Wearing a menstrual cup is life-changing. The promise is simple: no leakage and zero sensation, plus all the other benefits for your health and the planet.
But for it to be effective and perfectly comfortable, there are a few tricks you need to know to position it. It’s a handy trick to take, but once taken, more than 9 out of 10 women give up periodic disposable protection.
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 away from the entrance to the vagina and much lower than a tampon, which is often in contact with the cervix.
With a stem menstrual cup, this can cause problems:
- if it rests on this triangle, the rod often comes out when you sit down to make certain movements. This is why the majority of users cut it, which creates a free edge which can be embarrassing (even more in case of episiotomy).
- Many place their cup higher so they are not obstructed by the stem by the stem, but this can lead to leaks if it positions it 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, since the stem is replaced by the MoonPad: it can rest in its ‘natural’ place without any 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 10cm high, the cup will be at most 5cm from the entrance of the vagina. 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 nutshell, the right high is the one where you completely forget about it.