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The Beginner's Guide to Menstrual Cups

Not only is a menstrual cup great for the planet, but it's more comfortable, easier to use, and healthier than conventional feminine products. Why? The best menstrual cup is made from soft, supple silicone that you can wear for up to 12 hours. It's also designed to last ten years or longer, saving you hundreds of dollars.

But what is a menstrual cup exactly, and how does it differ from pads and tampons? After choosing my size, how do I use a menstrual cup? What's the best way to insert, remove, and clean it?

If you’re asking yourself any of these questions, don't sweat it. Not only is EverCup comfortable, eco-friendly, and FDA-registered, but it's easy to use once you get the hang of it. Follow these simple steps, and you'll never look back.

What Is a Menstrual Cup?

A menstrual cup is a flexible, small cup that collects your period flow rather than absorbs it like a tampon. Since you can rinse it out and use it throughout your cycle and for years to come, the best menstrual cup is an environmentally-friendly, healthy, and more comfortable alternative to pads and tampons.

5 Reasons to Love Your Menstrual Cup

  1. Comfort
  2. Health
  3. Money
  4. Planet
  5. Convenience
  6. Giving

#1: The Best Menstrual Cup Is Comfortable

How does it feel to wear one? If you insert your period product correctly, you won't even feel it. As a result, EverCup is fantastic for sleeping through the night, running a marathon, or getting through the workday. Say goodbye to uncomfortable tampon chafing and heavy, messy pads.

#2: It's Made From Medical-Grade Materials

EverCup is 100% medical-grade silicone with full material traceability. The best menstrual cup is made from silicone because it's:

  1. Soft and comfortable
  2. Biocompatible

Biocompatible means that it's safe to put inside the human body. EverCup is also manufactured in an FDA-registered and inspected factory in the United States. In other words, we offer amazingly high-quality products and empower our community by creating jobs.

#3: A Menstrual Cup Saves You Money

EverCup lasts for ten years, replacing thousands and thousands of tampons. Not only is that great for our planet (the average American woman creates 6.5 lb of period waste per year), but it's amazing for your wallet.

#4: EverCup Replaces 2,400 Tampons

That's a lot of tampon waste. Since EverCup lasts for 10 years or longer, it replaces 10 years worth of period products, which amounts to 65 lb of waste. Mother Earth thanks you for making the sustainable choice for our planet.

#5: Convenience: You Can Wear This Menstrual Cup for Up to 12 Hours

You can stop dreading your period. With EverCup, you can sleep in or work out without worrying about running to the bathroom. You also don't have to run to the store to buy pads or tampons anymore.

EverCup Menstrual Cup

EverCup offers effortless comfort. With up to 12 hours of leak-resistant use, the EverCup makes periods stress-free.

- Up to 12 hours of wear

- Available in 3 sizes

- 100% medical-grade silicone

- Made in USA

- Buy 1, give 1

Pads and Tampons May Contain Chemicals

There are several major health concerns with pads and tampons.

For starters, tampons may cause itching, chaffing, or thin the vaginal walls. Beyond that, conventional pads and tampons may contain chemicals such as bleach, pesticides, synthetic additives to increase absorption, and plastics. No one wants these inside there body--especially considering that the vagina is one of the most absorbent parts of the human body.

  • Bleach: Notice how your pad or tampon is bright white? That is because it has been bleached, often with chlorine.

  • Pesticides: One of the primary ingredients in tampons and pads is cotton—one of the most pesticide-intensive industrial crops on the planet. The vast majority of tampons are non-organic, meaning that the cotton they source may contain traces of pesticides.
  • Dioxin: A chemical that may result from chlorine bleaching. According to the EPA, dioxin is "highly toxic" and may cause cancer.
  • BPA: BPA is a type of plastic often found in tampon applicators. It may also disrupt hormones.

The vagina is one of the most sensitive and absorbent parts of the human body — so much so that some medical studies have tested vaginal membranes as a way to administer medicine. This suggests that the chemicals used in tampons may be absorbed into the bloodstream through the vaginal walls.


- May cause chaffing and thinning of vaginal walls

- May contain chemicals including bleach, pesticides, chlorine, BPA, and other additives.

- 1 woman produces 6.5 lb of tampon waste per year.

- Average American woman spends over $2,000 over her lifetime on pads and tampons

Tampons May Chafe and Cause Vaginal Dryness

What is a menstrual cup's advantage in comparison to organic tampons and pads? Though organic tampons are thought to be healthier than conventional brands, they may contribute to vaginal dryness, which increases as a woman approaches menopause. Tampons may also chafe uncomfortably against the vaginal walls, which may cause thinning.

