How to insert and adjust:
1. Before the first use, sterilise the cup boiling in water for 2-3 minutes.
2. Before touching the cup, wash your hands thoroughly. To make insertion easier, lubricate with water or a water-based lubricant.
3. Fold the cup, to reduce the volume, and guide it gently, head up, through your vagina. You can be seated, standing or squatting.
4. Your internal muscles will keep the cup in position, and as you get more experienced you will find the more comfortable position quicker. Differently from the tampon, the cup is more comfortable low in the vagina. It does not touch the cervix either.
5. To adjust the cup internally, rotate it slowly, or slide a finger around it.
6. If your vagina is tilted backwards, pull the cup lightly back and up will help to find the correct position.
During your period:
1. Empty the cup 2-4 times a day. You can use it during the night, but not more than 12 hours without emptying and cleaning.
2. You can wear the cup when you go to the bathroom, but after 'number 2" check if the cup is still in position.
3. If the cup goes too high inside the vagina, squat and it will come lower. Relax and grab it with your fingers.
4. Don't just pull the cup out by the stem. Break the seal first by squeezing the cup and folding it.
5. Empty the cup into the toilet bowl and wash the cup in warm water before inserting again.
6. If you don't have a source of water, you can clean the cup using intimate wipes or toilet paper, but make sure no fibres get stuck to the cup.
After your period:
1. Wash the cup thoroughly after the last use and sterilise 2-3 minutes in boiling water.
2. Keep the cup in the transporter bag in a dry and well ventilated place. Don't keep it in an airtight container.
PERSONAL TESTIMONIAL INSTRUCTIONS:
“So you bend it in half with your thumb and first (index) finger and push
it into the vagina....when it is about half way in you can release so it
'opens' so to speak. I then twist it around a bit to make sure the suction is
fully open. To remove, insert two fingers (could be thumb and index again),
bear down like you are doing a poo until you feel it come down, then squeeze
the sides of it to release the suction, then pull it out and empty into the
toilet.” Rebecca, Melbourne, Australia
“Using the Starr Menstrual Cup is an easy and quick thing, though it needs a little practice in the beginning. I take the moon cup fold it once (that´s tricky in the beginning because it tends to unfold quickly if you do not hold it tight enough). Then, I insert it like a tampon. For the first time use the second hand to open a bit your vagina to push it inside. Just push it as far as it is comfortable. If it is not deep enough just push it a little further with your index finger. Taking the Starr Menstrual Cup out in the beginning I used the stipple. For me a better way is to grab the cup with 2 fingers and pull it out. As the stipple was a bit too long I just cut it off to enjoy wearing the cup more.” Alex, Sydney Australia
TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
- Boil the cup in abundant water, and for no longer than 5 minutes.
- Boil the cup in a small pan, and don't use it to cook.
- Wash the cup with mild non-perfumed detergents.
- The cup is not a contraceptive and does not protect against sexual transmissible diseases. Don't wear during intercourse.
- Always wash your hands carefully before touching the cup, and never use it for more than 12 hours without cleaning..
- The cup does not interfere with the vagina's natural environment and humidity.
- The stem must be kept inside the vagina - if it is too long or uncomfortable, you can trim it.
- The cup can be used during physical exercise, before the first sexual intercourse and with a intrauterine device or vaginal ring.
- Especially while getting used to the cup, you can use pads at the same time.
- Don't use the cup if you have postpartum bleeding after giving birth - seek medical advice for when is the right time to return to the cup for you.