Beginners’ Guide
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What is a Menstrual Cup?

Hello, I'm a Ruby Cup!

How do Menstrual Cups Work?

They collect your period blood inside your vagina

and can be worn for up to 8 hours at a time, giving

you unparalleled freedom compared with traditional period products.

  

Ruby Cups are made of medical-grade silicone,

making them soft and easy to use. You can reuse a Ruby Cup for

up to ten years,⁠ saving around 10kg of plastic waste ending up in landfill.

Choose Your Menstrual Cup Size

Your Perfect Ruby Cup Size

Now you know your menstrual flow and the position of your cervix, you can use this chart to see which size Ruby Cup will work best for you. 

Tip: If your menstrual flow varies from the first to the last day of your period you may want to use both sizes of a cup, depending on your daily flow.

 

Still unsure? Read our step-by-step sizing guide.

How To Use a Menstrual Cup

How To Put In A Menstrual Cup
1. Fold your cup
1. Fold your cup

Check folding methods below

2. Insert into your vagina
2. Insert into your vagina
3. Once inside
3. Once inside

The cup will unfold to create a suction that keeps it well positioned and prevents leaks.

Menstrual Cup Folds
C-Fold
C-Fold

The C-fold is one of the most popular menstrual cup folds and gets its name because the point of insertion looks like a C.

 

1- Squeeze the sides of the cup together.

2- Fold the cup in half to make a C shape.

7-Fold
7-Fold

The 7-fold makes a smaller insertion area than the C-fold and usually ‘pops’ open easily making it a popular with beginners.

 

1- Fold your menstrual cup in half so that the lips touch.

2- Now pull down the right side, so as to form a ‘7’ shape with the lips of the cup

Punch Down Fold
Punch Down Fold

The punch down fold creates one of the smallest areas of insertion.

 

1- Push down the rim of the cup with your finger.

2- Squeeze the sides of the cup together.

Pro Tip: Experiment with different ways to fold a menstrual cup until you find what works best for you.

How To Remove A Menstrual Cup
1. After washing your hands
1. After washing your hands

Sit, squat or stand with one leg raised.

2. Locate the base of the cup
2. Locate the base of the cup

& press the walls of the cup inwards to release the suction.

3. Gently pull the cup out
3. Gently pull the cup out

with a firm grip

4. Empty, rinse and reinsert.
4. Empty, rinse and reinsert.

Learn more about removing your menstrual cup.

How to Clean a Menstrual Cup
1. Before and After Your Period
1. Before and After Your Period

Disinfect your menstrual cup by boiling for 3 minutes in a pan or Ruby Steriliser.

2. During Your Period
2. During Your Period

After emptying your period cup, simply rinse and reinsert.

Menstrual Cup cleaning and storage tips.

3. In a Public Bathroom
3. In a Public Bathroom

You can take a small bottle of water with you to rinse the cup over the toilet.

If the sink is out of reach, simply wipe the Ruby Cup clean with dry or damp tissue, and reinsert.

Cleaning Your Menstrual Cup Is Easy With The Ruby Steriliser

Made of 100% medical grade silicone, the Ruby Steriliser can be used in the microwave or oven.

Practical: simply fill with water and pop into the microwave or oven to boil for a few minutes.

Foldable: collapsible and lightweight. Easy to store or take with you!

Discreet design doesn’t shout menstrual cup. Perfect for shared houses where you don’t want to use communal cooking pots to clean your menstrual cup.

Buy One, Give One

We offer a life-changing menstrual cup donation programme.

Each time someone like you makes a purchase, we donate a Ruby Cup to a girl or woman without access to period care products.

 

In some countries, girls drop out of school once they start menstruating due to a lack of facilities and sanitary products.

Therefore, your purchase could encourage a young girl to continue her education for a better future!

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