Step 1: Prior to insertion, thoroughly wash your hands and the menstrual cup for 15-20 seconds.
Step 2: Hold the cup with the stem pointing down.
Fold the cup by pressing the sides of the cup together and then fold it in half again forming a tight “U” shape
Place a finger on the top rim of the cup and press it down towards the inside of the cup to form a triangle. This makes the top rim much smaller to insert.
With one hand, hold the folded sides firmly together with your fingers just below the top rim of the cup.
Step 3: Take a comfortable position standing, sitting on the toilet, or squatting. Relax your vaginal muscles. Gently separate your labia with your opposite, free hand. Insert the cup into the vagina, aiming it horizontally towards your tailbone (located at the base of your spine). The menstrual cup will open before it is completely inserted; however, continue to insert towards the tailbone until the stem is even with the vaginal opening and does not protrude.
Don’t push the tip of the stem further than 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) into the vagina. Inserting the menstrual cup too high may cause leaks and may also make removal more difficult.
Step 4: Grip the base of the cup (not the stem) and turn the cup one full rotation (360 degrees) in either direction or insert the cup about halfway, turn the cup one full rotation and then push it in the rest of the way. It must rotate easily as this ensures that it is fully open and that it is positioned properly.
You can also make sure the cup is completely open by inserting a finger into the vagina and gently pressing on one side of the cup for the cup to fully open. If the stem irritates the vaginal opening once it is positioned correctly, you may remove the cup and trim the stem slightly, but no shorter than 1/4 inch (0.6 cm). Cutting the stem completely may make removal difficult.
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