Using a Menstrual Cup in a Public Bathroom

Menstrual Cups are awesome because they are so discreet and unlike, a tampon, can be kept inside for up to 12 hours at a time. Because of this, you can always empty your cup in the privacy of your own home at the start and the end of your day. But what if you have a heavier flow that day, and you need to empty it at work or out and about? What if you are out for longer than that? What about using a menstrual cup in a public bathroom?

Using a Menstrual Cup in a Public Toilet

The Shock & Horror

Some people will claim that the messiness, and inconvenience of cleaning a menstrual cup in a public bathroom will put them off using a cup. But that’s just an excuse! 

Emptying your menstrual cup in a public bathroom isn’t even an issue. It’s very similar to how you would empty and reuse your menstrual cup at home. They might not know how to use a menstrual cup in a public bathroom. And it’s certainly not a reason to put you off using a menstrual cup, especially when there’s so many good reasons to switch over from using single use tampons to a reusable menstrual cup!

Public Bathrooms

Of course, it’s more convenient and perhaps less messier if you have a sink in the toilet with you. In this scenario, it’s very easy to whip the cup out, empty it into the toilet, shuffle over to the private sink, rinse, and then re-insert. 

But what if there is no sink in your stall? Never fear, because you’re going to do exactly what you normally would do when you were using tampons!

  • Firstly, you would wash your hands before going into the stall. 
  • You can then do your business, and remove your menstrual cup. 
  • Tip the cup out into the toilet.
  • Give it a wipe with clean toilet paper if you want. Though most times, the outside of the cup should be fairly clean as the blood is collected inside, not outside of the cup.
  • If you really think ahead, you could even bring a small bottle of water with you (in your handbag for example), and rinse it off over the toilet.
  • Then re-insert!
  • Flush, then leave the stall, and wash your hands thoroughly at the public sink. Just like you would every other time!
  • Rinse off the cup properly when next convenient, at home and in the shower.

So if you were wondering how to clean a menstrual cup without boiling you can simply make sure you rinse it off! Medical grade silicone does not absorb the period blood.

See How to Clean a Menstrual Cup

No Fuss

Menstrual Cups are such a healthy and convenient hygiene product that allows you to do what you want, when you want, with the freedom to not think about your period constantly. They are little awesome cups that collect your menstrual blood, and reduce huge amounts of environmental waste at the same time. They also save you bucket loads of money, and the pros easily outweigh the non-existent cons.

Don’t stress about having to use a public bathroom when using your menstrual cup, as it really is just as simple as removing, emptying, and reinserting! Good Luck!!

See how to find the best menstrual cup for you 


  • Remember to wash your hands before and after
  • Use a family or disabled bathroom if you really need a private sink 


  • Don't use scented wet wipes to wipe off the cup, due to the chemicals
  • Using disposable wet wipes aren't great for the environment either
  • Don't leave the toilet stall without first checking your hands and wiping them down

Don't be put off by using a menstrual cup in a public bathroom. It is going to keep you on the move for longer and you can go about your life without your period stopping you from doing what you want!

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