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Menstrual Cups - How to Use

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Here is basic information of how to use menstrual cup. Read more useful tips.

First carefully wash your hands with soap and hot water. When using the cup for the first time, you can lubricate it with water or a water-based lubricant to aid insertion. You can insert the cup when sitting, standing or squatting; spreading your legs will facilitate insertion.

Fold your menstrual cup in on itself as shown in the picture. Hold it firmly while keeping it rolled up and guide it rim-first into the vagina. You will find the correct position in the vagina by practising and getting to know your own anatomy; the cup is held in position by the seal formed with the walls of the vagina and by pressure from the vaginal muscles. The menstrual cup, unlike a tampon, is seated low in the vagina, but not so low that the tab is uncomfortable, particularly when seated; the tab should stay inside the vagina. You can trim the tab of your menstrual cup if needed, but take care not to damage the bottom!

To ensure that the cup unfurls correctly in order to avoid leaks, gently rotate the cup by twisting the tab. To check that it has fully opened, slide a finger up next to the cup and feel all the way round it. The vagina is tilted backwards, so guiding the cup towards the small of your back and moving it up and down will aid finding the correct position.

Your menstrual cup is emptied on average 2-4 times a day, and it can be used during the night, though for no longer than 12 hours at a time. You can quickly learn your own emptying rythm by viewing how much blood the cup has gathered. A menstrual cup can be worn at any time in your menstrual cycle, during your heaviest and your lightest flow. Especially to aid confidence when getting used to the cup, you can wear sanitary napkins in addition to it.

There is no need to remove your menstrual cup when going to the toilet, but after defecation there might be a need to check that the cup is still properly positioned. Remember to wash your hands carefully! Some women find it easier to relieve themselves and defecate without the menstrual cup.

If the menstrual cup has worked its way higher inside the vagina, relax the muscles and try to grasp its bottom or tab with your fingers. Squatting also brings the cup down. The cup cannot get lost in the vagina but it slips down eventually by force of gravity. If the cup seems to slip down during use, check that it has been inserted correctly and that the cup has fully opened. Improving the strength of your vaginal muscles through exercises helps them to hold the cup in position.

When removing the cup, first carefully wash your hands and relax your muscles. If you cannot reach the bottom, tug gently on the tab; slightly pushing with your internal muscles may help to bring it down. Break the seal by squeezing the bottom part of the cup, fold it into its slimmest shape in the same way as during insertion, and remove it, avoiding spilling the contents. Do not try to pull it down in an open position, holding it only by the tab! Choose a time and place where you will not be disturbed, and don’t panic. Removing the cup will be easier if you remember to relax!
Tip the contents into the lavatory. Put some toilet paper at the bottom of the toilet bowl so that flushing will not be messy.

Wash the menstrual cup carefully in hot water and soap and re-insert it. Use mild and perfume-free soap for washing. We sell a washing liquid that is specially designed to clean the cup gently but thoroughly. The cup should first be rinsed in cold water, so that menstrual blood does not make the cup develop a smell.
When water is not available, from time to time you can also wipe the cup with toilet paper. Make sure, however, that it leaves no fibres behind! Wash the cup carefully with soap at the next convenient time. You can also clean your menstrual cup with disinfecting wipes.

Wash your menstrual cup carefully after its last use during your period and store it, properly ventilated, in its own storage bag. Do not store the menstrual cup in a hermetic container or plastic bag. Between your periods, disinfect the cup for 2-5 minutes by boiling it in a large amount of water. You can also disinfect it during your period if you want.

Please note!

  • Your menstrual cup must not be kept in boiling water for more than 5 minutes.
  • Make sure that there is enough water in the pan when disinfecting, so that the cup does not burn on the bottom. 
  • Disinfect the menstrual cup in a clean pan. You should select a small pan just for this purpose, and this pan should not be used for cooking.
  • You can trim the tab, but take care not to damage the bottom. 
  • The cup should not be washed with strong and perfumed soap; it must be stored well-ventilated between periods. 
  • A menstrual cup is not a contraceptive device nor can it be used during sexual intercourse. 
  • A menstrual cup does not protect its user from sexually-transmitted diseases. 
  • Remember to wash your hands carefully when handling your menstrual cups
  • Do not use a menstrual cup for more than 12 hours at a time without washing it properly.
  • Keep your menstrual cup away from children and pets, especially rodents.


The menstrual cups have been on the market for a long time, and no reported cases of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) have been attributed to their use. Toxic shock syndrome is an infection caused by bacteria entering through wounds or mucus membrane. Symptoms include sudden high fever, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, a rash that resembles sunburn, dizziness, muscle aches, fainting or blackouts. TSS is an extremely rare, but potentially fatal disease and can occur in men, women and children. As the majority of reported cases occur in young girls and women under 30, TSS is associated with high-absorbency tampon use. Early recognition and cure are of vital importance, so if you have some of the above-mentioned symptoms, remove the menstrual cup at once, contact your doctor and tell him about the  possibility of TSS.

 
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