Menstrual Cup Folds
The video below was produced by Lunette and demonstrates 9 different menstrual cup folds. It will take time and patience to find the fold that works best for you, so practice folding and inserting a few different ones until you settle on the one you are most comfortable with.
The 4 most popular menstrual cup folds
C Fold (also know as the U Fold)
This is the most commonly recommended fold by menstrual cup companies, however, when folded, it is also one of the widest at the point of insertion, and can therefore be too wide and difficult for some women to insert.
Take your cup, fold it in half so that the lips touch together, then slowly bend the cup in half again lengthwise. You will see that the point of insertion looks like a C (or U depending on how you are holding it).
Punchdown Fold (also known as the Shell Fold)
Another popular fold, the Punchdown fold creates one of the smallest areas of insertion. It is wider at the base than some other folds, and some women can find it difficult to make this fold ‘pop’ open correctly. Try inserting this fold part way, letting it open, and then pushing the remainder of the way.
Hold your menstrual cup. Use your thumb to push the lip of the cup down towards the base of the cup. Then remove your thumb as you squeeze the edges together.
7 Fold (also known as the Triangle Fold)
This menstrual cup fold makes a smaller insertion area than the C fold and usually ‘pops’ open easier than the punchdown fold. This is one of the favoured techniques by younger women, or women who have difficulty inserting their menstrual cup.
Fold your menstrual cup in half so that the lips touch. Now pull down the right side, so as to form a ‘7’ shape with the lips of the cup. To make the Triangle version, bring the right corner right down towards the base of the cup, so as to create a triangular shape.
This is another popular fold, since it is small to insert (like the punchdown fold), but pops open easily (like the 7 fold).
Holding your menstrual cup upright, push the front lip halfway down inside the cup (not quite as far as in the Punchdown fold). Now take the right corner of the cup and bring it down to the base of the left side.
Other less common Menstrual Cup folds
Take your menstrual cup and pinch down the right side so that the lips of the cup touch together. Then press the left side towards the right, to form a T shape. Bring the sides of the T shape down around the pinched right side, so as to create an E shape.
Holding your menstrual cup, push the lips of the cup together. Slowly push one side up and the other side down while pressing together so as to form an S shape.
Double 7 Fold
Take your menstrual cup and fold it in half so that the lips touch. Bring down the right corner about half way. Now turn the cup around and bring the left corner down to around the same position. Your cup should now be a nice tulip shape.
Diamond Fold/Half Diamond Fold
Fold your period cup in half lengthwise, so that the lips touch. Pull the front lip of the cup down towards the base, which creates an oval shape in the top of the cup. Press down on the left side and hold, and then press down on the right side and hold. You should now have a diamond shape. This is the Diamond fold. If you are having trouble inserting the diamond fold, you can fold the cup in half lengthways (bringing the points together), to form a half diamond fold.
Pinch down on the top left side of the menstrual cup, so that the lips touch together. Holding the lips together, rotate the cup so that it is sideways. Create a slight indentation in the base of the cup, so that the folded section can fold down into this indentation. Now push the edges together and you should have the smaller fold inside of the larger fold.