How to Use a Menstrual Cup in 6 Simple Steps
Knowing how to use a menstrual cup can seem intimidating at first. How do I insert it, know when to remove it, and clean it properly? If you’re asking yourself any of these questions you’ve come to the right place. Millions of women before you once asked, how does a menstrual cup work. But once you know how to insert a menstrual cup, you’ll never look back.
Here are 6 easy steps on how to use a menstrual cup no matter its design.
How to Use a Menstrual Cup in 6 Simple Steps
- Clean your cup. The most effective and eco-friendly way to do this is to pour boiling water into your 100% medical grade silicone Cleaning Case. Just like your EverCup, this case is FDA-registered and designed to withstand boiling temperatures.
- Fold your cup and insert it in whichever way is comfortable. We have a few suggestions on how to fold it further down.
- Make sure the cup unfolds within the vaginal canal. This will prevent leakage and ensures that your cup is firmly in place.
- Enjoy its security and leak-free capabilities for up to 12 hours. Sleep, swim, dance and be that b*tch without working about changing a tampon.
- Remove your cup and empty it in a toilet or sink. There is a technique to this that you’ll get used to. We recommend moving your muscles as if you were having a bowel movement to make the cup descend. Then, squeeze the cup slightly to break the seal and pull on the end. If you do not break the seal, this process may be less comfortable. Remember to wash your hands first.
- Rinse your cup with warm water if possible—or wipe with toilet tissue and reinsert it.
Looking for more specifics on how to use a menstrual cup? Keep reading.
First Things First: Before You Get Started
So you’ve decided to learn how to use a menstrual cup—welcome to the world of comfortable, healthy, eco-friendly and affordable feminine care. Before we get started, here are a few suggestions and tips for beginners.
- Start with the right sized cup. Though many women feel comfortable wearing different cup sizes, we recommend the mini for women under 18, the mid for women who have not had children and the standard for women who had delivered vaginally.
- R e l a x. The more tense your body is, the harder it is to insert a menstrual cup or remove one. Eventually, you’ll develop your preferred method of insertion and removal, but we suggest squatting above the toilet.
- Worried that you didn’t put it in properly? Wear a panty liner until you’re comfortable knowing how to use a menstrual cup.
- Always keep your cup clean and dry. We recommend using our Cleaning Case as a way to clean and store your cup. Unlike a cloth bag that dirties quickly or a plastic bag that does not provide airflow and can contribute to bacteria growth, the Cleaning Case is made from 100% silicone and features a unique closure to let your cup breathe and dry in your bag—all while staying protected.
How to Insert a Menstrual Cup: 6 Steps
How to insert a menstrual cup is the big question on everyone’s mind. Though it may take a few tries to get the hang of it, inserting your EverCup will soon before second-nature.
Step 1: Wash Your Hands before you use a menstrual cup
Remember that you are putting something inside your body. The best thing to do is to keep your hands as clean as possible. This means washing them with mild or unscented soap, if possible.
Step 2: Fold Your Cup.
There is more than one way to do this so experiment to find what works for you. We suggest pinching the opening of your cup and folding it into a C shape. You can make it even smaller by pushing the rim down into your cup.
Step 3: Squat
Though how to use a menstrual cup is up to you, we also recommend squatting to aline the vaginal canal. This helps you insert a menstrual cup at the correct angle.
Step 4: Insert the Menstrual Cup
Hold the cup in your dominant hand while using your other hand to separate your labia. This is when it’s important to relax your vaginal muscles. Slide the cup rim-first into your vagina. Your cup will naturally open as it goes in. Including the stem, it should be fully inside the vagina.
Approximately, this means that the stem is 15mm away from the vaginal opening or within the first knuckle of your pointer finger. It is okay if the cup goes in further as long as you are comfortable. How to insert a menstrual cup depends on every woman’s unique body shape.
Once you’ve learned how to use a menstrual cup properly, you should not feel your cup nor experience any leaks. If you experience discomfort or leaks, remove it and re-insert.
