Does Your Menstrual Cup Make You Feel Like You Have to Pee?
Is your menstrual cup pushing on your bladder? One common complaint about reusable menstrual cups is that they make the menstruator feel like they have to pee. A menstrual cup may cause pressure or a constant sensation on the bladder that is uncomfortable.
Why can a menstrual cup make you feel like you have to pee? There’s a simple explanation and usually an easy fix for this issue.
Many moons ago I saw a urologist. He said to me “When God created woman he built them wrong, the anatomy is too close together, the vagina is too close to the urethra.” I have since wondered where he thought we should pee from. If our vagina is going to be in our groin where would our urethra and bladder be…our elbow?
Our vagina, the muscular tube between the vulva (part you see on the outside) and cervix, runs nearly parallel to our urethra, the tube that leads urine from the bladder out for peeing. There is a graphic below that explains the anatomy.
In addition, the bladder sits on top of the uterus and often partially on the vaginal canal as well. As you can see in the first image from this picture, the uterus is literally on top of the bladder. It’s one of the main reasons pregnancy often increases the frequency and urge to pee. The uterus literally grows on top of the bladder and puts pressure on it.
Reasons a menstrual cup puts pressure on the bladder or makes you feel like you need to pee:
- The position of the cup: Depending on the position of your menstrual cup, it can press on a sensitive area of the bladder. This is solved by moving the cup into a better position. Perhaps it needs to be a bit higher or a bit lower.
- The menstrual cup is too firm. If the menstrual cup is too firm for your anatomy, it can be felt pushing on the vaginal walls and felt on the bladder more than a softer cup. This is solved by using a softer cup.
- The menstrual cup is pushing on the G-Spot: While the G-Spot is theoretical for some, for many this is a real sensitive area of the vagina. Some persons report that G-Spot stimulation creates a sensation of needing to pee. If you are someone with a sensitive area like this, the cup may simply need to be repositioned away from this location. (1)
- You have a Cystocele. While not always diagnosable or problematic. A weakening of the front of the vaginal canal can allow the bladder to prolapse or bulge into the vagina at varying levels, also known as a cystocele. Some persons experience no symptoms and others can feel the bulge and have difficulty with urinary functions. This is something your doctor would diagnose.
There is definitely a learning curve with a menstrual cup for first-time users and finding the right position, fold for opening and removing easily, until you have the routine down you may experience issues like feeling like you have to pee or having bladder pressure from your menstrual cup.
While the position of the cup, firmness or G-spot location may be to blame. There are different solutions for fixing the issue. First, you could try putting the cup in different spots. Because many cups form a seal with your vaginal walls, you can often position it lower and higher by releasing it at the desired spot or moving it once it’s inside.
If the cup is just too firm, finding a more sensitive cup like the Lena sensitive, Super Jennie cups or the Loulou soft cup may be the answer. For smaller cups, Lunette makes their smaller cup softer and their larger cup firmer. This is usually the opposite for cup companies.
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