Hygiene Practices for Changing Your Menstrual Cup When No Bathroom is Available

Hygiene Practices for Changing Your Menstrual Cup When No Bathroom is Available

Menstrual cups offer an eco-friendly and convenient way to manage your period. However, there may be situations where you need to change your cup, and you don't have access to a bathroom. Whether you're camping, hiking, or in any other outdoor scenario, here are some tips and tricks to help you tackle this situation without flinching.  

1. Clean Hands:
  • Before touching your menstrual cup, ensure your hands are clean. 
  • Use biodegradable soap and water if available. If not, use hand sanitiser or sanitising wipes. 
2. Carry Supplies:
  • Pack extra sanitary wipes, or tissues in a waterproof bag. 
  • Have a drink bottle of water readily available to rinse your cup and hands. 
3. Remove and Empty:
  • Empty the cup into a designated hole if you're in a camping setting. Follow Leave No Trace principles for responsible waste disposal. We are clean green kiwis after all.  
  • If in a more urban environment, you could carry a resealable bag to store used cups until you can properly clean and sanitise them. 

4. Wipe and Sanitise:
  • Use pre-moistened sanitary wipes or tissues to clean your cup. 
  • If you have access to clean water while camping, rinse the cup thoroughly. 
  • Avoid using any scented or harsh chemicals that could irritate your vagina. 
5. Consider a Backup:
  • If you anticipate changing your cup in challenging environments, consider carrying a spare cup or two with you! 

Remember that while changing your menstrual cup in outdoor or bathroom-less settings may seem daunting at first, with practice, it can become a routine and hassle-free process. Proper hygiene practices ensure your comfort and health while minimising your environmental impact.


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