6 folds to try with your Kind menstrual cup

To comfortably insert your Kind menstrual cup, you’ll need to fold it. To help you get started, we’ve pulled together a list of 6 different folds for you to find the fold that’s most comfortable for you.

It’s important to remember that we are all unique and there are no fixed rules when it comes to inserting your menstrual cup. There’s a whole range of menstrual cup folds and what feels most comfortable can depend on your shape, sexual or gynaecological history or whether you’ve given birth.

Folds are harder to explain than they are to actually do, but hopefully, our photo guides will help give you some inspiration and a good idea of where to start:

The ‘U’ or ‘C’ Fold

  • Hold your Kind cup with both hands, just underneath its rim
  • Flatten your cup by pushing both sides together
  • Fold the cup in half to create a U-shape
  • Hold firmly in this position and insert
  • C menstrual cup fold

    The ‘Punchdown’ Fold

  • Hold the cup in one of your hands
  • Use the index finger on your other hand to tuck half the rim down inside of the cup
  • Pinch the sides of the cup together
  • Hold firmly in this position for insertion
  • Punchdown menstrual cup fold

    The ‘7’ Fold

  • Hold your cup with both of your hands
  • Flatten the cup by pushing the sides together
  • Fold the right corner down to the left-hand-side of the base
  • Hold firmly in position and insert
  • Double 7 menstrual cup fold

    The ‘Double 7’ Fold

  • Hold your cup with both of your hands
  • Flatten the cup by pushing the sides together
  • Fold the right corner down to the left-hand-side of the base
  • Then, fold the left corner backwards to the right-hand-side of the base
  • Hold firmly in position and insert
  • Double 7 menstrual cup fold
    Double 7 menstrual cup fold

    The ‘S’ Fold

  • Hold your cup with both of your hands
  • Flatten the cup by pushing the sides together
  • Then, make an ‘S’ shape by pushing one corner away from you and one corner towards you
  • S menstrual cup fold

    S menstrual cup

    The ‘Labia’ Fold

  • Hold your cup in one hand
  • Use the thumb and index finger on the opposite hand to pinch one end of the cup
  • Push this pinch towards the other side of the cup and squeeze the other side around it
  • Labia menstrual cup fold

    Give yourself the time to try different folds to find the one that suits you best. We’re all different and it’s important to go with what is most effective and comfortable for you. Got a fold that’s working for you but missing from our list? Let us know! We always love discovering new folds.

    Whether you’re new to our Kind cup or thinking about making the switch, we want to give you as much support and information as possible to make it work for you.
    If you’re looking to understand better how menstrual cups work, we’ve answered some of the bigger questions on an earlier blog, you can read that here.

    How to use your Kind menstrual cup

    Using a menstrual cup for the first time can be a daunting experience. If you’ve been using tampons or pads up until now, then a menstrual cup is something totally new, and, like with anything new, it can take a bit of getting used to.

    We hope this blog will give you a better understanding of menstrual cups and how they might work for you. We’re always happy to answer any cup questions you might have, just drop us a line on social media or via our customer care team here.

    Firstly, what is a menstrual cup and how does it work?

    A menstrual cup is a reusable period care product. It is inserted into the vagina during your period to collect menstrual fluid. They are usually bell shaped and most have a stem. Your cup sits below your cervix and can be removed, emptied, rinsed and reinserted as much needed, depending on your flow.

    A reusable cup is designed for long term use and, when taken care of properly, can last for years. Your cup will hugely reduce the amount of period waste that you produce over your lifetime and a switch from disposable period care will also save you a lot of money in the long run.

    OK, so how do I insert my menstrual cup?

    First things first, it’s important to relax – especially when you are using your cup for the first time. Find a position that feels comfortable for you. This could be a squatted position or placing one leg on the toilet seat. From here, you’ll want to fold your cup to insert it.

    There’s a huge range of menstrual cup folds and what works best for you is completely dependent on your unique shape, previous sexual or gynaecological history, or whether you’ve given birth vaginally or not.

    Check out our ‘6 folds to try with your Kind cup’ here for some cup folding inspiration to find a fold that works best for you.

    How do I know that my cup has been inserted properly?

    Your cup will sit lower than a tampon. Once you’ve inserted it folded, it should pop open and create a seal to save you from any leaks. You can check that its opened and sealed properly by circling your finger around the base of your cup. If you feel it hasn’t opened correctly, try squeezing the base slightly and slowly turning it 360 to encourage it to open. If you have concerns that your cup can’t open fully, this could be due to a sizing issue.

    How and when should I remove my menstrual cup?

    When you remove your cup will depend on your flow, but should never be more than 12 hours. Once again, it’s important to relax and get comfortable. There’s no right or wrong way to remove it, but there are ways to make removal smoother.

    Use the stem of your cup to locate it. Do not pull on the stem to remove your cup. Gently pinch the base of your cup to break the seal it has created inside your vagina. Then, slowly tilt your cup from side to side while sliding it down.

    Once you have removed your cup, tip its contents into the toilet, rinse with warm water, fold and re-insert.

    How do I clean and store my cup?

    When you first get your cup, you will need to sterlise it. We recommend a pan of boiling water for around five minutes. After every cycle, you will need to sterlise it again before storing it in your breathable, organic cotton Kind cup drawstring bag. When in use, simply rinsing your cup with warm tap water is enough before re-inserting. If you don’t have access to a tap, bottled water or a biodegradable organic cotton intimate wipe will work just fine.

    We hope this blog has given you answers to your cup questions and, if you’ve been thinking about making the switch, given you the confidence to do so. You can pick up a Kind cup in Size 1 or Size 2 from Boots here or in store.