One of the most common questions we receive about menstrual cups is, “Can you sleep with a menstrual cup?”
The short answer is, yes! Not only is it perfectly safe to sleep with a menstrual cup, you will also probably wake up to fewer leaks and less mess! Gone are the days of having to wash your underwear in the sink or getting unsightly mattress stains because your pad shifted or bunched up during the night or just wasn’t big enough. *insert wild cheering*
Menstrual cups can be safely worn for up to 12 hours, so there’s no reason they can’t be left in overnight. That said, there are some steps you can take to reduce the risk of leaking during the night, especially if you have a heavy flow.
Everyone is different, so don’t assume that what works for your friend will work for you. Some people find that a cup made from a more rigid material will pop open more easily. If you have a tilted uterus or a low cervix, you may find that a smaller cup made of a more flexible material works best for you. If this all sounds confusing, don’t worry! We have a handy guide to help you find the best menstrual cup for your body.
2. Take size into consideration
If you know you have a heavy flow, you may want to choose a larger menstrual cup, especially to wear at night. Our largest cup is our Pixie Cup XL, which holds 35ml of fluid. That’s the equivalent of 7 tampons! With that much capacity, you can rest and sleep undisturbed without worrying about getting up in the middle of the night to empty your cup. You can also wear a smaller cup during the day and a larger one at night if you’re worried about leaks.
3. Empty your cup before bed
You should empty and clean your menstrual cup at least every 12 hours — possibly more often if you have a heavy flow. We recommend emptying your cup right before bed so you can sleep as long as possible without needing to remove your cup.
4. Use a little extra protection
Some of us have such a heavy flow that it’s near impossible to avoid leaks overnight. If this is you, it might be a good idea to invest in a pair of period underwear or some reusable Pixie Pads to guarantee that you don’t wake up to a mess.
5. Ease your cramps with essential oils
Sometimes it isn’t the flow so much as those darn cramps that wake you up in the middle of the night. Try easing your cramps with a little essential oil blend on your stomach before bed. Many women also find that when they stop using tampons and switch to a menstrual cup, their menstrual cramps improve.
6. Get a good night’s sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for your overall health and wellbeing. It’s common to have difficulty sleeping during your period. Worrying about leaks is just one of the things that can interfere with sleep during menstruation. Fluctuating hormones and changes in body temperature can also make it hard to sleep through the night. If this sounds like you, check out our blog on how to sleep better on your period.
We hope these tips are helpful to you as you transition into using a menstrual cup! If you still have questions about sleeping with a menstrual cup, let us know! We absolutely love hearing from you. We will answer your questions to the best of our abilities. And don’t forget, we offer a 100% Happiness Guarantee and we stick by it. If you purchase a Pixie Cup and aren’t completely satisfied, we’ll help you find one that works or give you a refund.
This content was originally written on February 25, 2019, and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
“Help, I think my menstrual cup is stuck!” If you’re experiencing menstrual cup removal stress, don’t panic! Take a deep breath and relax. We’re here to help.
It’s important to remember that your menstrual cup can only go so far before it reaches your cervix, and guess what? That’s the end of the tunnel. There’s nowhere else for it to go. Your menstrual cup can’t migrate into your uterus or get “lost” inside you.
That said, sometimes it can be hard to get a grip on your cup or break the seal. This can happen if the cup migrates further up in the vaginal canal, or if it forms a seal right up against your cervix.
If this happens to you, you may be tempted to call your doctor or head to the emergency room. Before you do, try our tips for removing a stuck menstrual cup.
1. Relax and breathe
It can be scary and frustrating when you can’t get your cup out, especially if this has never happened to you before. However, many menstrual cup users have experienced this at one time or another, and have gone on to use their cup happily for many years.
The best thing you can do right now is relax. That may feel impossible if you’ve been fighting with a stuck cup, but take a moment to just breathe. If you’re too tense, all of your muscles will be contracted, and it will make it harder for your cup to come out.
