How to use menstrual cups
Information provided by the manufacturer
Before the first use, your Me Luna should be sterilized for about 3 minutes in plenty of boiling water. It should also be sterilized between periods. During menstruation, after emptying the cup it can be cleaned by wiping with toilet paper or paper towel, or rinsing with running water. It can be reinserted immediately.
Make sure to only change Me Luna with clean hands!
Insertion of Me Luna
To insert a menstrual cup, it must be folded. After insertion it unfolds inside the vagina, forming a seal. There are many variations of folds, and you will find the one most comfortable for you. Here are three common folds as examples, but there are many more. It's best to make sure that some air remains in the cup when it is folded - when Me Luna is inserted the vaginal walls press on it from the outside, so Me Luna can only unfold fully if there's some air inside it.
The most common fold. Press the Me Luna flat, and then fold the two sides together in a C shape.
Punch down fold
A folding technique that's a bit more sophisticated. Press the edge of Me Luna down into the cup with your finger, and fold the sides around it. The major advantage of this method is that it retains a lot of air inside the Me Luna, and helps it to "pop open" after insertion.
Suitable for large sizes, as Me Luna L and XL. Press the MeLuna flat and fold the edge in a zigzag, like an S.
Inserting Me Luna
Hold the cup firmly folded and insert it, folded edge first, entirely into the vagina. This can be done while sitting on the toilet, standing, or squatting - find the position that's most comfortable for you. If insertion is difficult, a water-based lubricant can help.
You will find the best position of Me Luna for your body with a bit of practice. Some women prefer to place it further up and close to the cervix, while others prefer if it lower, nearer the vaginal opening. Me Luna should not be placed too close to the entrance of the vagina, as it might make sitting uncomfortable.
Correct placement of the menstrual cup
To prevent leakage, after the insertion check whether the menstrual cup has "popped open" correctly. You can do this by turning the cup, or by running a finger around the cup's rim.
It's possible that Me Luna may change its position slightly during wear, due to the movement of the vaginal muscles. This does not affect functionality or comfort.
How long can the Me Luna remain in the vagina?
The Me Luna can remain in the vagina for 8 to 12 hours.
Usually it is enough to empty Me Luna 2 to 4 times a day. Since the menstrual flow varies from woman to woman and also varies during the cycle, the wearing time varies as well. Initially, we recommend that you empty Me Luna about as often as you would normally change a tampon; this way you will get a feeling for how often it needs to be emptied. Me Luna can be worn both day and night, but should be emptied after after 8 to 12 hours.
Me Luna can stay in place while urinating or moving your bowels.
The removal of Me Luna
Wash your hands thoroughly.
Get into a comfortable position (many women find that squatting works well). Use your pelvic floor muscles to move Me Luna towards the vaginal opening. When you can feel the bottom of the MeLuna with your fingers, gently pull the handle to move it closer. Next, squeeze the bottom of the MeLuna cup to release any pressure around the rim.
Do not just pull the Me Luna out by its ball, stem or ring - the handle is there to get a better grip, not to pull the cup out. For removal you must also squeeze the bottom of the cup, and use your pelvic floor muscles to move the cup down.
It is important to understand that it takes some practice to change Me Luna easily. Stay calm and relaxed.
After removing Me Luna, drain and then clean it, by either rinsing with water or wiping with toilet paper or a paper towel. It can then be reinserted again.
Tips and Tricks
If you find using a menstrual cup difficult at first, relax and remember that it gets easier with a little practice. Even if you've been using tampons, using Me Luna is different. In most cases, difficulty in use or leaks are due to incorrect handling, so be sure to read these instructions carefully, and keep in mind that most women need three cycles worth of practice to use a menstrual cup correctly and easily.
Here are some useful tips, if you're having difficulty:
- The folding technique: Try to fold the Me Luna so that more air is trapped in it. The punch-down fold is a good fold for this, but experiment with different techniques and find what works for you.
- Insertion is easiest if the MeLuna is moistened with water, so try running it under the tap before insertion. Water-based lubricant may also make insertion easier.
- Use your pelvic floor muscles to get MeLuna in the correct position: After insertion, use the pelvic floor muscles to move the cup down, and using the handle pull the cup down slightly.
- Before insertion, rinse Me Luna with cold water: If Me Luna is warm its material is somewhat softer, which can make it more difficult to "pop open" when inserted. If the plastic is cold, it is less flexible, and therefore easier to "pop open" inside the vagina. Rinsing with cold water can make the plastic colder.