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Mastering 8 Menstrual Cup Folding Methods: Newbies Guide (2024)

menstrual cup folding techniques

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Menstrual cups are reusable and eco-friendly alternatives to traditional period products. The best folding method is crucial for the best comfortable and leak-free experience.

That’s why I dedicated an entire article exploring various folding techniques and their advantages, guiding you toward mastering your menstrual cup insertion technique!

Keep reading to find out more about:

  1. 8 popular menstrual cup folding techniques
    + Choosing the right folding method
  2. 6 tips & tricks for successful insertion
  3. Troubleshooting & Solutions
  4. Summary

Let’s begin!

8 Most Popular Menstrual Cup Folding Techniques

Finding the correct folding technique is KEY – otherwise, you will struggle to insert your menstrual cup and pop it open.

Each folding technique helps to reduce the size of the cup for easier insertion and ensure a proper seal to prevent leaks. 

Let’s take a closer look at the BEST menstrual cup folding techniques you can try out, with step-by-step instructions & images:

1. C-Fold:

This fold is popular and beginner-friendly; while the insertion point isn’t the smallest, and it requires a bit of a ‘push’ to insert it, it still allows relatively easy insertion. It is the folding technique I use & prefer. After trying many other methods, this one is the easiest (for me).

How to: Squeeze the menstrual cup. Then, fold it in half, creating a “C” shape.  

c fold menstrual cup
c fold menstrual cup
c fold menstrual cup

While sometimes I struggle to pop it open once it is inserted, I push the cup with a finger slightly from both sides (once it is inserted), and it opens, creating a good seal inside.

Pros:

  • Easy to learn for beginners
  • It creates a good seal
  • It provides a moderate-sized insertion point, making it suitable for most cup users

Cons:

  • It can sometimes create more resistance during insertion
  • Sometimes it is slightly more challenging to open the cup fully, once inside

2. Punch-Down Fold:

This fold is helpful for those who find the initial insertion uncomfortable or need a smaller size.

How to: Press the cup’s rim into the base, creating a smaller insertion point.

punch down fold
punch down fold
punch down fold
punch down fold

Pros:

  • Creates a smaller insertion point
  • Works well for those with discomfort during initial insertion
  • It provides a pointed shape for easier insertion
  • It is helpful for individuals with a lower cervix or those looking for a more tapered shape

Cons:

  • It may not open up as easily once inside and may require some practice to ensure proper unfolding and sealing

3. S-Fold:

The S-Fold offers a moderate insertion size and a rounded shape, making it suitable for most menstrual cup users.

How to: Squeeze the cup from both sides to close or flatten it. Take the two sides of the cup (while still closed) and push them in opposite directions to create an S shape.

S fold menstrual cup
S fold menstrual cup
S fold menstrual cup
S fold menstrual cup

Pros:

  • Ideal if you have a softer cup

Cons:

  • The S fold creates a slightly larger insertion size than other folding methods making it unsuitable for individuals with a smaller opening
  • It can be difficult to entirely unfolding the S fold once inserted inside
  • Not suitable if your cup is too firm

4. 7-Fold:

The 7-fold offers a narrower insertion point, which may benefit those with a smaller opening.

How to: Pinch the sides of the cup together to flatten it. Diagonally fold one of the sides of the cup’s rim, shaping it into a “7” form.

7 fold menstrual cup
7 fold menstrual cup
7 fold menstrual cup
7 fold menstrual cup

Pros:

  • It offers a narrower insertion point making it suitable for those with a smaller opening
  • When folded correctly, it provides a more pointy shape 

Cons:

  • It is more challenging to unfold and achieve a proper seal
  • It may require more adjusting 

5. Origami Fold:

The origami fold is ideal for those who prefer a narrower insertion point or want more control over the cup’s shape.

How to: Push the rim of the cup halfway down the inside of the cup. Then fold one corner of the cup diagonally over the pushed-down fold.

origami fold menstrual cup
origami fold menstrual cup
origami fold menstrual cup

Pros:

  • Small insertion point
  • Pops open easily
  • It is suitable for those with higher cervix or if you experience discomfort with larger cups

Cons:

  • It requires more practice to master the folding technique
  • You must have a good hold, otherwise, it will pop open prematurely

6. Triangle Fold:

The Triangle Fold offers a narrow insertion point, making it suitable if you need a more sharp shape for insertion.

How to: Pinch the cup in the middle to create a crease vertically, dividing the cup into two equal parts. While maintaining the crease, bring one side of the cup down diagonally towards the base, forming a triangle shape. 

triangle fold menstrual cup
triangle fold menstrual cup
triangle fold menstrual cup
triangle fold menstrual cup

Pros:

  • Comfortable and smother insertion process due to its narrow shape
  • More narrow than the 7-fold

Cons:

  • It can be slightly more challenging to unfold, once inserted

7. Diamond Fold:

The Diamond Fold offers a narrow insertion point, similar to the Triangle Fold, making it suitable if you prefer a smaller size or need a more tapered shape for insertion. 

