Menstrual Cup Instructions
How to use a Menstrual Cup?
There are several folding techniques that can be used when inserting a Menstrual Cup. Firstly, make sure your hands are washed and clean.
The Pinch Down
Holding your cup with the opening facing up, push one side of the rim down with your thumb. Push both of the sides together so the opening of the cup is a lot smaller than the base. Insert the open end to your vagina and push it all the way in.
The Roll Fold
Roll up the cup as tightly as you can with the opening pointed up. While keeping a tight grip on the fold, insert the open end to your vagina and push it all the way in.
The C Fold
Holding the cup sideways between your thumb and index finger, fold the top part over to the opening forms a "c." Insert the open end to your vagina and push it all the way in.
Once you have folded your cup, insert it inside your vagina with the little tail at the bottom end. Push the cup up as far as it will go, and once you feel the cup hit the top of your vagina, give it a little prod with your finger so the original fold loosens and the cup expands to fit around your cervix. You may hear suction sound, which is completely normal as more air enters the cup. You might have to give it a few prods with your fingers to make sure the top edge of the cup is completely opened up.
Once you take your fingers out, if you can feel the cup at all, you have not got it in high enough or it isn't sitting properly inside you, so give it another push upwards with your fingers, or pull it out and try again.
How long to leave a Menstrual Cup in for
You should empty and reinsert your Menstrual Cup often, leaving it in for a maximum of 8-10 hours. The longer you leave your menstrual cup in, the higher the chance of bacterial building up and risk of infection. If your body is more prone to thrush, infection or bacterial vaginosis, we recommend using period underwear instead. They are a much safer option as they allow your body to excrete the toxins from your period naturally and not building up inside your vagina.
How to remove a Menstrual Cup
Pinch the base of the cup, not the stem, and gently move the cup from side to side while pulling down. Ensure you pinch the bottom of the cup and give it a wiggle so you can feel the suction seal break and air enter the cup. Carefully remove, keeping steady to avoid any spillage. It is extremely important to ensure you have broken the suction of the cup, or there is a small chance of your cervix being pulled lower into your vagina. If you feel a small bump at the top of your cervix after removing the cup, please consult your GP. Doing kegel exercises will help push your cervix back upwards.
How to clean a Menstrual Cup
So while you still have your period, after emptying your Menstrual Cup, rinse it with hot water and soap that is fragrance and oil free. Make sure you run the cup under hot water until all the soap completely rinses off before inserting it back inside you, because left over soap suds can change your vagina PH level increasing your risk of infection.
At the end of your period, you will need to sterilize your menstrual cup. You can either boil your cup for a couple of minutes in a separate pot, or use a sterilizing solution (such as one used for baby bottles). Leave your menstrual cup to air dry upside down. Ready again for your next period! If your cup is stored somewhere that can be touched or collects dust inbetween your period, make sure you sterilize your Menstrual Cup again before using it again for your next period
Why is my menstrual cup leaking?
There should only be three reasons why your reusable period cup leaks:
- It is not inserted correctly and needs to be ‘unfolded’ inside you and placed next to your cervix. Try taking it out and reinserting it again.
- It is full or you have been laying down. Only occasionally do I get a little bit of leakage, and generally it means I need to empty my cup! Even after leaving it for 8 hours, it never fills up more than a quarter way. If you lay down, you might get a tiny bit of leakage, this varies from female to female.
- It is the wrong size for you. Every female’s vagina is different, and our menstrual cups will fit most cervix’s, but sometimes you just need a different size. We sell both small and large cups, generally meaning the small cup is for before you have kids, and the larger cup is for after you have kids, but that is not always the case. Some females always need a small cup and some always need a larger cup depending on the size of your cervix.
Why can I feel my menstrual cup inside of me?
This just means you have not got it inserted correctly, or you need to push it up higher. If you have any abnormalities such as fibroids or a dropped uterus, it might affect the placement of the menstrual cup. Best to check with your GP doctor first.
How do I get rid of the odour when I am finished my period?
You can use a fragrance free soap, or purchase a Menstrual Cup Cleaning solution. Be careful about using oils or other cleaning products on your cup, because they can affect your body's PH level next time you use the cup.
Where to recycle Menstrual Cups at the end of their lifetime?
There are several places that you can recycle your Menstrual Period Cup.
- Home recycling bin - Check your city council’s recycling guidelines to see if you can just put your diva cup in your regular recycling bin. As every city council in Australia has different regulations about what can be put in their bin, you will definitely need to confirm this first. If you can’t recycle your period cup here, there are still plenty of options for you.
- At a sex toy shop – Most sex toys are also made out of medical grade silicone, and they need to go somewhere! Lots of sex toy shops have recycling programs and will generally take other medical grade silicone products too, just give them a call or email first to confirm.
- At a hospital – as our reusable period cups are made from medical grade silicone, they should technically be allowed to be recycled at a hospital, but again as every hospital is different with their own policies, it is better to contact them first to make sure. They have a lot of their own medical grade equipment to recycle too, so they should have a pretty good recycling system already in place.
- Burning your cup – yes this is probably a last resort, as this will be the least environmentally friendly option, but if all else fails with recycling your period cup, as least you can still dispose of it instead of sending it to landfill. Our reusable menstrual cups are made from silicon dioxide, which is not harmful when you burn it as it is basically a combination of sand and glass. It will however produce a small amount of CO2 when burned, but if you weigh it up with how much CO2 you are already saving in the atmosphere from using a reusable period cup instead of disposable tampons and pads that decompose in landfill, it is a huge win!
Specs – Packaging & Dimensions
Small menstrual cup dimensions:
42mm W x 42mm L x 75mm H
Weight: 90 grams
Large menstrual cup dimensions:
47mm W x 47mm L x 80mm H
Weight: 95 grams
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