So you’ve finally turned into a menstrual cup. Congratulations! You are taking great strides in choosing the best period options for your body, wallet, and that planet.
You started bleeding, going in your cup and then wham! Wait – “How do I pee in with this thing ?!” or “Why do I always feel like I have to pee when I carry a menstrual cup ?!”
These are two very normal reactions to new period cup users.
Fortunately, we have answers and tips to help you out with your menstrual cup journey and peeing.
Can you pee with a cup
Simply put, yes of course. You can wear your menstrual cup for up to twelve hours, depending on your blood flow. As you can imagine, having to take it out after a period of urinating would be a pain in your butt – or vagina.
For women and people with vulva, there is a lot going on in a small area which can make things feel complicated when an extra product is added to the party.
I’m sorry if this is painfully obvious, but piss and period blood come out of different holes. That’s not to say that having a cup in your vaginal canal can’t affect your peeing habits, or vice versa. This is because the bladder, urethra, and vagina are very close together.
Find the right cup and position
If your menstrual cup is making peeing more difficult or frightening you should make sure that you, one – the right cup for your body and two – make sure it is in a comfortable position.
If your mug is taking up too much space, check this out Size guide for the menstrual cupYou may need a new one that suits you better.
You can also try placing your cup deeper in your vaginal canal so there is less pressure on your bladder, or readjusting it until it feels in a prime position.
In some cases, it may just be a new sensation that you get used to after a few uses.
Will it fall out when I pee?
Your cup is designed to stay in place while you pee, but of course – accidents happen.
If your cup does fall out and fall into the toilet, just make sure of it properly disinfect it before being reinstalled to prevent nasty infection from bacteria that live in toilets and urine, such as E. coli and Staphylococcus.
For people who have a tendency to pee outside or have toilets crouched instead of sitting down, this can make your cup more likely to fall out due to the angle of your pelvic floor muscles and vagina.
If the toilet anxiety is still coming your way, you can take it back out when you pee, but who’s going to go through that?
What about the urge to pee?
Your cup is nestled there and will stop while you pee, but the pressure on your bladder makes it feel like you have to go all the time!
As mentioned earlier, you may need to try a different mug or reposition it if you still get the urge
Here’s some advice from people who have Urinary incontinence or feel like they have to pee all the time – completely empty. This means that you are trying to empty your bladder completely every time you pee. Go to the bathroom, do your business, stand up to change the position of your pelvic floor muscles, and then try to pee again. This method should bring you relief whether you have a cup or not.
Don’t hold onto it
Your piss, not your cup holding itself.
If you feel like you need to pee more with a cup, don’t torture yourself, let it out! Some people need to pee more on their period, menstrual cup or not. This is due to a drop in the hormone progesterone. This hormone can cause water retention, also known as bloating, during the premenstrual phase. If it does fall off, you will no longer hold onto all that water and may have to pee it out much more often than usual.
Holding onto your piss can cause discomfort Urinary tract infectionwhich, if left untreated, can lead to bladder or kidney infections. Ouch!
Listen to your body and let it out when nature calls.
With all of this you may be wondering Sex with a menstrual cupspecial Syringes. If you can pee with a cup, you can most likely squirt too – if that’s what you want!
Menstrual cups are designed to make your life easier, but of course each person’s individual anatomy requires different care when it comes to periods. It may take some time to find the right cup and routine for your body and cycle, but when you do, there is no going back!