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How to use a Mooncup

While many get the knack of using the Mooncup straight away, it can take up to 3 cycles.

Follow these simple steps and find out how to use a Mooncup.

Wash your hands

As you would when using tampons, always wash your hands before inserting and removing your Mooncup.

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Fold the Mooncup

There's lots of ways to fold your Mooncup. Everyone is different, so experiment with some techniques to find the one that works best for you.

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Insert the Mooncup

Part the labia and place the cup as low down in the vagina as it will comfortably sit (lower down than a tampon).There must be a gap between the rim of the Mooncup and the cervix.

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Trim the Mooncup

The base of the cup should sit as low as possible in the vagina. As vaginal length varies, the first time you use your Mooncup you may need to trim the stem to get the best fit for you.

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Remove the Mooncup

With clean hands, gently squeeze the bottom of the cup to release the seal then slide the cup out. Empty the contents into the toilet. We recommend emptying it every 4-8 hours.

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Rinse or wipe & reinsert

Rinse your Mooncup with water or wipe it with a tissue. Fold and re-insert.

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Got a question about using a Mooncup?

The Mooncup menstrual cup is designed to form a light seal with the walls of the vagina and not sit over the cervix itself.

It needs to be placed as low as it will comfortably sit in the vagina. If any of the stem is sticking out of the vagina or causing any irritation or discomfort, you will need to gradually trim it.

It is important that there is space between the circular rim (top) of the Mooncup and the cervix.

The menstrual blood will flow down from the cervix and be collected by the Mooncup.

Using a period cup is easy once you’ve got the hang of it. Here’s a quick guide to using a period cup:

  1. Wash your hands and get into a comfortable position.
  2. Fold the cup, our favourite is the Punchdown or the C/U fold.
  3. Hold it firmly with your finger and thumb while keeping it folded. With the other hand, part the labia (folds of skin around the vagina), find the entrance to the vagina and gently insert the cup rim-first into the vaginal canal. Ensure that it is open and as low as it will comfortably sit.
  4. Slide the cup up and back aiming towards your tailbone and not directly up until the body of the cup is inside. The Mooncup® is designed to be worn as low as it can comfortably sit in the vagina. There must be a gap between the rim of the Mooncup and the cervix.
  5. Check the cup is in place by running a finger along the inside of your vagina up to where the rim of the menstrual cup meets your vagina. Follow the rim and ensure the whole rim is open.

The Mooncup® menstrual cup needs to be removed and emptied every 4-8 hours. Here’s our guide to removing your Mooncup®:

  1. Wash your hands with warm water and soap and then rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  2. Choose a position that’s comfortable for you such as sitting on the toilet or squatting.
  3. Break the seal by gently squeezing the base of the cup or insert a finger alongside the Mooncup® to release the seal.
  4. Keeping the seal released, gently remove the cup. 
  5. Angle the Mooncup® cup slightly sideways to remove half of the rim before angling it the other way to release the other half will help your Mooncup to remain upright with the menstrual fluid contained inside.

The Mooncup® is designed to be worn as low in the vagina as it can comfortably sit, with a clear space between the cup and the cervix. It is then kept in place by the pelvic floor muscles and a seal that forms between the cup rim and the vaginal wall. 

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