A Guide to Different Menstrual Cup Folds: Find Your Perfect Fit!
In this article, we'll explore different types of menstrual cup folds and their benefits to help you find the perfect fit.
Tip: Folds can be practiced when you don't have your period making it less stressful when your are menstruating. Use a small amount of water-based lubricant on the rim of your cup when practicing different folds or practice these folds in the shower when your body is relaxed and water provides natural lubrication to assist with insertion.
The C-fold is one of the most common and beginner-friendly folds due to its simplicity and ease of insertion. It is also called the U-fold and it allows the cup to pop open easily, providing a secure seal to prevent leaks.
To achieve this fold, follow these steps:
- Press the rim of the cup together to create a "C" or "U" shape.
- Fold the cup in half again to form a tighter fold.
The punch-down fold is another popular option, particularly for those who have a sensitive bladder or a low cervix. The punch-down fold reduces the overall width of the cup, making it easier to insert for individuals with a lower cervix or a smaller vaginal opening.
Here's how to do it:
- Press the rim of the cup together using your thumb.
- Push one side of the folded rim down into the cup, creating a narrow tip.
7-fold and Origami fold
The 7-fold, is a simple fold with a narrow tip for easy insertion but a wider base which isn't ideal for beginners. The 7-fold can also transform into an Origami fold with offers a narrower insertion point, making it suitable for those with a smaller vaginal opening or high cervix.
Follow these steps:
- Press the rim of the cup together
- Fold one end side diagonally across the body of the cup to create a "7"
** To follow on to an Orgami fold **
- Fold the opposite side of the In the opposite direction, overlapping the previous fold.
Some other menstrual cup folds include the S-fold, Squiggle fold, Triangle fold and Diamond fold. Whilst these folds are less common (and a little trickier to master in terms on holding them in place to insert them) they are also worth experimenting with if the other folds don't for you.
Finding the right menstrual cup fold is essential for a comfortable and leak-free experience and there are many folds to explore.
When trying different folds, it's important to practice proper hygiene and cleanliness, washing your hands thoroughly before insertion and sterilising the cup according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Remember that everyone's body is unique, so experimentation may be necessary to find the fold that works best for you.
Consult a healthcare professional if you have any anatomical concerns that may prevent you from using a menstrual cup.