Thank you for making a better choice. This cup is a testament of your intention to treat your body and our planet with more respect, kindness, and care. At LENA, we believe a shift in consciousness is happening. Collectively, women across the globe are making strides toward a better way of being and living. Inspired by this awareness we designed the LENA Cup for an active modern woman. LENA was developed to be the most comfortable and functional cup on the market – you can dance, run, swim, ride a bike, and use your cup overnight.
Designed to move with you, LENA will improve your period and will become an irreplaceable part of your life.
Vili, founder of LENA
NOTES ON LENA
• You must empty your cup at least two times per day
• You can wear LENA overnight, and up to 12 hours
• Always keep your LENA Cup clean
• Always wash your hands when handling your cup
• LENA should seal to your vaginal walls, not your cervix
• You do not need to remove your cup when using the toilet
• You must remove your cup prior to sexual intercourse
• Make sure that the four air holes are always clean and open
• Store in your LENA cotton bag or any breathable container
• Keep LENA away from children and animals
• If you notice any cup damage, please replace it immediately
• LENA Cup is not a contraceptive device
• LENA won't protect you from sexually transmitted diseases
• Do not use LENA Cup for post-natal bleeding
• Do not let your cup overflow while wearing it
• With proper care LENA can last for years
• To avoid staining, rinse your cup with cold water first
• During the first days of use establish your own individual emptying schedule. Check and empty your cup every few hours, depending on fill level, and adjust accordingly
• If you have or are experiencing any gynecological problems, please consult your physician prior to using a menstrual cup
• If you are experiencing any pain, pressure or discomfort while using your menstrual cup, please remove it immediately and consult your physician
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is a serious and potentially fatal disease caused by toxin-producing strains of the staphylococcus aureus bacterium. TSS has been associated with high absorbency tampon use. TSS symptoms include, but are not limited to, sudden high fever, diarrhea, vomiting, sunburn-like rash, fainting or blacking out. If you experience any of the above symptoms during or shortly after your period, seek medical assistance immediately.
Learning how to effortlessly use your LENA Cup can take some patience and practice. Just like riding a bike, it may seem intimidating or even impossible at first, but once mastered, using your LENA Cup will feel natural and easy.
When learning to use any new cup, we encourage women to experiment with the different folds, to insert the cup higher or lower in the vagina, and to find their own unique insertion and removal method. Do not be discouraged if you are having some leaks at first – with a bit of practice you will find an easy insertion for a leak-free period. If you need guidance please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some women choose to boil their cup before first use and between periods. Fill a pan with plenty of clean water. Bring to boil and let your cup float for 5-7 minutes while ensuring that the cup does not touch the bottom of the pan. You can use a pair of tongs to keep your cup in place and to remove it from the boiling water. Let your LENA Cup cool down before using it.
WASH Using warm water and mild soap, wash your hands and cup under clean running water
FOLD Choose a folding method and fold the cup
RELAX You can stand, squat, sit, or raise one of your legs. Hold your cup firmly and guide it towards your vagina
SEPARATERelax your pelvic muscles and gently separate your labia with your other hand
INSERT Guide your cup into your vagina, pointing it upwards toward the base of your spine. Try to keep the cup folded until the cup body is entirely inside of your vagina
RELEASEGently release the folded cup – the cup will pop open and create a sealing suction
CHECK Run a finger along the base of the cup to ensure that it has opened completely – if you feel any folds, hold the base of your cup and gently rotate it until it opens completely and creates a sealing suction
ROTATE Gently hold the base of the cup, not the stem,
and try to rotate it from side to side to ensure it is sealed
WASH Using warm water and mild soap, wash your hands
RELAX You can stand, squat, sit, or raise one of your legs. Being relaxed is essential for the removal of your cup
LOCATE Insert your fingers into your vagina and locate the base of your cup – if you cannot reach it, gently pull
on the stem until you feel the cup body’s grip rings
PINCH Once you feel your cup, pinch the bottom in order to release the sealing suction
REMOVE Shimmy your cup from side to side while
guiding it out of your vagina. Keep it upright to avoid spills
EMPTY Empty your cup in the toilet or sink. When wet, your cup can be slippery, hold it tightly while emptying
WASH Using warm water and mild soap wash your cup. If in a public toilet, bring a bottle of water to rinse your cup – once convenient clean throughly
RE-INSERT OR STORE Once empty and clean, re-insert your cup as outlined in the INSERTING LENA section of this manual. If your period is finished – store your cup in its original cotton bag or any breathable container
LENA Cup will position itself differently for every woman. For some it will stay in place at the base of the vagina, for others it may ride up higher – both are normal. The position of your cervix can change during menstruation. How high or low your cervix sits during your period will determine if and how much you need to trim your stem. Wear your cup for a couple of days to establish where the cup sits and if you need to trim the stem. Be sure you know the desired length before trimming. If your cervix is positioned higher, you do not need to trim the stem – your cup and the stem will fit inside of your vagina (figure 1). If your cervix is positioned lower and your stem sticks outside of your vagina – you may want to trim it accordingly (figure 2). Some women choose to remove their stems completely (figure 3). Never attempt to trim the stem while wearing the cup. Do not rely solely on the stem to remove your cup. Use the stem to shimmy the cup from side to side until you are able to pinch the base of the cup and release the seal.
GET TO KNOW YOUR L E N A
Most women can wear either size LENA Cup and choose one size over the other primarily based on flow amount, cervix height, and overall physique.
LENA comes in two sizes.
If you are unsure of which size to choose, e-mail us: email@example.com
When inserting LENA you will need to fold your cup first.
There are three main folding methods.
Practice using all three folds to find which one works best for you, as each fold guides and positions the cup differently. When inserting your cup, you need to hold your cup folded until it is inside of your vagina – this can take some practice.
• Help! My cup is leaking! When learning how to use your cup, some leaking is normal, be patient with your body. As long as there is no discomfort, experiment with the different folds and placing your cup higher or lower in your vagina. After an insertion, run a finger along the base of your cup to check for folds, and gently try to rotate the cup to test that the cup is sealed. Check out lenacup.com for more tips.
• Help! I can’t get my cup out! Your cup cannot get lost inside of your vagina. If you cannot comfortably reach your cup, do not panic – tensing your pelvic muscles causes them to move the cup further away from the vaginal opening. Try to relax and allow the cup to drop lower in your vagina. You can squat or sit. To remove, gently bear your weight down and use your pelvic muscles to push the cup down until you can reach the stem and then the base of the cup. Never pull on your stem for removal, use the stem to shimmy the cup from side to side until you are able to pinch the base of the cup to release the seal. To avoid your cup moving up or down, focus on correct insertion and ensure your cup is aways sealed.
• For more Frequently Asked Questions, please visit our FAQ and Troubleshooting page.
We love hearing from our customers!
If you need any help with your LENA Cup, have a comment or question, or would like to share your LENA story please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org