How to use your Hoo Haa Cup
Believe it or not, the cup will fit in your hoo haa!
Always wash your hands thoroughly before handling your Hoo Haa Cup. Find a comfortable position (as if you were inserting a tampon). You can apply some water or water-based lubricant to assist with the insertion if necessary. Use the C fold or the punch down fold as explained below to insert the cup. Angle the cup slightly toward your tailbone and insert into the cervix.
Ensure that the cup is fully open by gently sliding your finger around the base of the rim to check that a seal has been formed – sometimes you can feel it pop open. Another option is to gently tug on the stem downward, then move it slightly forward and backward and side to side. If the seal has not been formed, you might experience leakage. If so, simply pull the cup out, give it a quick rinse (if needed) and try again. You might find it easier to do this whilst in the shower.
It might take you a few tries at first, but hang in there and try again. Soon it will become second nature and you’ll barely feel it inside you.
Hours of leak free comfort
Recommendations from the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration advice is to limit to the duration of use, not exceeding 8 consecutive hours. Depending on your 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, and with clean hands, gently squeeze on the base of the cup to break the seal. Gently slide the cup out and empty the contents into the toilet. Be sure to break the seal before sliding the cup out. If possible rinse thoroughly with hot water and soap or just clean the cup with toilet paper and reinsert.
Caring for your cup
Caring 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 Hoo Haa Cup, sterilise the cup using our Hoo Haa Cup Steriliser or by placing your cup in boiling water for 15-20 minutes. We recommend using clean tongs to remove the cup from the boiling water as it may cause burns. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling your sterilised cup.
Air dry your cup and ensure it is completely dry before placing it in your eco-friendly cotton bag ready for you next use. Do not store 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