All begin­nings are dif­fi­cult, as is the case with the men­strual cups (here you will find a step-by-step instruc­tions how to use it). After a few cycles and a lot of prac­tice, you will feel much more com­fort­able with your cup. How­ever, you prob­a­bly still pre­fer to change your men­strual cup in the com­fort of your home. But now you’re on the road or at work and the cup is get­ting a lit­tle too full? Unfor­tu­nately there’s no way around it: You have to change your full men­strual cup for the first time in a pub­lic toi­let? Prob­a­bly the worst-case sce­nario for you and you are won­der­ing how to prop­erly clean your men­strual cup in a shared bath­room with a sep­a­rate com­mon sink in the entrance room? Here are my best tips for you, so that you can change your men­strual cup in pub­lic toi­lets with­out any problems! 

5 tips for the more reserved ones among you

If you don’t want to walk provonkly with the bloody men­strual cup from the cabin toi­let to the com­mu­nal sinks, there are some more sub­tle alter­na­tives for chang­ing and clean­ing the cups in pub­lic toi­lets! You’re prob­a­bly still won­der­ing how to clean your men­strual cup with­out a sink though? First of all, with a good por­tion of humor and self-con­fi­dence it’s not so bad. After all always remem­ber you’re not the only per­son who bleeds every month.

Tip #1

First of all, check if there is maybe a fam­ily toi­let or a toi­let for peo­ple in a wheel­chair? Because they usu­ally have the toi­let and the sink together in one room. This way you can change your men­strual cup almost as com­fort­ably as at home.

Tip #2

Sec­ondly, take a bot­tle of water with you to the toi­let. First you have to pour the men­strual blood into the toi­let first, then wipe the cup with toi­let paper. After­wards wash the men­strual cup and your hands directly above the toi­let using the water bot­tle. Finally, you can either use toi­let paper to dry every­thing again or insert the men­strual cup directly while still a lit­tle wet.

Tip #3

There are also extra wet wipes for quick clean­ing of men­strual cups on the go. Here, how­ever, it should of course be noted that this can cause (unnec­es­sary) waste.

Tip #4

If you are one of the more nat­ural and coura­geous peo­ple, you can even clean the men­strual cup with your own urine. Because this is said to have a dis­in­fec­tant effect. Of course, this is espe­cially prac­ti­cal if you are far away from any san­i­tary facil­i­ties, for exam­ple when hik­ing, and there is no other alternative.

Tip #5

If you don’t like any of these sug­ges­tions and you just don’t want to use your unwashed men­strual cup again, there is of course a plan B! Ulti­mately you can buy a sec­ond men­strual cup, which you will always have with you as a (clean) backup.

After­wards you can wash your hands at the com­mu­nal sink. Once you are finally back home, clean your men­strual cup properly.

Or: Be brave and show your men­strual blood!

No prob­lem at all for the braves one to change a men­strual cup in pub­lic toi­lets. Here is a short step-by-step expla­na­tion: Wipe the men­strual cup briefly with toi­let paper after you have emp­tied the men­strual blood in the toi­let. How­ever, make sure that you only use one hand for touch­ing the cup. This way the other hand stays clean and you can eas­ily unlock the toi­let door again. After­wards sim­ply leave the toi­let with your still some­what bloody cup and rinse it out in the sink in the com­mon room. Be brave and leave your fears behind! There’s noth­ing wrong with show­ing men­strual blood in pub­lic – even though the big mar­ket lead­ers in the men­strual prod­ucts indus­try have been telling us oth­er­wise in their adver­tis­ing mes­sages for years.

Break the men­strual taboo

Rebel and be part of the men­strual rev­o­lu­tion by actively ignor­ing the taboo around men­stru­a­tion. Maybe you can even start a con­ver­sa­tion about men­stru­a­tion or tell an inter­ested per­son about your method? In all the excite­ment, don’t for­get to wash your hands though! After­wards, just go back to the toi­let with your clean men­strual cup. Make sure that the hand with which you want to rein­sert the men­strual cup remains clean. Always use just one hand to open and close the toi­let door.

Instruc­tions for chang­ing & clean­ing the men­strual cup

For bet­ter under­stand­ing, here is a brief overview of how the process of clean­ing the men­strual cup should ide­ally look like:

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Remove men­strual cup
  3. Pour men­strual blood in the toilet
  4. Wash the men­strual cup
  5. Wash your hands
  6. Rein­sert the men­strual cup while still slightly wet
  7. Wash your hands

Have you ever changed your men­strual cup in pub­lic toilets?

If you have any ques­tions or are unsure about using or chang­ing your cup, you are more than wel­come to write us at any time! We would also be so happy if you told us a lit­tle more about your expe­ri­ences with the men­strual cup. Have you ever had to clean or change your men­strual cup in pub­lic toi­lets or other unusual places? We can­not wait to hear from you!

Britta Wiebe, period education, Vulvani
Britta 
Co-Founder Vul­vani | britta@vulvani.com | Web­site | + posts

Britta Wiebe is the co-founder of Vul­vani. She loves research­ing, writ­ing and design­ing new arti­cles or inno­v­a­tive edu­ca­tional con­cepts about men­stru­a­tion all day long. When she is not trav­el­ling the world, she enjoys spend­ing time with her loved ones in the beau­ti­ful city of Ham­burg in Germany.