Using the Gaaia cup

Before the first use

Check

After removing the cup from the box, check to see if the air holes of the cup are open. These air holes help to break the suction seal so you can remove your Gaaia cup easily.

Sanitize

We recommend boiling the cup in water for 4-5 minutes to sanitize it. Do ensure that the cup does not touch the bottom of the pan. You may use tongs or a spoon to ensure that this does not happen.

Clean

Wash your hands and cup with clean water and mild soap, and rinse thoroughly. This is extremely important to ensure that no bacteria enters your body. 

How to fold the Gaaia cup

The C-Fold:
1. Hold your Gaaia cup with two hands right below the rim and squeeze 
2. While squeezing the cup, fold it in towards you and into a C-shape
3. Hold your Gaaia cup in this position and insert

The Punch-down Fold:
1. Hold your Gaaia cup lightly with one hand
2. Using your free hand's index finger, punch down any side of the cup.  
3. Hold your Gaaia cup in this position and insert

The 7-Fold:
1. Hold your Gaaia cup with two hands right below the rim and squeeze tightly
2. Fold the right side in and into a 7-shape
3. Hold your Gaaia cup in this position and insert

How to insert the Gaaia cup

Rinse: Using water and mild soap, wash hands and cup.
Comfortably fold: Fold your cup using a method that is comfortable for you. 
Relax your muscles. You can stand, sit or raise one of your legs. Hold your cup firmly folded and guide it towards your vagina.
Insert. Guide your cup into your vagina, pointing it upwards and slightly toward your tail bone. Aim to keep your cup folded until it is entirely inside of your vagina.
Release. Gently release your folded cup – it will pop open and seal to your vaginal walls, not to your cervix.
Test. Run a finger along the base of your cup to check for folds and gently try to rotate the cup to test that it is sealed. If your cup has sealed, it will not yield to your attempts to rotate it. Once placed correctly and sealed, your cup will stay in place and collect your flow.

How to remove the Gaaia cup

Rinse: Using water and mild soap, rinse your hands.
Relax: Relaxing is essential for the removal of your cup. You can stand, sit or squat to remove your cup.
Locate: Insert your fingers into your vagina and locate the base of your cup, use the stem of the cup to guide you.  
If you cannot reach it, gently bear your weight down and pull on the stem until you feel the base of the cup.
Pinch: Once you grab the base of the cup, pinch the bottom in order to release the suction seal.
Remove: Hold the base of the cup and gently shake your cup from side to side while guiding it out. Keep your cup upright to avoid spills.
Empty: Empty and wash your cup.
Re-insert or Store: Once empty and clean, re-insert your cup. If your period is finished, store your cup in the original Gaaia organic cotton bag.

Taking care of your Gaaia cup

Wash

1. Rinse your Gaaia cup in cold water after use.
2. Wash thoroughly using hot water and a mild soap. Avoid strong cleaners or anything that may irritate your skin.
3. Use a soft rag to wipe away any buildup.
4. Clear the four holes at the top of your Gaaia cup by passing water through the holes.

Sanitize

1. You may choose to disinfect your Gaaia cup between cycles by boiling your cup in water for 4–5 min (no more than 7 min) to sanitize it. Do ensure that your cup does not touch the bottom of the vessel. 

Store

1. Dry your Gaaia cup thoroughly and store it in the organic cotton bag provided. Never use a plastic bag or airtight container for storage.
2. Some discoloration may occur over time. This is normal, and may vary from one person to another.
3. If your Gaaia cup is ripped or torn, or the silicone shows signs of deterioration (which can happen after using non-recommended cleaners) it is recommended that you replace the cup.