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 has 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.
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.