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Menstrual Cups

If you're frustrated with your menstrual routine or just want to try something new, you're not ovary-acting!

Tampons and pads can be expensive, messy, uncomfortable and prone to leakage.

Menstrual cups are flexible, reusable, medical grade, silicone cups that replace tampons or pads to provide a cleaner, healthier, greener and cheaper menstrual product to use and reuse during your menstrual cycle for up to ten years.

WRC Menstrual Cup Giveaway

Interested in trying a menstrual cup for free? Take the menstrual module starting again next semester. See dates the module will be open below.

Fall 2024: Aug. 27 - Nov. 12
Spring 2025: Jan. 15 - Apr. 29

*Redeem your free cup on at the WRC's new location in 3217 Field Hall on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please be sure to pick up your cup the same semester you completed the module.

menstrual cup


Easy to use
Environmentally friendly

of WVU students who reported using a cup, for at least one menstrual cycle, were satisfied with their cup!

“I love the cup. It is all I use now, and I have recommended it to everyone I know. Most have gotten one through the WRC because of my great experience.”
“I love this cup! It catches much more blood and allows me to go without changing for 12 hours (which helps when you’re a busy woman)! Thank you, WRC, for all that you do for our campus!”
“It's been amazing, more sustainable, comfortable and helps me save a lot of money on tampons and time worrying about my period.”

Tips, tricks and resources

Menstrual Cup Size Guide How to Measure Your Cervix AllMatters menstrual cup FAQs

Having trouble using your cup? Try these solutions.

First Time Users

Before using your menstrual cup for the first time, you should sanitize your cup by either boiling the cup or using a sanitizing wash/wipe. It is equally safe to boil water, pour into a mug, and steep in the cup for 5 minutes (Wunsch et al., 2022).

You don’t have to sterilize your cup after every use.

Boil: Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Place your cup in the boiling water and let it stay completely submerged in the boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Do not let the cup rest on the bottom of the pot. This can cause burnt or melted spots to appear on your cup.

Use a sanitizing wash or wipe. Email the WRC if you need a sanitizing wipe.

Challenges Cleaning the Cup in Public Places/Dorms

Problems cleaning the cup in public places/dorms: Consider inserting and removing the cup in the shower. Alternatively, bring a bottle of water to rinse the cup over the toilet.

You can use a toilet paper if you don’t have either and rinse when you get back to your room. You do not need to use soap to clean your period cup but if you prefer using soap, it’s important to use a perfume free and pH-balanced soap.

Unable to boil cup to sanitize: If you do not have access to a stove to boil water, cups may be sanitized with a sanitizing wash or wipe. The sanitizing wash/wipe you choose should be pH balanced intimate wash that is perfume free. Another option is to boil water, pour into a mug, and steep in the cup for 5 minutes (Wunsch et al., 2022).

You don’t have to sterilize your cup after every use. Sterilize the first time you use the cup and before you store your cup for your next period. Remember to store your cup in the organic cotton bag.

General Questions or Challenges

Leakage may occur when you are not wearing the right size, when the cup is not inserted properly, or when the cup is completely full.

Difficulty removing and inserting: Inserting a menstrual cup correctly takes time, patience and practice. Keep experimenting to find the fold that works for you. Try using water or water-based lubricant to make insertion easier. You may need to squat to find a better position to insert or remove. Consider inserting and removing while squatting in the shower. Make sure you wash your hands before and after inserting and removing your cup.

Pain/Discomfort: With the right cup brand, the right sized cup, and the cup is inserted properly, it should not cause any discomfort. It may take a while to get used to the cup. Read for causes and solutions of pain.

Folding problems: There are different types of fold, but the most popular ones are the punchdown fold and the c-fold. Keep experimenting until you discover the one that works for you. The WRC has a video on how to fold a cup.

Cup discoloration: Discoloration is quite common for transparent menstrual cups. It doesn't affect its usability. However, you can use hydrogen peroxide 2% to minimize the staining. In a bowl, mix 1/2 water and 1/2 hydrogen peroxide, submerge the cup and leave it overnight in the mixture to make your cup appear almost like new.

Cup texture: The AllMatters menstrual cups are made from 100% soft medical grade silicone which is safe to wear inside the body. If you find this brand too rigid, try another brand.

Length of the stem: The stem is at the bottom of the cup to make removal easy and to avoid making the cup go too far up the vagina. The stem may be trimmed. Never yank on the stem. Remember to insert your finger between the cup edge and vagina, to break the seal. Or break the seal by squeezing the base of the cup a few times.

Caused menstrual cramps: Menstrual cups tend to lower or may reduce cramps. But, if you feel sharp, painful cramps, it may be a sign the cup is touching or suctioning to your cervix. This may be caused by inserting the cup too high or the cup ‘walking’ itself up while wearing.

Sucked out IUD: The menstrual cup should be placed low in the vagina, a position that should not interfere with the IUD. A menstrual cup can be used with an IUD, but the suction must be released before removal. Insert your finger between cup edge and vagina. Please check with your gynecologist if you were just fitted for an IUD fitted. Wait at least two cycles before you start using your menstrual cup.

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