feel nervous when using a menstrual cup for the first time. However, these nerves may cause your vaginal muscles to tense, which will in turn make it harder to insert the menstrual cup.

3. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

One way to make sure that you remain calm when using a menstrual cup is practising first before using it when you're actually on your period. It can take up to three cycles to get the knack of it, so we'd recommend trying it for the first time in a relaxed situation.

4. THE FOLDING TECHNIQUES 

A menstrual cup is a product typically made from silicone or rubber.

This means they are very pliable, and thus must be folded when inserted into the vagina.

There a several different folding techniques you can try when inserting your cup.


One of the most popular methods is the "C fold", which involves folding one side of the cup over the other to form a "C" shape.


Another method is the "seven fold", which involves twisting the cup to look like the number seven.

or there's the popular 'small rose' fold

For more folding techniques, visit here.


5. FIND YOUR MOST COMFORTABLE POSITION


When it comes to finding the best position to insert your cup, there is

no right or wrong way. You might find sitting on the toilet, standing, squatting or raising a leg is the easiest way.Finding your most comfortable position is a case of trial and error. Figure out what works for you, and roll with it.


6. CHECK THE CUP IS INSERTED CORRECTLY


Once you have inserted your menstrual cup, you can check whether or not it's been put it in place correctly. If you can feel the cup, then this likely means it hasn't been inserted properly. Once in place you won't feel a thing. 

If you're not certain whether the cup has been put in its place precisely, then a simple "pull" test should be able to tell you whether your hunch is accurate. If you feel resistance, it's opened up correctly. 

7. GO ABOUT YOUR DAY AS NORMAL

Once your cup has been inserted, there's no need to waddle around with your legs close together for fear that it may fall out. If you've carried out the insertion test, you believe the cup is in place and you can't feel it, then relax and go about your day as usual. Menstrual cups can hold up to five times more blood than towels and tampons and can be worn for up to 12 hours.

8. HOW TO REMOVE IT

The part that many people who have never used a menstrual cup dread – the removal. A common fear is that once you have removed the cup, your menstrual blood will simply spill everywhere. However, when done carefully, this shouldn't be a cause for concern. To remove the cup pull gently on the stem until you can reach the bottom of the cup, then pinch the bottom of the cup to release the suction seal. Once you have released the suction, you can slowly remove the cup before emptying its contents into a sink.

9. EMPTY & CLEAN

While you are on your period, we recommend you rinse it with water each time you empty it and then insert again. When you period is over, they recommend giving the cup a deeper cleanse by placing it in a pot of boiling water for just a few minutes.

As you can use a menstrual cup for up to 12 hours, it's unlikely you'd need to empty it in a public bathroom.However, if you do, we recommend cleaning it with a piece of tissue and rinsing it when you return home, should you prefer not to empty it in a public sink. For a better look at your new menstrual cup, check out this youtube instructional video from another manufacturer OrganiCup. 

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