If you’re someone who bleeds, you might have heard of a menstrual cup. They’re a reusable, sustainable alternative to tampons. They’re becoming increasingly popular and gaining traction for good reason
A menstrual cup is a reusable silicone cup, which sits inside the vagina to catch your menstrual fluid. They are safer, more economical and more sustainable than a tampon making them a really versatile option for people who bleed. Because of their long life span, the average cost of some menstrual cups can be as little as 16p per period. This is a huge saving in the long run compared to a box of tampons at around £2-£3.
Switching to a menstrual cup is also better for the environment. It is estimated that one menstrual cup can save up to 11,000 tonnes of period waste from entering our landfills and oceans. While these benefits sound flipping awesome! Can you still live your normal life while wearing a cup? Keep reading to find the answers to some of the most common menstrual cup questions.
Can you pee with a menstrual cup in?
Can you poop with a menstrual cup in?
In my experience, it is possible but not always comfortable. Since your back passage and vaginal wall run quite close to one another, it is possible that your poop could cause your cup to shift it’s position. I much prefer to take the cup out while I poop. Give everything a good clean (including your hands) before reinserting your cup.
Can you have sex with a menstrual cup in?
It depends on the type of cup. Penetrative sex with a regular menstrual cup is simply not going to work. Don’t even try it. Both parties could end up getting hurt.
That said, you can buy “flat fit menstrual cups” or “menstrual discs”. These products sit in a different place to your regular type of menstrual cup. Their shape allows for penetrative PIV (penis in vagina) sex while wearing. What’s more, menstrual discs are often marketed with the promise of “mess free period sex”. I can confirm, they’re really bloody good!
The Ziggy cup from Intimina is one of my favourites for when you feel like getting down to it without all the period mess.
Can you exercise with a menstrual cup in?
It’s worth a quick mention that you might not feel like doing your regular exercise when you’re bleeding. That’s okay too. Listen to your body and take it easy when you need to.
Can you sleep with a menstrual cup in?
Most menstrual cups can be worn for up to 12 hours. This makes them the perfect fit for sleeping in. Even if you like to sleep for a long time (like me!).
When you’re on your period, you might find you need more sleep than usual. In which case, you might find that an 8hr wear tampon just doesn’t cut it! Menstrual cups can usually be worn for longer than a tampon meaning no interruptions to your beauty sleep.
Do menstrual cups cause TSS?
Tampons can leave small fibres behind when they are removed which can encourage bacteria growth. Menstrual cups are made from silicone which will not break apart, meaning no nasties left behind. The only known cases of TSS linked to a menstrual cup occurred because the menstrual cup was not inserted and cleaned correctly. With proper use, menstrual cups are a very safe option.
What is the best kind of menstrual cup?
There are several options when it comes to menstrual cups. You might have to try a couple before you find the right option for you. Some are softer or harder than others which can impact comfort and performance.
My personal favourite is the Mooncup. It’s a fairly firm cup, which means it holds it’s shape well in the vagina. This is important as it allows to cup to retain it’s shape and create a proper seal to avoid leaks. Softer cups can be compressed more easily by your body. If they don’t open up into their proper shape they can’t form that all important, leak proof seal.