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5 Amazing Things You Can Do With A Menstrual Cup

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If you’re someone who bleeds, you might have heard of – or perhaps even used – a menstrual cup. They’re a reusable, sustainable alternative to tampons. They’re becoming increasingly popular and gaining traction for good reason.

A menstrual cup is a reusable silicone cup, which sits inside the vagina to catch your menstrual fluid. They are safer, more economical and more sustainable than a tampon making them a really versatile option for people who bleed. Because of their long life span, the average cost of some menstrual cups can be as little as 16p per period. This is a huge saving in the long run compared to a box of tampons at around £2-£3.

Switching to a menstrual cup is also better for the environment. It is estimated that one menstrual cup can save up to 11,000 tonnes of period waste from entering our landfills and oceans. While these benefits sound flipping awesome! Can you still live your normal life while wearing a cup? Keep reading to find the answers to some of the most common menstrual cup questions.

Can you pee with a menstrual cup in?

Yes! You absolutely can pee with a menstrual cup in. The cup goes into the vagina. Your pee comes out of a separate hole called the urethra. If you find it difficult to pee with a menstrual cup in, it could be that the cup is putting pressure on your urethra which is making it difficult. Adjusting the position of your cup should eliminate this problem.

Can you poop with a menstrual cup in?

In short, maybe. Some companies discuss this openly with a resounding “yes” while others seem to be a bit more hush-hush about it. It’s difficult to determine what the general consensus is from cup manufacturers on pooping with a cup in.

In my experience, it is possible but not always comfortable. Since your back passage and vaginal wall run quite close to one another, it is possible that your poop could cause your cup to shift it’s position. I much prefer to take the cup out while I poop. Give everything a good clean (including your hands) before reinserting your cup.

Can you have sex with a menstrual cup in?

It depends on the type of cup. Penetrative sex with a regular menstrual cup is simply not going to work. Don’t even try it. Both parties could end up getting hurt.


That said, you can buy “flat fit menstrual cups” or “menstrual discs”. These products sit in a different place to your regular type of menstrual cup. Their shape allows for penetrative PIV (penis in vagina) sex while wearing. What’s more, menstrual discs are often marketed with the promise of “mess free period sex”. I can confirm, they’re really bloody good!

Can you exercise with a menstrual cup in?

Anything you can do, I can do bleeding. One of the great advantages of a menstrual cup is that they still allow you go about your daily business unhindered. You can still do your regular exercise whilst wearing. Run, walk, swim or even lift weights with a menstrual cup – no problemo!

It’s worth a quick mention that you might not feel like doing your regular exercise when you’re bleeding. That’s okay too. Listen to your body and take it easy when you need to.

Can you sleep with a menstrual cup in?

Anything you can do, I can do bleeding. One of the great advantages of a menstrual cup is that they still allow you go about your daily business unhindered. You can still do your regular exercise whilst wearing. Run, walk, swim or even lift weights with a menstrual cup – no problemo!

It’s worth a quick mention that you might not feel like doing your regular exercise when you’re bleeding. That’s okay too. Listen to your body and take it easy when you need to.

Do menstrual cups cause TSS?

TSS, or Toxic Shock Syndrome, is a rare but potentially fatal condition often associated with tampon use. While it’s true that any device inserted into your body can cause bacteria growth, TSS risk is significantly lower with menstrual cup use.

Tampons can leave small fibres behind when they are removed which can encourage bacteria growth. Menstrual cups are made from silicone which will not break apart, meaning no nasties left behind. The only known cases of TSS linked to a menstrual cup occurred because the menstrual cup was not inserted and cleaned correctly. With proper use, menstrual cups are a very safe option.

What is the best kind of menstrual cup?

There are several options when it comes to menstrual cups. You might have to try a couple before you find the right option for you. Some are softer or harder than others which can impact comfort and performance.


My personal favourite is the Mooncup. It’s a fairly firm cup, which means it holds it’s shape well in the vagina. This is important as it allows to cup to retain it’s shape and create a proper seal to avoid leaks. Softer cups can be compressed more easily by your body. If they don’t open up into their proper shape they can’t form that all important, leak proof seal.

I’m Cherrelle Slaney

I’m a life-loving woman who turned her menstrual experience from hellish to heavenly through the power of menstrual cycle awareness. I enjoy sipping hot tea and walks on the beach. I’m here to show you that life as someone who menstruates does not need to be a pain in the uterus after all.

The one Behind The Blog

Hey, I’m Cherrelle Slaney
I’m a life-loving woman who learned how to turn her menstrual life from hellish, to heavenly. I enjoy walks on the beach and sipping hot tea. I’m here to show you that life as someone who menstruates does not need to be a pain in the uterus after all.

On the blog you can expect the real talk surrounding periods, PMS and all things menstrual. I teach people who menstruate how to live in harmony with the natural ebbs and flows of the menstrual cycle so that they can live a less stressed, more energised life.

What’s your cycle
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Your menstrual cycle has 4 phases and each one is like a season of the year. Take the quiz to find out which cycle season you’re in right now.

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