If you need to step away for a few minutes and regroup, go ahead. Do some breathing exercises, make a cup of tea, or do whatever else you need to calm down. It’s okay if your cup has already been in for 12 hours. Nothing bad is going to happen if you need to wait a little longer.
2. DO NOT use a spoon or other item for menstrual cup removal
You may have heard of something known as the “menstrual cup stuck spoon trick.” However tempting it might be to use tweezers or a spoon or something else to help you reach your cup, don’t do it! We do not recommend inserting anything into your vagina that isn’t made to go there. The vaginal canal is a sensitive area, and you don’t want to risk injuring yourself or causing infection. Plus, it simply isn’t necessary. You can break the seal on your cup just as easily with your finger if you do it correctly.
3. Take a squat
When you’re ready to try again, it may be helpful to get into a squatting position. Get as low as you can to the ground. This will allow you to reach further into your vaginal canal. You can also lift one foot up onto the edge of the toilet or bathtub.
Before you get started, make sure your hands are clean and dry. The drier your hands are, the easier it will be to get a grip on the cup. If the base of the cup is close to the vaginal opening, you could even use a little bit of toilet paper to dry it off.
4. Don’t bear down
You may have read some advice to bear down when you’re trying to get your cup out, but we don’t recommend this. Bearing down when under stress is not good for all the organs and muscles in the pelvic region.
When you have a bowel movement or are giving birth, your muscles work together naturally, and are not being forced. Some reports indicate that improper removal of a menstrual cup could be linked to prolapse of the pelvic muscles, although this has not been proven.
5. Gently break the seal
For proper menstrual cup removal, you need to break the seal that it formed when you inserted it. DO NOT yank on your cup and attempt to pull it straight out. Pulling on a sealed cup will strain the pelvic muscles.
There are two ways to break the seal:
Pinch the base of the cup. Grab the cup as far up as possible and pinch it. You may want to squeeze it for a few seconds to allow the seal to release. If you can’t quite get a hold of the cup, grab the stem and wiggle the cup back and forth a bit (don’t pull) until you’re able to grab the base. Listen for the sound of air leaking, which means the seal is broken.
If that doesn’t work, try inserting one finger up along the side of your menstrual cup and feel for the rim of the cup. Gently push in the rim, similar to the process used for the punch-down fold, until you hear the seal break. This can allow some fluid to leak out, so it’s best to do this when sitting on the toilet or squatting in the shower.
Once the seal is broken, tip the cup a little bit to allow more air into the vagina, and try wiggling your cup out or removing it at an angle.
If that doesn’t work, try a different position. Sometimes changing position can make all the difference. If you’ve been squatting, try putting one foot up on the edge of the bathtub instead.
Still having menstrual cup removal issues?
If you’ve tried all these steps — and made sure to relax and breathe — and you still can’t get your cup out, it may be time to call your doctor. Remember that not all gynecologists are familiar with menstrual cups, and you may need to tell your doctor not to attempt to pull it straight out. Also, don’t let your doctor throw your cup away! There’s no reason it can’t be sanitized and reused.
If you frequently have trouble getting your cup out, it could mean that your cup is the wrong size. If you have a higher cervix but are using a shorter cup, the cup may migrate further up in the vagina and be hard to reach.
Measuring your cervix can help you choose the right cup for you. We also created this cervix ruler to help you feel more confident in your decision and knowing your body!
We also offer a 100% Happiness Guarantee. If you buy a Pixie Cup and it isn’t the right size or it otherwise doesn’t work for you, we’ll work with you to find one that works or refund your money! We want everyone to experience true period freedom, and your happiness is our priority.
Check out our different menstrual cups and menstrual cup accessories in our store.
This content was originally written on February 19, 2019, and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
Is your menstrual cup leaking or not popping open? Menstrual cups make life 1000% percent easier when you’re on your period, but figuring out how to use them can take a little time. The #1 secret to a leak-free period with a menstrual cup? Making your menstrual cup pop open.
Getting your menstrual cup to pop open correctly will allow it to form a tight seal so that you won’t experience any unwanted leaking. Today, we’re going to share some helpful tips to make sure your cup opens up perfectly every time.
