A menstrual cup may seem intimidating at first. How do you choose the best menstrual cup? And once you've made your selection, how to use a menstrual cup may seem complicated. 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 and how do i choose the best period cup for me. Follow these simple steps, and you'll never look back from sustainable, healthful and comfortable feminine hygiene products.
In this guide, we go over:
Looking for more specifics on how to use a menstrual cup? Keep reading.
What is a menstrual cup? Also known as a period cup, a menstrual cup is a flexible, small cup that collects your period flow rather than absorbs it. Since you can rinse it out and use it throughout your cycle and for years to come, the best menstrual cups are an eco-friendly, healthier, and more comfortable alternative to pads and tampons.
When it comes to comfort, menstrual pads are the better choice. Once you know how to insert a menstrual cup correctly, you can wear your device for 12 hours at a time without leaks or feeling it there.
By contrast, tampons come with strings and rub against the vaginal walls when you remove them. Pads can feel heavy and messy.
More importantly, an increasing body of research shows that pads and tampon use comes with health risks. Notice how your pad or tampon is bright white
That’s because they’ve been bleached with chlorine and contain other chemicals.
One of the primary ingredients in tampons and pads is cotton—one of the most pesticide-intensive industrials crops on the planet. The vast majority of tampons are non-organic, meaning that the cotton they source most-likely contains traces of pesticides.
The vagina is one of the most sensitive and absorptive areas in the human body. It’s so absorptive that medical studies consider the vaginal membrane as a way to administer medicine.
Though there is a shocking lack of research on vaginal health and tampons, they can be absorbed into the bloodstream through the vaginal walls.
What about all-natural tampons and pads? Though these are much better for your health than conventional brands, tampons can also contribute to vaginal dryness. Chafing against the vaginal walls also remains an issue, no matter how organic a product is.
The EverCup is made of soft, malleable silicone so there’s no chafing or discomfort. And because our period cup collects, rather than absorbs, your flow, it doesn’t contribute to vaginal dryness, either.
Additionally, organic pads and tampons still contribute to feminine products’ enormous environmental imprint. While it’s only safe to use a tampon for up to eight hours, a menstrual cup is reusable for ten years or more.
The concept behind how to use a menstrual cup is always the same: a device that comfortably catches your period within your body and holds it there until removal. But what your device is made from matters as much as how it works.
The best menstrual cup designs are made from 100% medical grade silicone. This means that it’s the highest quality material and can be used for medical applications. Keep in mind that many medical devices have silicone valves, seals and tubes.
The best menstrual cups will be made from silicone that is of the same high quality.
When choosing the best menstrual cup for you, remember that the vagina is one of the most absorptive parts of the human body for organic and inorganic compounds.
This means that the materials you put in your vagina matter. Unlike plastics and rubber, silicone is made primarily from silica, meaning sand, and oxygen, not petroleum. It’s also BPA-free and free of other compounds that can affect estrogen.
Despite these dangers, some menstrual cup companies do not use 100% medical-grade silicone in their products. Instead, they use a diluted version that can contain plastic or latex.
Latex is a type of natural rubber to which many people have allergies. Placing lower-quality materials in the vagina is not advisable.
The best menstrual cup products put the environment first. Keep in mind that period cups have been around since the 1930s. Why are you only hearing about them now? Since you can use these products for 10+ years, large corporations could make more profits by selling pads and tampons.
Here are some facts about pad and tampon waste to put it in perspective:
By comparison, here are some statistics about menstrual cups:
Keep in mind that not only are pads and tampons filling our landfills, but all those women are buying products every month. A menstrual cup can be a one-time purchase.
Like any e-commerce business, these products can be produced anywhere. Though quality devices can come from many countries, most menstrual cups are produced in China and are not subject to American-health and safety regulations.
Our FDA-registered menstrual cups are produced in an ISO-certified factory in Maine, USA. This means that every menstrual cup that we produce meets the Food and Drug Administrations (FDA)’s quality and consistency standards.
ISO stands for International Organization of Standardization. When a factory is ISO-certified, that means that we meet third-party quality, environmental, and safety regulations. You can read more about these standards on their website.
The best menstrual cup companies are open about where they manufacture their product and how to use a menstrual cup. A big part of best period practices is knowing how to clean your device between uses and at the end of every cycle.
The EverCup advises you to clean your device out with clean, warm water between uses. Reached the end of your cycle? Fill your Cleaning Case with boiling water. This will kill all germs.
Some companies advertise a menstrual cup cleaning soap. Not only does buying a disposable product that comes in a plastic tube contradict the eco-friendliness of this product, but it won’t be as effective as the age-old cleaning method of boiling water.
Take our menstrual cup quiz to find your perfect size.
Just as you and your friend, daughter or mother may wear different shoes, the best menstrual cup could differ for you, too. More specifically, women who have given birth may need a slightly wider, larger sized cup than younger women.
That’s why we make it easy to measure your cervix and determine the size cup you need.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use a gentle soap to wash your hands again.
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.
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.
Remove your menstrual cup slowly so that you don’t empty the content. Keep the cup as upright as possible.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
There is a reason the menstrual cup is making waves in women’s health. Not only is not more comfortable than a pad or tampon, but it’s much better for the health of your vagina and your bank account.
Made from 100% medical-grade silicone, the EverCup is comfortable, hygienic and easy to insert and clean. And because of our affiliation with Casco Bay Molding, located in Sanford, Maine, we exclusively source FDA-registered, American-made cups held to the highest quality standards.