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New to the period cup scene?

New to the period cup scene? Feeling a little hesitant about making the change?


We totally get it. I mean, we are talking about something you insert into your vagina.


But don’t worry. We got you. 💙

Lunette Answers All Of Your Menstrual Cup Questions


New to the period cup scene?


Feeling a little hesitant about making the change?


We totally get it. I mean, we are talking about something you insert into your vagina.


But don’t worry.

We got you.


Which is why we’ve put together everything you ever needed to know about using a menstrual cup.


But this isn’t just for those of you who are new to the cup, this is also great for those of you who have tried to make the switch and struggled in one way or another.


Now let’s get to it!


What size menstrual cup should I use? 


At Lunette, we have two menstrual cup sizes available for you.


Our Model 1 Cup is perfect for those who have a light to normal flow, while our Model 2 Cup is great for those with a normal to heavy flow.


But that’s not the only difference. Our Model 1 Cup is slightly smaller and has a slightly softer silicone than the Model 2 Cup. Perfect for teens and younger users, as well as beginners, exercise enthusiasts and those of you with a lower sitting cervix.


You can view exact measurements of both our cups here.


How are menstrual cups different than tampons?


While both of these period products are inserted into the vagina, there are two major differences between menstrual cups and tampons.


The first one being that a menstrual cup can stay inserted for up to 12 hours ( 10 hours in Tropical climate like in Thailand ) at a time, whereas a tampon needs to be changed every four to eight hours.


The second reason being that a Lunette Menstrual Cup is totally reusable, making it easier on your pockets AND our planet.


How do I insert a period cup?


Step One: Thoroughly wash your hands and cup. We recommend using our Lunette Feelbetter Cup Cleanser. If you don’t have access to that, we recommend using a mild, fragrance-free, oil-free cleanser with a low pH level (between 3.5 and 5.5). Once clean, check to be sure all of the air holes at the rim of your cup are open.


Step Two: Find a comfortable position. Whether that’s standing, sitting or squatting, spread your legs and try to relax. Fold the cup flat and then fold it again to form a C-shape.

Step Three: Keeping your cup in the C-shape, gently guide it rim first into your vagina. Once inserted, the cup will pop open. With a clean finger, check to make sure that the base of the cup is round. This is how you’ll know it’s fully open.


Finding that the C-shape doesn’t work for you? Don’t worry. There are all kinds of other folds you can choose from!

Can I practice inserting my menstrual cup when I’m not menstruating?


Heck yes you can!


As a matter of fact, we think it’s a great idea if you’re new to using a cup as you might feel a bit more comfortable getting familiar with insertion and removal when you’re not bleeding. Just know that insertion can be easier when you’re on your period as your vagina tends to be more moist and flexible.


Pro Tip: You can use water or a water based lube to help with insertion.


I'm having problems inserting my cup. What can I do?


First things first, you’ll want to relax. If you’re tense, your vaginal muscles will be tense, making insertion (and removal) more difficult. So find a time and place where you won’t be disturbed and remember to b r e a t h e.


Still having difficulty? Don’t worry. It’s totally common for it to sometimes take a few cycles to become familiar with how your new cup works best with your body - but we’re confident you’ll get there, so don’t give up!


Not quite as familiar with your vagina as you feel like you need to be?


How long can I keep the menstrual cup in?


How often you empty your cup totally depends on your flow.


If you know you have a heavier flow, you may want to start by emptying your cup every few hours until you figure out exactly what you can expect.


But regardless of how light or heavy your flow is, you want to make sure you don’t keep your cup in any longer than 12 hours at a time. ( 10 hours in Tropical climate like in Thailand )


Does menstrual blood flow back into the uterus when the cup is full?


Nope.


Because your menstrual flow is thick and uneven, it’s impossible for it to flow back into the uterus through the pin-sized cervix - especially since your uterus is actively working to push flow out during menstruation.


I have leaks, what can I do?


If at first you have leaks, don’t give up on your cup. Again, it can oftentimes take a few cycles to really figure out how your new cup works best with your body. But here are a few things you can try if you’re experiencing leaks.


1. Check to be sure that all of the air holes at the top of the cup are open. If the holes are blocked by blood or discharge, your cup will have difficulty forming a suction.


2. Make sure your cup is fully open once inserted. To be sure, slightly rotate the cup.


3. Try wearing your cup a bit lower in the vagina to be sure your cervix isn’t taking up valuable space in the cup, or bypassing the opening altogether.


4. Have you tried another fold? This s