How Menstrual Cups Work—Because We Know You Have Questions

Most women didn’t have the luxury of learning about menstrual cups in sex ed, but it’s 2018, so we’ve got handy questions to explain how they work and answer the most common questions. (Is that going to fit? How often should you take it out? What happens when you go to the bathroom?) And if you’re a guy who’s still reading, props to you. This is what equality is all about.

Yes, it will fit! Pinch it and fold it like a burrito.

How do menstrual cups work?

If you’re used to tampons, the diameter of a menstrual cup is enough to make you say, “Nope!” But all you’ve got to do is pinch the cup in the middle and fold the sides together. Ah, that’s better!

Then, wiggle it in, push gently, and wait for a pop. how do menstrual cups work. ​

How to use menstrual cups?

Using clean hands, spread the lips of the vagina and insert the cup inside. Once it’s secure, push the cup farther in—like you would with a tampon. The cup will open up inside, and you can set it and forget it (for up to 12 hours). Side note: You won’t have to push that far. Vulvas are much shorter.
You may need to readjust after going to the bathroom.


It’s normal if it takes longer to pee. And after you poop, the cup may pop out a little. If that happens, take clean fingers and push them back into a comfortable position.
To get it out, push and pull.

How to remove menstrual cups?

Bear down (a.k.a. push like you are about to poop), and the cup should slowly move out of your vagina. Once you see the cup, gently press it to break the seal and pull it out. Don’t worry about making a mess—women typically overestimate their flow, so most times, the menstrual cup isn’t even close to being complete when you remove it. Just ensure you take the cup out over the toilet to tip it right out.

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