How to: Hold the cup with one hand and use your other hand to press the rim of the cup down into the base, creating a small point at the top. Continue to pinch the sides of the cup together, creating a diamond or V shape.

diamond fold menstrual cup
diamond fold menstrual cup
diamond fold menstrual cup
diamond fold menstrual cup

Pros:

  • Ideal for a smaller vaginal opening or those who prefer a more pointy shape

Cons:

  • It may require more practice and adjustments to ensure the cup fully opens and forms a proper seal

8. E-Fold 

The E fold is favored by many because it creates a narrow insertion point, making it easier to insert the cup. It also allows for smooth and controlled unfolding once inserted inside.

How to: Pinch one edge of the rim together. Then push the other part down to create a ‘T’ shape. Move each edge of the T to cover the center fold. Press the sides of the cup inward toward the center, creating a narrow shape similar to the letter “E.” Hold the fold securely with your fingers to maintain its shape.

E fold menstrual cup
E fold menstrual cup
E fold menstrual cup
E fold menstrual cup

Pros:

  • Controlled unfolding; the cup gradually opens up inside, allowing you to ensure a proper fit and secure seal

Cons:

  • E fold may not be suitable for larger or firmer cups, as it can be more challenging to maintain the fold

Choosing the Right Folding Method:

You will hear different answers if you go to forums or ask around which is the easiest folding method. The truth is that everyone’s body is unique, and what works for me might not work for you. 

The key is to try different options to choose the one that works best for you based on your preference and anatomy. When selecting a folding technique for your menstrual cup, consider the following factors:

  1. The size of your menstrual cup. Larger cups may require folding techniques that create a narrower insertion point. Smaller cups are more adaptable with various folding methods. 
  2. The firmness of your menstrual cup. Softer cups are easily managed and unfolded with specific folding techniques. Firmer cups may require different folding methods to seal correctly. For example, my Flex cup is quite firm, so I struggled to keep some folds in place. If your experience is similar, C-fold or Punch-down fold is still manageable, even with firmer cups.
  3. Your anatomy and personal preference. Find a folding method based on your anatomy, flexibility, and preferences. 

Be patient, give it some time to experiment with different folding techniques, and find the perfect fit to ensure a snug, leak-free experience.  

C fold

6 Beginner-Friendly Tips For Successful Insertion

Relaxation is vital: I repeat that in all of my articles on menstrual cups. Before inserting the cup, take a few moments to relax your body and pelvic muscles. If you are tense, your muscles will be too tight, and you will struggle to insert the cup. 

Find a comfortable position: Experiment with different positions. Some common positions include squatting, sitting on the toilet with legs slightly apart, or standing with one leg on the toilet seat. For more on that, read my How To Insert a Menstrual Cup – Newbies Guide.

Use lube: If you’re experiencing discomfort or resistance during insertion, Apply a small amount of water-based lube (or water) to the cup’s rim, a water-based lubricant, or water to make the process smoother. 

Ensure the cup is fully open: Gently rotate the cup or use your finger to check if the cup is fully open. If not, push the cup gently on the sides to make it pop open and ensure a secure seal to prevent leaks. Here you can find more on how to know if your menstrual cup is fully open.

Aim towards the tailbone: Aim towards your tailbone when inserting the folded cup. This can help guide the cup into the correct position and make inserting it easier. 

Don’t rush: If you’re a beginner, take your time, and be patient. Becoming more comfortable and confident with insertion may take a few cycles. 

menstrual cup folding techniques

Troubleshooting and Solutions

  1. It pops open before going all the way in – Try to hold the folded cup firmly between your fingers to maintain the fold. If it keeps opening before inserting, try a different folding method. You can aim the cup slightly towards your tailbone instead of straight up to allow for smoother insertion and prevent premature popping.
  2. Tight pelvic floor – You can try relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or quick gentle stretching, to release tension in your pelvic floor muscles. This will help relax the muscles and make insertion easier.
  3. The cup is too stiff – Some cups are stiffer (like my Flex cup), making some folding techniques harder. Consider getting a menstrual cup with a softer material or a lower firmness rating, such as Saalt Soft or Lena Sensitive. Softer cups are generally more flexible and easier to fold and insert.
  4. Can’t push it in – Soften the cup before insertion by running it under warm water. This can make the material more pliable and easier to fold and insert. Alternatively, try a smaller size if your cup is too stiff and difficult to insert. 
  5. Seek assistance: While I would personally avoid this 😀, I have a friend who asked for her partner’s assistance. Sometimes, having someone else guide you through the process can provide support and assistance.
menstrual cup folding techniques

Summary

Mastering the art of folding is essential for smooth menstrual cup insertion. It’s the secret to a hassle-free, comfortable experience and a leak-free fit. 

So, experiment with various folding techniques until you discover your perfect match! Let me know your favorite folding method & why, and if I missed something. 🙂 


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