Menstrual cups have been invented in the 1930’s and used safely ever since. Here are several simple and easy steps to follow and enjoy a stress-free period:
1. Sterilize the cup in boiling water for 5 minutes before its first use. Make sure you wash your hands carefully before touching it. You can then lubricate the cup with water or water-based lubricant to ease its insertion.
2. Find a position which is comfortable for you – you can sit, stand, squat or kneel. Fold the cup in half reducing its volume and hold its sides firmly together between your thumb and forefinger.
3. Relax and gently push the folded cup into the vagina, inserting it in the direction of your spine, following the natural angle of your anatomy.
4. Let go of the cup and it will open. You can make sure that the cup is fully unfolded by sliding your finger around it and/or by rotating it slowly in either direction.
5. The menstrual cup sits lower than a tampon so you do not need to push it up high into the vagina, as the vaginal muscle will keep it in its place. You can now use the cup for up to 12 hours, depending on the heaviness of your flow.
6. To take the cup out assume a comfortable position and relax once again. Gently and very slowly pull the cup by its stem until you reach the base of the cup. Then pinch the base to release the suction created by the cup and your body. Carefully take the cup out, empty it into the toilet bowl and rinse it well with warm water. You can then reinsert your cup.
7. The menstrual cup can last up to 10 years if you take good care of it! Sterilize it in boiling water for 5 minutes after its last use and store it in a dry breathable container.
1. Take your time and explore which menstrual cup suits your body and needs. The only way to find out which cup is right for you is to buy one and try it. Once you’ve discovered your preferred option you may actually resolve your period problems for years ahead.
2. Size matters because comfort matters: every body is different so keep in mind that even if you are recommended one size, you may actually feel better using the other one. Your anatomy is unique and it is worth finding out what works best for you.
3. It is important that the stem of the cup is comfortably inside the vagina so if you find it to be too long simply cut it to your preferred size when not using the cup.
4. Should you experience any medical or gynecological concerns while using your menstrual cup we advise you to consult your physician.
5. Make sure you have at least 2 cups to be prepared for your period without any last minute inconveniences.
Here are some useful videos:
...and a menstrual cup guide.