4 Most Effective Menstrual Cup Folds – with GIFs!

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You say potato, I say tomato. We all have our own unique ways of doing things – especially the way we use something as personal as a menstrual cup. Different things work for different bodies – and that fold you don’t like might just be your friend’s favorite. So sit tight, and let us guide you through our 3 favorite ways to fold a menstrual cup (with GIFS!) Need to take things back to basics? Check out our quick-start guide on how to insert and remove a Lily Cup.

Get into position!

When inserted correctly, a menstrual cup will sit fairly low down in the vaginal canal. The fold will keep the cup tightly rolled until it moves past the pubic bone, where it will then gently open, ready to collect your menstrual fluid. Here are 3 of our favorite folds, demonstrated with the help of the lovely Lily Cup and Lily Cup Compact.

Half V aka Punch Down Fold

This is possibly our favorite menstrual cup fold. It makes the cup especially small and a little more rigid so that it’s extra easy to insert. This fold also makes it easier to push your cup further into your vaginal canal before the rim pops open and forms that all-important seal. We generally recommend this fold to first-time cup users, as well as to anyone who is having trouble finding their groove.

How to fold 
1. Push the front rim of the cup down and in
2. Hold the cup near the base so it stays folded
3. Gently insert the pointed tip into your vagina

V fold menstrual cup

C Fold

One of the most popular menstrual cup folds out there – the C fold. This technique is, quite simply,  folding your cup to make it look like the letter C. This fold is great because it is just so simple! Some users find that the seal doesn’t form quite as easily with this fold as with the Punch Down fold, but every user is different, so why not give it a try!

How to fold
1. Flatten your cup and fold it in half so it looks like a letter
2. Keep it held tightly near the rim of the cup so it doesn’t lose its shape
3. Gently insert the rim into the vagina

C fold

Tampon Roll Fold

Bonus fold! This one is just for Lily Cup users, as it’s the only menstrual cup that can roll as thin as a tampon. This fold can work really well for a long time tampon users, as the insertion process is very similar.

How to fold
1. Flatten the cup by pressing on the shorter front rim
2. Roll from one side
3. Tightly grip the middle so it stays rolled & gently insert

Menstrual cup C fold

Top Tip!

No matter which fold you favor, always make sure your cup opens fully and forms that seal! A proper seal is essential to you using your cup comfortably – without leaks. If you’re finding this a bit tricky, then try inserting your cup a bit higher than it needs to be at first, and use your finger near the rim to slide the cup further in (most women find the half-v fold easiest to insert higher).

Slide your finger up to the top of the cup to get it to pop open and form a seal. You can then use the base to pull it down to a comfortable position. Easy peasy!

Tip top

These are just a few of our favorite folds – but don’t let this stop you from trying out any other fold you fancy! How you use your cup is unique to you, so try out some different options, and ultimately – do whatever works for your body. Now, go forth and fold! (Psst! Need help removing your cup?

Check out our handy guide.)

9 thoughts on “4 Most Effective Menstrual Cup Folds – with GIFs!

  • I’m a first time menstual cup user and have had the Lily cup for 2 months. The problem is that I am still finding this hard to insert. I’ve tried all 3 methods abs it sits uncomfortably inside. I’ve cut the tip as instructed but I can still feel it. Is it possible to have a very detailed description on how to use this properly please?

    • Hi! I’m sorry to hear that you’ve experiencing discomfort – let’s see what we can do about that! First, I would recommend this video. It has a lot of handy tips and tricks for using your Lily Cup, but there are a lot of different videos on YouTube that may be able to help. Next, I would suggest that if you’re experiencing discomfort when inserting, you may try a water-based feminine moisturizer to easy any friction. Finally, if you’re feeling the bottom of your cup poking our of your vagina, even after trying the different fold techniques, it may be that a shorter cup would be better suited to your cervix height. You can see more about measuring your cervix height and the different cup sizes we have here. Good luck and let me know if these help!

  • I’m struggling so much this cycle. I’m honestly wondering if this continues to leak because I got the bigger size? I’m a small person but I’ve carried a human child and delivered by csection. I switched to Lily because my other cup was leaking and this worked better. I was talking to a friend who said they never have leaks and now I’m convinced I’m doing this wrong. I’ve tried all three folds, the cup is up there as far as humanly possible and it is not folded up—it’s expanded in there completely. Please help. This is awful! It leaked at the poll yesterday and I had to try to fix it in a public restroom with no supplies. I’m in tears.

    • Hi Katie,

      our customer care will contact you via e-mail. They will help you to solve this problem.

      Best regards

  • Thank you for the detailed advice! Very helpful & informative and was great to see the different folding techniques to help for my first time! Appreciate it! 🙂

  • I’ve been using cups for a few years now, and this one lasted 10 mins before it leaked. I cannot for the life of me to get this thing to seal. I feel like I wasted my money 😢

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