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Teens & Menstrual Cups: Tips for Beginners

Teens & Menstrual Cups: Tips for Beginners

How old is old enough to use a Lunette Menstrual Cup? The answer is...if you are old enough to menstruate, then you are old enough to use a Lunette Cup. Teens as young as 14 have successfully used a Lunette Cup for their period. However, sometimes a little extra practice is needed to get used to the process if your a menstrual cup beginner.


We designed our smaller Lunette Menstrual Cup (size 1) specifically for younger users. Not only is it smaller and shorter -- it is squishier in consistency for easier insertion.  

If I'm a virgin, can I still use a Lunette Cup?

If you're a virgin, you can definitely still use a Lunette Cup. However, young teens and virgins might need to practice a bit more in the beginning because they are usually not as familiar with their anatomy. While virginity is not an obstacle, the vaginal muscles are tighter and insertion can be a challenge until your body has adapted to accommodate the cup. Younger people who menstruate with intact hymens should be aware that inserting the cup may rupture the hymen. By medical standards, virginity is not defined by the state of the hymen; they will remain a virgin until they participate in sexual intercourse.  

Tips for menstrual cup beginners

  1. Relax and take your time: Choose alone time when you can focus without distractions or interruptions. Perhaps after a warm bath when you are relaxed. If you are too nervous, the vaginal muscles will tighten, making it uncomfortable, if not impossible, for successful insertion.
  2. Get Acquainted with yourself: It is always a good idea to know your own body. Take some time to locate the vaginal opening and even insert a finger to locate your cervix. It feels exactly like the tip of your nose. Knowing where your cervix is will help you to position the cup properly and not insert it too high.
  3. Practice during your period: The vagina is more flexible and the blood works as a lubricant. OR . . .
  4. Take a "dry run" before your period: You might be more comfortable practicing before your period if you feel squeamish about touching blood. In this case, use water as a lubricant.
  5. Try different folds that accentuate the insertion point: Most people use the typical C-fold. However, there are many ways to fold a Lunette Cup. The video here will show you nine different folds.
  6. Proper insertion direction: Be aware that the direction of insertion needs to be aimed towards the small of your back -- not straight up.
  7. Be patient: Know that it may take several times before you are successful. If you begin without the expectation of perfect insertion, you are more likely to be relaxed and pleasantly surprised when success happens.
  8. Assess the stem: Once inserted, you will need to decide whether or not to keep the stem. If it protrudes, it will be uncomfortable. In this case, you likely won't need the stem and can trim it off. However, if not, you may need it to assist with removal.

Tips for first time menstrual cup removal

  1. Again - RELAX: Just as with insertion. Take your time!
  2. Do NOT pull on the stem: The stem is used to gain access the bottom of the cup. If you pull on the stem, it will hurt! It will also create a mess since the cup won't be supported or controlled when it exits.
  3. Squeeze bottom to release suction: This is the key - the bottom of the cup has ridges for gripping. Grip the bottom and tweek the cup to the side. The idea is to pull an edge away from the vaginal wall to release suction. You will hear it when this happens.
  4. Rock gently: Once suction releases, gently rock the cup from side to side as you pull it out. This technique might not be necessary, but helps with removal if the cup is feeling stubborn to come out.

    Information resources for girls and parents

    As a teen or as a teen's parent, it is helpful to do research and learn, not only about your body, but about healthy menstrual options that are available for teens today. For information about the female anatomy, Lunette's site offers information under "Anatomy 101 by Lunette" to allow teens who menstruate to learn about the intricacy of their anatomy form with the assistance of a medical diagram.

    If this was helpful in helping you decide to purchase a menstrual cup then check out our menstrual cup range.

    52 comments on Teens & Menstrual Cups: Tips for Beginners

    • Lunette Menstrual Mentor
      Lunette Menstrual MentorMay 11, 2023

      Hi Sarah!

      Since the menstrual cup does not absorb anything to itself, it is completely safe to insert it when you are expecting your periods. Even if your period does not start that day, there is no harm in having the cup inserted. However, even if the cup is not filled, remember to always “empty” or remove, rinse and re-insert the cup and not leave it inserted for more than 12 hours (some countries regulations may suggest 6-8 hours) at a time.

      Hope this helps :)
      Team Lunette

    • Sarah
      SarahMay 11, 2023

      I have an event coming up and it’ll really hard for me to put my menstrual cup in during the event but i’m supposed to get my period the day of the event. is it safe for me to put my menstrual cup in before, even if i don’t have my period just in case i get it during the event? or should i go for a different option?
      Thank you!

    • Lunette Menstrual Mentor
      Lunette Menstrual Mentor March 06, 2023

      Hi Tenzin!

      When you use the cup for the first time, give yourself plenty of time to try it out in a place you feel comfortable and try to be as relaxed as possible. Inserting should not cause pain, but it can be a little uncomfortable at first. The cup should also not cause you to bleed anymore than normal, but especially if you have heavy periods, your flow can slightly affect you when inserting the cup.

      We designed our smaller Lunette menstrual cup (our Lunette Cup size 1) specifically for younger users. Not only is it smaller and shorter – it is squishier consistency for easier insertion. We recommend the smaller Lunette Cup Model 1 also for young users who have a heavy flow. Why? Because your muscles and hymen are tighter, it’s easier to insert the smaller cup.

      Read more about this topic here:

      Getting something inserted into the vagina like a menstrual cup or a tampon can be a bit challenging, but don’t worry and don’t give up. If it isn’t working this time, try it later or tomorrow or next month. Practice makes pro and you will eventually get the hang of the cup. And in the meanwhile browse our homepage and check out our Cup Basics, you’ll find a lot of useful information on how to use the cup there. Here you go:

      -Team Lunette

    • Tenzin
      TenzinMarch 06, 2023

      Do we get bleed and pain while inserting menstrual cup for the first time ?

    • periodhub
      periodhubJuly 19, 2022

      Hello there! I just want to offer you a big thumbs up for your great info you have right here on this post. I’ll be coming back to your website for more soon.

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