How to use a menstrual cup?
Using a Lunette menstrual cup is a lot like using a non-applicator tampon. Simply fold the soft, pliable cup and insert. The cup will pop open during insertion so it can collect, rather than absorb, your menstrual blood. A cup is worn lower than a tampon, beneath your cervix. When properly positioned, it cannot be felt.
Lunette means security, less change hassle. A cup, by its liquid holding nature is more secure than tampons or pads. You can wear your cup continuously for up to 12 hours. It can also be used while sleeping at night.
Lead your normal life all month with Lunette. It comes with a small, cute pouch that fits discreetly into your handbag. You’ll never have to worry about where to buy tampons. You can do all your usual physical activities, like sports.
For further details on how to use and care for your Lunette menstrual cup, read on.
The Quick Guide How To Use a Menstrual Cup
Before first use, check that the air holes at the top of your cup are open. Wash your hands and clean the Lunette cup by washing with water and a mild soap. Then boil it in a large amount of water for 20 minutes before first use. Make sure that there is enough water so that the cup does not burn on the bottom.
TIP: Place the cup in a wire whisk to prevent contact with the bottom of the pan during boiling.
First, wash your hands with a mild, un-perfumed soap and water. When using the cup for the first time, you can lubricate it with water or a water-based lubricant to aid insertion.
Fold the Lunette menstrual cup in on itself as shown in the picture. To do this squeeze the cup flat then fold it in half so that the rim makes a "C" shape as illustrated to the right. Two other fold options are also illustrated below: the "punch down" and "triangle" fold.
While folded, the menstrual cup is inserted, into the lower vagina but beyond the pubic bone. When released, the cup unfolds and is held in position by a seal formed by the walls of the vagina and pressure from the vaginal muscles. You can try different folding methods and find the best one for you. Lunette has added the most common problems when using different folds in the instructions.
"C-fold" or "Heart fold" is the basic fold that most women use. Sometimes it might be too wide and cup not easy to pop open.
"Punch down fold" or "Shell fold" is the folding method that most younger women use. The cup is smaller to insert but depending on unique anatomy this fold might be difficult to get open.
"7 fold" or "Triangle fold" is a nice fold if you have problems to get the cup in. There also might be problems to get the cup open correctly with this fold.
Hold the menstrual cup firmly in its folded position and guide it rim-first into the vagina.
You can insert the Lunette menstrual cup while sitting, standing or squatting; spreading your legs will facilitate insertion. You will find the correct position in the vagina by practicing and getting to know your own anatomy. Unlike a tampon, the cup is positioned in the lower part of vagina, but beyond the pelvic bone. In order to avoid leaks, make sure that the cup has opened properly by rotating the cup after insertion.
To remove the Lunette menstrual cup, first wash your hands in clean water and relax your muscles. 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.
Be sure not to pull it out by the tab alone – this will cause the contents to spill and may hurt as well. Always pull the cup out while pinching the ridged bottom of the cup. Be careful not to damage the tab or cup with your nails. Tip the contents into the lavatory.
Rinse and re-use
Wash the Lunette menstrual cup carefully in warm water and soap to clean it sufficiently before reinsertion. Use mild and perfume-free soap for washing (maybe our own wash). The cup should first be rinsed in cold water, so that menstrual blood does not stain the cup or make it develop an odor. When water is not available or it is not convenient to boil the cup for 5 minutes, it is okay to wipe the cup with toilet paper and/or a Lunette Disinfecting wipe. You can give it a wash the next time.
Care of the Lunette menstrual cup
After its last use of your period, wash the Lunette menstrual cup carefully and store it in its own satin bag for proper ventilation. Do not store the menstrual cup in a hermetic container or plastic bag. The Lunette should be cleaned before and after your cycle and after emptying. To clean the cup between periods, wash with water and a mild perfume-free soap, then place in a pan of boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes. If this is not available, use the disinfecting wipes until clean boiling water is accessible.
You might not succeed in inserting the menstrual cup perfectly the first time, but you should get it right after a few tries. Since the Lunette menstrual cup doesn’t absorb anything, you can practice inserting it even when you are not menstruating. In this case, you should wet the menstruation cup with water or use a water-soluble lubricant to help position the cup. However, during menstruation there is naturally more moisture in the vagina so it is usually easier to practice insertion during your period. Don't give up on using the menstrual cup if you are experiencing difficulties the first few times. It may take some practice before you get the hang of it, but it is worth it.