While the cup itself is designed to be leak-free, it can take a few tries to get comfortable using and inserting it. We recommend that you practice at home first (rather than in a public restroom) so you can learn the perfect cup technique that works for you. You may even want to practice inserting your cup when you don’t have your period. If you do, don’t leave the cup in — just get familiar with how it feels when it’s inserted properly and forming a seal, and then remove the cup.
Why won’t my menstrual cup pop open?
There are a few different factors that could be preventing your cup from fully opening. It could simply be a matter of finding a fold that works well for you, or you could actually need a different cup.
First, grab some lube
If you aren’t already using lube when inserting your cup, this is a must! Our Pixie Lube is designed specifically to provide a smooth insertion and a good seal for your menstrual cup. Not only does it make inserting your cup easier, it will help you position your cup correctly so that it can form a seal and prevent leaks. For many cup users, using a little bit of lube is all it takes to get their cup to pop right into place.
This product made my cup pop right in! I was having trouble getting my cup in … This works like a charm.
3 easy steps to make your menstrual cup pop open
Now, let’s make sure you’re inserting the cup properly. Before inserting your cup, always wash your hands thoroughly. And, try to relax! This process can feel intimidating to new cup users, but if you’re feeling tense, it will make inserting your cup harder. So take a few deep breaths and remember, while learning how to use a menstrual cup can be a little uncomfortable at first, it should never be painful, and the cup can’t get lost inside you. So there’s nothing to worry about!
Use the C-fold for insertion
The C-fold is a simple fold that you can do with one hand, and that allows the cup to pop open easily.
Run a finger around the rim
After your cup is fully inserted, run a clean finger around the rim of the cup (the top). As you do, you may feel some folds or indentations.
Grab the base and twist
If you feel folds, grab the base of the cup and gently twist the cup in a circular motion. Turn the cup one full rotation. This will help it pop open and form a seal.
That’s it! For most people, following these steps will allow their cup to pop open properly and provide leak-free protection!
Why is my cup still leaking?
If you’ve tried these steps and your cup is still leaking, there are a few possible reasons:
Your cup could be the wrong size. If your cup slides up or down a lot during the day (a little movement is totally normal… we’re talking a LOT of movement) you might have the wrong cup size. Pixie Cup is available in two different styles and three sizes, so we have options for just about everyone!
Take our quiz to find out which Pixie Cup is right for you!
Your menstrual flow could be heavier than your cup can handle. We designed the Pixie Cup in a bell shape to capture as much fluid as possible — more than several tampons. But, if you have an especially heavy period, you may need to empty your cup more often. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of emptying your cup every few hours, try our XL Pixie Cup! No matter what size you wear, make sure you empty and clean your cup at least every 12 hours to keep it clean and sanitary.
You might have a tilted cervix. If you have a tilted cervix, and your cup isn’t properly aligned, your menstrual flow might run along the vaginal wall, missing the rim of your cup completely. If this is the case, try wearing your cup lower. You may also want to try our Pixie Cup Slim, which was specially designed for people with a tilted or low cervix.
You may need a cup made with a firmer material. Some people find that it’s easier to get their cup to pop open when they use one that’s slightly more rigid. If you’re using a cup that’s very soft and flexible, try one that’s more firm, such as our original Pixie Cup.
Menstrual cups take a little bit of practice, but don’t let that scare you. Everyone’s body is different, and everyone uses a slightly different technique. Before long, you’ll figure out which folds and tricks work for your body. Once you’re comfortable using a cup, you’ll never go back to pads and tampons!
Did our tips work for you? If so, drop a comment below to let us know!
If you’re searching for the best menstrual cup for your body, you’ve likely read a lot of tips to help you find the best fit. Our bodies are as unique and varied as our personalities, and sometimes it can be a bit intimidating to try to find the perfect cup for your body. One of the most important factors to consider when you choose a menstrual cup is your cervix height. This is probably something you’ve never thought about before, so we have a quick and easy guide to help you measure your cervix for a menstrual cup!
