Let me start this guide off by sharing that Menstrual Cups are incredibly simple to use. Like anything you haven't tried before, it may seem a little daunting at first. Once you get the hang of how to use and best care for your Menstrual Cup, you'll wonder what took you so long to get one!
First up, Kahli Menstrual Cups are made of medical grade silicone, which is a soft and flexible material. You fold it up to make it smaller, and then gently insert it inside your vagina where it opens up to collect your menstrual flow. They can be worn for up to 12 hours (including overnight), which means you'll only have to change it between 2 to 4 times a day, depending on your flow.
How to use a Kahli Menstrual Cup:
- Before and after each menstrual cycle, it’s important to boil your Kahli Cup for at least 5 minutes. Be sure to not let it touch the bottom of your pot or pan as this can cause it to burn (using a strainer will help keep it from sinking and burning).
- Before insertion and after removal, thoroughly wash your hands and your Kahli Cup using warm water, and a mild, unscented, water-based (oil-free) soap.
- Fold the cup in on itself, relax, and then gently insert the Kahli Cup into your vagina. You can insert the cup while sitting, standing or squatting. Note that vaginas are tilted backwards, so guiding the cup towards the small of your back (not straight up), will help you find the correct and most comfortable position.
*Videos on how to do two of the most popular folds at the bottom of this guide*
- Once inserted check that the cup has fully opened, and a seal has been formed, by sliding a finger to the bottom of the cup – it should be round.
- To remove, first thoroughly wash your hands and relax. You must break the seal the cup has inside of you. Do this by pinching the bottom of the cup and gently pull it down and out. Do not tug on the stem alone. The idea is to pull an edge away from the vaginal wall to release suction.
- Tip contents into the toilet or shower. Rinse and reuse.
- If you are in a public bathroom, remember to thoroughly wash your hands before entering the stall. Empty the contents into the toilet and simply use a dry or damp tissue to clean the cup. You can bring a bottle of water in with you if you’d like to rinse it and prefer to not use the public sink (though we are all for NORMALIZING menstrual cups ~ do what you gotta do my friend).
C or U Fold: Take your cup, fold it in half so that the lips touch together, then bend the cup in half again lengthwise. You will see that the point of insertion looks like a C or U.
Punchdown Fold: Take your cup, and push the lip of the cup down to the base of the cup. Then remove your finger as you squeeze the edges
together. This fold creates one of the smallest areas of insertion. It is wider at the base than some other folds, and some women can find it difficult to
make this fold 'pop' open correctly. Try inserting this fold part way, letting it open, and then pushing the remainder of the way.
If you have any questions, or would like to share your own personal experience in using a Menstrual Cup, please leave a comment below ~ all thoughts welcome.