HOW DOES IT WORK?
Using the cup is easy, it might take a couple of tries to get the technique correct, but once you get the hang of it, you will love it. You know you've work it correctly when you do not feel it.
Ensure your nails are trimmed and wash your hands before and after taking the cup out.
Using your dominant hand, flatten the cup and fold it into a 'C' shape.
You can insert the cup while seated on the commode or while squatting on the Indian toilet. Alternatively, put one foot on the commode and the other on the floor.
Separate the lips of your vagina with your free hand. Holding the C Fold, slide the cup into your vagina, toward your tail bone. Do not release the fold till the entire cup is inside your body. The stem should not stick out. To check if the cup has opened, slide your finger around the base of the cup to check for folds. Rotate the cup clockwise and anticlockwise to secure it.
Once inserted, you can leave the cup in your body for up to 12 hours. However, depending on your flow and the size of the cup you bought, you might need to empty it more frequently. Once you've used the cup for a couple of cycles, you will know when your cup generally fills up.
When the cup fills up, you will find that the stem is easy to reach. DO NOT try to take the cup out by pulling the stem, this will cause pain due to the vaccum seal created by the rim of the cup.
To safely remove the cup, use the stem merely as a grip, place one finger behind the stem and the other on the rim of the cup. Fold the cup inward and slide it out of your body.
When you take the cup out, empty it and wash it in regular water and then re-insert. DO NOT use soap or any other intimate washes, they contain chemicals and will lead to a chemical imbalance.
At the end of your menstrual cycle, sanitize the cup by bringing some water to a boil and dropping the cup in the water for a period of 5 minutes. Ensure that the cup does not touch the base of the utensil as it might burn. You could also use an old mug, fill it with water and put the cup in it. Pop this into the microwave for a couple of minutes. Dry the cup and put it into the bag you got with the cup.