How to use menstrual cup
The use of menstrual cups requires a learning in controlling your vaginal muscles, as well as a changing of thoughts towards menses.
We suggest new users not to consider volume as the major concern, but the experience of a successful use of the cup. A cup with smaller diameter would always be easier for insertion, especially when you are still not ready or relax enough to insert something into your body, while a cup with larger volume would generally be larger in size and increase the difficulty in both insertion and removal for a new users.
The followings are some notes about the insertion and removal of menstrual cups for your reference.
How to use Menstrual Cups
- Boil your cup in hot water for about 5 minutes for disinfection before your first use in each period.
- Follow the instruction of the product to remove and clean your cup for at least once within the suggestion period (MUST NOT keep it inside your body for over 12 consecutive hours).
- Rinse your cup with clean water (boiled water would be even better) and reinsert it back to your body.
- DO NOT clean your cup with irritants like bleach or alcohol. *
- Clean and disinfect your cup thoroughly after your period. Dry it and store it in a cool and dry place. Do not store it inside a sealed container.
(* Each cup has a suggested way for disinfection. Read the instruction manual before taking any action.)
- Wash your hands!
- Fold your cup in a way that fits you most and hold it. Gently insert it into your vagina. Push it towards your tailbone instead of vertically upwards.
- The cup should unfold and expand to make a seal against the vaginal wall when you release your finger.
- You may slightly pull the stem downward to check if the cup is opened successfully. You may also grip the base of your cup and gently move it or rotate it until you can feel a small suction or resistance.
- The body of the cup may bend or fold slightly inside your body because of pressure. It is fine if the rim has completely opened.
- Generally, the end of the stem should sit approximately 2 cm above your vaginal opening. The positioning varies among different people, it is good as long as you find it comfortable and cannot feel it.
- Wash your hands!
- Gently pinch the base of your cup to release the seal.
- Hold the base and pull your cup out slowly. DO NOT pull only the stem to avoid spilling and hurting your vagina.
- Slightly push your cup out with your vaginal muscles if you find it difficult to pull your cup out.
- Rinse your cup with clean water and reinsert it during your period, or disinfect it properly and store it if your period ends.
It is normal to find it difficult using your cup in your first few periods. Relax and accept the failures. It does take time to get familiar with and to adapt to this new experience.