How to use your cup
Believe it or not, the cup will fit in your hoo haa!
Always wash your hands thoroughly. Use the punch down fold or the C fold and then insert the cup. In a mini-squat type position, relax your vaginal wall muscles. Angle the cup slightly toward your tailbone. Once in, the rim of the cup will pop open. Gently pull down on the stem to assist with forming the seal. To ensure a seal has formed, gently slide your finger around the outside of the cup to ensure the rim is surrounding the cervix and has completely opened. This part can take some practice, but you will get the hang of it.
Sometimes if your cervix happens to be low at that time of the month you will need to ensure that the cup is surrounding the cervix, otherwise you will experience leakage. The trick of gently sliding your finger around the base of the rim will help you confirm this.
Hours of leak free comfort
Recommendations from the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration recommend not to use a menstrual cup for longer than 8 hours. Depending on flow you may need to change it every 3 - 4 hours.
Previously we have advised that the cup can be left in for up to 12 hours, however we are now updating this advice to 8 hours, based on the current Australian Government Department of Health recommendations.
Removing the cup
To empty the cup, relax your vaginal wall muscles, then with clean hands, gently squeeze on the base of the cup to break the seal. Slowly slide the cup out and empty the contents in the loo. Be careful pulling too hard on the stem, as it may weaken over time. If possible rinse thoroughly with hot water and soap, otherwise use a prepared sterilized second cup. If no basin is available, wipe clean with toilet paper and reinsert.
Caring for your cupCaring for your cup will ensure you get the most life out of your cup. It should last you for up to 5 years (or longer!). When you first receive your cup sterilise it by popping it in boiling water for 5 - 10 minutes. Once your period has finished, sterilize your cup by boiling it for 5 - 10 minutes. Air dry your cup and ensure it is completely dry before placing it in your linen bag for safe keeping. Do not keep in a plastic bag or container.
Folding your cup
The C cup fold:
- Hold the base of the cup in one hand
- Flatten the opening of the cup with the other hand
- Fold the flattened end of the cup to form a 'C' with the rim
- Hold firmly as you insert the cup
The punch down fold:
- Hold the cup upright
- Punch down the rim facing you, pushing it into the middle of the cup
- Squeeze the cup together, holding it firmly
- Insert the pointed end