The best lubricant to use with a menstrual cup is a water-based lubricant such as Yes water-based lubricant. Do not use oil based lubricants or silicone lubricants as these lubricants will degrade your menstrual cup. Coconut oil has widely been used as a lubricant for menstrual cups, however, most menstrual cup companies advise against using any kind of oils on your menstrual cup as doing so may reduce the lifespan of your cup. Vaseline should also be avoided as it contains oils.
When purchasing a lubricant for use with a menstrual cup, make sure it is water-based and that it doesn’t contain any Glycerin’s, Parabens,Propylene Glycol, in short, if you don’t understand what’s on the ingredients list don’t buy it.
Lubricants we recommend:
- Swoon Smooth Mover Intimate Lubricant
- Yes® water-based
- Aloe cadabra
- System JO Organic Lube
- Sliquid Organics Natural H2O Lubricant
Apply a small amount of lubricant on yourself, do not put it on the menstrual cup as it will make it difficult to hold as it will be slippery.
Find a comfortable position to insert your cup, you can lie down on your back or stand up, squat down or sit on the toilet seat. You’ll find a position that works best for you over time. Now fold your cup we recommend the punched down or 7 fold as these folds have a small insertion tip. The C fold shown on most instruction manuals isn’t the best fold. When you use the C fold, the widest part of the cup is just at the beginning which can make it very difficult to insert your menstrual cup. If you know where your cervix is it will help you to angle your menstrual cup so that you do not place your cup past your cervix.
To find your cervix stick a finger inside your vagina and feel for your cervix, which feels kind of like the tip of your nose. It is a small, squishy nub with an indentation in the middle. If you can’t find your cervix, this probably means it’s very high, and in that case your cervix probably won’t cause any problems. However
your menstrual cup might sit higher up inside you.
To insert your cup relax your jaw muscles, YES relaxing your jaw does affect your pelvic floor muscles. Gently insert the tip of the cup keeping the angled downwards towards your tail bone until the cup is past your pubic bone. If you experience any pain you may want to use the water-based lubricant such as KY jelly. When the entire cup is inside you let go and allow the cup to pop open.
You may have heard or felt a “pop.” This is a sign that the cup has opened. Otherwise, reach up and feel around the base of the cup. It should be round or at least oval. If it’s not open, you can open it manually with a hand. Also try doing a few Kegel exercises, squats or rotating the cup in a full circle by twisting the base. You can also reach up with a finger and press part of the vaginal wall out of the way, so that air can travel up and open the cup. When it is in place, you can also try to pull it gently down, to make sure the vacuum has been made. Then stand up and walk around a bit if you can’t feel it “well done” you successfully inserted your cup. If you can still feel it, just push it up a little higher in till you can’t feel it any more. Avoid cutting the stem in till you are confident with removing your cup. For the first couple of times wear a backup pad or pantiliner.
To remove your cup, wash your hands and relax then squat down as this shortens your vaginal canal and pushes the cup down making it easier for you to reach. Make sure to have some toilet paper or a wipe with you as removing your cup for the first time can be a bit messy, removing your cup in the shower is a great way to avoid any mess. Bear down with your muscles so the cup will travel down farther. Continue doing this until you can reach the stem. Then break the seal by squeezing the bottom part of the cup until you feel or hear the suction release. Now gently rock the cup from side to side while pulling down.When you get to the opening of your vagina make sure you take it out upright to reduce spillage. If the rim of the cup is too wide to remove comfortably, use a finger to fold the cup into a C fold or a punch-down fold before you take it out of your vagina. Always pull the cup out while pinching the ridged bottom of the cup. Empty the contents down the toilet and thoroughly wash your cup down with cold water, check that the suction release air holes are not clogged before inserting it again.