How To Use A Menstrual Cup

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Switching from using sanitary towels or tampons to a menstrual cup can be a bit intimidating at first, let's face it, you have to insert something rubbery and unfamiliar into your vagina that is way bigger than a tampon and leave it in there for up to 12 hours…with no visible string that you can pull on!

It’s a scary thought, we know, but a lot of females that made the change successfully had similar concerns.

In an effort to gently assist and guide you in the big switch, we have compiled a few easy steps of the whole process of inserting, removing, cleaning and caring for your Kind Cup.


How to sterilise your KIND CUP:

To prepare your KIND CUP before your first use, you would need to sterilise your cup. 

STEP 1
Submerge your cup in a small pot of water and bring to a boil for 3-5 minutes to sterilise your cup. Be careful to monitor the cup so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot and melt.

STEP 2
Let the water and cup cool down completely before handling or inserting your KIND CUP. 


Inserting
 your KIND CUP:

STEP 1
After sterilising your cup, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

STEP 2
Wet your cup with cold, clean water which acts as a natural lubricant for gentle insertion. (Refrain from using petroleum jelly and stick to water-based or natural lubricants).

STEP 3
Fold the cup between your thumb and forefinger, many women find that folding in a C shape inserts easiest. Alternative folding options can be explored to find the most comfortable fold for your body.

STEP 4
Breath and relax. It's important to completely relax when inserting the KIND CUP. Find a comfortable position, ideally a squat which most ladies prefer. Gently push the wet, folded cup into your vagina and position your cup a little lower than a tampon, or until the stem can be felt 1-2 cm inside of the vagina.

STEP 5
The most important step. Release the fold and allow the KIND CUP to open completely. Feel around the base of the cup or around the rim to make 100% sure the entire cup has unfolded and is securely inserted. 

Once your menstrual cup is in place, try to pull the stem a bit, if you feel resistance, a natural suction seal has been created and the cup has been inserted correctly!

A snug fit creates the required suction that is necessary for a leak-free flow.


Removing
 your KIND CUP:

We recommend emptying your KIND CUP while in the shower or over the toilet.

Step 1:
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

Step 2:
Find a comfortable position, ideally a squat. Breath and relax.

Step 3:
Use your thumb and forefinger to locate the stem of your cup and very gently pull the stem down. Once your KIND CUP reaches the entrance of the vagina, stop pulling.

If your cup has moved up, and you find it hard to reach the stem, sit on the toilet, relax completely and then push as if you’re making a wee. This will help push the cup down so you can feel the stem. Remember what goes up, must come
down again.

Step 4:
Move your grip to the base of the cup and gently press to release the suction. This will allow you to slowly pull the cup out completely with a firm grip on the cup (not the stem) to avoid spilling.

Step 5
Rinse your cup with clean water and reinsert or sterilise and store for your next cycle.


How to store when not in use

Your KIND CUP comes with a reusable travel pouch to store it in when you’re not using the cup but you can use any breathable pouch to store your cup. 

You want to make sure to protect the cup from dirt and germs, but that there’s still plenty of air circulation.

Store the pouch in a cold, dry location (such as a vanity drawer) where the cup can properly dry out before your next use.


And remember that

  • you can leave menstrual cups in for up to 12 hours
  • as a guide, on heavier days you might want to empty your cup every three or four hours
  • we are all different and you might need a few tries before getting the hang of your cup.

 Always consult with your doctor or gynaecologist before trying a menstrual cup.

 

If you are ready to join the KIND CUP Club, simply complete your purchase below.

(PS. if you sign up with SEEDS OF KINDNESS, you can get 15% off your first purchase) 

 

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