What's wrong with emptying it out? I can see why some women might be squeamish about putting their fingers into their own vagina or worried about infection (although it's really fine, the vagina can cope with clean hands, think what else it has to cope with) but what's wrong with pouring away your menstrual blood?

Also you don't have to reach into your vagina to expand the cup. It pops open by itself. You just fold it and insert. Maybe twizzle the base with fingertips to make sure it has opened properly.

Exactly....I don't understand how a pad or tampon is somehow aesthetically more tolerable for the squeamish? For example, every time you pee you're looking at blood on your pad. With a cup I can't see it until I take it out. I just don't get it.

[–] Tortoisemouse 1 points Edited

You're right. I actually forget I've got my period a lot of the time when I use a cup.

Cups are brilliant. Way more comfortable, way less messy, and also very interesting if you like that kind of thing because you actually get to see your menstrual flow volume, texture, colour.... but if you don't like that kind of thing you don't have to look at it if you don't want to you can just tip it the moment it leaves your body!!

Aside from the practicalities, using a menstrual cup has helped me make peace with my body and the menstruation process.