Before we start, remember we have a 100% Happiness Guarantee on all of our products. Your happiness is important to us! If you aren’t completely happy with your Pixie Cup, we’ll help you find a different cup size that is right for you, or you will receive a full refund.
How do you measure your cervix for a menstrual cup?
The first step to choosing a cup is measuring your cervix. The position of your cervix can affect how your cup fits and feels when you’re wearing it. We believe your menstrual cup should always be comfortable — it’s one of the biggest reasons for switching to a cup! If your cup is uncomfortable for any reason, your cup may be the wrong size or it may be positioned incorrectly. This is common for women who have a tilted uterus or a low cervix.
How do you know if your cervix is high or low?
How do you know if your cervix is high, low, or somewhere in between? We have an easy test to figure out your cervix height. All you have to do is insert your finger into the vaginal opening and feel for the cervix. Your cervix, which is the lowest part of the uterus, may feel like the tip of your nose: firm but a little soft. You may also feel a small dip in the middle, which is the cervical opening.
One important thing to remember is that your cervix changes position and texture throughout your cycle. Around ovulation or the middle of your cycle, the cervix becomes higher, softer, and harder to reach. During menstruation, the cervix is lower and firmer. Because this is when you’ll be wearing your menstrual cup, it’s best to check your cervix on or right before the first day of your period. (Measure your cervix in the shower to avoid any mess!)
Start with clean hands and trim nails and get into position. You may find it best to squat, or stand with one foot on the edge of the bathtub. Insert one or two fingers into the vagina and feel for the cervix.
If you can reach the cervix at just your first knuckle, your cervix is low. If you can reach it at the second knuckle of your finger, your cervix is a normal height. If your cervix is difficult to reach, or you cannot reach your cervix at all, you have a high cervix.
Once you know your cervix height, it’s time to choose your cup! We have different cups for all cervix heights from low to high. You want a cup that’s big enough to accommodate your flow, but not so big that it won’t fully open or it becomes uncomfortable.
Best menstrual cup for a low cervix
If your cervix is medium to low, we recommend that you start with our small Pixie Cup. Cup users with a low cervix may feel some discomfort if their cup rubs up against the cervix, so try a smaller or shorter cup. Our Slim Pixie Cups were made especially for users with a low cervix. They’re made with a slightly softer material, and they also have a shorter stem.
Stem length can also be an issue for those with a low cervix. If you find that the stem is irritating because it sticks out a bit, there’s an easy way to fix that, too!
If the stem of your Pixie Cup is protruding from your vagina, or if it irritates you inside, take some scissors and trim it just a little. Trim just a small amount at first, to make sure it’s not too short to reach for removal, and see if that works. Some women end up removing the stem entirely. This may work for you if your cervix is low enough that you can grab the cup and pinch the base to remove it without using the stem.
If the end of the stem is sharp after trimming, you can use a nail file to soften the edges. If you trim the stem and the bottom of the cup is still irritating, you can also try turning the cup inside out.
Best menstrual cup for a high cervix
If you have a high cervix, we advise you to try our large Pixie Cup or even our XL Pixie Cup, depending on how heavy your flow is. Our large cups are taller, so they’re easier to reach if your cervix is high.
The way you fold your menstrual cup before inserting it can affect how it feels and sits inside your vaginal canal. You may also find certain folds easier to insert, especially when using a softer cup, such as our Pixie Cup Slim.
Different types of menstrual cup folds
When you first get that brand-new Pixie Cup in your hands, your first thought might be something like, “How in the world is this supposed to fit in there?!” We’re going to share with you the three most popular menstrual cup folding techniques.
If these don’t work out for you, our favorite menstrual cup gurus over at Put A Cup in It have an awesome page (with videos!) on 9 Great Menstrual Cup Folds.
Menstrual cup folding technique #1: The C fold
The C fold is the most common fold and often a favorite with our #PixieFamily. This is a popular fold because you can do it with one hand, and you can do it very quickly. However, this fold can easily pop open before you want it to, so it may not be the best fold for beginners. It also results in a larger point of insertion than the folds discussed below.
