Using the Elle Cup
Correctly inserted, a menstrual cup is so comfortable that you wont even know it’s there! It may take a little practice at first as you need to find the angle and position that is right for you. Once you have perfected it you will be amazed at how simple a menstrual cup is to use.
You will need to empty, rinse or wipe and reinsert your menstrual cup every four to eight hours depending on your flow – but it can often last up to 12 hours without leaking.
The fluid remains inside the cup, and the process is not messy or uncomfortable. A menstrual cup can safely be used overnight and is great for all sports, swimming and travelling. It can be cleaned in the same way as baby equipment: with sterilising fluid, or by boiling for five minutes in an open pan of water.
“I only just started using a cup about 6 months ago and I swear, I’ll tell anyone who asks about it that I wish I knew about menstrual cups 20 years ago. It has saved me so much money and is soooo easy to use and maintain! Some of my friends think it’s gross, but I just think it’s because they haven’t done the research that’s needed. I will definitely be buying one for my daughter when the time comes!“ — Elle Cup Fan
How to Use
Find a comfortable position, either sitting, standing, squatting or kneeling. Press together the sides of the cup, then fold the sides in half. Hold the folded sides firmly together between thumb and forefinger of one hand. The single curved edge should be away from your palm. Stay relaxed. With your free hand gently separate the labia and push the curved edge of the folded menstrual cup up into the vagina.
Insert the menstrual cup fully following the natural angle of your vagina. Aim towards the small of your back, not the top of your head. You do not need to push the menstrual cup up high into the vagina, the vaginal muscle will keep it in place. Once the menstrual cup is fully inserted grasp the base of the cup, not the stem, and rotate it once to ensure that it has fully unfolded.
Many women find the stem to be too long. Simply remove the cup and cut the stem to your preferred size. It’s important to keep your menstrual cup clean, so wash it regularly with mild soap and hot and water. It can be cleaned more thoroughly between periods.
- 100% Medical Grade Silicone.
- FDA Approved.
- Suitable for women who have Allergies & Sensitive skin.
- More Convenient as it is Reusable so you always have it with you when you need it most!
- It can be left in place for up to 12 hours.
- Hypoallergenic = No Toxic Shock Syndrome & No Odour!
- Reusable = Environmentally Friendly & Cost Effective!
- Optimal pH levels remain intact within the body.
- Completely hygienic and 100% safe to Use!
- User friendly.
Menstrual Cup FAQ’s
Q. Is it okay to use them in public toilets?
A. Yes! Take a small bottle of water with you and rinse it with water. Or, you could wipe the cup with toilet paper, before giving your menstrual cup a thorough clean at a more convenient time.
Q. Can you use a menstrual cup with light flow?
A. Absolutely. Because menstrual cups are not absorbent, they won’t cause dryness. You’ll find the removal much more comfortable compared to a tampon.
Q. Why is my menstrual cup leaking?
A. If your cup is leaking, you are likely not placing the menstrual cup low enough in your vagina. The cup needs to be placed just inside the entrance to your vagina, unlike tampons which need to be closer to the cervix. Make sure you check that the whole stem is completely inside your vagina. Most women need to trim the stem. If you think you need to trim the stem, remove your menstrual cup and cut the end with scissors. Trim a little off at a time, and reinsert the cup to check how it sits. Repeat this process until it’s fully inside you and comfortable. One other reason for leakage may be due to poor seal formation with the vaginal wall. Try twisting and rotating the menstrual cup once you’ve inserted it. You can also try pulling the menstrual cup down a little, then gently pushing it inward. If you clamp your pelvic floor muscles around the menstrual cup, it can help to create a good seal. Finally, leakage may occur due to any small holes below the rim of a cup becoming blocked. A clean pin can be used to remove anything blocking the holes. Sterilise your menstrual cup and re-insert. If you’re still having problems, the cup size may not be a good fit, so you may need to try another.
Q. How long can the ElleCup be left inside the body?
Q. Can using an ElleCup cause bacterial infections?
Q. Can I use an ElleCup after giving birth?
A. Consult your doctor or gynecologist before using a menstural cup after birth, as the use of an ElleCup is largely dependent on your internal postpartum condition. Ideally the Elle Cup can be used 6 to 8 weeks after vaginal birth.
Q. Can I use soap to wash my ElleCup?
Q. I have an IUD/coil, can I use an ElleCup?
A. There is a small risk that your IUD can be affected or moved out of position when removing ElleCup. But for most women the use of the ElleCup while having an IUD has not caused any problems. Still, we advise you to consult your doctor before use.
Try these top tips for using a ElleCup if you have an IUD fitted:
Position. ElleCup is designed to sit low in the vagina, and if placed correctly will not disturb your IUD strings. Get to know where your strings are and become familiar with where you need to place your cup.
Release the seal. Your ElleCup will create a suction seal when inside your vagina – to prevent leaks. Before removing your cup take care to pinch the walls of your cup together to release the suction.
Visit your doctor. If you have any concerns, if you have a low cervix, or feel that your IUD has moved position then visit your doctor or gynaecologist for a health check before using a menstrual cup.