How to Use a Menstrual Cup?

You may have heard of menstrual cups, and is probably asking yourself: What exactly is it and how does it work?

Here, you can find everything you need to know about how to use a menstrual cup or Anigan EvaCup – we will explain it all in 6 simple steps. 

What is EvaCup?

EvaCup is a menstrual cup or period cup that catches menstrual fluid during menstruation. It is worn inside the vagina and doesn’t cause discomfort, unlike sanitary pads and tampons.

The EvaCup is FDA approved feminine hygiene product, made in US facility, with 100% medical grade silicone – it’s safe and reusable for up to 10 years. 

According to a research by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), "Preclinical testing complied with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines and used standard United States Pharmacopoeia methodologies for assessment of potential toxicity. Clinical testing enrolled 406 women in seven U.S. centers, and the result? 

No toxicity or mutagenicity was observed in preclinical evaluations. In clinical testing, after three cycles of menstruation cup use, 37% of subjects rated the cup as better than, 29% as worse than, and 34% as equal to pads or tampons. The cup was preferred for comfort, dryness, and less odor."

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Who Invented the Cup?

According to, "Leona Chalmers patented the first usable commercial cup in 1937. Later the menstrual cups were patented in 1935, 1937, and 1950. The Tassaway brand of menstrual cups was introduced in the 1960s, but it was not a commercial success. Early cups were made of rubber. Today, both silicone and rubber models are available. Most are reusable, though there is at least one brand of disposable menstrual cups currently manufactured.

Well, there you have it! Now that you know what is a menstrual cup, let's jump in on how to use the cup. 

How to use a menstrual cup

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Step-1: Sterilize the Unit

On the first day of use, wash the EvaCup with water and mild soap, before boiling it in a pot of water for 10-15 minutes. You could also use an Anigan Collapsible Sterilizing Cup and a microwave for convenient sterilization.

Step-2: Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands before further handling. Cleanliness is the key to safely using any menstruation cup.
Step-3: Menstrual Cup Folds

Select a folding method that you feel comfortable. Then Grip the walls of your EvaCup with your thumb and forefinger together, so the stem faces your palm and the opening faces you.

Step-4: Hold

Grip the walls of your EvaCup with your thumb and forefinger together, so the stem faces your palm and the opening faces you.

Step-5: Insert and Rotate

  • To insert the EvaCup, relax your muscles. Either sit, squat, or stand (whatever is most comfortable).
  • Spread your labia with your other hand to help you ease your cup into your vagina.
  • Water or water-based lubricant helps in inserting the EvaCup.
  • The cup should sit lower than a tampon and it will create a light suction that prevents leaks or anything from escaping.
  • You may gently rotate the cup to ensure that it is fully open.
  • Every person is unique; take your time and find the best possible position for you.


Step-6: Removal

  • Before removing your cup, wash your hands.
  • Gently pull the stem of the EvaCup until you can feel the base.
  • Break the seal by pinching the base.
  • When you feel the suction release, use a slow side-to-side motion to dislodge your cup.
  • Pushing your pelvic muscles aids the process.

How to Clean Your EvaCup 

There are a few different ways to clean your cup:

  1.  Boil your cup in a pot or microwave (optional: add 1 Tbsp. of baking soda to get rid of odors)
  2. Use a toothbrush to clean out the air holes beneath the rim of your cup. Do not use sharp objects (toothpicks, safety pins, etc.), which can puncture it.
  3. Let your cup dry at room temperature.
  4. When not in use, keep your feminine cup in a breathable pouch (supplied with your purchase).

Why EvaCup is Better than Tampons?

Tampons EvaCup
One time use only Reusable up to 10 years
Could cause irritation and allergies Made of 100% medical graded silicon, Allergy free
Contains pesticide and bleach Chemical free
Tampons absorb menstrual fluids along with natural secretions, reducing vaginal moisture. Never
Tampons absorb menstrual fluids along with natural secretions, reducing vaginal moisture. Only collects menstrual fluids, will not cause any irritation
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) possibility No risk of TSS
Average 240+ tampons each year, (9,600 in a lifetime*) 3 to 5 period cups in a lifetime
Average $120+ per year* $30 or less per cup
Average $5,600 in a lifetime* $90 to $150 in a lifetime


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Where to Buy the Cup?

There are actually a lot of online stores that are selling sanitary cups from different brands. But I highly recommend EvaCup to you - it is FDA registered, 100% medical grade silicone, safe, comfortable to use and it will last for up to 10 years as well. If you are ready, click the button below to buy Anigan EvaCup today!