Many women who are considering a menstrual cup are often found wondering if placing the cup inside would lead to any difficulties. Will it get stuck inside? Will it rise up and get lost? Will it climb up my abdomen and get absorbed? The answer to all these is NO! The menstrual cup is extremely safe to use and if thoughts like the ones mentioned above are what holding you back from giving the cup a try, read what follows and put those thoughts to rest.
- The female anatomy won’t allow it!!
The female body is designed to have the vaginal opening lead to the uterine opening “the cervix” through the small stretchable passage of the vaginal tract.
Think of it as a tunnel with one end open and a small window on the other dead end. Anything that enters the vaginal tract will eventually either stay in the vaginal tract or along the sides of the cervical opening. The cervix in most women remains tightly closed and the only time it will open is to either push a child out of the womb or will slightly loosen up to let go of menstrual blood. The odds of an article the size of a cup to pass through a small hole size cervical opening during the period is infinitely low.
- The physics behind vacuum won’t allow it!!
When inserted correctly, the menstrual cup will reach a point in the vaginal tract and pop open. On opening, it creates a vacuum of sorts to stay in place and not fall back. The vacuum will be just enough to just hold the cup in place and not strong enough to suck the cup up
- Gravity won’t allow it
In fact, instead of vacuum pulling the cup up, it is much more likely that gravity will try to pull the cup down, especially considering the weight of menstrual blood adding to the force downwards. Thank God for the slanting vaginal tract that the cup doesn’t have a straight pathway to just fall down. The curved shape and direction of the vaginal tract actually support the cup to stay in place
- The worst-case scenario
The worst situation that you may find yourself in is that you happen to be one of those women who have a high cervix (or a longer vaginal tract) and the average cup might not have a long enough stem for you to reach up to and you might find yourself in a tricky situation where the cup seems to be stuck! This may require you to do some bearing down to get the cup slightly down and pull on the stem to get it out. Worst case scenario you may need the help of another person (read gynaecologist) to pull the cup out of you.
To conclude, it is logically, anatomically, physically impossible for a cup to get lost inside you. Chances are that it’s still where it’s supposed to be, but your fingers are unable to reach for it.