The experience of using a menstrual cup is already one that can be intimidating, but removing and emptying cups is always top of mind to new users. Where is the best place to empty a menstrual cup that makes the potential “mess” factor less of an issue? As an experienced cup user and expert my advice is to remove and empty your cup for the first time in your shower. This advice is exactly the same for menstrual disc users.
There are a few reasons to remove a menstrual cup in your shower, whether it’s your first time removing or your 50th.
Less Anxiety = More Relaxed Muscles
When your mind is stressed it can result in physical changes to your body, such as the tightening and tensing of muscles. If you have any worries about removing your cup when it comes to the possibility of spilling blood onto yourself or your surroundings, removing in the shower will ease your mind. Less worrying will mean relaxed muscles and an easier removal.
Related Resource: How to Clean a Menstrual Cup in Public
You’re in the Splash Zone
For the entirety of the experience when removing your cup you have the freedom of not caring if and how much might spill during the process. You should know that menstrual cup removals are usually low or no mess (especially with practice.) For menstrual disc users, removals are messier than cups overall. Whichever product you’re using, the floor of your tub or shower is designed to rinse clean. With water running it should be smooth sailing.
Freebleeding and a Short Commute
For those with a heavy flow your time between removing your cup or disc, washing it, and reinserting may mean logistical issues. What should you do while your cup is out? And if your toilet and sink are far apart that distance poses other practical challenges. Do you shuffle with your pants down to the sink? Should you pull everything up and throw in a “toilet paper pad?” for the interim, or always wear period underwear? Removing your products in the shower solves for all of these practical concerns. You can also remove things as you start your shower and freebleed during that time if you prefer.
Advice for Best Results
I’ve emptied my cups and discs in the shower hundreds of times by now but there are a few notes for new users.
- Remember – empty the blood by pouring it close to the drain to prevent small red splashes from going past the drain and onto the wider floor or walls of your shower/shower curtain. Or don’t – some people like the murder scene!
- Take off any special drain covers with screens/small holes that may catch clots. Trust me – this one is a mistake you don’t want to make twice. Stomping your clots through a drain screen designed to stop hair is not a fun time.
- Keep a gentle soap in your shower. I keep a bottle of cup safe soap in my shower instead of using my body soap.