How Often Should I Empty my Menstrual Cup?

There is some confusion amongst menstrual cup users with regards to what the maximum period of time is that a menstrual cup can be worn for. It's understandable, as there is some variation between menstrual cup manufacturers and their recommend empty frequencies.

JuJu recommends you empty your cup every 8 hours

Our original maximum wear time was 12 hours, however, in 2017 this was updated to 8 hours in response to a recommendation received by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) when applying for two new models (Model 3 and Model 4) to be added to the existing range of JuJu cups registered with the TGA.

This change brings the maximum time a menstrual cup should be used for, before emptied and cleaned, in line with the maximum period a tampon should be used. Although it should be noted that most tampon manufacturers recommend that tampons only be worn for 4-6 hours to reduce the risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS).

Whilst the empty frequency-time being changed from 12 to 8 hours was only a TGA recommendation, we chose to update the time in the interest of protecting our consumers’ health. Many menstrual cup manufacturers only recommend cups be emptied every 12 hours, and many menstrual cup users with a medium or light flow only empty their cups twice a day (every 12 hours). However, it is good to be aware of the updated recommendations made by the relevant governing bodies and make your decision based on all the information available to you. 

People with a heavier flow may need to empty their cup more frequently than every 8 or 12 hours as the seal of the cup will be compromised if it is overfull, which will result in leaking. For more information on how often to empty your menstrual cup, take a look at the Put a Cup In It video below.

You may also find the information on How to Clean your Menstrual Cup and How to Empty your Menstrual Cup in Public Bathroom helpful.