How does a menstrual cup work?

Menstrual cups can seem complicated and frightening in the beginning, but it’s not complicated at all, and considering all its benefits it’s worth a shot to learn using it. So let’s take a quick look at it!

Picture of Menstrual Cup, cover photo for blog post

1. How to use a menstrual cup?

Use of a menstrual cup can be described in a few easy steps:

Insert -> Wear for up to 8 hours -> Remove -> Clean your menstrual cup

2. How to insert a menstrual cup?

Inserting a menstrual cup for the first time can be a bit challenging. The first step would be to wash your hands properly. In a nutshell, the whole process is simply folding the cup and inserting it. There are several ways of folding the cup. The most common are C-fold and Push down fold.

Don’t be afraid to experiment. With time, you will understand which of the folding techniques is more suitable for you. Before the insertion, it’s important to relax. Some women mention that it’s easier to insert the cup for the first time in a lying position or sitting, so don't be afraid to give that a try. Another advice we’ve come across is to warm up the cup in hot water before use or use lubricant.

Once the cup is inside, let it go. The popping sound is a good signal of the cup finding its place. If you are in doubt if the cup is installed correctly, just check it, it should feel round or oval with its sides pressed against your cervix. You can also try pulling the cup a little bit, if you feel resistance, you’ve done it right! As I said with a bit of trial and error you will find the method that suits you best!

3. How long can I leave the menstrual cup inside?

You can leave your cup inside for up to 8 hours, but in the beginning, we recommend you to check it more often to make sure it doesn’t leak. 

4. How to remove a period cup?

Again start with washing your hands. Then also find a comfortable position, when you feel relaxed. If you are not relaxed your muscles will make it harder to remove the cup. In the beginning, you need to release the suction seal. In order to do it, insert your finger alongside the cup or just give it a pinch at the bottom. After that, the cup will be easy to remove. The process might be a bit messy the first few uses, so you might want to do it in the shower. 


5. How do menstrual cups prevent leaks?

The menstrual cup creates suction, which creates a tight seal inside your cervix. Because of that, there is no possibility for blood to leak around the cup. Even when you move a lot or change your position, the cup will stay in the same place. If your cup does leak, there are a few common reasons why that happens:

  • Wrong size. If your cup is too small for your cervix, it won’t be able to create this suction seal.
  • Wrong position. In the beginning, it might happen you install your cup too high or too low, or it won’t unfold in the right way. With time you will find your way around it and the leaks will stop.
  • Some women have a heavier flow than others. Try to empty your cup more often. 

6. How to clean a menstrual cup?

The best way to clean the menstrual cup is to sterilize it either in boiling water or in the microwave. For this, you can use our foldable sterilizer

Sterilizing in boiling water:

Step 1. Put your period cup inside the sterilizer

Step 2. Add some silicone-safe soap inside the sterilizer

Step 3. Fill the sterilizer with boiling water. Water should completely cover the cup.

Step 4. Leave for 5 minutes.

Step 5. Rinse the cup with fresh water.

Step 6. The cup is ready to use!

Sterilizing in a microwave:

Step 1. Put your period cup inside the sterilizer

Step 2. Fill the sterilizer with water.

Step 3. Close the lid

Step 4. Microwave for around 3-5 minutes. The water should boil inside. 

Step 5. Cool the sterilizer down

Step 6. The cup is ready to use!

But if you can’t sterilize the cup at the moment or you simply don’t have time, it’s completely okay just to rinse it with water. If you don’t have access to water, just use baby wipes or toilet paper to clean it and you can use the cup again!

If you are at the end of your cycle, sterilize the cup properly.

See? It’s not as scary as it seems! Follow our advice and if you find new tips on how to make the experience easier, just drop us a message so we can share it with others.

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