Menstrual cups are becoming more and more popular and it isn’t any wonder why- from the environmental benefits, to the savings, to the health benefits and even the convenience, menstrual cups allows anyone with a period (meaning you!) to take back control of their cycles. While there might be a bit of a learning curve, there’s no reason to be intimidated. Here are some guidelines to help you get started:
Inserting the Cup
1. Wash hands- Before inserting your menstrual cup it’s important that you’ve thoroughly washed your hands using a mild soap. One of the benefits of menstrual cups is that they allow you to get to know your body intimately, however, it’s important you remain hygienic while doing so to prevent any infections.
2. Folding the cup- There are several different ways to fold a menstrual cup and you can experiment to figure out which way works best for you and your unique body. Most beginners might want to start out with the C-fold, holding the cup between their thumb and forefinger (see example image below). If you find that to be cumbersome there are several different methods you can try.
3. Insertion- In order to insert the cup you may want to bear down on the toilet. Just as with a tampon, gently push the folded cup into your vagina. The cup will sit a bit lower than a tampon would, however, it should be fully inside your body. Note that you should never use lubricant when inserting the cup; chemicals contained within it could cause the silicone in the cup to break down.
4. Sealing- Allow the cup to unfold inside your body; this will create suction that will prevent any leaks from occurring. Run a finger along the outer edge of the cup to ensure that it has fully unfolded.
Your menstrual cup can be used for up to 12 hours, and if inserted properly you should barely be able to notice it’s there! When it comes time to remove it, wash your hands again and...
Removing the Cup
1. Pull stem downwards- Insert your fingers into your vagina and grab the stem, slowly pulling downwards.
2. Pinch base and remove suction- When the cup is low enough, slowly pinch the base, thus removing the suction and carefully pull the cup out. You may find that you need to use your pelvic muscles and contract a bit in order to remove the cup.
3. Empty into toilet and rinse- Afterwards, simply empty the cup’s contents into the toilet and rinse!
If you’re period isn’t over the cup can simply be reinserted again. If you’re done with your cycle the cup should be washed using a gentle, oil-free and fragrance-free soap, thoroughly dried, and stored in a clean, dry place. Be careful to avoid using harsh, chemical cleaners as residue will often be left on the cup and could irritate your vagina or cause the cup to break down.
Health, safety, eco and body-consciousness shouldn’t come at the price of convenience. With a little practice you’ll get the hang of using your menstrual cup in no time!
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