- Help! I cant insert my cup. Which fold do I use?
- Help! I can’t get my menstrual cup out!?
- Help! My menstrual cup is leaking!
- I have a low Cervix, I don’t know which cup to choose
- My Cup Keeps Turning around!
- My Cup “Bubbles” and I can feel it!
- Help my cup is stained
- I have an IUD, can I use a menstrual cup?
- I have Interstitial Cystitis, can I use a cup??
- I have endometriosis, can I use a cup?
- I have a vaginal infection, can I use a cup?
- I just given birth, can I use a cup?
If you have a question that is not found here please email us and we can add it to help others on their cup journey!
Inserting your cup: Getting your cup in for the first time can be tricky! It is like anything, lots of practice will make you an expert in no time! Just remember that it can take 3-4 cycles to get used to using a menstrual cup properly. You need to get used to it, your body needs to get used to it and that the whole process is a new learning experience. Some people find it is easy the first time but others it takes time, patience and practice. Just don’t give up!
Firstly relax. This is the MOST important part when you insert your cup. Check out the four folds that we recommend for the use of your cup HERE. Hold your cup in your hands and practice the folds, watch the short video and get the hang of how your cup feels and moves. Once you have done that you can move on to inserting your cup.
For first time users we always recommend inserting in the shower. Warm you cup up first under the warm water, use one of the folds you have practice and try inserting it. Give your cup a little twist as you insert it past the first band of muscle up into the vagina, take the pressure off the cup fold and see if your cup will pop open. Run your finger around the base/walls of the cup and you should be able to tell if it is open or not. If your cup hasn’t opened fully you will find your cup wall will not feel uniform. The base should feel bouncy to touch and the cup should feel comfortable. If you fail you just try again! The shower is great as it doesn’t matter how many times you try, there is no mess and the warm water helps provide lubrication for insertion.
Please remind yourself that it can take a while to get used to using a cup, with practice it will get easier.
If you are really stuck and can’t get your cup to open please call or email us! We are happy to help!
Getting your cup out: This actually can happen! Don’t worry, RELAX! The biggest problem with not being able to remove your cup is that when you worry about it your muscles tense up and make it harder to remove. Try to find a comfortable position and relax, take a few deep breaths. Squat or sit and bear down to encourage the cup to move down towards your vaginal opening. Once the stem is within reach gently wiggle your cup side to side until you can reach the base of the cup. Pinch the base of your cup to release the seal and gently remove. Call us if you need a calm voice to guide you through it!
Leaking cups! When using a cup, especially when you are a first time user, it is normal to experience some leaking. You just need to practice getting the cup to open and into a position that suits your body. Try different folds and once inserted run your finger around the base of the cup to ensure that it has fully opened. It should have a smooth bouncy feel with no sunken areas. Give your cup a little twist as that sometimes helps to ensure that it has opened correctly. If you are unsure take it out and try again. RELAX and breathe, frustration can cause you to tense your muscles and make this process tricky. The best place to practice is in the shower where you are warm and the water helps with the process.
If you continue to experience leakage after attempting to use a cup for more than 3 cycles you may need to talk to us to find a cup that will suit your body type better.
Low Cervix: I have a low Cervix, I don’t know which cup to choose? There are many reasons why a cervix can lie lower than usual. In these cases it is best to chose a short cup that allows you to use a menstrual cup successfully. MyCup™ Will have their own short cup later on in 2018 but in the meantime there are two options for shorter style cups to choose from. One is MeLuna Shorty Cup and the other is Juju Cup No.4.
Turning Cups! My Cup Keeps Turning Around! From time to time we get people calling us about their cup turning around inside their vagina. It is normal for the stem of the cup to rotate from side to side. But, if you cup is turning upside down OR on its side then you may have the wrong sized cup. It would be best to talk to us in that case and work out what cup would suit your body type.
My Cup “Bubbles” and I can feel it! It is perfectly normal to have a bubbly feeling straight after insertion of your cup – it is the displacement of air when you insert your cup. These usually adjust on their own with the air coming out of the breathing holes on the side of the cup. If the bubbling feeling continues you will need to try to displace the air by pushing up on the base of your cup to force the air out through the breathing holes. Most people just ignore the bubbly feeling and it tends to disappear after a short time.
Air bubbles can also indicate that your cup is full and needs to be emptied. It is helpful on heavier days so you can empty it before it overflows.
Air bubbles also occur as the blood flows into the cup as the air needs to displace through the breathing holes. Some people never experience this but others experience it often. This can happen right throughout the day as the cup fills up.
Cup Staining Explained: All clear menstrual cups are subject to staining after a period of time. Fortunately they are usually only a surface stain so can be removed easily the following ways:
- Give your cup a very good wash/scrub. Make a mixture up a 1 teaspoon of baking soda to a cup of water and soak overnight. Then rinse throughly and leave out in the sunshine for a couple of days.
- Give your cup a very good wash/scrub. Soak in Milton Solution overnight. Rinse throughly the next day and then leave out in the sunshine for a couple of days. Boil or sterilize as per normal and store in a breathable cotton bag.
The sunshine does wonders for stained menstrual cups. Try leaving your cup in the sunshine regularly between your periods and you will find this will keep staining away! We love these natural solutions!
IUD and Menstrual Cup Use. Yes. Many women successfully use a menstrual cup whist they have a IUD in place. A menstrual cup itself will not interfere with you IUD.
- Check with your GP if it is ok to use a menstrual cup with your IUD.
- Ask your GP to trim the string of the IUD if they are too long.
- Wait for your IUD to settle in for at least 2 cycles before using your menstrual cup.
- Place the menstrual cup lower in your vagina if possible.
We recommend that if you do use an IUD that you always take great care when you REMOVE your cup. A cup stays in place due to a light suction and if this suction is not broken prior to removal it may affect your IUD.
You can break the seal of your cup by either “pinching” the base of your cup and gently removing, OR sliding you finger up the side of the cup to the rim and breaking the seal that way and gently removing. Never pull you cup out with force as it may affect the placement of the IUD.
Interstitial Cystitis is condition that has no cure. Some people who suffer from this condition find that the use of tampons is unbearable. Some find that the use of a menstrual cup can alleviate symptoms and not cause any flares ups of their condition. The best cup to try is a soft one, to put as little pressure on your bladder as possible. Give us a call to talk through your options! We can’t promise this is the answer for you but we can say that others with this condition successfully use a menstrual cup with no pain.
Endometriosis occurs when endometrial cells from the lining of the uterus (the same lining that is normally shed out during menstruation) implant in areas in which they should not. Symptoms can include painful and heavy menstruation, chronic back and pelvic pain, gastrointestinal and urinary tract difficulties.
If you do suffer from endometriosis, you can safely and effectively use a menstrual cup without causing any risk to your health or further discomfort or pain. Some women who suffer from endometriosis prefer the menstrual cup over tampons as menstrual cups can lessen the severe menstrual cramps caused and associated with endometriosis. Of course, talk to your doctor about the risks, benefits, etc if you are unsure.
Vaginal Infections: We do not recommend that you use a cup whilst you have an infection. We would also suggest that you do not use a menstrual cup until your infection has cleared up completely. Please follow our menstrual cup cleaning guide carefully for cleaning your cup if you have developed your infection whilst using your cup
With regards to concerns over infections such as, cervicitis, bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections or Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) please consult your physician prior to using a menstrual cup.
Post Birth. A menstrual cup should not be used during postnatal bleeding. It takes time to heal after you have given birth, it is best to use post-partum menstrual pads during this time and check with your doctor when you can start with using your menstrual cup again.