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How to Put in a Menstrual Cup

a female hand holding up a menstrual cup with a plain light pink background



A menstrual cup is a reusable period product that catches the uterine lining as it is being shed, but before it leaves the body. Here’s how to put one in:

  1. Wash your hands

  2. Some people like to wet the rim of the menstrual cup before inserting. Others use a water-based lubricant to help it slide in more easily. Many women just insert the cup without either water or lubricant.

  3. With the rim of the circle facing up, fold the cup in half - you’ll need to fold it tightly in one hand. Use the other hand to spread your labia.

  4. Pointing the rim up, the cup goes inside your vagina the same way a tampon gets inserted. 

  5. As you loosen your grip, the cup will open from its folded position. You may need to rotate it a little when it is inside. Just like with a tampon, it shouldn’t hurt or even be very noticeable when you stand up. If your cup feels uncomfortable, it’s in wrong.



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