I’ve talked about using menstrual cups as a reusable alternative to tampons in the past. Menstrual cups are a great way of making that time of the month a more natural experience. You’ll save money, you won’t produce waste, and no more toxic products enter your body month after month. Plenty of good reasons to make the switch to a reusable menstrual cup!

There are a dozen more reasons why menstrual cups are so great though… one of my favorite reasons why I love my SckoonCup (just one of many popular menstrual cup brands) being that you can wear it for up to 12 hours and keep it in even while you sleep!

However, there is a learning curve. Every body is a bit different and everyone has to make their own adjustments and figure out their own method. One of the things that every woman has to figure out is which folding method works for her body.

Despite the fact that pretty much all the menstrual cup brands recommend one type of fold (the U Fold), there are actually quite a number of folding methods. Some methods work better for some bodies and others work better for others. Each fold has it’s own pros and cons but it basically comes down to how small the fold makes the cup and how easily it will pop open once inserted. Therefore, in order to help you on your way to loving your menstrual cup, I’m sharing 6 folding methods for menstrual cups with pictures!
6 Folding Methods for Menstrual Cups - Because the classic U-Fold is not for every one!

6 Folding Methods for Menstrual Cups

 

6 Folding Methods for Menstrual Cups

 

The U Fold / C Fold / Heart Fold

1) Start with an open cup
2) Pinch the cup closed
3) Fold in half (making a U/C/Heart shape)

6 Folding Methods for Menstrual Cups

 

The Punch-Down Fold

1) Start with an open cup
2) Push the rim down to the base
3) Pinch together so it doesn’t spring open

6 Folding Methods for Menstrual Cups

 

The 7 Fold / Triangle Fold

1) Start with an open cup
2) Pinch the cup closed
3) Bring one top corner down diagonally to the opposite bottom corner

6 Folding Methods for Menstrual Cups

 

The Double 7 Fold / Tulip Fold

1) Start with an open cup
2) Pinch the cup closed
3) Bring one top corner down to the stem of the cup
4) Flip the cup around
5) Bring the remaining top corner down to the stem of the cup (making a tulip like shape)

6 Folding Methods for Menstrual Cups

 

The S Fold

1) Start with an open cup
2) Pinch the cup closed
3) Turn the cup so you are looking at the top
4) Take the two edges and bend them so that they form an S shape (sorry it’s not obvious in the pictures.)

6 Folding Methods for Menstrual Cups

 

The Origami Fold

1) Start with an open cup
2) Push the rim down halfway into the cup
3) Bring one top corner diagonally down to the opposite bottom corner

Note: I know pictures are not nearly as helpful as a video but I just couldn’t do that at this time. Plus I know that some of you are like me and don’t want to sit through a whole video; pictures are faster. However for those of you who need a bit more instruction, I can point you to this video. She includes a few more folds but quite honestly some of them you’d never really want to try inserting.

 





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