By contrast, EverCup is made from soft, supple silicone guaranteed not to chafe or cause discomfort. And because our period cup collects, rather than absorbs, your flow, it does not cause vaginal dryness. This makes EverCup the best menstrual cup for women of all ages.

Why Am I Only Hearing About Period Cups Now?

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.

How to Choose the Best Menstrual Cup

Here's what to look for in high-quality feminine care products. Take this quiz to find your size, too.

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#1: Look for 100% Medical-Grade Silicone

What is a silicone menstrual cup? The best 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.

#2: Avoid Latex Period Cups

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.

#3: Find Your Menstrual Cup 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.

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How to Use a Menstrual Cup: 6 Simple Steps

1. 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.

2. Fold your cup and insert it in whichever way is comfortable. We have a few suggestions on how to fold it later on.

3. Make sure the cup unfolds within the vaginal canal. This will prevent leakage and ensures that your cup is firmly in place.

4. Enjoy its security and leak-free capabilities for up to 12 hours. Sleep, swim, dance and live life to the fullest without worrying about changing a tampon.

5. Remember to wash your hands first.

6. 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 its end. If you do not break the seal, this process may be less comfortable.

7. 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.

Menstrual Cup Storage

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

The Best Menstrual Cup Is Convenient, Sustainable and Comfortable With FDA-approved quality and a comfortable, soft design, EverCup makes sustainable feminine care easy. Not only do we believe that the period cup is the way of the future, but we're dedicated to giving all women access to healthy, eco-friendly and comfortable feminine hygiene products. For every purchase made, we donate our premium-quality menstrual cup to a woman in need in the United States or India. Help us change the stigma surrounding feminine care for the world's 2 billion menstruating women.

 How to Use a Menstrual Cup: 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.

  1. Start with the right sized cup.
  2. Relax. The tenser 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.
  3. Worried that you didn’t put it in properly? Wear a panty liner until you’re comfortable knowing how to use a menstrual cup.
  4. 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.

Wondering if you should be using a cup in the first place? Check out our article on IUDs.

How to Insert a Menstrual Cup

How to insert a menstrual cup is the big question for women new to sustainable feminine care. Though it may take a few tries to get the hang of it, inserting your EverCup will soon become 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.

Step 2: Fold It

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.

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Step 3: Squat

Though how to use a menstrual cup is up to you, we recommend squatting to aline the vaginal canal. This helps you insert it 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.

This means that the stem should be approximately 15 mm 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 shouldn't feel your cup at all. If you experience discomfort or leaks, remove it and re-insert.

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Step 5: 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—having regained 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: Enjoy Period Freedom for up to 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, or at least 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 you may need to empty it more regularly depending 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. This will also help you adjust to inserting it and removing it. 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.

Step 1: Wash Your Hands

Use a gentle soap to wash your hands again.

Step 2: Relax your Muscles to Remove a Menstrual Cup

Removing a menstrual cup is harder when your body is tense. The best thing to do is to 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 It 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 It 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 Your Period Cup

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.

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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 all menstrual cups 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:

  1. Fill your Cleaning Case, which contains your menstrual cup, with boiling water.
  2. Let the EverCup sit within the Cleaning Case for 5 minutes.
  3. To empty the case, pinch its handles together to pour the water out.
  4. No matter how you clean your menstrual cup, make sure that the four holes are clean.

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EverCup Cleaning Case

Between uses, you need a sanitary yet breathable place to keep your menstrual cup. That's why we include the EverCup Cleaning Case. For the same price, you receive a medical-grade silicone menstrual cup and case, all made in the USA.

- Silicone menstrual cup case

- Clean, breathable EverCup storage for all three sizes

- Available in blue, purple, and orange

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The Best Menstrual Cup Brands Are Transparent

Menstrual cup products that are made in China and are not subject to American-health and safety regulations. They may also be made from lower-quality, non-medical grade silicone or latex.

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 Administration's (FDA) quality and consistency standards.

ISO stands for the International Organization of Standardization. When a factory is ISO-certified, it follows stringent third-party quality, environmental, and safety regulations. You can read more about these standards on their website.

Did You Know...?

One woman generates 6.5 lb of pad and tampon waste annually. Since EverCup can be used for 10 years, one menstrual cup saves our planet from 65 lb of waste.

Menstrual Cup Fun Fact

You can now deduct the cost of a menstrual cup from your health savings account, thanks to new legislation.