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Your menstrual cup questions, answered

Your menstrual cup questions, answered

Wondering about menstrual cups? You’re not alone! That’s why we gathered the top cup FAQs and misconceptions from our community to talk through together. By the end, we hope you feel more prepared (and less anxious!) about trying a menstrual cup.

Are menstrual cups safe?

LOLA’s menstrual cup is made with 100% medical-grade silicone. With proper sterilization and cleaning, menstrual cups are completely safe to use. While Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is possible with a menstrual cup, it’s extremely rare.

Can you pee and poop with a menstrual cup in?

Yes, you can do both while a menstrual cup is inserted — with one caveat: the cup may move while you’re trying to go to the bathroom. Since your pelvic area shifts and you use pressure to go to the bathroom (particularly when pushing stool out), that same pressure may cause your menstrual cup to move around. Don’t worry though — the suction will prevent the cup from fully falling out.

Besides cup movement, women sometimes experience slower or more frequent urination. This happens when the menstrual cup presses against the urethra, which can slow down your urine stream or increase your urge to pee. 

Some people prefer to take the cup out while going pee or poop, whether for hygiene or comfort purposes. For others, leaving the cup in but making sure it’s still sealed and in place after going to the bathroom is quicker and becomes easy with practice. It’s totally up to you!

Can a menstrual cup get stuck or lost inside you?

Lost? No. A little tricky to find sometimes? Maybe. A cup can’t actually get lost inside your vagina, but if it’s shifted upward during use it can take some digging to find the stem. If that happens, you can try using your pelvic floor muscles to push it downward. You can also try getting in a squatting position to help push the cup down toward your vaginal opening.

Can you have sex with a menstrual cup?

No, you can’t have vaginal intercourse while a cup is inserted. Luckily for you, you have about a million other options: remove the cup for vaginal sex, have other types of sex, or don’t have sex and explore other ways to get intimate with yourself or with a partner.

Do menstrual cups stretch you out?

Vaginas are magical. They stretch, adapt, and move. When a menstrual cup is inserted, your vagina stretches and expands to form around the cup (psst, it does this with anything you insert!). But once you remove it, your vagina will go back to its normal size and shape. In short, using a menstrual cup long-term won’t affect the size of your vagina.

Can you exercise with a menstrual cup? 

Swim, run, bike, crow pose — if your cup is inserted correctly, there shouldn’t be leakage while doing any of these. That’s because when inserted properly, the cup seals to your vaginal wall, preventing liquid from going in or out.

Can you sleep with a menstrual cup?

Absolutely! In fact, LOLA’s cup can be safely worn for up to 12 hours, making it a great option for overnight. We recommend emptying your cup at least twice a day. It’s as easy to remember as brushing your teeth.

Do menstrual cups hurt?

If it’s the right size and inserted properly, a menstrual cup should not only be pain-free, but you might not even notice it’s there at all. Most cup brands offer a couple different sizes, so be sure to read the fit descriptions before buying. There’s also more than one way to fold and insert a cup, so experiment with all the different methods to find which works best for you. If you’ve given your first cup several tries, run through all the folding and insertion methods and it still doesn’t feel quite right, it might be time to try a different size. A little trial and error may be in order until you find the perfect shape and size.

You may also have heard that using menstrual cups can cause your cramps to be worse. We haven’t seen scientific evidence to back this up, but every body is different. If you notice your cramps are worse while using a cup, maybe it’s not the right option for you! And that’s ok.

What if my menstrual cup randomly falls out? How do I know it’s secure?

Making sure your menstrual cup is inserted properly is key here. If it’s in correctly, the suctioning should mean it’s secure until next time you empty.

It can be tricky at first to know what a “secure” menstrual cup feels like, so here are a few tips to try:

  • Once the cup is in, grab the base of the cup and twist it to smooth out any creases that could cause leakage.
  • With the cup inserted, run your finger along the base of the cup to feel for any openings or creases.
  • Try a different technique. There are a few folding methods and positions and for inserting your cup. See which one works best for you!
  • When in doubt, reinsert. The beauty of a menstrual cup is that nothing goes to waste — if you didn’t get a good seal, just take it out and try again.

Have a menstrual cup question that wasn’t answered here? Leave it in the comments below, or text our Cup Club Hotline so our team of experts can help!