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.