How to remove a menstrual cup | Tips & Tricks

If you’re already a menstrual cup user, then we don’t have to tell you why switching to a cup will change your life. Cute, compact and eco- friendly, the humble cup is revolutionizing menstrual management. It takes a bit of time to figure out the best way to use the cup for your body, so don’t stress if you’re still getting to grips with removing it. Find out exactly what to do if you have trouble removing your cup, as well as how to correctly use your cup in the future.

“My menstrual cup is stuck!”

It might seem that way, but don’t worry. The most important thing is breaking the seal. There are 2 things you can do if you are having trouble removing your cup:

  • Squeeze the base

Your cup might have moved up too high for you to get a good grip on. If this happens, make sure to use your pelvic floor muscles to push down, until you can get a good grip on the base of the cup. Once you can feel it, pinch the bottom of the cup until you can feel the seal break and air enter the cup.


  • Press the rim

If you find that squeezing the base doesn’t work then it’s time to try pressing the rim. Relax your pelvic floor muscles and press in firmly on the side of rim of the cup to allow more air to enter. This will allow you to remove your cup with ease.

Easy Squeezy

To get the most of out of your menstrual cup, here are a couple of things you can do to make removal easier next time around:

  • Clean the air holes

You might not have noticed this before, but most menstrual cups have tiny air holes (not all cups need them though – it depends on the design). These holes are designed to help equalize the pressure inside the cup and thus avoid leaks. It is really important to make sure these are cleaned correctly. If the holes become blocked, it can be much more difficult to allow air to enter the cup and break the seal. Find out exactly how to clean your menstrual cup.

  • Insert correctly

If you’re anything like us then sometimes inserting your cup might feel a like you’re smooshing it it in anywhere it will go. Stop for a second though (mid-smoosh, if you have to) and make sure that your cup has enough air above it to open properly. This is vital for you to be able to wear your cup comfortably, and also to break the seal with ease during removal.

Practice Makes Perfect

Learning how to use your menstrual cup might take a bit of getting used to, but once you’ve got it down, you’ll never look back. Follow this simple guide if you want to take things back to basics.

In the unlikely event that you do have trouble removing your cup, don’t worry! It is physically impossible to lose anything in the finite space that is your vagina. Your cup will come out, so just try to relax and follow this guide. Just remember what goes “cup” must come down 😉

Please note that advice offered by Intimina may not be relevant to your individual case. For specific concerns regarding your health, always consult your physician or other licensed medical practitioners.

10 thoughts on “How to remove a menstrual cup | Tips & Tricks

  • If I could squeeze base of the cup, I wouldn’t have a problem getting it out. My problem was that i couldn’t reach the stem. It went too high up. Now I’m terrified to use it again.

    • Hi! Which cup were you using? Our cups come in different lengths, so a longer one might work better for you.

  • Hi my issue is I can’t even feel the cup at all to get a grip on it. It seems to have gone way up. What should I do? Will it eventually come out or should I go to the doctor? It’s been well over 10 hours by now please let me know ASAP as I’m kind of freaking out.

    • Hi Denise!

      Totally understand your panic (have been there too!) The most important thing to do right now is relax – try deep, yoga-like breaths. Then, squat and try to push down with your pelvic muscles. (It will feel like you’re pushing with your abs.) Insert your fingers as deeply as you can, and try pushing the side of the cup against the wall of your vagina to break the seal if you can’t get a grip on your cup. This should help – but there is a chance you might still need to call your doctor to have a cup removed. This can be stressful (not great when you’re trying to relax to remove a cup) but trust us when we say this is not nearly the most embarrassing thing people have ever seen the doctor for!

      • I can’t get my central cup out and now it stings when I pee. Its been in for about 30 hours and don’t know what to do to get that sucker out

        • Hi Janae! I don’t know if you’re still experiencing a stuck cup – it can be very stressful! The worst part is, the more stressed out you get, the harder it is to relax and get it out. What we recommend if taking some very deep breaths, and possibly using a water-based feminine moisturizer to make the removal easier. If you’re feeling pain with urination, you may have accidentally impacted your urethra with your hands trying to remove. If stuck up or pain persists, definitely get in to see your GP!

  • Heya my issue is I’m having trouble breaking the seal. I try to go further in with my finger but, it feels like it’s really far up. Also, I’ve tried using my muscles as I wiggle the stem but, it slips from my fingers. I can tell I’m almost there but, then my fingers slip :/

    • Hi Vangie! When it comes to breaking the seal, you can try to squish the sides of the cup (at different places) to try and break the seal enough to wiggle it downward. In terms of your fingers slipping on the stem, if it’s comfortable you can try using toilet paper to dry the stem so your fingers don’t slip so much. Hope these tips work!

  • Cup is great. Never leaks on the outside. Yet sometimes the cup hurts to remove. I have tried twisting and turning and also to fold down the top a bit. Inserting is never a problem — it just hurts to take it out sometimes. I am very small and have never had children. I remove when sitting comfortably so I am relaxed. Could it be that the cup is so dry on the outside causes pain? Any suggestions and tips?

    • Hi Madeline! If you’re experiencing some discomfort removing, you may want to try a water-based product (we make this one which works great!) to help lubricate the cup for easier removal.

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