Wearing a menstrual cup changes your life. The promise is simple: no leakage and zero sensation, plus all the other health and environmental benefits.
But for it to be effective and perfectly comfortable, there are a few tricks you need to know about positioning it. It's a bit of a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, more than 9 out of 10 women abandon disposable pads.
Find the ideal placement for your menstrual cup.
The height at which the menstrual cup should be worn varies from person to person depending on anatomy, perineal tone and movement.
In fact, the most common position is that the bottom of the menstrual cup rests on a triangle made up of the front of the pubic bone, and the sides of the pelvic muscles. It is therefore quite low, about 1 phalanx from the entrance to the vagina and much lower than a tampon, which is often in contact with the cervix.
With a menstrual cup with a stem, this can cause problems:
- If it rests on this triangle, the stem often comes out when sitting down to make certain movements. This is why most users cut it off, which creates a sharp edge that can be embarrassing (even more so in the case of an episiotomy)
- Many people place their cup higher up so that they are not bothered by the stem, but this can lead to leaks if it is placed after the cervix or in the fornix (the diagram is below)
This is one of the reasons why La Cup Luneale is so much more comfortable, as the stem is replaced by the MoonPad: it can rest in its 'natural' place without risk of injury or discomfort.
But it can also go higher, because every person is different. In any case, as the vagina is between 8 and 10 cm high, the cup will be at most 5 cm from the vaginal entrance. If it is raised, don't panic: just push a little with the perineum and it will go down to become accessible again.
So in a few words, the right carrying height is the one where you totally forget about it.