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.