We are often asked if a menstrual cup can be used during sexual intercourse. So, what is the low down when it comes to a menstrual cup and sex?
It is not recommended that you use a reusable menstrual cup during intercourse. The cups are fairly large and quite firm. They also usually sit quite low in the vaginal canal. This is especially true for women who have a low lying cervix. Due to these factors, it is very likely that yourself and your partner will feel the cup during sex. It may or may not be uncomfortable, but more often than not it just doesn’t work.
So, what are your options when it comes to menstrual cups and sex?
While you can’t use a standard menstrual cup, there is one brand that has been designed to be suitable for use during intercourse. The Instead Softcup is a disposable menstrual cup (you must replace the cup after 12 hours of use). The design of the Softcup is similar in looks to that of a diaphragm. As the name suggests, it is soft, and it also sits higher up in your vaginal canal just underneath your cervix. While it is still possible that your partner may feel the cup, in studies conducted by Softcup, most couples reported not being able to feel it. It may take a little getting used too for each couple and it may also require trying a few different positions.
Will the Softcup leak?
It’s possible, but this is usually more likely if the cup is full. It is recommended that you insert a new cup before intercourse.
Will the cup get pushed too far up?
You cannot lose a cup inside of you. It can only travel so far up your vaginal canal before it reaches the base of your cervix. It then has nowhere left to go. It may make removal a little trickier, especially if you have a high cervix and therefore long vaginal canal.
Can I use the Softcup as a form of contraception?
Probably the most important point to mention is that NO menstrual cup (including the Softcup) should be used as a form of contraception. Wearing a cup during intercourse does not prevent pregnancy, and they are not designed or marketed as a contraceptive device.
Why don’t MCA Online sell the Softcup?
As yet, the Instead Softcup has not been included in the ARTG, so cannot be imported or sold within Australia. As soon as this changes, you can be sure we will add it to our range.