The idea of “period freedom like never before” lifts the hopes and perks the ears of every woman. Wouldn’t all of us love the opportunity to live life without fear of leaks or being caught off-guard by Aunt Flo?
If a menstrual cup truly does provide period freedom, why doesn’t every woman own a menstrual cup?
There are so many answers to this question, and we are doing our best to answer all of them, week by week, right here on our blog! Today, the question we are addressing – one that holds some women back from trying a Pixie Cup – is this: Will I be able to feel my Pixie Cup?
We understand why women ask this question. After all, it’s really hard to imagine how a “cup” can fit inside our bodies without us even noticing it.
The answer to this question is, you should not be able to feel your Pixie Cup while it is inside your vagina. That being said, some women may feel some slight discomfort when first using the Pixie Cup, so we will address why that is and how it can be fixed in a few simple steps.
First, you may notice the stem of your menstrual cup if you have a low cervix. If you can feel the stem inside, or if it is not completely inside your vagina, you can remove your cup and trim the stem a little with some scissors, and file the ends down with a nail file if they feel sharp. Start by trimming less at first, so you don’t accidentally cut off too much. If your cup is still bothering you, let us know. We will help you to find a cup size that is a better fit for you.
Second, it is possible that you could feel some pressure on your cervix. This occurs when the rim of the cup seals around the cervix instead of within the vaginal walls. If you notice this pressure, be sure to insert your cup a little lower in your vagina so your cup can seal within the walls of your vaginal canal. If your cup continually moves up toward your cervix, let us know. You might be a better fit with a larger Pixie Cup size.
Have you noticed any discomfort with your menstrual cup? Share your tips and tricks for Pixie Cup use in the comments!
Don’t freak out yet! Just breathe deep, because it’s going to be ok, and we are about to tell you why.
Your Pixie Cup can only go so far before it reaches your cervix, and guess what, folks? That’s the end of the tunnel. There’s nowhere else for it to go!
We get it. It’s easy to feel like since you can’t see inside your vaginal canal, it could eventually reach your stomach and other unseen and mysterious areas. The truth is, if you can put your Pixie Cup in, you can also get it out.
That being said, sometimes you might feel, like Gabrielle, that your Pixie Cup is a little “out of reach” but don’t worry, you and menstrual cups ARE meant to be.
With no further ado, here are 5 tips for retrieving your menstrual cup while maintaining precious sanity.
1. Relax, and take time to breathe
“WHAT? But I can’t reach…” Don’t worry. The best thing you can do is relax, because your muscles will relax too and, before you know it, that cup will be back safe in your hands. If you are too tense, all of your muscles are contracted and will actually grip onto the period cup.
2. Do not bear down
Doctors’ concern with bearing down when under stress is that it’s 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. While prolapse of the pelvic muscles is rare, physicians are trying to pinpoint what exactly can cause this.
3. Take a squat
This really works. Just get as low as you can to the ground, and chances are that stem will be within reach! A good place to do this is the shower. You also can lift just one leg onto the edge of the bathtub which will help by lowering your cervix.
4. Gently break the seal
This is super important! Breaking the seal (once it’s in reach) can be achieved by pinching the base of the cup or by sticking a finger up the side of the cup. Listen for the sound of air leaking and that means the seal is broken. Pulling on a sealed cup will strain the muscles. Your cup will come out, but simply pulling on your cup without breaking the seal won’t do the job.
If you can’t break the seal by pinching the base or pushing on the side of the cup, try inserting one finger higher until you can feel 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.
5. DO NOT use random items to remove your cup
However tempting it might be to grab tweezers or a spoon or something on your bathroom counter to help you reach your cup, don’t do it! The vaginal canal is a sensitive area, and you don’t want to risk injuring yourself or causing infection.
If you follow these steps (remember to RELAX) your cup should drop down and be “accessible” in no time!