To create this fold, start with the cup pinched flat and then fold it in half so that it makes a “C” or “U” shape.
Menstrual cup folding technique #2: The 7 fold
Use both of your hands to pinch the rim of your Pixie Cup flat. Then, take one side and fold it diagonally towards the base of the cup so the rim looks like a 7.
This cup creates a fairly small point of insertion and also gives you more control over when you want the cup to pop open.
Menstrual cup folding technique #3: The punch-down fold
For this fold, start by holding the body of your cup in one hand. With your free hand, place your finger on the rim of the cup, then push it down and pinch it to hold the position. This fold might be the most comfortable because it has a small insertion point, which makes it great for beginners. It also tends to work well with softer cups.
Once the cup is inserted, give it a push at the base to make the rim pop open.
Inserting your menstrual cup
First of all, know that everyone is different. Inserting your Pixie Cup might be a bit awkward at first. Give yourself time to get familiar with your vaginal canal and figure out what works best for you.
Pick a fold and practice it a few times to get a good idea of how the cup will unfold once it’s inside you.
We recommend that you grab 2-3 pumps of Pixie Cup Lube (designed specifically for silicone cups) or another water-based lubricant and generously coat the rim and upper body of the cup.
Get into position
Now get into a comfortable position (you might find it easier to squat with your knees open the first few times) and insert the cup with one hand. Keep in mind that you aren’t inserting your cup straight up in a vertical line. Your vaginal canal slopes at an angle back towards your bum (try aiming for your tailbone).
Pop your cup open
Release the fold once the rim of the cup is securely inside the vaginal canal. After you release it, make sure the cup fully opens and seals around your vaginal canal to avoid leaks. You may feel a “pop” when the cup opens. Learn more about getting your menstrual cup to pop open.
Check the seal
Slide your finger all the way around the rim of the cup after it’s completely inserted. If you feel any dips, it means that you cup isn’t open, and might leak. Wiggling or twisting your cup should make the dip or fold fully open.
You’ll know that the cup is in the right position if you can’t feel it, it’s not leaking, and no part of the cup is sticking outside of you.
It might take a bit of trial and error to find the best insertion method for your body. But once you get it down, inserting your cup will be a piece of cake!
Watch Meg demonstrate the punch-down fold and the C-fold:
Do you have a “tilted” uterus? If so, you may find that it takes a little practice to get a menstrual cup to work for you. But don’t worry! This doesn’t mean that you can’t use a menstrual cup. You absolutely can! It just may take a little extra effort to find the right cup for your body and to learn how to position it correctly. We’re here to help!
According to Better Health Channel, about 25% of women have a tilted or “retroverted” uterus, so you’re in good company!
In most women, the uterus is tipped slightly forward so that it points toward the stomach. When most people use the term “tilted uterus,” they are referring to a retroverted uterus, where the uterus is tipped slightly backward, so that it’s aimed towards the rectum.
As you can see from the image below, there are actually several different ways the uterus can be positioned in the body:
Retrocessed uterus: the uterus is tilted forward, with the cervical opening pointed toward the back
Retroflexed uterus: The uterus is tipped backward and folded toward the back.
In many cases, a tilted uterus doesn’t cause any problems, and women may not even be aware that their uterus is tilted. For others, a tilted uterus may cause symptoms such as painful sex, painful menstruation, and irregular menstruation.
What causes a tilted uterus?
Many women are simply born with a tilted uterus. In rare cases, a tilted uterus may be caused by an infection, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, or other conditions such as endometriosis.
What is a tilted cervix?
The cervix is the base of the uterus, so if the uterus is tilted, the position of the cervix will also change. With a retroverted uterus, the cervical opening may be pointed more towards the front. The cervix may also sit slightly lower or higher than normal.
If you’re using a menstrual cup with a tilted uterus, the position of your cervix may require you to position your cup differently. You may need to wear your cup lower in the vagina. You may also need to experiment with different methods of folding or insertion.
How do you know if your uterus is tilted?
