Our Sizing

We recommend you choose the size of your Tampax Cup based on your flow. Through our research, we've found that the size of a vaginal canal correlates better with flow than it does with age or whether or not you have children. Sizing based on flow isn't perfect, however, and if you are unsure of which size to get, we recommend you try our Tampax Cup Starter Kit, which includes both sizes.

Regular flow . Choose if you usually wear lite, regular, or super tampons. Heavy flow. Choose if you usually wear super plus or ultra tampons

Cup Basics

A menstrual cup (aka - " a cup") is inserted inside your vagina during your period and collects blood instead of absorbing it like a tampon.

You know what its made of? Durable, BPA-free, medical grade silicone so it can be used over and over again.

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To get it in, you're going to fold the cup and insert it into your vagina. There are a few ways to do it, and, for most people, it takes a few tries to get it right. So relax, take a deep breath, and take your time.

C Fold (00:06)

This is a really common fold and we recommend it for beginners. It’s easy to do, and makes the cup fairly small for easier insertion.

Punchdown Fold (00:08)

This fold is a little bit trickier, but it’s a favorite with many seasoned cup users. This fold makes the tip of the cup very small.

7 Fold (00:06)

Another way to make the tip of the cup fairly small is with the 7 fold. Just make sure the cup has opened up once it's inserted.


Once it's in, the cup opens up and forms a seal with the walls of the vagina. To make sure it does this, try rotating the cup in a circle or gently pull on the stem. It will stay put and collect fluid for up to 12 hours, and you won’t even notice it's there! (Yes, it's that comfortable)


When you're ready to remove the cup, first you need to pinch the base to break the seal. Like inserting, it will probably take a few tries to get it out. So relax and take a deep breath!

Step 1

Insert your fingers into your vagina and feel for the stem of the cup. Don't pull on it quite yet!

Step 2

Bear down: push the cup towards the entrance of your vagina using your abs and pelvic muscles. This action is kind of similar to squeezing your muscles to poop.

Step 3

While bearing down, pinch the base of the cup on the ridges (not the stem) and, while pinching, pull the cup out of your vagina. You can dump the contents in the sink, toilet, or shower.

*Some people like to insert and remove the cup in the shower where it is warm, relaxing, and easy to wash away any potential spills.

Cleaning, Storing, and Sanitizing

Since you can use your Tampax cup again and again, it is important to clean it properly and store it in a dry place.

Washing Your Cup (00:17)

Properly washing your cup at each change is important but also very simple.

Storing and Sanitizing Your Cup (00:32)

A simple and effective sanitization of your cup at the end of your cycle makes a big and important difference.

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