You can wear the cup safely up to a maximum of 12 hours, if you have a heavy flow, you might want to empty it more often. We recommend emptying your cup 2-3 times per 24 hour period, based on your menstrual flow. Most women only need to empty it in the morning and in the evening. As you become more familiar with it you will learn how often you personally need to empty your cup.
The first few times, we recommend removing and emptying your iCare cup in the shower, if possible. In the shower you will be relaxed and if you spill the contents of the cup while training on How To Remove The iCare Menstrual Cup it will easy to clean up. In addition you will be able to use warm water as lubricant to help you remove and re-insert the cup.
As with tampons, before removing the cup, first wash your hands in clean water and relax your muscles. The key to easy removal is relaxing your body. It can take some time to get used to removing and re-inserting a cup. We recommend practicing inserting and removing the cup while not having your period. It will become a second nature very fast.
Sit in a slight squatting position, by doing so it will shorten the vagina, help lower the cup, and make it easier to grasp the stem and reach the base of the cup.
To remove, pull gently on the stem of the menstrual cup until you can reach the base of the cup. Pinching the base helps breaking the vacuum and removing the cup. Pinch the base of your cup with your index finger and thumb by using a gentle, but firm grip to break the seal. Squeeze the bottom of the cup until you feel or hear the release of suction. Now gently ease the cup forward and downward while pulling down.
When reaching the opening of the vagina make sure to take it out upright to avoid or reduce spillage. If the rim of the menstrual cup is too wide to remove comfortably, use a finger to fold the cup into a U fold before taking it out of the vagina. If you are removing the menstrual cup over a toilet, let the contents of the cup spill out to the "back" as you remove the menstrual cup; just make sure to keep your hand out of the way.
Do not forget that your menstrual cup will be full, so remove it with an angle that will prevent spilling. Do not to pull it out by the stem alone, this may break the stem, cause the contents to spill and may cause discomfort. Make sure to always pull the cup out while pinching the bottom of the cup. Be careful not to damage the cup with your nails. Empty the contents of the cup into the sink, the toilet, the bathtub, in the nature, anywhere you see fit.
Rinse the menstrual cup thoroughly with water and maybe a little fragrance-free, non-antibacterial soap to clean it sufficiently before reinsertion. When water is not available, you can wipe the menstrual cup with a tissue, toilet paper and/or a disinfecting wipe. Dry your menstrual cup to make sure it is not too slippery for reinsertion. Do not use harsh soaps as they may cause irritation and disrupt the natural pH balance of your vagina.