Menstrual Cup Stuck? Here's What to Do

Menstrual Cup Stuck? Here's What to Do

Nobody wants to think about their menstrual cup becoming stuck inside them. The good news is that your menstrual cup won’t get stuck or lost forever - there’s only one way in and out! If the unthinkable happens and your cup won’t budge, here’s what to do. 

Step 1: Relax

It’s probably the last thing you want to be told, but it really is important to relax your muscles when it comes time to remove your menstrual cup. Tensing your vaginal or pelvic floor muscles will only hold onto the cup tighter, or pull it further up the vaginal canal. So try your best to chill out and remind yourself that it will come out eventually.


Step 2: Search with your fingers

Insert one of two fingers and get an idea of where your cup is placed within the vagina (use a little lubricant if this makes it more comfortable for you). It could be sitting higher, or perhaps a little off to the side. Once you’ve located your cup, you’ll know what you’re dealing with. Can’t find your cup? Head to tip number 3 below!

 

Step 3: Bring your cup within reach

If you have a high cervix or are using a shorter menstrual cup, it may be trickier to reach. Bearing down with your muscles (like you’re going to the toilet) and squatting down should bring the base of your cup within reach. Remember: if you have a high cervix or a long vaginal canal, you should choose a longer cup so it’s easier to remove. We recommend the Lily Cup, JuJu Model 3, Diva Cup or Moxie Menstrual Cup

 

Step 4: Make sure the seal is broken

Menstrual cups work by creating a seal with the vaginal walls. This is a good thing - it’s what keeps you leak-free! You should always break the seal by squeezing the base of the cup before attempting to remove your cup. If you don’t, you will experience a lot of resistance (and probably some discomfort) when trying to pull it out. You may hear a noise that will indicate the seal has been broken. If you can’t quite reach in with two fingers to squeeze, try sliding your index finger up alongside the cup and pushing inwards. This should break the seal, then you can wiggle is down within reach with your fingers. 

 

Step 5: Take a break!

If you’re not having any luck, take a break. Breathe, relax and try again in 15 minutes. If you’re having trouble removing your cup first thing in the morning, waiting 15-30 minutes after waking up and walking around can help gravity do its thing and bring your cup lower.

Step 6: If all else fails…

While it is rare, some people might find their cup just won’t budge. It could be suctioned to your cervix, or it could be up too high and out of your reach. If this happens, don’t worry. It’s best to head to the emergency department at your local hospital and ask for assistance. There is no shame in asking!






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