On an average a woman takes about 3 - 4 cycles to perfectly learn how to use a Safecup.
Step 1 - Sterilisation
When and for how long?
- Menstrual cup should be boiled in water for 10 minutes.
- You should boil the menstrual cup before every cycle and at the end of every cycle before storing it.
- If your cycle lasts for more than 3 days, then you should boil it once in the middle of the cycle too. For example, if the cycle is of 5 days, then boil on day 1, day 3 and then after the cycle.
- Make sure the vessel is deep and there is enough water to float the menstrual cup. If the menstrual cup touches the bottom of the vessel, it will melt.
- Do not leave the stove idle, once the water evaporates, the cup will come in contact with the bottom of the vessel and it will melt.
- Do not use the microwave to boil the cup. Microwave is a closed environment. It is not hygienic to boil the cup in the microwave. Use a separate vessel and stove only.
- If you don't want to boil the cup in the kitchen, a more convenient way is to invest in an electric kettle that you can keep in your room or even your bathroom!
Step 2 - Insertion
How to fold the cup?
- There are two most popular folds used by women around the globe. The C-fold and the Punch-down fold.
- You can try which one works for you the best. The punch-down fold works great if the C-fold does not help in opening the cup inside the vagina.
How do I know the cup is sitting properly?
- Rotate the cup a little bit after inserting it. Once you rotate the menstrual cup, it will self-adjust and the seal will be created. The cup needs to be sealed and a vacuum will be created.
- Now, try to pull your cup down, very gently. If the vacuum is created, it will not come down with your gentle pull.
- With your index finger touch all sides of the cup. Basically, move your index finger around the cup to see if the fold has completely opened.
- Long nails aren't the bestest friend of a menstrual cup user.
- If you don't get it right the first time, please don't overexert. Vagina is a sensitive area. So make sure you try only once or twice at one go. Give it a rest, read more, talk to women and then try.
- You may use a water-based lubricant if the area is too dry.
Step 3 - Removal
- You cannot expect the cup to come out when you simply pull it. You need to pinch the bottom of the cup and then pull it out. You may rotate the cup a little bit when pulling it out.
- Try it doing the shower time the first few times because when you're learning, it can get messy.
- You need to rinse it with water and re-insert it. You don't need to boil the cup every time you remove it.
- You don't need to use any soap. In fact majority of the soaps available arent good for the cup or the vagina.
- If it is difficult to remove the cup, you can try squatting.
- Another trick is to think you are pooping (Taking a dump) and do the action. This will push the cup down!
- Be intuitive!
Step 4 - Storing your Menstrual cup
- Do not store the menstrual cup in closed containers. Breathability is important for storage of the menstrual cup. Therefore, the menstrual cup must be stored in the pouch provided.Do not store the menstrual cup in the outer carton, since the outer carton does not have ventilation.
- Store the menstrual cup in the pouch in a clean environment, preferably not in the bathroom.
- Before storing the cup, remember to boil it for 10 minutes!
Important tips for the first time users
- Wear a sanitary napkin of your choice during the trial period. Once you have mastered the menstrual cup, you will never see them again :)
- DO NOT use the cup if you're not on your periods. Many women try the cup for the first
- During the first days of use establish your own individual emptying schedule. Check and empty your cup every few hours, depending on the fill level and adjust accordingly.
- To avoid staining, rinse your cup with cold water first.
- Join our Facebook group and talk to the fellow members.
- The menstrual cup is intended to be used by women during their menstrual cycle to collect the menstrual blood. The cup should be used with precaution. It is highly recommended that the cup be used for the first time under supervision of a health professional or a frequent cup user.
- This is not a contraceptive and will not prevent pregnancy.
- The process of inserting the cup will result in rupturing of the hymen membrane.
- Women suffering from trauma, anxiety, depression or any other kind of mental disability must not use the menstrual cup because mental stress may result in tightening of the pelvic muscles, making it difficult for you to remove the menstrual cup from the vaginal canal.
- The menstrual cup should not be used by patients of Alzheimer’s ( or general forgetfulness).
- Please visit a doctor immediately if there is any unusual sensation or irritation, burning, itching, foul smell around the vagina after the use of the menstrual cup.
- No cases of TSS have been reported yet with the use of a menstrual cup. Visit the emergency room in case of any symptoms of shivering, after the use.
- Do not use the menstrual cup in case of vaginal candidiasis, vaginitis, thrush, urinary tract infection, reproductive tract infection, swelling, dryness or suffering from discomfort in the vagina.
- Excessive coughing or sneezing may push the menstrual cup in the downward direction.
- You can pee while wearing your cup.
- You must remove your cup prior to sexual intercourse.
- Do not use Safecup for prenatal or postpartum bleeding.
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