Your menstrual cup is extremely effective at preventing leaks - with three times the capacity of Tamons and Pads, you're likely to see fewer leaks as you get used to your cycle and the requirements for emptying.
It’s the question all newcomers to the menstrual cup are going to ask. The leakage issue is a real and understandable fear for anyone who is considering switching the type of period protection they use. After all, we spend years trying to find the best solution for our periods - one that will ensure our clothes stay clean and we are free from embarrassment. The menstrual cup is one solution that might just surprise you. Its unlikely to leak and the more you get used to it - the less likely the chances are.
Find the right size
The first step towards a menstrual cup that won’t leak is to use one that suits your body. As we get older or have children the size of our vagina will change. So you may find that a smaller size is ideal for younger women and that you’ll need a larger size later in life. The important thing is that your cup sits firmly and doesn’t move around. If you find it is dropping or moving, you might need a new larger size.
Make sure it is inserted correctly
This does take practice and is worth doing a few times outside of your period to get the hang of it. The menstrual cup is folded and then inserted. As you let go of it, it is designed to “spring” open and wedge itself within the walls of your vagina. It is important that it springs open fully to prevent leakages. There are a few ways you can check this and make adjustments:
- Give it a slight tug and see how firm it feels
- Run your finger around the underside of the cup to see if it feels rounded and not indented anywhere
- Use the pull to give the menstrual cup a slight twist or a wriggle - this might be enough to pop it open and reposition it.
- If you can, try twisting it into place as this is a great way to form a seal with your body.
- You might want to try a different fold so that it springs open more easily.
The great thing about alternative menstrual devices is that you can simply remove it and try again, if at first, you don’t succeed. The cup can be easily pulled out, washed or rinsed and then re-inserted to see if you can get the right position. As already mentioned, for first time users, it is a great idea to try inserting it before you actually have your period. That way you are more relaxed, you can wear it for a just a little while to see what you think.
Is the menstrual cup full?
This is a very common and often overlooked reason for leakage. The menstrual cup is so comfortable and easy to use that many of us just forget it is there. But if your period is unexpectedly heavy, you may find it fills up more quickly and when it does the excess might loosen the edge of the cup - losing the suction effect.