How to use a menstrual cup

The menstrual cup is a natural alternative to tampons and pads. Its purpose is to collect the flow of your period, and it is applied in a similar way to a tampon. While using a menstrual cup may seem a bit challenging at first, please remain patient. It requires some practice to learn how to insert and remove it correctly. However, once you master the technique, it becomes a simple and comfortable option. Keep reading, we will share our best tips and trics how to use a cup.

You can also read about How Menstrual Cups are Revolutionizing Periods and find out How to Choose the Right Menstrual Cup if you are uncertain.

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Before using the cup for the first time, you must sterilize it: wash your hands, then pour enough water into a saucepan to cover the cup; boil the water first, then dip the cup for 3-4 minutes. Remove the cup and it will be ready to use. This process is recommended also at the end of each cycle to keep your cup perfectly clean.


Wash your hands thoroughly.


Wet your cup with water or a water-based lubricant to facilitate pain-free insertion.


Fold the cup. There are two most used folds:

A - Press both sides of the cup to put them together and then fold the cup in half forming a 'U'.

B - Place a finger on the top edge of the cup and press inward to form a triangle.

Here you can read more about different folding techniques


Adopt a comfortable position. Some of the recommended positions are: squatting, sitting on the toilet, or standing. Try to relax, because tence muscles will make inserting of the cup harder.


While holding the cup folded with one hand, gently separate the labial lips with another hand and insert the cup into the vagina toward the tailbone until the stem is even with the vaginal opening and does not protrude.

Do not push the tip of the stem further than ½ inch (1.5 cm) into the vagina. The placement of the cup should be lower than the tampon.

Once you have inserted the cup, let it loose, it will unfold and will perfectly suit your vaginal wall.


To make sure that the cup is placed correctly, turn it 360° degrees in either direction by grabbing its base (above the stem). This way the cup will unfold. You can also make sure the cup is completely open by inserting a finger into the vagina and gently pressing on one side of the vaginal wall to create space for the cup to fully open.

If the stem irritates the vaginal opening once it is positioned correctly, you may remove the cup and trim the stem slightly. Cutting the stem completely will make removal



The menstrual cup should be emptied at least every 12 hours.

We recommend that it is emptied, washed, and rinsed a minimum of 2-3 times daily.

Once you learn its best use and your flow, you'll soon know how often it should be emptied.


  • Every time you take out the cup rince it with cold water to prevent smell. Remember to thoroughly wash the suction holes. If ypui wish you can use a mild unscented wash like our Gentle Intimate and Body Wash.
  • If you travel, use drinking water for washing or you can use our water based unscented bamboo wipes for intimate hygiene and body.
  • You don't need to remove the cup to urinate or for bowel movements.
  • At the end of your cycle, thoroughly wash, rinse, and dry the GENIAL cup completely.


You can use the cup at night or during any sports, or while in the pool.



Wash your hands with soap.


Take a comfortable position (standing, sitting on the toilet, or squatting), and introduce the index finger and thumb in the vagina in search of the stem or the bottom of the cup.

If you push with abdominal/pelvic muscles the extraction will be easier.


Gently pull the stem until you can firmly hold the base of the cup.


Squeeze the base of the cup gently to release the seal. As you remove it, angle it sideways while moving it from side to side.


When you have pulled it out completely, hold the cup vertically so that the content remains within it. Then empty the content into the toilet.


Wash the cup with clean water, so that it is ready for the next use. Remember to thoroughly wash the suction holes. You can also use mild unscented soap. If you do not have access to clean water, you can also use toilet paper or tissue to dry and then wash it with clean water later.


At the end of your cycle, thoroughly wash and boil ypour cup for 5 min. to sterilize the cup, dry the GENIAL cup completely and store in air permeable canvas bag provided together with the cup.