Why is My Menstrual Cup Leaking?
I have tested many menstrual cups and even with my experience, there is a learning curve with each cup and brand. Menstrual cup leaks are often related to adjustments that can be made during insertion and wear. However, every so often menstrual cup leaks are because the cup just isn’t right for the user.
Read about common reasons menstrual cups leak below.
The first time I heard about pelvic floor exercises was from my Mom. As a young woman she instructed me in the kegel exercises her OB told her about. She explained that you should squeeze muscles while you were peeing to start and stop the flow of urine to get the muscles right.
Mom was partially right. The muscle that stops and starts the flow of urine is involved in pelvic floor control however, it misses the much larger picture. Your pelvic floor muscles are an intricate balance of muscles, organs, strength and timing.
Here are 3 pelvic floor exercises I do before bed, even when I’m too tired to do much else.
LaliCup reusable menstrual cups have become a great addition to my menstrual cup stash. I love that they have 3 size options, are higher capacity menstrual cups and come in a wide range of colors. The ridges on the base of the cups and stem help with removal and overall they are designed for comfort.
Read my LaliCup Review below and see photos of my review samples next to other brands for comparison!
Lily Cup Review
I really enjoy reviewing reusable menstrual cups. I’m thrilled to share my Lily Cup review with you! The Lily Cup is a reusable menstrual cup by Intimina and it comes in size A and size B. Read about cup details and my experience testing both sizes out below.
Ziggy Cup: Ziggy Reusable Menstrual Cup by Intimina
Reusable menstrual cups have been increasing in popularity! One cup making waves is the Intimina Ziggy Cup. This soft reusable menstrual cup is hot pink and reports that it’s safe to use during sex! Period sex without the blood?! As you can imagine, they’re flying off shelves.
Billettes Baubles Pad Review
When searching for reusable menstrual pad shops, you’re typically buying from a work at home store. I’ve purchased from many over the past few years and to be completely honest, some are not great. I’ve received poorly sewn pads and pads that weren’t made with the greatest materials.
Luckily, there are shops like Billettes Baubles that provide the best quality, top-notch sewing, beautiful patterns and a high range of absorbency options. Take a look at my pad samples and shop through my affiliate link to see her store!
Reusable Menstrual Cups for Heavy Flow
Reusable menstrual cups are increasing in popularity. Many brands offer a size 1 and a size 2, or small and large and most have about the same capacity, around 30 mls for their large cup. While this is great for many reusable menstrual cup users, for others it’s not enough.
Many menstruators find that their menstrual cup volume isn’t enough, it fills up quickly, overflows and can’t go long between emptying. Many find that a reusable menstrual cup with a higher volume is the solution! Here are heavy flow menstrual cups below.
Menstrual Cup and IUD
One of the most common questions about IUDs, or intrauterine devices, is if you can use them with a menstrual cup. An IUD is a T-shaped flexible plastic device that’s inserted into the uterus for birth control. The 4 types of IUDs that use the hormone progestin include Mirena, Skyla, Kyleena and Liletta. The IUD Paraguard is hormone free and uses copper. (1)
These devices can be worn for years and are reversible. However, many menstrual cup users wonder about the safety and have a real concern for dislodging the IUD with menstrual cup use.
Can you use a Menstrual Cup with an IUD?
Low Cervix Menstrual Cups
Cervix height changes throughout your cycle and many find that it’s at it’s lowest position during menstruation. Menstruators with a low cervix can find the reusable menstrual cup serach frustrating. While many brands offer two sizes in diameter, pre-baby under 30 and post-baby or over 30, there are many different cup lengths.
Finding the right length is important because you don’t want the cup to be so short that you can’t get it out and you also don’t want one so long that it sticks out of your vaginal canal. If you have a low cervix, see my guide for measuring cervix height, you are probably searching for a short cup that fits inside and holds the necessary volume for your flow.
Here are some Menstrual cups specifically made Low Cervix Menstrual Cups to consider:
Are There Toxins in Your Lena Cup?
On February 5th 2018, a friend showed me a public post on Facebook from Lead Safe Mama. There are a few sentences stating the blue Lena cup has Cadmium present at unsafe levels for your vagina.
The post has a photo of a blue Lena cup and the statement below:
“19 ppm Cadmium +/-7 To my knowledge items like this are not regulated for the presence of toxicants (like cadmium). This amount of cadmium is connsidered safe by all regulatory standards for toys…” Direct quote. See the post on Facebook here.