How does it work?

Menstrual cups are inserted like tampons, but they collect rather than absorb blood. When inserted correctly, they don’t leak, and you won’t even notice it’s there.


  1. Wash your hands with soap and water.
  2. Fold the top rim of your menstrual cup in half hotdog style, creating a tight C.
  3. Insert–Sit on the toilet, squat, or stand with one leg on the bathtub. Locate your vaginal opening, and slowly insert your menstrual cup. As you insert the menstrual cup, try to maintain the folded position of the menstrual cup. When you can’t hold it folded any longer, it will “pop” open.
  4. Check–Twist to ensure proper positioning – if the cup isn’t fully open, you can turn it more or run a finger alongside the rim to help it open. Give a *little* tug to ensure you have a proper seal.
  5. Sleep in or Stay Out–Your can leave your cup in for up to 12 hours

Tip: If you find that the stem is too long, you can simply trim it or cut it off. The cup works perfectly with or without the stem.

To Remove

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water.
  2. Pinch the base of the cup (not the stem) to break the suction seal. Some people will even push the rim of the cup inward to release the suction.
  3. Bear down–If you’re having trouble, remember your menstrual cup is held in place by the pelvic floor muscles. Using your pelvic floor muscles, bear down on the cup.
  4. Empty & Clean–Then you can empty the cup and clean your cup to reinsert.

To Remove On the Trail

On the trail, always follow Leave No Trace principles

  1. Find a spot 200 feet, or 70 big steps away, from water sources, campsites, and trails.
  2. Dig a 6-inch deep hole.
  3. Wash your hands.
  4. Sit or Squat: Sit or Squat: Sit on the toilet or squat in the woods.
  5. Remove: Pinch the base of the cup (not the stem) or break the seal at the rim and pull down.
  6. Dump in your cathole.



Try lubricating the cup, or running some water over the rim before inserting it. 


There are many ways to fold a cup for insertion, but the “C fold” is the most common choice. Fold the cup in half hotdog style. 

Gently Push

Gently push the menstrual cup deep enough so that the stem is no longer protruding out of your vaginal opening.

Check the rim

Run your finger around the rim at the top of the cup to see if there are any folds,  ensuring that the whole rim has opened up. You can also gently tug the base or stem of the cup to make sure feel some resistance, indicating you have a proper seal.


Grab the base of the cup and twist the cup in a circular motion; the cup should pop into place. This will also help you determine if you have a proper seal. (I do this every time I use my cup after almost 10 years). 

If you’re still having trouble, you may have the wrong cup size.

Menstrual cups hold as much fluid as 3 super tampons which means you don’t need to change it as often. 

So just how long can you keep a menstrual cup in? You can wear them for up to 12 hours — depending on your flow. So they’re perfect for sleeping in or staying out.


  • Cups are, on average, one-tenth the cost of traditional products
  • They last up to 10 years (just as long as your passport)
  • Cups hold 50% more fluid than a super tampon and can be worn for up to 12-hours
  • One cup replaces 3,000 tampons