How To Insert a Menstrual Cup

How to Select the Right Orchyd Menstrual Cup Size?

The Orchyd Menstrual Cup comes in three different sizes to accommodate varying anatomies and flow intensity.

Size 1: This size is typically recommended for menstruators under 18 years old who have not given birth vaginally and have a low cervix. It has a smaller diameter and capacity, making it suitable for those with a light to normal flow or a more petite build.

Size 2: Designed for those who are 18 years and older and have a low cervix. This cup has a slightly larger diameter and capacity. It is better suited for menstruators with light to normal flow. Size 2 is perfect for first-time users.

Size 3: This size is suitable for menstruators who have experienced vaginal birth or have a high cervix. This is the largest cup and is ideal for a normal to heavy flow.

When selecting the right size, it's crucial to consider both age and childbirth history, as well as individual flow patterns. A cup that fits correctly will be virtually unnoticeable, allowing for hassle-free movement and lasting up to 12 hours of protection.

As you track your flow in the Orchyd App, you will discover what is normal for you when it comes to flow. Many menstruators invest in two sizes of menstrual cups to accommodate a heavy flow in the beginning and a lighter flow at the end of the menstrual phase. If you have any questions about what size is best for you, Orchyd MD™ is available for personalized advice.

Clean Your Orchyd Menstrual Cup Before Use

Before using your cup for the first time and between each use during your cycle, follow these steps to clean it effectively:

  1. Wash your hands: Before handling the cup, wash your hands thoroughly with mild soap and water.
  2. Rinse with water: Rinse the cup with cold water to remove residual dust or debris.
  3. Sterilize the cup: Submerge the cup in a pot of boiling water for 5-7 minutes. This will help kill any bacteria and sanitize the cup. Avoid touching the bottom of the pot to prevent damage.
  4. Air dry or wipe dry: After boiling, let the cup air dry on a clean towel or use a lint-free cloth to wipe it dry.
  5. Storage: Store your Orchyd Menstrual Cup in the provided pouch until the next use.

Remember to clean the cup twice daily during your cycle and empty it every 8-12 hours. Avoid harsh chemicals, scented soaps, or abrasive cleaning materials, as they may cause irritation.

How to Insert Your Orchyd Menstrual Cup

Step 1: Clean

Review the steps above before inserting the Orchyd Menstrual Cup and clean your cup.

Step 2: Fold (C-fold, Punchdown)

You have to fold the menstrual cup to insert it. There are two popular folding techniques you can use:

The C-Fold: Press the rim of the cup down with one finger to form a "C" shape. This folding method creates a compact shape, making it easier to insert. The c-fold is great for beginners.

The Punchdown Fold: Gently press the rim of the cup down and inward, creating a triangular shape. This fold reduces the size of the cup's leading point, making insertion more manageable for some individuals. The punchdown method is for more experienced cup users but may be easier to insert for some menstruators.

Choose the folding method that feels most comfortable for you and experiment to find the one that works best with your anatomy.

Step 3: Insert

Find a comfortable position, such as squatting, sitting on the toilet, one leg propped, or in the show, to aid in easy insertion. Hold the folded cup firmly between your fingers and guide it into your vaginal canal at a 45-degree angle. Aim towards your tailbone, not directly upward.

Step 4: Open & Seal

Once the Orchyd Menstrual Cup is inside your vagina, it needs to open up to create a proper seal and prevent leaks. You can use one of these techniques to help it open:

  • Release and Rotate: Gently release the fold and rotate the cup slightly. This action will allow air to enter and create a seal.
  • Run a finger along the rim: Slide a finger along the cup's edge to ensure it has fully opened. If you feel any dents or folds, adjust the position until the cup fully unfolds.
Step 5: Check

Give the cup a gentle tug to ensure it is sitting comfortably and will not shift during physical activities.

Remember that practice makes perfect when using a menstrual cup for the first time. Don't get discouraged if it takes a few tries to get the insertion process right. With patience and experience, using the Orchyd Menstrual Cup will become more intuitive.

How Long Can You Wear a Menstrual Cup?

The duration you can wear a menstrual cup varies depending on your flow and the cup size. On average, you can safely wear the Orchyd Menstrual Cup for 8 to 12 hours. However, this timeframe is not set in stone and may differ from person to person. If your flow is heavy, you may need to empty it more frequently, while those with a lighter flow can go the full 12 hours.

In the Orchyd App, you can use the in-app timer, SafeFlow™, to track your menstrual cup and receive reminders to take it out. SafeFlow™ was developed with OB-GYNs and suggests a doctor-approved length of time per product. You can adjust the timer depending on your flow.

Remember, wearing the cup too long may increase the risk of leaks. It's essential to listen to your body and adapt your routine accordingly. If your cup is filling up quickly, consider emptying it more often.

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)

Compared to tampons, menstrual cups carry a lower risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) due to their non-absorbent design. However, it's crucial to maintain proper hygiene and adhere to recommended wear times to minimize any potential risks. Regular cleaning, sterilization, and inspecting the cup for wear are essential.

Tips & Tricks

Get to Know Your Body

Before using the Orchyd Menstrual Cup, take some time to familiarize yourself with your body. Knowing the location of your cervix and understanding the depth of your vaginal canal can help you find the most comfortable and secure position for the cup.

Lube

A water-based lubricant can ease insertion, especially if you experience discomfort. Apply a small amount of lube to the rim of the cup before folding and inserting it.

Leaks

If you experience leaks, it might be due to improper positioning or an inadequate seal. Adjust the cup's position, ensuring it's fully open and has created a secure seal against the vaginal walls.

by Courtney K

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