Menstrual cups are incredibly easy to learn how to use. Most women who have tried one never want to be without it again.
How does the Me Luna work?
The Me Luna is a small, pliable, soft cup that is inserted in the vagina to collect the menstrual flow and is effortlessly and securely kept in place by the pelvic muscles. After a few hours you simply remove the cup and empty it, then rinse and reinsert it. Unlike tampons and menstrual pads, the menstrual cup does not absorb the fluid, but instead collects it in the cup.
Insertion of your Me Luna menstrual cup
To insert a menstrual cup, it must be folded. After insertion it unfolds inside the vagina, forming a seal. There are many variations of folds, and you will find the one most comfortable for you. Here are three common folds as examples, but there are many more. It’s best to make sure that some air remains in the menstrual cup when it is folded – when Me Luna has inserted the vaginal walls press on it from the outside, so Me Luna can only unfold fully if there’s some air inside it.
The most common fold. Press your Me Luna menstrual cup flat, and then fold the two sides together in a C shape.
Punch down fold
A folding technique that’s a bit more sophisticated. Press the edge of your Me Luna down into the cup with your finger, and fold the sides around it. The major advantage of this method is that it retains a lot of air inside the cup, and helps it to “pop open” after insertion.
More suitable for larger cup sizes, eg; L and XL. Press your Me Luna menstrual cup flat and fold into a zigzag shape, like an S.
Inserting Me Luna
Hold your menstrual cup firmly folded and insert folded edge first, entirely into the vagina. This can be done while sitting on the toilet, standing, or squatting – find the position that’s most comfortable for you. If insertion is difficult, a water-based lubricant can help. You will find the best position of your Me Luna with a bit of practice. Some women prefer to place it further up and close to the cervix, while others prefer if it lower, nearer the vaginal opening. Your Me Luna menstrual cup should not be placed too close to the entrance of your vagina, as it might make sitting uncomfortable.
Tips and Tricks
If you find using a menstrual cup difficult at first, relax and remember that it gets easier with a little practice. Even if you’ve been using tampons, using Me Luna is different. In most cases, difficulty in use or leaks are due to incorrect handling, so be sure to read these instructions carefully, and keep in mind that most women need three cycles worth of practice to use a menstrual cup correctly and easily.
Here are some useful tips, if you’re having difficulty:
- The folding technique: Try to fold the Me Luna so that more air is trapped in it. The punch-down fold is a good fold for this, but experiment with different techniques and find what works for you.
- Insertion is easiest if the Me Luna with water, so try running it under the tap before insertion. Water-based lubricant will also make insertion easier.
- Use your pelvic floor muscles to get Me Luna in the correct position: After insertion, use the pelvic floor muscles to move the cup down, and use the handle pull the cup down slightly.
- Before insertion, rinse Me Luna with cold water: If Me Luna is warm its material is somewhat softer, which can make it more difficult to “pop open” when inserted. If the plastic is cold, it is less flexible, and therefore easier to “pop open” inside the vagina. Rinsing with cold water makes the material firmer.