Another suggestion: Try different folding methods. It might be that the most common one isn't the best one for you!
If you are a young woman or have not had intercourse, Lunette recommendc the smaller Lunette menstrual cup (model 1). Take your time to insert it correctly. You can also use water-soluble lubricant to help insert the cup. It is possible that the menstrual cup may break the hymen when used for the first time. The hymen can break, not only from sexual intercourse, but also from activities like cycling or gymnastics. Having an intact hymen is not synonymous with being a virgin. A virgin is someone who has never had sexual intercourse.
The cup is held in position by a seal formed with the walls of the vagina and pressure from the vaginal muscles. The menstrual cup, unlike a tampon, is seated low in the vagina but not so low so that the tab is uncomfortable, particularly when seated. In case of discomfort due to the device stem, remove your Lunette and trim the stem with sharp scissors.
To check that the cup has fully opened, slide a clean finger up next to the cup and feel all the way around it. The vagina is tilted backwards, so guiding the cup towards the small of your back and moving it up and down will aid finding the correct position.
If you have problems removing the menstrual cup, the first thing to do is relax. Breath deeply and slowly while relaxing your whole body, focusing on your vaginal muscles. If you are unable to relax, do something else for a while and try to forget about the cup. You might just need a break to release the tension.
If the menstrual cup has worked its way higher inside the vagina, relax the muscles and try to grasp its bottom or tab with your fingers. Squatting also eases the cup down. The cup can’t get lost in the vagina. But if you can’t reach it, be assured that it will slip down eventually by force of gravity.
Find a comfortable position that will allow you to remove the cup more easily. Many women remove the cup while straddling the toilet bowl. In this position, the vagina is open and while sitting it is easier to relax your legs. The vagina has a natural curve and the cup is usually above the pubic bone when sitting. Grasp the bottom of the cup tightly with your forefinger and thumb and pinch to release the suction. Then gently ease it out.
However, if you still have trouble with removal, try the following method to more aggressively break the seal. First, insert your forefinger parallel to the cup and find the upper part of the cup edge. At this point, your thumb will naturally be positioned at the cup bottom. Then gently press the cup together and grasp the cup with your thumb as well. Sometimes, but not always, you will hear a small noise when the suction is released. Pull the cup down. At the beginning, it might seem like you need to pull it with force, but with practice you will notice that this is a matter of technique rather than force. Tug the cup down firmly, do not let go at any stage. When the cup is at the opening of your vagina, press the cup together just like when inserting it, so that no pressure is applied to the mucous membrane.
The key to cup removal is to relax. The cup won’t come out by itself, but it won't take much effort to remove it either. At the beginning, it might seem a bit complicated. But soon insertion as well as removal will be easy and fast. The bottom of the Lunette menstrual cup isn’t reinforced like other cups on the market, so you will easily get a hold of the bottom to release the suction.
Getting your menstrual cup to work perfectly might take some practice, although some women learn it instantly.
Helpful information about the Lunette menstrual cup
The Lunette menstrual cup is emptied on average 2-4 times a day and can be used overnight, though for no longer than 12 hours at a time. You will quickly learn your own rhythm by viewing how much blood the cup has gathered. The measuring lines outside of the cup help to monitor your flow (model 1: 5ml and 13.5ml, model 2: 7.5ml and 15ml)
The Lunette menstrual cup can be used any time in your menstrual cycle – from your heaviest to your lightest flow. A back-up pad may be worn to assist in gaining confidence when first using the cup.
Tip the contents into the lavatory. You can put some toilet paper at the bottom of the toilet to make sure that one flush will clear out the bowl.
There is no need to remove the menstrual cup when going to the toilet, but after defecation there may be a need to check that the cup is still properly positioned. Remember to wash your hands carefully! Some women find it easier to relieve themselves and defecate without the menstrual cup.
You can use your Lunette cup with an IUD or with a contraceptive ring. It may be helpful to discuss using them together with your doctor. The strings of the IUD should be cut as short as possible and you should monitor their length regularly during periods. If the strings seem longer than normal, it might be a sign that the IUD has moved.
If you are using the cup together with a contraceptive ring, first insert the contraceptive ring in the uterine orifice and only then position the menstrual cup in the vagina.
Remember, after practice and getting to know your own body, using a cup will be second nature.