After reading multiple articles on how regular menstrual products contribute to the world’s waste problem, you have decided to give the menstrual cup a try. Inserting a menstrual cup can be a daunting task for those who have opted to make this switch. Many women who have used this product have undoubtedly also faced this problem. It takes a few tries to get it right, but once you do, there’s no going back. It becomes as easy as inserting a tampon, and cleaning it is just as simple. It doesn’t cause any leakages and can be worn for upto 12 hours. Below are some techniques for first time menstrual cup users.
The C fold is also called the U-fold. For the C-fold, press the sides of the cup in half until it is flattened. Fold the cup in half lengthwise again so that it creates a tight C or U shape.
The Push Down fold is sometimes called the Punch-down fold. For this technique, hold the cup in your left hand and use the index finger of your right hand to push the rim inside the cup. Using your left hand, push the sides together and hold firmly.
For the 7 fold, fold your menstrual cup in half to flatten it. Now pull down the right side, so as to form a ‘7’ shape and hold it down.
The Double 7 fold uses the same technique as the 7-fold but has a wider insertion point. For this technique, follow the same steps as above. Lastly, turn the cup and pull down the left side.
The S fold is a little more complicated and isn’t the best if you’re still getting used to using a menstrual cup. For this technique, push the sides to flatten the cup. Push one corner away, and the other corner towards you. Use this corner to fold it into an ‘S’ shape.
The Labia fold is similar to the punch down fold. Hold the cup in one hand. Using the thumb and index finger on the opposite hand, pinch together a small bit of the corner of the cup. Push this down towards the middle of the opposite side (similarly to the push down). Squeeze the sides together to hold it in place.
The Origami fold is great as it has a smaller insertion point but will take some getting used to. For this, use one hand to hold the cup at the base. Place your index finger of the opposite hand on the top of the cup rim. Use this finger to push the rim down inside of the base and hold it there. Take the right corner of the cup and fold it down towards the base of the left side.
Below are some tips that you could follow while using a menstrual cup.
Inserting the menstrual cup will be easier when you are relaxed. Remember that this product has been through numerous tests and safety checks before it has reached your home. Also, don’t expect to get it right the first time itself. Give yourself some time and don’t get discouraged.
Read the Instructions
Instructions on how to insert your menstrual cup will be provided on the outer packaging of your product. Read it carefully before you start inserting it. Try it out the first time when you aren’t on your menstrual cycle, so that you can take your time and not worry about leakages.
Wet the Cup
Many women find it useful to wet the menstrual cup before inserting it. If you want to, try wetting the cup with water or using a lubricant before insertion.
Wait for the ‘Pop’
To ensure that the cup doesn’t leak, it has to achieve suction inside the vaginal walls. Once you insert your cup, you might feel a pop. this ensures that it has successfully opened up. If you feel it hasn’t popped, rotate the base.
Many people all over the world are now making the switch to sustainable period products. The menstrual cup can also benefit women from poverty stricken areas who cannot afford to constantly buy period products like pads. In India, My Avni offers environmentally friendly menstrual products that are long lasting and of superior quality. Check out the website to view all our products. Read our blog on period poverty across the globe to understand the struggle that many women face to buy basic sanitary products. Also read our blog on sanitary waste and its effect on the environment to know how switching to sustainable products would greatly benefit nature.