How to use a menstrual cup

What is a menstrual cup?

A menstrual cup is a type of reusable product to collect period fluid made of rubber or silicone. It’s a small, flexible funnel-shaped cup you insert into your vagina. It is an eco-friendly alternative to tampons and sanitary towels. There are different sizes to fit different positions of the cervix and the menstrual flow. Age, flow and position of cervix can affect the fit so it is important to research what is best for you.


Unlike pads or tampons a menstrual cup can be used for up to 12 hours. The cup must then be removed and washed thoroughly before inserting again. The cup can also be used at night.

Like using a tampon for the first time using a menstrual cup can be daunting. The most important thing to remember is to take your time and relax. It may take a few tries to find a comfortable way of inserting and removing the cup.  With all period products there is no one size (or cup) fits all!

Below is a visual guide on how to insert a menstrual cup.

Step 1: Wash your hands thoroughly before inserting the menstrual cup.

Step 2: Fold the cup between your thumb and forefinger- many women find that folding in a C shape is easiest

Step 3: Gently push the folded cup into your vagina. It will be lower down in the body than a tampon but it will be secure.

Step 4: Allow the cup to open inside your vagina, and ensure that it is fully unfolded by running your finger around the outside edge. The great thing about a menstrual cup it creates a suction to collect the period liquid to prevent any leaks.