How do I select a menstrual cup? 

Choosing a menstrual cup is dependent upon two factors - 

  • Whether you have a high or low cervix. 
    • If your longest finger goes all the way into your vagina before it reaches the cervix then it is a high cervix. So you should use a medium cup. And if the cervix is found near the knuckle mark of your finger, then that is a low cervix, which means you can use a small cup.
  • Your flow 
    • Depending on your flow, you should be able to decide whether you need a small or medium sized menstrual cup. The Z Cup, however, has a larger capacity than regular cups, so don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

How much blood can the Z Cup hold?
While regular cups can hold up to 15 ml of flow, the Z Cup, because of its shape, can hold up to 25 ml of flow. 

How do I insert the Z Cup?
 The key to inserting a menstrual cup is to relax your body. Remember, the more tense you are, the more difficult it will be to insert a menstrual cup. 

  • Sit on the toilet seat and spread your legs apart. You can also bring one leg up toward your chest to help manoeuvre the Z Cup. 
  • Fold the cup according to your preferred fold. Since the Z Cup is made from medical grade silicone, it is extremely soft and will roll as thin as a tampon or your ring finger. 
  • Now gently, insert the cup using your fingers to guide it inside your body. 
  • Once inside, the cup will pop open and will be ready to collect your flow. 
  • Remember, if you can feel the cup after insertion, it means you haven’t worn it correctly. Remove and reinsert. You shouldn’t be able to feel it inside you. 
  • We recommend conducting our three step test to know if your Z Cup is inserted correctly. 

How to remove the Z Cup? 
Removing the Z Cup is easy. Just like insertion, the key is to relax. Sit on the toilet seat and spread your legs. You can also lift one leg up - the point is to stretch the vagina a little. Use your fingers and reach the stem. Now slowly pinch the cup, twist and gently pull out the Z Cup. 
Use lukewarm water and a Ph balanced soap to wash your cup before reinserting. 

How do I know that the cup has been placed properly? 
You can find out if the Z Cup has been inserted properly by taking any of the three tests - 
  • Just like a tampon, you won’t feel the Z Cup inside you. 
  • On inserting the Z Cup, you can use your fingers to feel the bottom of the cup. You will see that the cup has taken a U shape. This means the cup is in place and has opened inside you, ready to collect your flow. 
  • Finally, use your fingers to hold the stem and rotate the cup. You will be able to rotate the cup 360 degrees using the step. 

Will the Z Cup harm my body? Can I be allergic to the Z Cup? 
Not at all. The Z Cup is made from medical grade silicone and is unlikely to cause any allergic reactions. 

Does the cup hurt inside? 
If you can feel the cup after insertion, it means you haven’t worn it correctly. Remove and reinsert. You shouldn’t be able to feel it inside you. 

How to know which size is favourable for a first time user?
If you are a first time user, you must remember two important points. 
  • Cup size can be dependent on your age, your flow and whether or not you have had children. 
  • If your longest finger goes all the way into your vagina before it reaches the cervix then it is a high cervix. So you should use a medium cup. And if the cervix is found near the knuckle mark of your finger, then that is a low cervix, which means you can use a small cup.

Is it common for the cups to leak sometimes?
Leaking in a menstrual cup might happen if you are not using the correct cup size or you haven’t inserted the cup correctly. Cup size can be dependent on your age, your flow and whether or not you have had children. 

What if I keep the cup inserted for longer than 4-12 hours?
Keeping the cup inserted for longer than 12 hours won’t be a problem unless your flow goes beyond the cup’s capacity. But it is still menstrual blood, so we would recommend changing your cup at intervals. 

Can I wear the Z Cup to bed?
Absolutely. The Z Cup is designed to hug your body and stay in place so that you can enjoy a good night’s sleep. 

Will wearing a cup alter my bleeding? 
Not at all. The Z Cup doesn’t affect your flow. 


How do I decide which fold suits me the best?
If it is your first time using the Z Cup, we would recommend using the most common fold - the C fold. Just flatten your Z Cup and fold it in half to form the letter C. 

Other folds include - 
Punch-down fold
  • Push the rim of the cup down on one side into the middle until it is the size of two fingers. Hold it while it's folded down and insert it inside until it’s completely inside your vagina without its stem sticking out.
7 fold
  • Fold the cup in half and then fold it halfway diagonally lengthwise down, to make it look like ‘7’.
Origami fold
  • Push the rim of the cup just halfway down in the middle (shallow punch-down fold). Take one side and fold it all the way diagonally until the tip is the size of a finger, it will look like a rosebud.
S fold
  • Fold the rim of the cup in half then push the left side of the cup forward and the right side backward to make it look like the letter ‘S’.
M, E, or Squiggle fold
  • Pinch one side of the cup horizontally and push it towards the other side making it look like the letter ‘E’/ ‘M’ (this shape is a bit difficult, although you can try if you find it comfortable)
Triangle fold
  • Fold the cup in half and then fold it diagonally lengthwise down, to make it look like a triangle.
Diamond fold
  • Pull one side of the rim of the cup down to touch its outer base. Take your other hand and squeeze the left and right sides of the rim together vertically.
  • You can then fold it in half if you want to make it smaller, it is called a half diamond fold.



Does removing the cup hurt? 
You might feel a slight pressure while pulling out the Z Cup, don’t worry, that is normal. 

Does the cup slip deeper into the vagina while doing sports/workout/heavy activities?
-No, the cup usually stays intact and does not slip deeper into your vagina. If your workout is rather vigorous and strenuous, it might move slightly upward but that is not a cause for worry. 


Do we have to remove the cup while pooping or peeing?
A menstrual cup will not move while you are using the washroom. It is up to you if you wish to remove it while answering nature’s calls. 

Can a cup get lost inside me? Or stuck?
No. At the end of your vaginal canal is the cervix (the opening to the uterus) and it won’t allow anything past it… except sperm. If your cup happens to be small and seems “lost” and you can’t reach it, again, remember it’s not going anywhere. Use your muscles to work the cup down low enough to reach by bearing down, the same strain you use to poop. Once you can reach it get it out of there and consider a larger cup.


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