So you got your new menstrual cup (perhaps a new XO Flo?), waited patiently for your next period to start, figured out how to insert it 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. Cut yourself some slack, pour yourself a glass of wine, and read on for our top tips for those new to reusable menstrual cups.
When you insert a menstrual cup, you need to make sure that it’s popped completely open once its inside your body. Some people can feel the “pop” and some people can’t. You may need to run your finger around the outside 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. XO Flo is unique in that we’ve added inner interlocking rings that add stability to the body of the cup to ensure it pops open easily.
This helps if your cup is sort of flattened or if it’s simply not quite in the right position. To perform the shimmy, grip the base of the cup (or the base of 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 and allow room for the cup to fully expand.
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 and you’ve tried the above tips. Just grab the base of your cup and rotate it gently within your body. For most, a slight twist is enough, but some can turn it most of the way around. 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! Give yourself time to adjust – there’s normally a learning curve, so don’t try your new XO Flo on the first day of your new job. While you get used to it, just make sure to wear a Pantyliner as a back-up (and maybe keep those white jeggings in the closet for a few days, as well).
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.