Wondering how to correctly fold and insert your menstrual cup?
For those new to menstrual cups, finding the right cup fold and insertion technique can be a bit challenging, we know! Some people get it right the first time, while others might need a few menstrual cycles to find their favorite technique. There’s different ways you can fold the cup to suit different bodies, cervix heights and sizes. We've made a guide to show you just how simple and fuss-free it can be to use and fold a menstrual cup.
Once you’ve chosen your favorite fold method, you're now ready to insert the cup. It's important that you remember to take your time, to get the best possible experience. Try to relax and get into a comfortable position (sitting, squatting, standing with one leg raised) and gently separate your labia with one hand and insert the menstrual cup with the other. Slide it in towards your tailbone until the entire cup is completely inside. Insertion and removal should never be painful and if you experience pain at any stage then stop and try again later when you are more relaxed.
C fold: Probably the most commonly used menstrual cup fold.
Fold the cup into a C-shape by flattening the cup and bending it in the middle to bring the two ends together:
Punch down fold: The fold most popular for first time cup users, since it makes the cup smaller to insert. 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. Using your left hand, push the sides together and hold firmly
7-fold: A simple fold which is easy to insert. Fold the cup so the rim makes a 7-shape by flattening the cup and then folding the top right corner of the rim across to the opposite side of the body of the cup.
Origami fold: This isn’t as complex as the name makes it sound. It is a bit tricky to hold into place, so it may not be the best fold for beginners. Push the rim down halfway into the cup. Bring one top corner diagonally down to the opposite bottom corner
S fold: This fold is best if you have the time and the patience to get it right.
Pinch the sides of the cup together to close or flatten it, then take the two sides of the cup and push them in opposite directions to create an ‘S’ shape when looking at the cup from the top.
You can read a more detailed guide on how to use your menstrual cup here. Now simply - bleed, flow and reuse!