Menstrual Cup Tips for Beginners

Updated on July 9, 2018
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Through trial and error, I was able to figure out how to use menstrual cups successfully every time.

How to properly use menstrual cups
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The learning curve for using menstrual cups varies. Some people get it right the first time, while some people need a few menstrual cycles to find their most comfortable technique. When I first started, I had a hard time getting it right! I tried every fold technique and every position imaginable. Turns out, I was just doing it wrong! Silly me. :)

All I needed to do was repeatedly press the bottom rim until it filled up with enough air to pop. My mistake was that I treated it like a tampon—just push it inside and be done with it. I thought it was just going to work itself out once inside.

If you are new to menstrual cups, don't get discouraged! If your cup starts to leak just an hour or two after insertion, you may just not have inserted it correctly.

In this article, I will share some of my tips on how to fold, insert, and keep the cup in place.

How to Properly Use a Menstrual Cup

1. Folding the Cup

Here are nine different ways to fold your menstrual cup (there are probably more techniques out there):

  1. Punch-down
  2. C Fold
  3. 7 Fold
  4. Double 7
  5. Labia Fold
  6. Triangle
  7. Origami
  8. Diamond
  9. Half-Diamond

The video below demonstrates the various fold techniques. It all comes down to what works the best or is the most comfortable for you.

To find the right fold, you should consider which method makes it both easy to insert and easy to take out without being too troublesome. It took me a few tries to finally get this right. The punch-down and C fold worked best for me. I actually spent about an hour in the bathroom trying to figure this out. You may take awhile as well, but hey, learning is fun!

2. Inserting and Positioning the Cup

The best way to insert your menstrual cup is to relax, hold onto the fold, and find the right position.

  1. My number one tip is to relax. This is a common problem for newbie cup users. Tensing up makes it harder to insert the cup. Once I tried relaxing my muscles, insertion was very easy. Washing the area with warm water can also help the muscles loosen up. I do this all the time.
  2. Make sure that you are holding the fold firmly as you put it in. You don't want the cup to pop prematurely because it will be harder to adjust once inside.
  3. Don't be afraid to try different positions. Maybe try sitting, squatting, standing, or propping one leg up—whatever works for you. At first, I tried sitting because I seemed to become really tense when standing up. However, it was hard for me to pop the cup while sitting, so I tried standing with one leg up.

3. Securing the Cup In Place

When inserting the cup, do not push it all the way in. Stop at the end of the fold usually near the rim where you can control pressing it until there is enough air to pop your menstrual cup inside.

I do this a lot and it helps me seal the cup inside so it will not cause leakage later. You can twist and turn the cup, press the bottom rim repeatedly or put your finger around to make sure that the cup has been unfolded inside.

Before you push it all in, grab the rim on both side and try to pull out your cup a bit. If you feel resistance, that means the cup has been sealed correctly and then push the cup all the way in.

This part is probably the hardest to master as there are lots of women who just can't get it right including myself. It took me hours in the bathroom when I felt that I didn't seal it properly. This is the part where I want to give up already! I am anxious that if it's not sealed enough it will leak and that is going to be really embarrassing.

Worry not, there are lots of videos out there that you can watch and will help you master the cup! This video below helped me a lot:

Final Thoughts

My message to you is: DON'T GIVE UP!

Menstrual cups may be hard to master at first, but once you get it right, you'll find that they're very rewarding and liberating!

How about you? Have you tried using a menstrual cup? What fold or position works best for you? Leave a comment below to help other new user's out!

© 2018 Shel Teoh

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