What is a menstrual cup?
A menstrual cup is a reusable alternative to pads and tampons. The cup is placed inside the vaginal cavity to collect flow rather than absorb it. Just like us, cups can come in different sizes and shapes and are often - but not always - made from medical grade silicone.
Did you know that the first menstrual cup was designed and patented in 1935?
Before you use your yoni cup for the first time it is important that you sterilise it in boiling water for 5-10 min.
Make sure the cup does not touch the bottom of the pot for too long, this will melt the silicone.
PRO TIP! Put the cup in a balloon whisk while boiling it. This will help keep it away from the bottom of the pot.
After you have sterilised your cup, it is time to fold and insert. Make sure you have clean hands before you start handling your cup.
There are a few different ways you can fold your cup. One is called the ‘C-fold’. To create the C-fold, flatten your cup and fold it in half to create the letter C.
While sitting on the toilet, separate your labia with your free hand.
Holding the folded cup in your other hand, gently push the cup inside your vagina.
The cup might open before its fully inserted, don’t worry, this is good.
Continue to gently push the cup into your vagina. You want your cup to sit just under your cervix. Inserting the cup too high might cause leaks.
It is important that you wash your cup thoroughly with warm water and a mild unscented, oil-free soap between cycles.
Make sure that you also clean the small holes around the rim of the cup. Stay clear of vinegar, tea tree oil, castile soap, anti-bacterial soap, hand sanitizers, hydrogen peroxide or other harsh chemicals. This will damage the silicone.
If you notice a sticky or powdery film on the surface of the cup, a tear in the silicone or a foul odor it’s time to replace your cup.