Using Life Cup

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How do I insert my Life Cup?

Learning how to correctly insert and remove your cup will take time and practice to get the hang of. Don’t stress if you don’t get it right the first time, as long as you’re comfortable you can practise all you need!

1) Scrub up

Firstly ensure to thoroughly wash your hands prior to handling the cup. Your cup should also be cleaned and sanitised prior to insertion. You may wash your cup with a gentle soap, rinse thoroughly and allow for the cup to air dry. 

2) Get Comfy 

Find a comfortable position to insert the cup, this could be standing, sitting on on the toilet or with one foot on the toilet. If you have used tampons before, this may be a similar position to your usual insertion. Make sure to take a deep breath and relax your muscles to help guide the cup into position. Remember that practice makes perfect, it might take you many goes to correctly insert the cup. 

3) Fold 

You must fold the cup to allow for easy insertion without discomfort. There are many different folding methods. We recommend you try different folds to find what suits you the most. Some popular methods are: 

  • C Fold: Pinch the sides of your cup together, then fold the cup in half until it forms a C shape, hold and insert. 
  • Punchdown Fold: Use your finger to push one side down into the bottom of the cup, pinch the sides together, hold and insert. 
  • 7 Fold: Pinch the sides together, fold one corner down into the centre of the cup. This should form the shape of the number 7, hole and insert. 

4) Insert 

Inserting the cup can be difficult. To make it easier open your labia with one hand, while still holding the cup in a folded shape, insert. If you are having difficulty you can wet the cup with water or a water based lubricant. (Please ensure you DO NOT use a silicone based lubricant, this can degrade your cup). 

Insert the cup at an angle as if you were aiming for your tail bone, once in you can release the cup, it will then unfold.  The cup should only be inserted as far as comfortable, do not push further if it is uncomfortable. How far up it will sit depends on the individuals anatomy. 

Rotate the cup in a full circle motion to ensure it has sealed. If inserted correctly you should not experience any discomfort and shouldn’t feel it. 

The stem should be sit inside your vagina on most, if it is poking you can trim the stem slightly. 

5) Check

To ensure that the cup is sitting correctly, gently tug on the cup. If there is resistance then your cup is sitting correctly. If there is movement then you may need to remove and reinsert the cup. A good test is to feel around the rim if the cup to ensure it has fully unfolded. 

How far should I insert my life cup? 

This varies from person to person and can depend on the length and height of your cervix. If you have used tampons in the past, your cup will sit in a similar position as a tampon. For those who may have a low cervix, the stem may poke out. Most of ours users have found that they can feel where the cup sits comfortable for them. Trial and error will help you find your perfect position. 

How do I remove/empty my cup? Can I change it in a public toilet?

As long as you have access to a toilet, you can empty or remove your cup anywhere. Simply wash your hands, find the stem of your cup and gently pinch to remove the seal. Carefully slip the cup out. Empty contents into the toilet. You can either rinse with water, or if you’re in a public toilet simply wipe down with toilet paper and reinsert. Make sure when you have access to a private bathroom to give your cup a quick wash.  

How long can I wear my cup for? 

Thankfully Life Cups hold up to 3 - 5 times more fluid than disposable tampons, meaning you can go longer without changes. You can wear your cup for up to 8 hours. Depending on your flow, you may need to empty your cup more frequently. It may take some time to figure out how many hours suit you, so for your first few uses check more frequently. We recommend that you try to never leave your cup long enough that it overflows while wearing. 

How do I clean my Life Cup?

Your Life Cup must be cleaned every 8 hours. To avoid compromising the cup, do not use any harsh chemicals or antibacterial hand soaps, these are commonly found in public bathrooms and can also cause you irritation when inserted. 

Do not use scented soap or antibacterial soaps, ensure there are water based and as natural as possible. 

After your cycle, you should sterilise your cup by submerging it in a pot of boiling water for 5-7 minutes. Use tongs to keep the cup steady and prevent it from touching the sides or bottom of the pot. 

I have an IUD, can I use a Life Cup?

While menstrual cups can be used by those with IUDs, we recommend that you consult your physician prior to use to ensure that there is enough space between your IUD and where your cup would sit. Please keep in mind that some may not have enough space to accomodate both an IUD and menstrual cup, which is why it is best to consult with your physician before attempting to insert a cup to avoid any tampering to your IUD. 

My cup keeps leaking? Am I using it wrong? 

If you’re experiencing leaking with your cup, it more than likely means that your cup is not positioned correct and therefore not creating a secured suction seal. 

You may want to try using a different folding or insertion method, or try insert at a different height/angle. It takes time and effort to figure out what works for you. Don't give up!