Can I use the MCUK if I just started having periods?
Many young people are now using the MCUK menstrual cup, but only you can decide whether you feel ready to use a menstrual cup.
If you have strong personal or cultural feelings relating to the hymen, we would not advise that you use the MCUK at this stage in your life (you can read more about the MCUK and the hymen here).
If you have recently started your periods and are thinking about using the MCUK, we recommend that you consider the following points:
- Discuss wishing to try using a MCUK menstrual cup with a trusted adult before making the leap. This could be a parent, other relative or school nurse.
- Be curious about your body, including your periods. Getting used to having periods can take a while. There is a lot to think about and it may at first be useful to use a product that is worn outside the body such as a re-usable pad, or period pants. If you prefer to start with disposables, organic cotton and plastic-free options are available too. This can help you get to grips with your flow and the pattern of your cycle, which all helps build confidence around managing your periods.
- Using a MCUK menstrual cup is a new skill to learn and can take some practice to get the hang of. It’s always best to practice at home during the day when you are feeling relaxed and have plenty of time. When positioned correctly the MCUK should feel comfortable.
- Have a read through our ‘How to use the MCUK’ section.
- The MCUK needs to be emptied and rinsed every 4-8 hours. It is worth thinking about the practicalities of doing this at school. Find out more about using the MCUK in a public restroom.
- Although the MCUK cannot get lost in your body, if at any stage you struggle to remove the MCUK, go to our removal FAQ. If you are unable to remove the MCUK yourself after using the tips, you may need to contact Mooncup Advice Service or your doctor or nurse.
Our Advice Service is here to help answer questions at all about the MCUK. For expert advice on a whole range of new user questions, including MCUK positioning and removal , explore our other FAQs or contact the lovely medical professionals in our Advice Service.