Leaks. This just might be the greatest fear that lurks in the mind of the Pixie Cup user wannabe. What if my cup leaks? What can I do then?
Before you read any further, we want you to know one thing. It may take a little time to get used to your cup and learn how to use it. Sometimes leaks will happen during that adjustment time, but these leaks are almost always not due to an issue with the cup, but simply a learning period. So, give yourself and your cup a little grace and keep trying until you find a leak-free system that works for you! We can promise that it will be 100% worth it.
Now that we have cleared the air, here are a few reasons that could explain why your cup is leaking.
Remember, after you insert the cup, make sure you direct it back toward the rear instead of straight up. It may also help to change your position while you insert the cup. Some women find it easier to squat, or stand on the floor and put one leg on the toilet seat. Whichever position you choose, make sure your muscles are as relaxed, because tense muscles will make inserting your cup much harder
It didn’t open fully
After your cup is inserted, slide your finger around the rim of the cup to see if there are any folds. If you feel a fold or dip in the cup, this means it didn’t fully open. Simply twist the cup clockwise or counterclockwise and the cup should pop open. If that doesn’t work, you can try sliding the cup up and down a little bit as well, or use a different fold. Sometimes the the punch down fold doesn’t work as well as the C or Seven fold (see folds for more information).
If your cup is too small for you, it might not create a tight seal and instead slide down in your vaginal canal. This could allow fluid to leak around the edge of the cup. Another less common option is sometimes the cup could be too big, and and not be able to unfold right away. We have several different cup sizes to make sure you have options!
If you are having trouble with leaks, a little water-based lubricant could go a long way! A smooth insertion will help your cup open easier. We created a Pixie Cup Lubricant that is perfect for your cup! It’s made with simple ingredients, hypoallergenic, and it is specifically formulated so it will not cause any damage to your silicone cup.
Dry your cup
If lubrication doesn’t help, maybe you have the opposite problem! Make sure your cup is nice and dry before inserting. Some women require a dry cup to create a secure seal.
Not emptying enough
You might be thinking, It hasn’t been 12 hours yet, and my cup is overflowing! Is something wrong?
Not at all! Your cup is safe for use for up to 12 hours, but sometimes, on your heavier days or if you have a heavier period, it might be necessary to empty it more often. This is completely normal. Just like tampons, a menstrual cup can last for different amounts of time for different people.
Strong pelvic floor muscles
While strong pelvic floor muscles offer many health benefits, they can also squeeze your cup, causing a half-full cup to overflow. If this is you, just change your cup just a little more often on the heavy flow days.
Blocked air holes
The air holes around the rim of your cup are there to create a good seal, so if these are blocked, it’s possible that you could experience some leaks. If your cup is leaking, check and make sure the air holes are clean before inserting your cup. We have a handy little trick for this on Instagram… check it out!
Residual fluid on vaginal walls
Sometimes you might think your cup is leaking, but it’s really just a bit of residual fluid from your vaginal walls! This is more likely to happen on the heavier days of your period. Just grab a wipe and clean out the extra residue so that it doesn’t leak down after you insert your cup.
Most of the time, your cervix is positioned centrally, which allows all fluid to flow directly into the cup. Your cervix does move during menstruation, however, and if your cervix is tilted or positioned against the wall of your vagina, this could cause the fluid to run down the vaginal wall. If you think your cervix is on the outside of the cup or touching the rim after inserting, take your cup out and reinsert it. It also might help to let your cup sit below your cervix, or to open the cup lower in the vagina to catch the extra flow.
We hope these tips help you out in your menstrual cup journey!
What are your best secrets to avoid leaks with a menstrual cup?
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