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Removing the menstrual cup

Wash

Again, start out by washing your hands with warm water and a mild soap. 

Relax

Find a comfortable position that works for you: lie down, squat, sit on the toilet or stand up. Being relaxed is essential, as removing your menstrual cup will be more difficult if you tense up.

Lower the cup

Use either option:

A. Pull slightly on the stem until you can reach the base of the cup with your fingers.

B. Squeeze your pelvic floor muscles to push the cup toward the opening of your vagina. This will feel a bit like doing a crunch. If you have given birth vaginally, this is the exact same pushing action you used to push your baby out.

Remove

Give the base of the cup a gentle pinch (or insert your index finger alongside it) to release the suction seal and ease it out.

Avoid removing your menstrual cup by pulling the stem as this might cause discomfort.

Empty and wash

Once you have removed your menstrual cup, empty the collected flow into the toilet or sink and rinse the cup with water (remember the air holes) and re-insert.

If you’re in a bathroom without access to clean water, you can use a sanitising wipe or toilet paper to clean your cup and rinse it with water at a later time.

Re-insert or store

When your menstrual cup is clean, re-insert it as outlined in Step 1. 

If your period has ended: Boil the cup for 3-5 minutes in water. Dry the cup and store it in the AllMatters cotton bag.

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