There is a learning curve to using a menstrual cup. While it takes practice, the more you use your cup, the easier it will be to insert and remove.
Use the guide below to learn how to insert a menstrual cup and you’ll be a period ninja in no time.
Before inserting, make sure you wash your hands, hygiene matters. To insert it find a comfortable position for you. Some common options are sit on the toilet, rest one leg on top of it or squatting. When you find the best position for you, with your free hand, gently separate your labia. Angle your folded cup towards your tailbone and insert it upwards until the stem is inside. If you can feel the stem, trim or remove it for better comfort.
This fold is smaller than the well-known U fold and it is also releases a lot easier than any of the other folds with it is inside you. If this is where you are struggling then this fold could be for you
One of the most popular menstrual cup folds out there – the U fold. This technique is simple, folding your cup to make it look like the letter U.
The Push-down fold creates one of the smallest areas of insertion. Women can find it difficult to make this fold ‘pop’ open correctly.
Position your cup lower than a tampon, but feel free to move it up a little if that’s more comfortable. As you release the cup, it will pop open. To make sure it has fully opened,
creating a seal against the vaginal wall, rotate your cup by pinching the base (not just the stem) and turning it. When the cup is fully open, it will prevent leaking.
The cup can be worn for up to 12 hours. Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and mild soap. You can stand, sit, or squat, but removing your cup is much easier if you are relaxed. To remove the cup, softly squeeze the base of the cup to release the seal. Gently pull the removal stem downwards. Holding the base of the cup firmly, remove it and empty it into a toilet or sink. With practice it becomes really easy.
Every 12 hours or when you cup gets full, empty it, rinse it with cold water and it's ready to be reinserted. At least once every cycle, dip the cup in boiling water for at least 3 minutes. In some cases, when you are out and about, just empty the continence into the toilet, wipe out with toilet paper and reinsert.