The Menstrual Cup also known as a period cup, diva cup, silicone cup, rags cup, feminine hygiene device, moon cup. This little menstrual cup will sit right next to your cervix and is designed to catch your period rather than absorb it like a tampon or pad does. If inserted correctly there will be no leakage and you won’t even feel it’s there. It is made from medical grade silicone. This means it won’t break down on you and will not leech any nasty chemicals.
We sell two different sizes – Princess and Queen, based on the size of your cervix. If you have a smaller cervix you will need a princess size. Most women who have NOT had kids yet will need a princess size too. If you have had children, queen size is usually recommended. Also if you are over age 25 it’s possible the queen size is more suitable, as the size of your cervix tends to increase ever so slightly with age.
Menstrual Cup Instructions
Before using your menstrual cup for the first time you should sterilise the cup in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Do not let the cup touch the bottom of the pot.
How to use a Menstrual Cup?
Here are a couple of different folding techniques you can use when inserting your Menstrual Cup. With washed hands fold the cup in one of the following ways.
The Punch Down
Also called the pinch down this one is where you hold the cup with the opening facing up. Push one side of the rim down with your thumb. Squeeze both of the sides together so the opening of the cup is a lot smaller than the base. Insert all the way with the open end to your vagina.
Roll up the cup tightly with the opening pointed up. Keep a tight grip on the fold, insert the open end to your vagina and push it in all the way.
The C Fold
Flatten the cup and fold over so the opening forms a “c.” Insert the open end to your vagina and push it all the way in.
Once you have folded your cup, insert it inside your vagina with the little tail at the bottom end. Push the cup up as far as it will go, and once you feel the cup hit the top of your vagina, give it a little prod with your finger so the original fold loosens and the cup expands to fit around your cervix. You may hear suction sound, which is completely normal as more air enters the cup. You might have to give it a few prods with your fingers to make sure the top edge of the cup is completely opened up.
Once you take your fingers out, you should not be able to feel the cup. If you can feel the cup at all, then it isn’t in enough or it isn’t sitting properly, so give it another push upwards with your fingers, or just begin again.
It’s ok to use water or a water-based lubricant to make insertion easier.
How long to leave a Menstrual Cup in for
A menstrual cup should remain in for a maximum of 8-10 hours. The longer you leave your menstrual cup in, the higher the chance of bacterial building up and risk of infection. If your body is more prone to thrush, infection or bacterial vaginosis, we recommend using period underwear instead. They are a much safer option as they allow your body to excrete the toxins from your period naturally and not building up inside your vagina.
We recommend you empty your menstrual cup more often in the beginning to get to know the cup and your flow.
How to remove a Menstrual Cup
The first thing is to break the suction. Pinch the base of the cup, not the stem, and gently move the cup from side to side. Pull gently down while rocking the cup gently from side to side. Make sure you pinch the bottom of the cup and give it a wiggle so you can feel the suction seal break and air enter the cup. Carefully remove, keeping steady to avoid any spillage. It is important to break the suction of the cup before pulling, or there is a small chance of your cervix being pulled lower into your vagina. If you feel a small bump at the top of your cervix after removing the cup, please consult your GP. Doing kegel exercises will help push your cervix back upwards.
How to clean a Menstrual Cup
After emptying your Menstrual Cup, rinse it with hot water and soap that is fragrance free, and oil free. Run the cup under hot water until all the soap completely rinses off before reuse. Soap does not belong in your vagina. Soap changes PH levels, increasing risk of infection.
At the end of your period, sterilize your menstrual cup. This can be done by boiling the cup for a couple of minutes in a dedicated pot, or use a sterilizing solution (such as one used for baby bottles). Leave your menstrual cup to air dry upside down ready again for your next period. If your cup is stored somewhere that can be touched or collects dust in between your period, make sure you sterilize your Menstrual Cup again before its next use.
Why is my menstrual cup leaking?
There should only be three reasons why your reusable period cup leaks:
- It is not inserted correctly and needs to be ‘unfolded’ inside you and placed next to your cervix. Try taking it out and reinserting it again.
- It is full or you have been laying down. Even after leaving it for 8 hours, it never fills up more than a quarter way. If you lay down, you might get a tiny bit of leakage, this varies from person to person.
- It may be the wrong size for you. Every female’s vagina is different, and our menstrual cups will fit most cervix’s, but sometimes you just need a different size. We sell both small and large cups, generally speaking the small cup is for before you have kids, and the larger cup is for after you have kids, but that is not always the case. Some females always need a small cup and some always need a larger cup depending on the size of their cervix.
Why can I feel my menstrual cup inside of me?
This just means you have not got it inserted correctly, or you need to push it up higher. If you have any abnormalities such as fibroids or a dropped uterus, it might affect the placement of the menstrual cup. Best to check with your GP doctor first.If you have inserted it correctly but can still feel the stem and find it uncomfortable after using the cup a couple of times, you can make a note to cut the stem before next use. Do not trim the stem while the menstrual cup is inserted.
Is there anything I should do to prepare for my first use of a menstrual cup?
It’s fine to give it a practice run. Practice inserting and removing your cup before you get your period so you’re fully prepared when your period begins.
How do I get rid of the odour when I am finished my period?
You can use a fragrance free soap, or purchase a Menstrual Cup Cleaning solution. Be careful about using oils or other cleaning products on your cup, because they can affect your body’s PH level next time you use the cup.
Where to recycle Menstrual Cups at the end of their lifetime?
There are several places that you can recycle your Menstrual Period Cup.
- Home recycling bin – Check your city council’s recycling guidelines to see if you can just put your diva cup in your regular recycling bin. As every city council in Australia has different regulations about what can be put in their bin, you will definitely need to confirm this first. If you can’t recycle your period cup where you live, there are other options.
- At a sex toy shop – Most sex toys are also made out of medical grade silicone, and they need to go somewhere! Lots of sex toy shops have recycling programs and will generally take other medical grade silicone products too, just give them a call or email first to confirm.
- At a hospital – as our reusable period cups are made from medical grade silicone, they should technically be allowed to be recycled at a hospital, but again as every hospital is different with their own policies, it is better to contact them first to make sure. They have a lot of their own medical grade equipment to recycle too, so they should have a pretty good recycling system already in place.
- Burning your cup – as a last resort you can commit it to the flames. As this will be the least environmentally friendly option we have placed it last, but if all else fails with recycling your period cup, it does stop it from being sent to landfill. Our reusable menstrual cups are made from silicon dioxide, which is not harmful when you burn it as it is basically a combination of sand and glass. It will however produce a small amount of CO2 when burned, but if you weigh it up with how much CO2 you are already saving in the atmosphere from using a reusable period cup instead of disposable tampons and pads that decompose in landfill, there’s a definite environmental advantage to using menstrual cups!
Specs – Packaging & Dimensions
Princess Size menstrual cup dimensions:
42mm W x 42mm L x 75mm H
Weight: 90 grams
Queen Size menstrual cup dimensions:
47mm W x 47mm L x 80mm H
Weight: 95 grams