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How does a menstrual cup stay in position?

A menstrual cup is made pliable and it is designed to stay in position in your vagina (when fitted properly) by the use of popping open and forming a firm seal when inserted. Your cup is inserted into the vagina right under your cervix and the vaginal tissue which is also flexible helps to hold it in place as well. Most of the times the holes placed on the rim of the bell of the cup do the work to seal the cup in place.
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Can a menstrual cup get stuck inside of me?

Women often fear using a menstrual cup for protection, because they are afraid it could make for an embarrassing situation if it gets stuck. The vagina muscles contract and expand, and it is not possible that a menstrual cup will get stuck inside of you. You can always push your vaginal walls to force the cup down if you are having issues pulling or grabbing the stem to remove it.
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What do I do if it feels like the menstrual cup is falling out of me?

If you feel like the menstrual cup is going to fall out, or if it feels loose inside of you- you need to try to reinsert it to make sure that it has opened properly, formed the seal, and is of adequate size for your individual situation. If reinsertion does not solve the problem, it is best suggested that you have the wrong size of menstrual cup and may need to choose a larger size.
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Is it messy to use a menstrual cup?

Menstrual cups are a viable option in feminine monthly hygiene. They are actually cleaner for your health and the environment. However, new menstrual cup users may have to get used to inserting, removing, and cleaning their cup regularly. Although a menstrual cup is not commonly messy, it may take some practice to get it down to a science where using it will be a mess-free experience.
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How often do I empty my menstrual cup?

Menstrual cups (even at their lowest capacity) are known to last for 6-12 hours without needing to be emptied. Depending on your flow, activity and circumstances- you will have to learn when to know the best time intervals to empty your menstrual cup.
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Will a menstrual cup cause me pain or discomfort?

When a menstrual cup is purchased in the adequate size and inserted properly, it should not cause any pain or discomfort. You should not even notice it is there. However, if you notice any pain or discomfort with use of a menstrual cup- you should check if it is inserted properly and see if reinserting alleviates the discomfort. If it continues to cause you pain after you have confirmed you inserted it correctly, then you need to discontinue use and opt for a different size.
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Can I wear a menstrual cup at night while I sleep?

Yes. You can rely on a menstrual cup to be worn during a full night’s sleep. Most cups boast an ample hold capacity (6-12 hours) that can allow you not to get up and empty it every few hours. However, if you have a heavy flow you may also want to back it up with a pad to prevent any accidents or leaks.
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If I am a menstrual cup newbie, should I use a back-up method of protection?

When beginning to first get used to a menstrual cup it is recommended that a person implement a method of back-up protection while in the learning curve phase of emptying, inserting, and using a menstrual cup.
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The menstrual cup looks big will it fit inside of me?

Menstrual cups can look overwhelming and big at first, however you must consider that it gets folded while inserting it and then opens to form a seal in the vagina. Menstrual cups are pliable to flex and accommodate the size of your vagina so although it looks big- it is painless and safe to use for effective period protection.
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Is it difficult to insert and remove a menstrual cup?

In most cases no. Menstrual cup use for newbies does come with a stringent learning curve that can be frustrating for some. It takes practice and tact to get it perfected to where it becomes easy to insert and remove. But for the most part menstrual cup users prefer menstrual cups over the use of tampons and pads any-day as once you get insertion and removal down it is hassle-free.
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Can I wear a menstrual cup when I bathe and swim?

Yes. Menstrual cups can be worn when bathing, showering, and swimming without inconvenience. They offer the user discreetness and protection when partaking in activities that include water. Read more here.

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Can I use a menstrual cup, if I am very active in sports and fitness activities?

Women who lead active lights love the freedom of using a menstrual cup while participating in sports and activities. They can be worn during any activities safely and with the most effective protection that you can get from a feminine monthly hygiene alternative.
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I just started my period, can I use a menstrual cup?

Yes, young girls or teens that have just started their periods can use menstrual cups if they are comfortable with the idea. It is a great eco-alternative to tampons and it provides young teens with the peace of mind, discreetness they need from a hygiene aid. Young teens that experience a light flow should choose a small size so they are assured of their best comfort.
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Will I notice I am wearing a menstrual cup?

Avid menstrual cup users report not noticing wearing a menstrual cup at all, as one of the menstrual cups largest benefits. It when fitted properly and inserted correctly should not even pose a second thought (other than to empty it when necessary.) It should cause no pain, discomfort, and enable you the freedom you need to live life without worrying about your period.
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How will I know when to empty my menstrual cup?

Knowing when to empty a menstrual cup is something that you will have to get a knack for as you get used to your body and the menstrual cup itself. Although you may not need to empty it for 6-12 hours, your flow, activity, the capacity of the cup, and your personal case impacts how often and when the right time is to empty the cup. You may want to pay attention to the clock, and check in on it every now and then to prevent accidents, and this will better help you gage the right time intervals to empty your menstrual cup.
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Should my menstrual cup be leaking?

Most menstrual cups do not leak commonly UNLESS the cup is damaged, the cup is not inserted properly, or the cup being used is in the wrong size. You must troubleshoot the issues that influence the cup’s effectiveness and weed through them to find out the cause for the leakage and to remedy it however is best.
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What do I do if I am having issues with my menstrual cup not working properly?

If you find that the menstrual cup is leaking and not working properly, you should check to make certain you have it inserted properly and it is sealed inside of your vagina. Also check to make sure the cup is not damaged, does not have a hole, and what have you to assure it is not a flaw of the cup.
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The menstrual cup is uncomfortable, what do I do?

If you have went through the process of checking insertion and making sure the size menstrual cup you have is correct and it is continuing to cause you discomfort- you may just not have found the perfect menstrual cup brand. You can discontinue use and search for a softer, smaller size, and differently designed menstrual cup that may work for you better.
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