Step 5: Double Check that It Opened Up Inside Your Vaginal Canal
Though your cup should have opened once inserted, feel free to double-check by squeezing it inside your body. It should feel round--regaining its natural shape--inside your body without any folds.
If you do feel a dent, you can rotate it or remove it and try again.
Step 6: Live Your Best Life for 10-12 Hours
The EverCup was designed to make periods easier. This means that it’s perfect for physical activities like running and swimming, great for going to work or school, and perfect for a worry-free night’s sleep.
Make sure to remove your menstrual use at least every 10 to 12 hours, meaning twice a day.
How to Use a Menstrual Cup: When Do I Remove It?
One of the many benefits of an EverCup is the ability to safely and comfortably wear it for longer stretches of time than a pad or tampon. We advise women to remove it at least every 12 hours, though the frequency with which you need to remove it will depend on your cycle.
You’ll naturally develop a rhythm for how and when to remove it. Start off by removing it more frequently to understand how much it can hold (and get in the habit or re-inserting it).
As women, we bleed less than one thinks. Most women lose between 6 and 8 teaspoons of blood during their period, and no more than 12 teaspoons, according to the National Health Service.
How to Remove a Menstrual Cup
Removing your EverCup is easy once you get the hang of it. Here are some easy steps for how to use a menstrual cup for beginners.
Step 1: Wash Your Hands
Use a gentle soap to wash your hands again.
Step 2: Relax your Muscles.
Removing a menstrual cup is harder when your body is tense. The best thing to do is take a deep breath and relax your muscles. Many women find that that it’s helpful to push as if having a bowel movement to move the cup lower.
Step 3: Pinch the Cup Gently
Feel for the stem with your thumb and index finger. Pinch near the base of the cup to break the seal. Make sure that the seal is broken before pulling to prevent suction. If you are having trouble finding it, see above.
Step 4: Slide Your Cup Out Slowly
Remove your menstrual cup slowly so that you don’t empty the content. Keep the cup as upright as possible.
Step 5: Empty It
Use a toilet or the sink to empty your cup. Rinse it with clean, warm water if you are near a sink and re-insert it.
How to Clean Your EverCup
There are several ways to clean your EverCup. Part of our mission is to provide menstrual products and education to women in the Global South. As part of that, we’ve developed a Cleaning Case designed to make it easy, discreet and affordable to clean your EverCup. It is also compatible with every type of menstrual cup on the market.
How Often Should You Clean It?
It is important to clean your cup with boiling water at least once every cycle, in addition to rinsing it out with warm water daily. If you do not have access to clean water in which to rinse it, make sure that you boil your cup more frequently.
A big part of how to use a menstrual cup correctly is knowing how to clean it. There are two main ways to clean your EverCup:
- Fill your cleaning case, which contains your menstrual cup, with boiling water. Let the EverCup sit within the Cleaning Case for 5 minutes. To empty the case, pinch its handles together to pour the water out.
- Place your cup directly in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes.
- No matter how you clean your menstrual cup, make sure that the four holes are clean.
How to Store Your EverCup
How to use a menstrual cup also means storing it in a safe, sanitary way. That’s why we invented the Cleaning Case: not only is it best to have a container into which to sanitize your cup, but it’s also a high-quality storage container made especially for your cup.
Just like the EverCup, the Cleaning Case is made from 100% medical-grade silicone. It also features two closure options:
- A loose closure is ideal for a damp cup. You want to give it space to dry so as to not produce bacteria but a safe place so it stays clean.
- A tight closure is great for when you’re on the go and want your cup to be as small and discreet as possible.
Canvas Bag Storage Isn't a Longterm Solution
Many companies only offer canvas bag storage. These bags get dirty quickly so they are not ideal for long-term menstrual cup storage. We designed the Cleaning Case because we wanted the EverCup to be as sustainable and healthy as possible.
How to Use a Menstrual Cup: Inserting, Removing, and Cleaning
Knowing how to use a menstrual cup becomes second-nature--once you become accustomed to inserting, removing and cleaning it. Not only is the EverCup more sustainable and healthier than conventional feminine products and menstrual cups not made in the USA, but it’s also much more comfortable.