Any new experience, like using a menstrual cup for the first time, can be challenging. It can take a few periods for you to get used to the cup but believe us when we say it's all worth it and that you have nothing to be concerned about.
The ends justify the means, which may include experimenting with various folding and insertion techniques. Again, don’t worry, here is a stepwise guide - right from pre insertion to post removal:
Sanitize your Femino cup in boiling water for 3-5 minutes before using it for the first time. Make sure the cup does not touch the bottom or the side of the pot. The heat could melt the silicone.
Let the cup cool. Get your hands ready for inserting the cup by washing them thoroughly.
When inserting your menstrual cup, it's essential to relax your muscles. Start by finding a comfortable place. You can choose to lie down, squat, sit on the toilet, or stand up. Over time, you'll discover the best position for you!
To make the insertion faster, you can use water or a water-based lubricant.
There are several folding techniques, so try out a few and see which one works best for you. The Punch-Down Fold and the C-Fold are two of the most common. When inserting your menstrual cup, hold it folded until it is fully within your vagina.
Insert the folded menstrual cup into your body, then remove your fingers and allow it to open up. You can hear a "pop" or a suction sound if the menstrual cup has been properly inserted. This indicates that the cup has unfolded and formed the requisite suction seal. If you're not sure, reach into the cup and feel around the base; it should be round or oval.
To make sure that the suction seal has been established, gently grasp the cup's base (not the stem) and rotate it to unfold it. If you encounter resistance when pulling the stem of your menstrual cup, the suction seal has been formed and the cup has been inserted correctly!
Keep your Femino cup in all day and night once it is inserted; ideally worn for 8 hrs. Empty your cup more than twice a day, depending on how heavy your flow is.
When it’s time to remove your menstrual cup, start by washing your hands again. Relax and find a comfortable position that works for you. Remember, only tensing up makes this a difficult situation.
Pull the stem slightly before you meet the base. To loosen the suction seal and ease it out, gently pinch the base (or put your index finger alongside it).
After removing your menstrual cup, drain the accumulated flow into the toilet or sink, rinse the cup. Re-insert your menstrual cup as directed in previous steps once it is clean. If your body is done menstruating, boil the cup for 3-5 minutes in water before storing it in the organic cotton bag.
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