How To Use my MeLuna menstrual cup?
Before the first use, your MeLuna should be sterilized for about 3 minutes in plenty of boiling water. The menstrual cup should also be sterilized between periods. However during menstruation, after emptying the cup it can be cleaned by wiping with toilet paper, paper towel, or rinsing with running water. It can be reinserted immediately. Just make sure to only change your MeLuna menstrual cup with clean hands!
Insertion of your MeLuna 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 MeLuna is inserted the vaginal walls press on it from the outside, so MeLuna can only unfold fully if there's some air inside it.
The most common fold. Press your MeLuna menstrual cupflat, 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 MeLuna 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 MeLuna, and helps it to "pop open" after insertion.
More suitable for larger cup sizes, eg; L and XL. Press your MeLuna menstrual cup flat and fold into a zigzag shape, like an S.
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 MeLuna 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 MeLuna menstrual cup should not be placed too close to the entrance of your vagina, as it might make sitting uncomfortable.
Correct placement of the menstrual cup
To prevent leakage, after the insertion check whether your menstrual cup has "popped open" correctly. You can do this by turning the cup, or by running a finger around the cup's rim. It's possible that MeLuna may change its position slightly during wear, due to the movement of the vaginal muscles. This does not affect functionality or comfort.
How long can the MeLuna remain in the vagina?
The MeLuna menstrual cup can remain in the vagina for 8 to 12 hours. Generally it will only need to be emptied 2 to 4 times a day. Since the menstrual flow varies from woman to woman and also varies during the cycle, the wearing time varies as well. Initially, we recommend that you empty it about as often as you would normally change a tampon; this way you will get a feeling for how often it needs to be emptied. MeLuna can be worn both day and night, but should be emptied after after 8 to 12 hours. Best of all Your MeLuna menstrual cup can stay in place while doing number ones and two's!
The removal of MeLuna
Wash your hands thoroughly. Get into a comfortable position (many women find that squatting works well). Use your pelvic floor muscles to move the MeLuna towards the vaginal opening. When you can feel the bottom of the MeLuna with your fingers, gently pull the grip to move it closer. Next, squeeze the bottom of the MeLuna cup to release any pressure around the rim. Do not just pull the MeLuna out by its ball, stem or ring - the handle is there to get a better grip, not to pull the cup out. For removal you must also squeeze the bottom of the cup, and use your pelvic floor muscles to move the cup down. It is important to understand that it takes some practice to change the MeLuna menstrual cup easily. Stay calm and relaxed. After removing the MeLuna, drain and then clean it, by either rinsing with water or wiping with toilet paper or a paper towel. It can then be reinserted again.
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 MeLuna 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 MeLuna 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 MeLuna is moistened 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 MeLuna 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 MeLuna with cold water: If MeLuna 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.