Can You Have Sex With a Menstrual Cup Inserted?

Can You Have Sex With a Menstrual Cup Inserted?

Reusable menstrual cups can be wonderful things. When you get your first cup learning to insert and remove it takes practice and it may take a few different cups to find the right one. However, once you get the right cup for your body and technique down they’re great!

If you are wearing a menstrual cup eventually you’ll find yourself in a situation wondering if sex with a menstrual cup inside is okay. Here’s more about that:

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Sex with a menstrual cup inside?

Some individuals find themselves completely uninterested in sex of any kind while menstruating, others don’t mind and some really look forward to the experience.

Why would you have sex with a menstrual cup inside? For people looking to avoid touching menstrual blood or having it leak onto their sex-surface, the cup seems like a great idea. Right?

The attractiveness of having menstrual cup sex is typically the idea that your partner, you and your surface of choice can remain blood-free while still enjoying the perks of period sex. Sounds great, right?

Perks of period sex you say? 

Menstruation is often a great time to engage in sexual activities because an orgasm can help alleviate menstrual cramps and the release of feel-good hormones is a great way to help with PMS!

In fact, menstrual hormones typically provide a boost in sex drive around ovulation and again during menstruation (1). However, like all things each person varies and hormonal intervention, like birth control, can alter this cycle.

Can I have sex with a menstrual cup inside?

Before we get to this question I’m going to have to ask you to define sex.

Sex is many different things for different people. Are we talking oral sex? Vaginal intercourse with a penis? Self-sex using a clitoral vibrator? Any variation of activity that feels or is defined as sex to you…is sex.

However, as you can imagine not all sex interferes with a menstrual cup the same way. Inserting a penis has different risk factors than orgasm through clitoral stimulation without penetration. See what I’m saying?

To take the cup out or leave it in?

In general, menstrual cup companies do not recommend vaginal penetration with a menstrual cup inside. Putting something in your vagina when a cup is already in there could lead to moving the cup into a bad position, even causing injury.

With penis-vagina sex, the cup itself may damage the penis. Many cups have a pointy stem at the bottom that could just be irritating or even poke sensitive skin and if the cup turns sideways or moves it could cause pinching or irritation.

Generally, just an orgasm does not move the menstrual cup around, rather an activity inside of the vagina like penetration moves it.

A menstrual cup made for sex.

Intimina made waves with the Ziggy Cup! They released this reusable menstrual cup the promise of blood-free period sex. The cup, or rather disc, is designed to sit high and shaped like the disposable soft cup without the waste and environmental impact of disposable materials.

However, I personally find inserting the Ziggy Cup to be a challenge. I have a high cervix and after trying to angle and move the disc into the right position…I would rather just have intercourse over a towel and skip the cup all together.

Read my full Ziggy Cup Review Here.

If you are going to have period sex with a cup it is recommended that you use one designed just for this purpose. While the Ziggy Cup may not be your cup of tea (pun intended) you may also have luck with another menstrual disc.

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Despite all of this, some menstrual cup users have sex with standard cups anyway. 

One person said that her partner’s penis slides next to the cup and that this is enjoyable to both of them. Another said that the cup moves up very high from arousal and is not long enough to touch her husband’s penis and seems to stay safely inside. Another reader said that her cup sits so low that it was impossible…but that a few attempts were made anyway.

I believe all of these factors would depend on your vagina’s ability to stretch, the length of your vaginal canal and the other party’s desire to try menstrual cup sex.

A different person said she prefers to find an “alternate route of penetration” aka anal sex to avoid the vagina/menstrual cup debate altogether. While this may avoid pushing the cup up into your cervix or tuning it, the rectum runs right by the vagina and it may squish your cup and cause leaks anyway.

Is period intercourse with a menstrual cup recommended?

While I find these personal accounts really interesting, I do not recommend penetration with a standard menstrual cup. In addition, I personally do not find blood to be a reason to avoid penis-vagina intercourse and neither does my spouse.

In fact, I’m happy to have period sex especially at the beginning of my cycle to help get things moving and flowing along. Also at the end to help finish up my cycle. The heavy 2-3 days I have each cycle…I’m too tired to think of anything but chocolate.

However, I pass no judgement.

If you have menstrual cup sex and it works for you…that’s between you, your vagina and your partner. If you decide to throw caution to the wind…I would hope that you go slow and make sure you are being safe… no one wants a late night visit to the ER to address a menstrual cup sex injury or to have an intern fetch a folded cup from up near your cervix…

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Have you had sex with a menstrual cup inside? Do tell! 

Disclosure: This article makes no attempt to diagnose or treat any condition. If you have questions about your health please consult your physician and stay safe.


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