I recently found out about mentrual cups and was initially very excited about my new find. However, I’m a bit scared after reading some ‘horror’ stories. My concern is that I have a tilted uterus and what I believe would be considered a short vaginal canal (my husband is average, but bottoms out). I’m 40, gave birth to two small children (under 8 lbs) over 16 years ago, have some minor bladder leakage issues from time to time, and also have a ParaGard IUD installed. Looking for some advice from someone who can relate to my scenario and offer some direction on which cup might be the best. Thank you in advance!
Well, let’s see…I’m 42, gave birth to two children under 8 lbs as well (but both were c-sec) over 25 years ago (lol I feel old), and I have minor bladder incontinence.
But, I normally have a medium to high cervix and I don’t use any birth control.
When you hear or read of “horror” stories, normally those are from people who are new to using menstrual cups. People that aren’t familiar with their body and/or don’t know who to position the cup correctly.
Like everything else, using a cup takes some practice.
If you do have a short vaginal canal, you might want to check out size small cups, cups that were designed shorter than the “average” cup, or cups that are Bell-Shaped.
I would definitely check your cervix if possible. It’ll narrow things down for you a bit more.
There are many people with a tilted cervix who use menstrual cups perfectly fine. However, it seems that most of them find a shorter and wider cup more comfortable. Something like the Super Jennie either in small or large, depending on how low or high your cervix is and how light or heavy your flow is.
How to Choose a Menstrual Cup:
Also, many cup companies state that their cup can be used with internal birth control such as the Paraguard IUD you have. I believe any cup can be used with them as long as you keep certain things in mind when doing so.
If you read through the list I gathered, you’ll see that some companies have included tips/tricks for using the two together successfully.
Menstrual Cups & Internal Birth Control
As for bladder incontinence, I actually find that using a cup helps a lot! Some of my cups apply just enough pressure to my urethra to stop stress leaks when I cough, sneeze, laugh, carry heavy items or bear down in any way.
My daughter actually uses her cup even when she’s not on her period, for stress incontinence while she’s at work. An awesome thing about cups is that you can use them even when you’re NOT bleeding as long as you still remove it regularly (up to 12 hours) for a good wash.
Lastly once you find a cup, here are some visuals on how to insert & remove your cup with some tips.
If you need some other leads on cups that might work, just let me know and I’ll be happy to give you some suggestions. You can also look into cups that offer two sizes like the Venus Cup, so that you can try both to see which one feels comfortable.
Good Luck and I’m happy that you’re doing some research ?