Although the instructions that follow are lengthy, they are
intended for first-time users. Miacup is no more difficult
to use than a tampon and usually takes only a few
seconds to insert or remove.
Preparations before using for the first time (important)
First, wash Miacup thoroughly with a
mild, perfume-free soap. Rinse well, then sterilise either
by boiling in a pot of water for 6 minutes, or by soaking in
some isopropyl rubbing alcohol for 10 minutes.
Rinse well again and you're ready to use your new Miacup.
If you choose to sterilise by boiling, use a clean pot and
make sure that you completely cover Miacup with water to
avoid damaging it.
If you choose to sterilise with rubbing alcohol, always make
sure to follow all safety instructions. Rubbing alcohol can
be dangerous if misused.
When to insert Miacup
Miacup can be worn at any time in your menstrual cycle,
during your heaviest and lightest flow. To ensure complete
preparedness, you can even insert it right before your cycle
|1. Start by thoroughly
washing your hands with soap and water. Rinse Miacup well to remove any fibre or dust particles. Especially
when using Miacup for the first time, you may wish to
lubricate the entrance of your vagina with water or a
water-based lubricant to ease insertion.
2. With the pull-tab facing down toward
the floor, hold Miacup in front of you with both hands as
illustrated. Press both thumbs into the cup, just below the
upper ridge, so that you flatten the sides of the
3. Still using two hands,
fold the flattened cup in half (i.e. over itself) so
that the rim at the top forms a "u" shape with the open end
of the "u" facing your body. Holding it firmly to keep this shape,
transfer the cup to your dominant hand and hold as
illustrated. You should be holding the cup just below the
4. Relax your vaginal muscles and get into
a comfortable position either squatting,
sitting over the toilet or standing with one leg raised (for
example, on a stool or closed toilet seat).
Spreading your legs, gently separate your labia
with your free hand. Rim-first and with the rounded end of the "u" shape
facing you, slowly guide Miacup into your
5. While directing it toward the small of
your back (the base of your spine), continue to insert Miacup into your vagina
the cup and pull-tab are completely inside. It is
normal for Miacup to pop open before it is completely
inside - this should not interfere with insertion.
Please note: Miacup is not to be inserted
high in the vagina like a tampon.
Do not insert Miacup too far as doing so can make removal
more difficult and can actually interfere with the
effectiveness of its seal.
6. Lightly pinch the base of the cup (not
the pull-tab) and gently try to give it one full rotation
in either direction. Doing so helps to avoid leaks
by ensuring that the cup has opened fully. The cup should
rotate easily when properly open.
As an extra measure, though one that is usually unnecessary,
you can check that it is fully opened by sliding a finger up
next to the cup and feeling all the way around it.
Once properly in place, wash your hands one
final time and you're done.
Insertion problems (discomfort)
When properly inserted, you should be unable to
feel Miacup or its pull-tab. If Miacup feels uncomfortable
or pinches when you sit down, you probably have it inserted
incorrectly. Remember that the vagina is tilted backward, so
always try to aim Miacup toward the base of your spine.
In particular, when seated, the pull-tab should stay inside
the vagina. You can trim the tab if necessary (many women
choose to), but please take care not to damage the bottom of
the cup or to trim the tab so short that removal becomes
Rotating the cup in place and/or moving it up and
down may aid in finding the correct position. Initially, you
may feel some resistance when inserting Miacup. This is
natural and is caused by the contraction of the vaginal
muscles that help keep Miacup in place. If you can't get
Miacup in with your first attempt, try again.
Insertion problems (leakage)
If Miacup seems to move around, slip down or ride up during use,
check that it inserted correctly and that the cup is fully
opened. Remember that Miacup is not worn high like a tampon.
Alternative folds may be helpful if you're struggling to get the cup to open fully. For some suggestions regarding alternative folds, click here.
If you're using Miacup Model 1 and it seems to leak and/or
move around despite proper insertion, you may see better
results by trying Miacup Model 2. Model 2 is very slightly
bigger (3mm at the diameter) and may provide a better fit
even if you are petite, are under 30 years of age and have
never had children.
If you're using Miacup Model 2 and it seems to leak and/or
move around despite proper insertion, you may like to try
strengthening your vaginal muscles through the use of Kegel
exercises. Done daily for a few months, these should help to
improve the hold that your vaginal muscles are able to exert
For further suggestions/details, click here.
Inserting Miacup too far is not in any way
dangerous. Since the opening of the cervix
at the top of the vagina is much, much too small for Miacup to
pass through, it
is completely impossible for Miacup to become "lost". The
worst that can come from inserting the cup too far is an
unnecessary nuisance during removal.
Especially for new users who aren't yet entirely confident
with it, Miacup can be worn with a panty liner or even a
sanitary pad as backup.
Using Miacup should be easy, quick and reliable but, as with
traditional tampons, it may take some practice and some
getting to know your own anatomy before Miacup consistently
works as well as it can.
In particular, note that the directions we give are merely
guidelines: every woman's body is different and it is normal to need to experiment a little
before you find the method that works best for you.
If you're still struggling to get Miacup to work correctly, please
click here to visit MiaTalk, our discussion
board. There you'll be able to search our archive of
troubleshooting tips. In addition, you'll be able to discuss
your problems with staff and with other Miacup users.
Finally, you can click here to
contact our Customer Service Department.