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Guide

Getting started with a bfree cup is nothing to worry about. Using a menstrual cup for the first time can be pretty intimidating. We know – we’ve been there. The first thing you should do is – play with your cup! No, seriously. Play around with your bfree cup, stick it to some surfaces to see its magical suction properties, practice the folds you will have to use when inserting the cup and get your fingers used to finding the extra grippy base to remove it. Doing all of this will help you become more familiar with your new menstrual cup, whether this is your first cup, or just your most recent! Of course, you can wash your cup before its first use – especially if you get carried away sticking it to stuff before you use it, that can get dangerously addictive. Just like any silicone menstrual cup, the bfree cup is safe to boil and wash with a mild soap. Unlike other cups, however, boiling is optional between cycles, as the physically antibacterial surface of the bfree cup prevents the typical biofilm from forming.

 

 

Insertion

Wash your hands before and after inserting your cup. This is the absolute, most important step when using any menstrual cup. No matter how clean your bfree cup, if you have any harmful bacteria or toxins on your hands, there is the risk of contracting an infection through any cuts, scrapes or surgical wounds.

There are many ways to fold a menstrual cup. We recommend the punch down method for the bfree cup. It is the best fold for counter acting the opening forces of the cup. Those forces ensure your cup opens uniformly every time it's inserted, but released too early and out of position, can sting. Most important is finding a comfortable fold that makes it as easy as possible to insert your cup.

For the punch down method, press on the rim of the cup with your index finger, and gently squeeze both sides to keep the cup folded – it will look kind of like a tulip! The idea is to make the cup as small as possible. From the Zero sized bfree cup, to the Three, all of our cups are designed to be comfortably inserted.  Try to get really good at holding the cup punched down with one hand, this will help you ensure you don’t release the fold early and pop open out of position.

bfree cup folding

Relax and get comfortable. You’ll get the hang of this before you know it. We know it’s sort of an oxymoron to try and relax, but the more relaxed your pelvic muscles are, the easier it will be to guide the cup into its perfect position.

Find your preferred position: whether it is standing, squatting, or sitting. One leg up, or both, whatever works is absolutely fine. Open your legs, separate your labia (inner and outer lips) and slowly insert your folded cup into your vagina. You can get the cup a little wet first to help with lubrication, but avoid actual, silicone-based lube (water-based is fine). When you let go, the bfree cup will pop open, so make sure you keep squeezing your punch down fold until the cup is in position!

wearing

If you feel an acute discomfort as soon as you insert it, there is a good chance the cup is not in the correct position.

With the grippy, robust base and stem, the bfree cup is super easy to place in that perfect comfort zone. You’ll want to slide your cup up until at least the stem is just beyond the opening. After a few uses, you will find that the most comfortable way to wear the bfree cup is often sitting lower than a tampon would. You can try to rotate your cup, to ensure it is sealed.

When first using your bfree cup - for at least the initial cycle - it is best to be overly vigilant when checking for leaks. If you are used to disposables, it is extra important to get to know your flow, so you won't end up with an overflow. Some days your cup will fill up within hours, others you will find that even after forgetting it for a whole day, you only empty out a few drops. While finding your rhythm learning to use the cup, we definitely recommend using a backup option like period underwear or reusable pads.

You can absolutely be free to wear your bfree cup for up to 12 hours at a time. Even if your flow is light, don’t forget your cup after a full day, and risk overflowing while you sleep!

You can be free to bring out the yoga mat, or the snuggling sweatshirt. No matter the period you have coming up, the bfree cup will help you get through it.

Removal

Just like when inserting, washing your hands is the most important step before removing your bfree cup. 

Find that perfect, stable position again – whether sitting over your toilet, squatting in shower or standing in the bathroom. From there, prepare to remove your cup.

Break the seal by pinching the base of the cup with your index finger and thumb. DO NOT pull on the stem without breaking the seal. If the seal is not broken, and you pull on your cup by the stem, it will put an uncomfortable level of pressure on your cervix. Instead, pull the cup out while pinching that base. The stem will help you find the base of the cup, and keep your fingers anchored in place, but actual removal is done with the grips on the base itself.

Reminders

The bfree cup is designed to be comfortable. If you experience continued discomfort when wearing your cup, discontinue use and consult your physician.

One or two drops spilled while you empty your cup is one story - having to throw out your underwear every time you wear a menstrual cup is another. If you are having constant leaking problems with a menstrual cup there is a good chance it is not sealing properly. The most common culprit is a menstrual cup that is too small to seal reliably, or a cup too large to open completely. If your bfree cup is leaking, reach out to our support team. We are here to help! Which leads to... 

We are here for you with your bfree cup questions, you can use our chatbot to get instant support or email us at info@bfreecup.com.

It is tempting to treat your cup as though it cleans itself. Due to the surface being super hydrophobic, it will be so easy to keep it clean, that it may seem useless. It isn't! The mechanical action of wiping its surface, aids the antifouling properties which make the cup so unique. Always rinse your cup between uses, with clean water as well as gentle soaps if required. With proper care, your bfree cup will work perfectly for years - up to 10 of them!

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