How often do I need to empty my menstrual cup?

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This month we’re celebrating all the ways we can use 12 hours when we don’t have to worry about our period (Yaass Queeen)!
But what’s the deal with the 12 hours? How often should I be emptying my menstrual cup really? Here’s all you need to know:

How long can I keep the Lunette menstrual cup in for?

The Lunette menstrual cup can be used for up to 12 straight hours. Of course everyone is different and those with a heavier flow may need to empty their cup more often (more on that below).

Why 12 hours?

The Lunette menstrual cup is made from high-quality medical grade silicone which means it safe inside of you and stays fresh too. However, no period product (or most other items for that matter!), no matter how high quality, should be kept inside your vagina for extended periods of time without checking and cleaning properly.

What about if I have a heavy flow?

All of us experience different periods and there’s certainly no “one size fits all” guidance. The important thing is to get to know your own flow and adjust to what suits you.
Firstly, make sure you get the right size cup. Lunette menstrual cups come in 2 sizes, one of which is better for those who have heavier flows.
Those with a heavier flow may also need to empty their cup more frequently. If you’re new to menstrual cups try emptying it every 2 to 4 hours until you get a good sense of how full your cup gets.

Can I keep my menstrual cup in overnight?

Yes! You can sleep soundly with your Lunette menstrual cup all night long.

What if I accidentally leave my cup in for more than 12 hours?

Don’t panic. There is no sudden extra danger of having your cup still inside of you for more than 12 hours but it’s best to empty and clean it as soon as you realise. Remove, check and clean your cup like you normally would and continue normal use.
However, if you’re concerned it has been a very long time and/or you experience any unusual symptoms then always have a chat with your doctor.

How do I clean my cup properly?

Simply tip, rinse and wash out! Check out our full handy cleaning guide here for more tips.
If you have any other questions about your Lunette menstrual cup let us know.
Don’t forget to join in the conversation and tell us how YOU would want to spend 12 hours!