Menstrual Cup User Guide

How to use a menstrual cup

The JuJu Cup is a reusable bell-shaped cup, which collects menstrual fluid.

Menstrual cups are folded then inserted like a tampon into the vagina. The cup then opens and forms a secure seal with the vaginal walls. It collects menstrual fluid, in contrast to conventional disposable sanitary products, which perform the function of absorbing the fluid. After 8 hours, or more regularly for a heavy flow, it is emptied, washed and reused.  Menstrual cups are reusable and with proper care, a single menstrual cup will last many years. 

This is guide provides a general overview on how to insert, remove and clean a menstrual cup.

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Tips for First Time Users



How to insert a menstrual cup

The easiest way to put in a menstrual cup, and to remove it, is when you’re relaxed. It only takes a few seconds to insert or remove your JuJu. While it may take some practice, it will become easier as you become better acquainted with this product. Have a look at some first-time tips for menstrual cup usage to get better acquainted with your JuJu.

Give yourself a few cycles to become comfortable with the menstrual cup insertion and removal process. Remember to experiment with different fold until you find an insertion technique which suits you. Using a menstrual cup is different for everybody so what works for one person's anatomy may not work for others. 

Thoroughly read the Warnings & Precautions in the Safety section.

JuJu is easier to insert and remove when you are relaxed.

To make your transition to using a cup easier, practice inserting and removing your cup in the shower a few times a week before your cycle starts.

Disinfect your JuJu as per the instructions on the Cleaning your Menstrual Cup section prior to using it for the first time.

Wash Hands

Wash your hands

Wash your hands with warm water and mild soap. To make insertions easier; you can use water, a water-based lubricant, or insert your JuJu in the shower.

How to Fold a Menstrual Cup

Fold the menstrual cup

Fold your JuJu into a 'c' shape by using both hands to flatten the two sides together then fold it over itself.

The videos below demonstrate the most common 'c' or 'u' fold however more folds are available the User Guide to Menstrual Cup Folds.

If you have difficulty getting your cup to open run your cup under cold water and try a different fold such as the 'punch down' fold which makes the silicone spring open easier. Conversely, if you prefer a softer cup, run your cup under warm water prior to inserting.

Menstrual Cup C Fold

Hold the menstrual cup closed

Hold your JuJu firmly in your dominant hand, below the upper rim. Find a comfortable position - sitting, squatting or standing with one leg raised. Gently part your labia (skin around the vagina) with your free hand.

Insert Menstrual Cup

Insert the folded menstrual cup

Insert your JuJu slowly into the vaginal opening. Direct it back towards the base of your spine, at a 45% angle, not directly upward. Allow your cup to open just inside the vaginal opening, then slide it into position.

Your cup should be completely internal and will generally sit lower than a tampon but it is not abnormal for it to sit high depending on your anatomy or the location of your cervix.

Check Menstrual Cup Seal

Check the seal

Check that the cup has opened, as this is what forms a suction seal with the vaginal walls and prevents leaking. Swirl your index finger around the outside of the cup. If you feel any indentations in the circumference of the cup, the cup has not opened correctly. If your cup has not opened, try to twist the cup, use the stem to wiggle it, or try a few pelvic floor exercises to help open it.

Wash Hands

Wash your hands

Once your cup has been inserted wash your hands with warm water and mild soap.

JuJu can be worn for a maximum of 8 hours. Depending on your flow, JuJu may need to be emptied more often. We suggest setting an alarm to remind yourself to empty your cup. Empty and clean your JuJu before bed, and again when you wake.

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Tips for First Time Users

Menstrual Cup Folding Methods



How to remove a menstrual cup

We recommend that you remove, empty and wash your JuJu before going to bed and again in the morning after waking up. With every cycle, you will become more familiar with your own rhythm and know when you need to empty your JuJu.

For first time users learning to use the JuJu, we recommend removing and emptying your JuJu cup in the shower, if possible.

Wash Hands

Wash your hands

Wash your hands with warm water and mild soap. Removal is easier if you are relaxed. Find a comfortable position. If your cup sits high, squatting or tucking your tailbone under whilst sitting will help shorten the vaginal canal.

Remove Menstrual Cup

Remove your menstrual cup

Remove your JuJu by pinching the base of your JuJu with your index finger and thumb to break the suction seal. Bearing down lightly will help move your cup lower. Tilt the cup from side to side as you move it toward the vaginal opening. Take out the top edge of the rim then tilt it upright and remove the bottom edge of the rim keeping it upright.

Do not remove your JuJu by pulling on the stem without breaking the suction seal first as this will increase the suction seal, make removal more difficult and may cause the stem to break.

If you are having difficulty removing your cup, see our Menstrual Cup Removal Tips.

Wash Menstrual Cup

Empty and clean your menstrual cup

Empty the contents into the toilet. Wash your JuJu in the sink with soap and warm water and mild soap, then rinse it thoroughly.
Wash Hands

Re-insert your menstrual cup

Re-insert your JuJu as per the insertion instructions and wash your hands.

See the menstrual cup public bathroom hacks blog for handy tips on emptying your cup while out and about or when you don't have access to a basin.  

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Tips to Remove a Menstrual Cup



How to clean a menstrual cup

Before the first use and at the end of each cycle wash and disinfect your JuJu cup (as per the sterilization instructions below). 

In situations where you do not have access to clean water, for example when travelling, use bottled drinking water to clean and disinfect your cup.  

Clean

You can easily clean your JuJu by washing it with soap or with JuJus’ specially formulated menstrual cup wash – Lemon Myrtle Cleansing Wash and warm water. Use a soft cloth or brush to remove any residual build up.

Ensure that the tiny holes at the top of your JuJu cup are clear and contain no blockages as they help form the suction seal which keeps your cup in place. The holes can be cleaned by squirting water through them or carefully use a toothpick to remove any debris. Discard the toothpick after use.

Always thoroughly rinse your cup after washing to ensure no soap residue remains on the cup as this can disrupt your vaginal pH levels.

 


How to sterilise a menstrual cup

After your cycle, regular disinfection of your JuJu is required.

Boil  Menstrual Cup

Place your menstrual cup in a pot of boiling water for 3–5 minutes.

Never boil your JuJu for more than 5 minutes as this can cause it to get damaged.

It’s a good idea to set a timer when boiling your menstrual cup to ensure you don’t forget to remove it from the cooktop.

 

Some people choose to purchase a small separate pot and keep this exclusively for boiling their menstrual cup. A UV steralizer can also be used to disinfect your menstrual cup.

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For additional tips on keeping your menstrual cup clean and steralizing methods.

How to Clean a Menstrual Cup


How to store a menstrual cup

Rinse and dry your JuJu before putting it back in its own carry-bag until your next period. Always store JuJu in a ventilated area; never keep in a plastic bag or airtight container as moisture cannot evaporate without airflow and your cup will not dry