How to Use the Cleo Cup

Yay it’s CleoCup time! So lets run through the basics and get you used to using the menstrual cup.  First wash your hand and the cup using water and mild soap then boil it in a pot for 5-10 minutes before your first use (you can put the cup in a large whisk to stop it from touching the pan which could damage it).




Wash your hands with a mild, un-perfumed soap and water. When using the cup for the first time, you can lubricate it with water or a water-based lubricant to aid insertion.



Fold the CleoCup in on itself as shown in the picture. To do this squeeze the cup flat then fold it in half so that the rim makes a ‘C’ shape as illustrated here. Two other fold options are illustrated here: the ‘punch down’ and 'triangle' fold.



Hold CleoCup firmly in its folded position and guide it rim-first into the vagina.



You can insert CleoCup while sitting, standing or squatting; spreading your legs will facilitate insertion. You‘ll find the correct position in the vagina by practicing and getting to know your own anatomy. Unlike a tampon, the cup is positioned in the lower part of vagina, but beyond the pelvic bone. In order to avoid leaks, make sure that the cup has opened properly by rotating the cup after insertion.



To remove the CleoCup, first wash your hands in clean water and relax your muscles. Break the seal by squeezing the bottom part of the cup until you feel or hear the suction release. Now gently rock the cup from side to side while pulling down. Be sure not to pull it out by the tab alone – this will cause the contents to spill and may cause discomfort. Always pull the cup out while pinching the ridged bottom of the cup. Be careful not to damage the tab or cup with your nails. Tip the contents into the toilet.


Rinse and Re-use

CleoCup should first be rinsed in cold water, so that menstrual blood does not stain the cup or cause odors. Then, wash CleoCup carefully in warm water and soap to clean it sufficiently before reinsertion. Use mild, perfume-free soap for washing or try our CleoCup cup wash. When water is not available it’s okay to wipe the cup with toilet paper and give it a proper wash the next time.



When your period is over, wash CleoCup carefully and store it in its own carry bag for proper ventilation, and never store it in an airtight plastic container or bag. The CleoCup should be cleaned before and after your cycle, and after emptying. Should any problems occur, please contact your distributor by phone or email, or the manufacturer by email, or visit our FAQ-section!