If you’ve got a questions about buying or using a menstrual cup, chances are someone else has asked it too. Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions and concerns about how to use a menstrual cup. Got a question about using a menstrual cup? Email, tweet or Facebook message us and we’ll help you answer it.

Will my menstrual cup get lost “up there”?

Contrary to popular belief, your vagina is not an endless chasm inside you body. Seriously, the average vagina is only about 9.6 centimeters long (about the length of a tube of MAC lip gloss). Vaginas range in length from 6.5 and 12.5 centimeters. The vagina ends at the cervix which is a very small opening so your menstrual cup can’t go any further than this. In other words, nothing’s getting lost “up there”!

Help! My menstrual cup is stuck and I can’t get it out. What should I do?

If your cup is stuck, relax. Tensing up isn’t going to help. You need to break the seal or suction of your cup before you remove it. Don’t just yank it out by the stem or tab. With clean hands, squeeze the base of the cup or run a finger up alongside the cup to attempt to break the seal. The easiest way to do this is squatting in the bathroom or shower or sitting over the toilet. If the cup has moved upwards, gently pull the stem to move it down or use your vaginal muscles to push it downwards. If this fails, relax and try again later. If you experience any pain, see a doctor.

How do I clean and sanitise my menstrual cup?

When you get a brand new cup, clean it before use by boiling it. During your cycle, you only need to rinse your cup before each reinsertion. Boil it again at the end of your cycle to clean it. Full instructions on cleaning your cup can be found in this blog post.

I accidentally dropped my cup in the toilet. What should I do?

If your cup falls into the toilet, sorry, you need to buy a new one! To prevent this we suggest changing your cup at home if possible. Squatting in the shower is a great place to empty and reinsert your cup. Time to buy a new menstrual cup? Read through my buying guide to work out the best new option for your body.

My cup has become discolored. How do I fix it?

Boil your cup as you would to clean it at the end of your cycle. Add a tablespoon of baking soda to the water. Dry on a paper towel in the sun.

Can I run / swim / hike / bike ride / do yoga while wearing a menstrual cup?

Absolutely! If you’ve got a proper seal on your cup you can do just about anything without risking leakage. Really active women prefer a soft cup like the Lunette Size 1. The FemmyCycle’s no spill top is also great for yoga and active sports.

How do I check my cervix height?

Before you buy a menstrual cup, you need to establish how high your cervix is. It’s easy to do. You can do it at home easily. Full instructions on checking your cervix height are in this post. If you have a low cervix you’ll need to buy an appropriate sized cup.

Does using a menstrual cup mean you’re no longer a virgin?

No!! Using a menstrual cup does not mean you’re no longer a virgin. The only thing that makes you “not a virgin” is sexual intercourse.

Can I have sex while wearing a menstrual cup?

No!! Penetrative sexual intercourse is about the only thing that you can not do while wearing your menstrual cup. A menstrual cup is NOT a birth control device either. You can use these soft disposable menstrual cups using intercourse though they are not birth control devices.