It’s possible to have a tilted uterus and not even know it! Many women become aware of their tilted uterus when they’re pregnant, for example during an ultrasound appointment. Some women say they didn’t even know they had a tilted uterus until they were pregnant with their third child! Others say they didn’t find out about their tilted uterus until they asked their gynecologist directly, even though it had been written on their medical chart for years.
If you suspect your uterus is tilted or your cervix is otherwise in an unusual position, ask your doctor at your next appointment. If you have a tilted uterus, it’s possible that your doctor has noticed, but didn’t mention it if you weren’t experiencing any symptoms.
If you’re curious about the position of your cervix, you may be able to determine that on your own. Check out our blog post about how to measure your cervix. In addition to determining how high or low your cervix is, try to feel for the opening. Does it feel like your cervix is pointed forwards or backwards? If so, it may affect how your need to wear your menstrual cup.
What is the best menstrual cup for a tilted uterus?
We designed our Pixie Cup Slim especially for women with a tilted uterus or a low cervix. It’s a smaller size and is made with a softer material, which many people find more comfortable when wearing it lower in the vaginal canal.
Can a tilted uterus cause problems with using a menstrual cup?
The answer to this question completely depends on your body and how your period cup fits you! Some women who have a tilted uterus find they have difficulty getting their menstrual cup to pop open or seal properly, but many women have no issues at all.
If you have a retroverted uterus or tilted cervix, try these tips for inserting your menstrual cup.
Insert your cup a little lower
If your uterus, and therefore your cervix, is tilted, your cup should still be able to seal properly below the cervix in your vaginal canal and catch your flow with no problems. This is why we often recommend a smaller cup, such as our Pixie Cup Slim, for women with a tilted uterus.
Trim the stem
Because your cup needs to sit a little lower in your vaginal canal, you might need to trim the stem of your cup. Just remove and sanitize your cup, grab a pair of scissors, and trim away! If needed, you can file any sharp corners with a disposable nail file to get rid of rough edges.
Check the position
If your cervix is at an angle, and your cup doesn’t line up properly with the opening, it could cause leaks. This is why being familiar with the position of your cervix can help you make sure you have a proper fit, and why inserting your cup lower in the vaginal canal often helps. The important thing is to get your cup to sit beneath the cervix, rather than right up against it.
Try a different fold
Some menstrual cup users find that the way they fold their cup affects the fit and the seal. See our blog post on different folding techniques and try experimenting with different ways of inserting your cup.
Give it time
If you experience leaks at first, keep trying your cup at different angles and positions. Even if it doesn’t work quite right at first, most people are able to adjust and use a menstrual cup easily after some practice.
If you’re still unsure…
Ask us! In our years of experience in the menstrual cup industry, we’ve learned lots of tricks, and we’ve been able to help hundreds of women like yourself find the right fit. Often, menstrual cup leaks or discomfort are the result of improper positioning, not the fault of the cup itself.
We love talking about menstrual cups, so contact us if you have any questions!
Your happiness is our priority. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and if you aren’t completely happy with your cup, we will give you a full refund. We’ll also work with you to help you find something that works for your body — even if it’s another company’s product! We understand that every body is different, and sometimes another product will work better for you.
Even if you request a refund, you can keep your Pixie Cup! Menstrual cups are completely sanitary once they’re cleaned (we recommend our menstrual cup steamer), but we understand you may not feel comfortable giving it to someone else if it’s been used. But don’t just throw it out!
Our bodies are always changing. Store your cup away, and you may find that it fits better after a few years. It’s especially common for our bodies to change after giving birth. In fact, if you have a tilted uterus now and you have children later, your uterus could straighten out after going through a few pregnancies! So just because your cup doesn’t fit quite right now, that doesn’t mean it might not work for you later. (Plus, you’ll have a backup if you lose your cup or if your dog eats it — which has happened!)
PLEASE NOTE: This blog post is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of your doctor. You should regularly consult a physician in matters relating to your health and particularly with respect to anything related to menstruation. If you have any concerns about using a Pixie Cup, consult your doctor before use. If you have any gynecological conditions, please talk to your physician before using any menstrual cup.
This content was originally written on March 4, 2019, and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.