To easily use the menstrual cup, quickly and effortlessly, it will probably take you one to two cycles to get used to your cup. It’s normal to be a little apprehensive the first few times, but don’t worry, you’ll quickly get the hang of it.
|Remember to wash your hands thoroughly before each use of the cup. Each person has their preferred method. You should take some time to find yours by trying several of them. Once you’ve found the folding method that best suits you, you’ll see that insertion will become quicker and easier. Our favourite method is the ‘punch down’ method because, with this folding method, the insertion point is very small, but it’s really up to you to choose the one you prefer. We also advise you to get an idea by looking at all the folding methods.|
During your first attempts, why not try inserting your Vivacup in the shower in a squatting position? The hot water will help you relax. If you get nervous, your perineal muscles will contract making it more difficult to insert and remove. Take the time to find a quiet, pleasant place where you feel good and that helps you relax.
Once you’ve folded your cup, gently guide it into your vagina, inserting it towards the base of your spine. Try to keep the cup folded until it is completely inside of you.
And if I have leaks ?
You may have leaks the first few times you use it. Don’t get discouraged.
There are two different reasons for leaks:
- Your cup is not properly positioned:
Menstrual cups are worn low, just at the entrance to the vagina. They are not worn as high up as a tampon. To see if it’s properly positioned, you can grab the base of the menstrual cup and rotate it. If it turns, it is properly positioned and unfolded.
Then you can run a finger along the cup, move it up to the base of the cup to check that the menstrual cup is properly opened.
- Your cup is not the right size :
If the cup does not fully open, it’s too big for your vagina or is placed too high.
If there is no suction, the cup is too small. You can consider trying the next size up.
If you want to be completely secure the first few times, you can wear a panty liner in your underwear for added peace of mind.
How do I remove it ?
Before removing it, remember to wash your hands again.
As with insertion, you can remove it while taking a hot shower. You can also squat, stand, sit on the toilet or lift up one of your legs up by placing it on the edge of a bathtub, for example. Here too, the important thing is to be relaxed and find the position that best suits you.
You will then need to put your fingers in your vagina to locate the menstrual cup.
If the cup is high and you have trouble reaching it, above all, do not panic. It’s not serious. Exhale, inhale and push on the muscles of your pelvic floor, as if you were using the toilet. The cup will come down a little and you’ll be able to grasp its base more easily.
Once you’ve grasped the base, pinch it to release the suction cup effect and slowly pull on this base to lower the cup.
Then all you have to do is empty your cup into the toilet, shower or sink.
The sight of blood
This may be the first time you see your blood in this way. Remember that it’s your blood, and that periods are a completely natural phenomenon.
Finally, know that you can safely reuse your cup.