find the fold that works best for you
Inserting the Asan cup for the very first time can seem like a daunting task: it is larger than a tampon, and you may be wondering how best to fit it into your vagina.
However, please don’t be afraid — because the cup is made from soft, flexible silicone, it can be folded into a small shape and inserted with ease. Below you will find pictures of three different folds: the C-Fold, the Punch Down Fold and the 7-Fold. We’ve also described which fold might work best for you, given your body type and previous experience with menstrual cups.
Name: The C-Fold
How it works: Simply flatten your cup and then fold it in half. The rim should form the shape of a “C”.
Why we love it: The C-Fold is the most effective fold for popping open your Asan cup once it is inserted. One the cup is inside your vagina, simply let go and it should pop open and create a perfect seal. You’re unlikely to need to adjust the cup much if you use this fold.
The downside: Using the C-Fold means that the rim of your cup has a larger diameter than other folds. This can be intimidating for first-time users, especially those who have never inserted something into their vagina before.
Name: The Punch-Down Fold
How it works: Use your index finger to punch down on one side of the cup, so that the rim folds down towards the base. Hold the cup firmly in this shape while you insert.
Why we love it: The Punch-Down Fold creates a small insertion point, making it easy to guide into the vagina. This is especially helpful for first-time users.
The downside: Some users find that when using the punch-down fold, the cup may need a little adjustment to pop open perfectly. Once inserted, prod the cup and tug gently on the ring to make sure that it opens up completely and creates a tight seal.
Name: The 7-Fold
How it works: Flatten then cup, and then fold the right corner downwards so that the rim creates a "7" shape. Hold the cup firmly in this shape while you insert.
Why we love it: This is a simple fold that creates a small insertion point. Many of our younger users report that the 7-fold works best for them.
The downside: Like with the punch-down fold, you will need to double check that the cup has opened up correctly. Prod the cup and tug gently on the ring to make sure that it opens up completely and creates a tight seal.