REMOVING THE CUP
Whatever happens, a menstrual cup must NEVER be removed just by pulling on the stem or the bowl or the ring, downwards (towards outside of the body).
Doing this way makes it harder and more painful, and it can damage the cervix, the wonb, eject an IUD and can damage internal organs.
It is necessary to always suppress the suction effect by pinching the bottom of the cup, let air come in. The cup unsticks to the vagina wall and the user can at the same time :
- Pull the cup downwards, but not in a single long movement : the best is to : pull a little on one side, then on the other side, and so on.. As if the cup was trying to wiggle its way out. Be careful to maintain the cup with your fingers so as not to spill the whole content.
- Pull downwards with the vagina and perinea muscles
The best position is to be sitting on the toilet sit or on a surface that can be messed, as the probability of blood spilling is possible.
After the cup has been extracted, it has to be rinsed with cold tap water (hot water will make the blood remain in the silicon and will after a long time give the cup a yellowish coloration, especially for transparent or light cups).
- Once the cup has been extracted, it needs to be maintained upwards so as not to spill the content. Then it can be emptied in the toilet or in a basin, rinse it again and be careful to check there is blood remaining in the holes and inside the stem if your cup has a hollow stem (LadyCup, MoonCup, CupLee, Yuuki…)
- If some blood remains in the holes, fill the house with water, place your hand flat on the top of it and press the bottom. The water will unblock the holes and the blood will go away.
- The cup always must be rinsed with cold water !
- Keeping the cup wet when re-inserting it will make it easier for folding and insertion. Go back to the insertion tips to find out how to insert the cup.
It is preferable to be sitting on a toilet sit or in a bathtub or a shower, as sometimes a few drops of blood can escape, especially in a day of heavy flow.
If you cannot rinse your menstrual cup (no running water next to you, washing basins away from the toilet cabin)… There are a few solutions :
- The most popular is to select a bottle of water and to fill it with tap water to rinse the cup and the fingers afterwards. The users say a « sport cork » makes the whole thing easier.
- If you do not possess a water bottle, you can, if it is uncommon for you, wipe the cup as fine as possible, with toilet paper and insert it again. This must be exceptional and the cup has to be removed and properly rinsed with water the next time you have an occasion to do so.
- If you possess several cups, you can switch the dirty cup with another clean cup and wrap the dirty cup with toilet paper so as to be able to carry it to its pouch or the nearby basin. It is also recommanded to rinse it as quicky as possible so as to prevent the blood for drying
Using soap to rinse the cup isn't necessary. Indeed, it is more dangerous to insert a cup with remains of soap : it can cause candida infection by modifying the vaginal acidity. You can clean your cup after your period with soap before sterilizing it but this isn't mandatory.
IF YOU CANNOT REMOVE THE CUP
Don't panic !
Some cups among the shortest or with no stem (MoonCup, FemmeCup, but mainly LadyCup and MeLuna in their size S) can be tricky to catch, and not only for beginners ! Cups with a strong suction effect can also remain up towards the cervix, especially when they're not full.
If you cannot touch the cup :
- Squat on the floor : it shortens the vagina
- If you need to urinate, be sure to do it before you try to remove your cup, because the pushing movements can cause urine loss, especially after having given birth.
- Push with the vagina and perinea muscles
- As soon as you can seize the cup between two fingers, pinch it as hard as you can while pushing continuously
- Wriggle the cup inside you, while pushing and pulling it towards the exit to make air enter the cup and inactivate the suction effect.
- The cup should not resist anymore : the removal can be done as if the cup hadn't gone upwards
STERILIZATION AND CONSERVATION
Once your period is over, after the last water or soap rinsing, you can choose to sterilise the cup until you next need it.
You can sterilize it using the following methods :
- Clean the cup until no blood remains
- Boil the cup 3 to 5 minutes (never boil it for more than 7 minutes) in a tiny saucepan (dedicated or not to the menstrual cup)
- Sterilization with a sterilizing pill (for example Milton) in a big volume of water
- Sterilization in a baby bottle sterilizer (steam or microwave)
Once the sterilization time's up, get the cup out of the saucepan or the sterilizer
Let it dry freely
Once it's dry, put it back into its pouch or in its box (Yuuki, MyOwnCup…). It is ready to be used for the following month.
Above all, never :
- Wash the cup in the dishwasher
- Wash the cup in the washing machine
- Sterilize the cup with hand sanitize
- Use corrosive products such as detergents
THE CUP THROUGH THE TIME
One cup can be used for several years, according to the manufacturers (3 years for the LuvUrBody, 15 years for the LadyCup) but the averagely announced time is 10 years. Thus, it is necessary to treat the cup with care to reach this amount of time.
It is common, mainly for transparent cups, that it get stained (with a reddish or brownish colour) after a few months. This coloring almost always comes from the rinsing with hot water, that help to print the blood and make it enter the material. It has no effect whatsoever, it just makes the cup a little less prettier than the original version.
The silicon material doesn't deteriorate with the years, as it could happen with rubber cups (The Keeper but also ancient cups : Daintette, Floldene…)