Menstrual cup guide

Here's to you for discovering period bliss

Congrats! A toast to you for embracing the menstrual cup — like you, many have hopped over to the cup side for that feel-nothing flow. So c'mon, let's make your period dreams a reality.

Getting started

We're sure you're excited to try out your cup! Here are a couple of things you should do to get it all nice and prepped. You can start by getting acquainted with your cup, aka your bloody awesome period upgrade.

Step 1: Check air holes

Check that all 4 air holes at the top of your cup are clear.

Step 2: Sanitise your cup

1) Microwave it for 2-3 minutes by placing it in the cleansing pouch with water, or

2) Boil it with water for 5 minutes, making sure your cup doesn't touch the bottom of the pot.

Step 3: Wash up

Wash your hands and menstrual cup with mild soap and water. Go ahead and leave your cup wet — water will help to lubricate the cup!

Putting it in

First, let's take the time to play around with different folds and figure out your favourite one.

Punchdown fold

Recommended for beginners! Push rim down into cup towards its base.

7 fold

Flatten cup and fold right corner diagonally to the left to form a "7" with the rim

C fold

Flatten the cup. Fold it in half vertically to form a C-shape.

Triangle fold

Flatten cup and fold one corner diagonally downwards to the base, forming a triangle.

Origami fold

Start with a shallow punchdown, then wrap the right corner over the left for a rosebud shape.

Labia fold

Pinch the rim and push it down into the middle of the cup, wrapping the sides around it.

Take a deep breath, here we go!

Step 1: Get comfy and relax

Squat, straddle or stand up — you'll soon find a position that works best for you. Relax those muscles! Breathe in, breathe out.

Step 2: Gently slide it in

Gently slide your folded cup rim-first into your vagina. Angle it towards your tailbone instead of straight up, until the entire cup is inside. That means the stem too!

Step 3: Double check the seal

Gently rotate the cup from the base to ensure that the cup pops open. This will form a seal to help prevent leaks. Check that it has successfully opened by running a finger around the cup base; it should feel smooth and round.

Step 4: Empty every 6-12 hours

Empty your cup every 6-12 hours, depending on your flow.

Ahh... period bliss

Taking it out

Step 1: Wash up, relax, and get into position

Wash your hands thoroughly. Stay relaxed — that's the key for easier removal! Get into the Hover or Leg Up position. Imitate a pooping motion to activate your pelvic floor muscles, which will help to lower the cup closer to your vaginal opening and get it within reach.

Step 2: Pinch the base & wiggle

Pinch the base of the cup to break the suction seal. If you're having trouble locating the base, use the stem as a guide. Wiggle the cup and ease it out, keeping it upright to avoid spills.

Step 3: Empty contents

Empty the contents into the toilet or sink.

Step 4: Rinse & reinsert

Wash with water and a cleanser formulated for menstrual cups, or with mild soap that's fragrance-free, oil-free and pH-balanced. Your vagina deserves to be handled with care!

Pro tips for cup care

Rinse your cup in cold water to avoid discolouration.

Clear the air holes during washing by rubbing the cup between your hands and squeezing it so that water passes through the holes. You can also use a toothpick to unclog any residue.

Sanitising

1. Rinse your cup with water and place it in the pouch.
2. Fill the pouch with water up to the 150ml mark.
3. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes.
4. Let the pouch cool off in the microwave before removing it and draining the water carefully.

Storing

• Dry your cup thoroughly and store it in the pouch provided.
• Keep the pouch open so that it remains breathable.
• Always store in a breathable pouch or container — never in an airtight environment.

Now that you've gotten the lowdown, it's time to go forth and master your cup! Together, you'll be making a difference to your body, your periods, and the planet — turns out, there really is a better way to bleed.

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