How To Use Your Menstrual Cup
WHAT'S A MENSTRUAL CUP?
A Menstrual Cup is a bell shaped cup designed to collect menstrual fluid. These cups are reusable and a single menstrual cup can last for several years.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Menstrual cups are folded up then inserted like a tampon. The cup will then open and form a secure seal in the vaginal walls. It then collects the menstrual fluid, as opposed to disposable sanitary products, which absorb the fluid. After about 6-8 hours, [more regularly for a heavy flow] it's emptied, washed then reused.
INSERT YOUR MENSTRUAL CUP
When putting in and removing your menstrual cup, make sure you’re relaxed. It only takes a few seconds to insert or remove the cup. Once you've done it once or twice, it becomes easier.
After a few uses you'll become comfortable with the menstrual cup insertion and removal. Experiment with different folds until you find a technique that works for you.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
A menstrual cup is easier to put in and remove when you're relaxed.
It's best to practice inserting and removing your cup in the shower a couple of times a week before your cycle starts.
You should disinfect your menstrual cup before using it for the first time.
INSERTING YOUR MENSTRUAL CUP
1. Wash your hands
Wash your hands thoroughly, you can use water, a water based lubricant, or insert your Moon Cup in the shower.
2. Folding It
Fold your Menstrual Cup into a C shape by using both hands to flatten the two sides together then fold it over itself.
If you have trouble getting your cup to open, run it under cold water and try a different fold. However, if you prefer a softer cup, run your cup under warmer water before inserting.
3. Hold Firmly
Hold your Menstrual Cup firmly in your hand, below the upper rim. Find a comfortable position - sitting, squatting, standing, one leg raised, etc. Gently part your labia (skin around the vagina) with your free hand.
Insert your Menstrual Cup slowly into the vagina. Direct it back towards the base of your spine, at a 45% angle, but not directly upward. Allow your menstrual cup to open inside the vaginal opening, then move it into position. Your menstrual cup should be completely inside and will typically sit lower than a disposable tampon depending on your anatomy and the location of your cervix.
5. Checking the seal
Make sure that the cup has opened, because this is what forms a suction seal and prevents leaking. Swirl your finger around the outside of the menstrual cup. If you feel any dents in the circumference of the cup, the cup has not properly opened. If your menstrual cup hasn't opened, use the stem piece to wiggle the cup to help open it.
Our Menstrual Cup can be worn for about 6-8 hours. You should empty and clean your cup before going to bed, then again when you wake up. Depending on how heavy your flow is, the cup may need to be emptied more often.
REMOVING YOUR MENSTRUAL CUP
We recommend that you remove, empty and wash your Menstrual Cup before going to bed and again in the morning when you wake up. Every cycle, you'll become more familiar with it and have a better feel for when you need to empty it.
For first time users learning to use a menstrual cup, we recommend removing and emptying it in the shower.
Wash your hands with water and soap. Removal is easier if you are relaxed. Find a comfortable position. If your cup sits high, squatting or tucking your tailbone under while sitting will help shorten the vaginal canal.
Remove your Menstrual Cup by pinching the base with your index finger and thumb in order to break the seal. Move the cup from side to side as you slide it towards vaginal opening. Pull out the top edge of the rim, tilt it upright then remove the bottom edge keeping it upright.
Don't remove your cup by pulling on the stem without first breaking the suction seal. This will only increase the suction seal making the removal more difficult and could cause the stem to break.
3. Empty & Clean
Empty the contents in the toilet. Wash your cup in the sink with soap and warm water and mild soap and rinse thoroughly.
Re-insert your menstrual cup.
CLEANING AND STORING YOUR MENSTRUAL CUP
At the end of each cycle wash and sterilize your menstrual cup.
You can easily clean your Moon Cup by washing it with soap and water.
Make sure the the tiny holes at the top of your menstrual cup are clean and contain no blockage. Holes can be cleaned by squirting clean water through them.
Once your cycle is complete, you should disinfect your menstrual cup. Place in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes. Don't boil for more than 5 minutes as this can cause damage.
Rinse your cup with fresh water and dry before placing it back in its carry bag until your next period. Never keep your cup in a plastic bag or airtight container as your cup may not dry properly.
If you start noticing any tears or changes in the texture of your menstrual cup, then it’s time to replace it.