Inserting a Menstrual Cup
Menstrual cups can be daunting at first, but here is a basic step by step guide to inset your menstrual cup. If inserted correctly, inserting the cup should not hurt and users usually can't even feel the cup inside of them. The stem of the cup can also be trimmed to increase comfort. There are some vaginal concerns that may cause pain with insertion; if you suspect you may have a condition it is important that you consult your doctor before using the menstrual cup.
- Rinse your hands and the cup thoroughly with a mild soap and warm water.
- Decide on a folding cup method to fold the cup. Read more about folding cup methods here.
- Squat, sit or stand and angle the cup towards your tailbone.
- Guide the cup into your vagina.
- Release the cup once it is entirely inside of your vagina to allow it to pop open.
- Adjust the cup to a position that is comfortable for you and check to see if the cup has completely unfolded.
Removing a Menstrual Cup
Removal of a menstruation cup should not hurt, but first-time users and virgins may feel slight discomfort at first. It is not necessary to remove the cup before urination or any bowel movements.
- Thoroughly rinse your hands with soap and water.
- Tug gently on the stem and press on the base of the cup to break on the suction seal.
- The cup cannot get lost inside of you, but if you are having trouble reaching the stem of the cup, tighten and squeeze your internal muscles to help push the cup down.
- Pull the cup downwards and avoid any spillage.
- Empty the blood into the toilet and wipe down the cup to clean it.