So, you’ve worked up the courage to buy a menstrual cup, mentally prepared yourself to use it and you figured it’s not that bad. Inserting your cup was a breeze, but now you’re at the next stage: how on earth do you get this thing out?!
Menstrual cups are one of the easiest and cheapest forms of period management that you can use, but it can be tricky to learn how to use them properly. There’s a certain art to safely removing your cup without causing any unwanted stress. Read on to learn more…
How to easily remove a menstrual cup
Teaching an old dog new tricks is never particularly easy, that’s why we’ve composed a list of top tips to help you learn how to easily (and successfully) remove your menstrual cup.
Trying something new for the first time can be daunting. This is why it’s important to stop, breathe and relax before you attempt to remove your menstrual cup. Physically relaxing is one of the most important steps to remember when removing your menstrual cup. This is because your natural reflex is to tense up, which can make it hard to remove your cup.
2. Bear down gently
To lower your menstrual cup, you can gently bear down with your pelvic floor muscles. This well help to push the cup down a little and allow you to easily reach it. Just make sure you don’t strain these muscles as the extra pressure can weaken them!
3. Measure your stem correctly
Before you initially use your menstrual cup, you should learn how to correctly trim the stem of the cup. Every vagina is different. You may need to trim your stem a lot more than others will or vice versa. However, the end of the stem should only just be inside of you – so take this into account when you opt to trim your stem. If the stem is too short, it could make your cup difficult to grip and remove.
4. Break the seal
Once you’ve got a grip of your menstrual cup, you shouldn’t immediately pull down on it. Instead, you need to gently work your finger up to the base of the cup and lightly pinch the cup to break the suction seal. After the seal has broken, you can go ahead and remove your cup.
5. Get wet
Removing a menstrual cup, especially for beginners, can be a messy process. Make sure you remove your cup over a toilet, or alternatively, just do it in the shower! Accidentally spill the contents? No worries, the water will wash all the mess away. No clean up = bonus! Plus, a warm shower will definitely help in the relaxation stage.
6. Don’t panic
If you find that your menstrual cup just won’t budge, just take a second and relax. Make sure you follow all the steps above to safely and confidently remove your menstrual cup.
Still have questions?
There are so many menstrual cups – which one do I choose?!
You can remove the guesswork when you choose the Kegel8 Menstrual Cup. This handy little cup boasts a number of features:
- Trimmable stem – because we know that every vagina is different, so our menstrual cup reflects this
- Air release holes – no longer do you need to have the paranoia of the cup getting stuck, the Kegel8 Menstrual Cup’s air holes feature helps to prevent this
- Measurement lines – with these handy indicators you can really get to know your flow (a vital component for those who may suffer with Endometriosis)
Your thoughts on the Kegel8 Menstrual Cup
Kathryn - Never using tampons again!
"I'm trying to convince every woman I know to switch to a menstrual cup!! They're so much better than pads or tampons.
This cup is just as good as moon cup (which I had before and sadly lost it) but cheaper. Love the little pouch it comes with too. Awesome, would recommend!"
Sara - Environmentally friendly and bank-balance friendly. Works for me!
"I wasn't sure I'd be able to get along with this after I first tried it, I was scared of not getting it in place. However this is my 3rd period and I am now an expert and trying to convince as many women as possible to change to a menstrual cup. I can't believe that I can go all day without changing, No wet string and the compulsion to change a tampon because the string is wet with wee. Sports and gym visits are a no-brainer and I literally forget I have my period without any annoyingly uncomfortable tampons to remind me! I feel cleaner and more able to handle my period which can be really really heavy as I suffer with endometriosis. I've worked out I should save over £100 in a year as I was spending in excess of £12 - £15 per month on tampons."