There’s nothing more frustrating than your new menstrual cup not working! Some people might even experience leaking issues with a menstrual cup they’ve had for a couple of years. We completely understand your frustration.
Some people get the hang of using a menstrual cup on the first try while some people struggle for 1-6 menstrual cycles. The main complaint about menstrual cups is that they leak. A menstrual cup when working properly will not leak unless it overflows!
We wish this was a one-sentence answer; however, there is a list of reasons why your cup might be leaking. So where do we start? Let’s first talk about your anatomy, as there are often some misconceptions about the vaginal region!
Below is an excerpt from WebMD.com
“The cervix is a cylinder-shaped neck of tissue that connects the vagina and uterus. The cervix is made of cartilage covered by smooth, moist tissue, and is about one inch across. There are two main portions of the cervix:
The overlapping border between the endocervix and ectocervix is called the transformation zone.
The cervix produces cervical mucus that changes in consistency during the menstrual cycle to prevent or promote pregnancy.
During childbirth the cervix dilates widely to allow the baby to pass through. During menstruation the cervix opens a small amount to permit passage of menstrual flow.”
Take the time to explore your own anatomy. Part of the process of exploring your vagina should include finding your cervix, especially at different times during the month. You can learn how to find your cervix in our Menstrual Cup Buyer’s Guide.
Below is a list of reasons why your cervix is the most important part of stopping your menstrual cup from leaking:
Another reason you want to know your anatomy is because everyone is different. So you could read something about someone else and their cup experience, but that doesn’t mean you will have the same experience.
Make sure to check back next week when we post Part II of this 3 Part Blog on Why Menstrual Cups Leak!
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