Myths and misconceptions about menstrual cups are almost as popular as menstrual cups themselves! There’s a lot of fear surrounding menstrual cups, how they work and how they impact the body. In this post, we bust and explain eight common and a few uncommon myths about menstrual cups. We guarantee that you’ll learn something new today!
Cup size is directly related to your flow
The size you choose depends on a number of factors, such as if you have a low or tilted cervix, if you’ve given birth, as well as your age. Your child-bearing history and age are particularly important as they directly impact the tone and strength of your pelvic floor muscles which determines your cup size. For more information on how to choose the correct cup size have a look at our blog post How to choose the size of your Sheba Feminine ultra-soft menstrual cup.
Using the cup means you won’t have cramps or pain anymore
There’s no scientific evidence to back up this claim, although there have been many menstruators that have switched to a cup and their cramps have suddenly reduced in pain or disappeared completely. If you’re thinking about purchasing a cup purely based on this, we urge you to reconsider your decision.
The cup will move around
This will only happen if you’ve bought the incorrect cup size or style, or if you haven’t inserted it correctly.
You can’t use a cup if you have endometriosis
This is definitely not true. If you have endometriosis and would like to use a cup just consult with your doctor first.
You can’t use a cup if you have an IUD inserted
You can use a cup with an IUD inserted. You just need to make sure that you know the length of your IUDs string, which will make removal of the cup easier and give you a better idea of how far to insert the cup so that it doesn’t interfere with the string. We have a comprehensive blog post all about IUDs and menstrual cups if you would like more information.
The cup is too big to fit into the vagina
Menstrual cups fill up the same space of an expanded tampon. The cup may look big if it’s unfolded, but once it’s folded for insertion it will make more sense as to how it will fit into the vagina. Our matte textured ultra-soft cups are designed to match YOUR body’s unique requirements no matter the size. Once the cup is inserted it will mold to the shape and size of your vaginal canal.
Cups leak and are messy
Periods are messy no matter what. However, the most common reason behind leakage is because the cup hasn’t been inserted properly. For cup newbies, leakage is expected as it can take up to three cycles for you to get the hang of it. Check out our blog post 7 ways to fix menstrual cup leaks for more ways to troubleshoot cup leaks.
Cup must be removed when using the toilet
The vagina, urethra and anus function independently so you can use the toilet with your cup inserted.