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uhohSo you got your new menstrual cup, waited patiently for your period to start, figured out how to insert it (thanks, YouTube videos!) and now… it’s leaking! Before you give up, remember the first time you used a tampon. Did you get it right on the very first try? Probably not. Trying something new–especially something so personal!–can be scary, especially as an adult. Cut yourself some slack, pour yourself a glass of wine, and read on for my top tips for those new to reusable menstrual cups.

1. The pop

When you insert a menstrual cup, you need to make sure that it’s popped completely open once its inside your body. Some women can feel the “pop” and some women can’t. You may need to run your finger around the inside of your cup while it’s inserted to see if it feels completely open and round, or slightly smushed or flat on one side. If it feels a little flat, you’ll need to reposition or reinsert the cup.

2. The shimmy

This helps if your cup is flattened or if it’s simply not quite in the right position. To perform the shimmy, grip the base of the cup (or the stem) between your thumb and forefinger and gently wiggle the cup back and forth to help your cup find its perfect position in your body.

3. The twist

The twist can be a bit controversial in that it is super helpful for some, while simply impossible for others. It’s worth a try or two if you’re new to the world of menstrual cups. Just grab the base of your cup and rotate it gently within your body. Some women are able to give it a full turn, while others manage just a slight twist. Either way, it can help your new menstrual cup form a seal and prevent leaks.

Overall, the most important thing is to relax and remind yourself that it’s totally normal to need some time to adjust to a new menstrual product! While you get used to it, just make sure to wear a pantyliner as a back-up (and maybe keep those skin-tight white jeggings in the closet for a few days).

If you need some personalized support, feel free to get in touch with us to ask questions! We’re more than happy to help you get through the learning curve of switching to a menstrual cup.

About the author of this post:

tracy is the owner of GladRags and is passionate about period positivity and empowering women everywhere. In her free time, she likes to read, travel, practice yoga, and hang out with her cats.


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  • Tara

    My 3 tips:

    Experiment with folds. First I tried the C fold, then the punchdown. Now use a half C fold/punchdown.

    Also if one of your suction holes is inside your fold, it seems to help.

    I still have my cup slip down when I urinate or have a BM so I have to push it back in. It doesn’t lose suction, just needs pushed back up.

    • http://www.gladrags.com/ Tracy Puhl

      Those are great tips, thanks for sharing!

  • gjdmama

    I have found that sometimes the key is just making sure you are relaxed. If I have my muscles all tensed up, the cup isn’t going to pop. Sometimes just relaxing my legs and internal muscles does the trick.

    • http://www.gladrags.com/ Tracy Puhl

      Totally! I always tell people to take a few deep breaths and calm down — if you are tense, it’s going to be so much more difficult.

  • twiztedtwinz66@gmail.com

    This is an old thread but ill tell you I figured out my cup in a day. You just need to keep fiddling with it. Get ready an hour before you go somewhere. Try as many methods as you want one at a time and wait in between with a panty liner. Once you try something and it doesn’t leak remember that and try it again next time.