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.
When to remove Miacup
Depending on how heavy your flow is (this varies from woman
to woman), Miacup will usually be full between 4 and 12
hours after insertion. When you first start using it,
monitor the level of fluid in the cup. By doing
so, you will quickly learn how often you'll need to empty
Generally, Miacup should be removed, emptied and cleaned at
least twice a day. As a precaution, don't leave the cup in
for longer than 12 hours at a time without emptying and cleaning it, even if it isn't full.
Miacup may be safely worn overnight, again, if it isn't
inserted for longer than 12 hours. It is
usually a good idea to empty and clean Miacup before going
to sleep and again upon waking.
While it is not necessary to remove Miacup before urinating
or having a bowel movement, it may be a good idea to check
that the cup is still properly positioned after defecation.
Miacup must be removed prior to sexual intercourse.
Please also note: Miacup is NOT a contraceptive
device and does NOT provide any protection against sexually
transmitted infections (STIs).
|1. Start by thoroughly
washing your hands with soap and water.
2. 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 non-dominant hand. As if having a bowel movement,
bear down lightly with your internal muscles. Doing so can
help lower the cup, making it easier to grasp.
Insert the thumb and index finger of your
dominant hand into the vagina until you're able to reach
3. Following the natural angle of the
vagina, gently tug on the pull-tab until
you're able to reach the ribbed base of the cup.
As illustrated, firmly pinch the base to
break the cup's suction seal with the vaginal wall. While
gently squeezing the sides of the cup and
angling it slightly sideways to release any trapped air, remove
Miacup. As the cup is completely removed, angle it
vertically to avoid spilling the contents.
4. Empty the
contents of Miacup into the toilet.
With a mild and perfume-free soap, carefully
wash and rinse Miacup. Note that the 4 small
holes below Miacup's top rim should also be kept clean. If
clogged, submerge Miacup in water and squeeze water out
through the holes.
facilities are unavailable or if you'd prefer not to use
them in a public place, you may simply wipe Miacup
clean with toilet paper or with a feminine hygiene
cloth (again, preferably a mild, perfume-free variety). Some
women like to bring a small spray bottle of water into the stall
with them for rinsing. When
wiping clean, make sure not to leave any paper or
cloth fibres on the cup.
5. Reinsert the cleaned
Miacup, wash your hands one final time and
you're good to go!
End of cycle
Always wash and sterilise Miacup at the end of your cycle
so that it's fresh and ready for next month.
To sterilise the cup (you can do this whenever you like),
either boil it in a pot of water for 2 to 3
minutes or wipe it thoroughly with some
isopropyl rubbing alcohol (at least 70 proof).
If Miacup becomes discoloured over time, you can soak it
overnight in some isopropyl rubbing alcohol. If it develops
an odour, you can soak it overnight in a glass of warm water
and 1 teaspoon of vinegar or a few drops of tea tree oil.
Finally, rinse well, pat dry and store Miacup, properly ventilated, in its fabric draw-string bag until your next
period. Do not store Miacup in a plastic bag or other
The most important thing when
removing Miacup is to remember to relax. It is completely
impossible for Miacup to become "lost". The vagina is a
relatively short, muscular tube that leads directly to the
opening of the cervix (the size of a pinhead) and nowhere
If Miacup has worked its way higher in the vagina toward the
cervix and you're unable to reach it, there is absolutely
no reason to panic: Miacup can be removed.
First, rest your buttocks on your heels in a squatting
position. Doing so shortens the vaginal canal. While bearing
down with your internal muscles as if having a bowel
movement, insert your fingers into the vaginal canal and try
to grasp the pull-tab or the bottom of the cup. If you can
reach the pull-tab or the bottom of cup, simply remove as
If, after this, you cannot reach the cup, simply leave in
place it for the time being. Gravity will naturally bring it
back down in several hours. Even if full, the cup poses no
health risk during this time.
In the incredibly rare event that you are still unable to
remove Miacup after 12 hours, seek medical advice. In the
very worst case, your doctor will remove Miacup for you.
When removing Miacup, do not try to pull it down in an open position, holding it
only by the pull-tab. The seal that Miacup creates with the
vaginal wall will make doing so very difficult. Please
follow the directions on this page.
When travelling, only wash Miacup with water that is safe to
drink, bathe or swim in.
When sterilising Miacup by boiling, use a clean pot and make
sure that you completely cover Miacup with water to avoid
Ideally, you should select a small pot just for this purpose
that will not be used for cooking.
When sterilising Miacup with rubbing alcohol, always make
sure to follow all safety instructions. Rubbing alcohol can
be dangerous if misused.
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.