How to Remove a Menstrual Cup Without Pain

By Toni Henning
Edited by Taj Schlebusch

Published October 30, 2021.

Guide for removing menstrual cup painlessly

Do you find it difficult to remove a menstrual cup? In the beginning, it may be a little overwhelming but rest assured, once you have read this guide and practiced a little, it will get easier.

When Should You Remove Your Menstrual Cup?

You can use a menstrual cup for up to 12 hours before emptying and rinsing it. If you have a heavier period, you should empty it more frequently.

What Is the Easiest Way to Remove a Menstrual Cup?

Follow these steps to easily remove a menstrual cup:

  1. Sit on the toilet with your legs spread to allow easy access to your vaginal opening.
  2. Break the suction of the cup from your vaginal canal. To do so, insert your index finger into your vagina and hook it over the cup's edge.
  3. Pinch the base or the stem of the cup with your thumb and index finger.
  4. Gently pull downward toward your vaginal opening, being careful not to spill the contents.
  5. If the cup appears to be stuck and hurts when you try to remove it, use your index finger to press the outside edge of the cup to loosen the seal even more.
  6. Pour the contents out into the toilet and then rinse the cup under running water.

You may be wondering how to remove a menstrual cup with long nails:

  1. Use your pelvic floor muscles to push down on the menstrual cup and bring it lower before breaking the suction.
  2. Slowly and gently insert your finger, pointing the tip away from the vaginal wall so that you don't scratch yourself.

If you follow the steps listed above and take your time, you will be able to remove the menstrual cup without a mess.

What Should You Do if Your Menstrual Cup Is Stuck?

Don't get anxious. You can get it out without asking for assistance or seeking medical attention if you remain calm and follow the guidelines above.

What Causes Pain When Removing a Menstrual Cup?

Menstrual cup suction pain or discomfort is caused when the cup creates a "suction" inside your vaginal canal, over your cervix. If you do not break the suction before attempting to remove the cup, it will be painful to remove.

Are There Menstrual Cup Removal Tools?

The Cup Buddy is a menstrual cup removal tool that is used to break the suction between the cup and your vaginal wall for pain-free removal.

Should You Seek Medical Attention?

Some women have felt the need to ask a doctor to dislodge a stuck cup, but this should not be necessary unless you are in a lot of pain or discomfort and you really can't get the cup out yourself.

Can Menstrual Cup Pain Be Prevented?

Try a Different Fold and Use Lubricant If you experience pain during insertion, the most likely cause is a lack of proper lubrication. To make insertion easier, fold the cup suitably. You can also apply a cup-safe water-based lubricant to the rim of your cup to alleviate any discomfort during insertion.

Use a Softer Cup If you experience pain while wearing the cup, it could mean that it is exerting outward pressure on your vaginal wall. Not everyone's anatomy agrees with firm cups. Some users find that a softer menstrual cup works better for them.

How To Choose the Right Menstrual Cup for You

Menstrual cups are considered safe by medical professionals. As long as you use the cup as directed, the risk of adverse side effects is low. The majority of menstrual cups are made of silicone. Some are made of rubber or contain rubber components. The material may irritate you if you have latex allergies.

Speak to your doctor before using menstrual cups for the first time.

The following factors need to be considered when choosing the right menstrual cup for you:

  • Your age
  • The circumference of your cervix
  • Whether your menstrual flow is heavy or light
  • The cup's capacity
  • The menstrual cup's flexibility and firmness
  • The strength of your pelvic floor muscles