Natalia Lusinski
February 20, 2016 11:39 pm

By now, you’ve probably heard of the menstrual cup and have been in one of two camps: “Where can I get one?” or “Why? Why? WHY??Maybe you’re ready to try something new—why not? Or, if you’ve got your menstrual method under control already, why switch it up now, right? But, if you’re still on the fence or open to learning about new methods, YouTuber/beauty vlogger extraordinaire Ingrid Nilsen is here to help, telling us once and for all how to use a menstrual cup (and tampons and pads, too). Because, let’s face it, someone had to do it. (Thank you, Ingrid.)

By “reusable,” she means you can use it for up to 10 years (!). And by “longer,” she means up to 12 hours (!). Plus, no Toxic Shock Syndrome risk like with tampons, or constant changing like pads. Already a win and two bonuses over alternate menstrual-protection methods. In addition, with the measurement lines on the cup, you can track your period from day-to-day, seeing how the flow varies and if anything seems amiss.

The main drawback, though, Ingrid says in her video, is that you have to clean it. Uh… yeah.

But, the obvious question remains—how the heck do you get it to stay put?!

Here are some step-by-step guidelines from Ingrid’s video.

#1) Fold it over to make a taco/smile/“U” shape


#2) Put it vertical for insertion


Or, you can fold it differently and insert less of the cup first.

Option #1) Press down on the rim and push the sides in



After all is said and inserted, you’ll eventually have to remove the menstrual cup, which you do by slowly pulling out the stem. Once you get to the base area, you pinch the cup and remove the rest of it.


While this video is super helpful and educational, it’s worth noting that Ingrid has yet to try the menstrual cup herself. In her video, she says she prefers pads to tampons but looks forward to user’s YouTube comments on their experiences and that maybe they’ll inspire her to try the cup herself.

Check out her full tutorial below:

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