4 Tips for Perfecting The Fit of Your Menstrual Cup

Leaking and fit are two of the most common issues that menstrual cup users come to us about. After typing out my #1 and favorite tip that happens to help with both it was decided we would just have to make a video to save our typing fingers.

After you’ve tried various folding techniques give one or all of these 4 fit tips a try

4 Tips for Perfecting The Fit of Your Menstrual Cup

Try adjusting your position while inserting. Place your leg on the toilet seat or shower bench to insert. You can also try squatting low to insert. These positions are good if the cup feels like it’s too low or slips down.

4 Tips for Perfecting The Fit of Your Menstrual Cup

Use your vaginal muscles to bear down while inserting the cup- when it’s to the height you need release the muscles. This will pull the cup in a bit higher for a more secure fit that can also help the seal and prevent leaks.

4 Tips for Perfecting The Fit of Your Menstrual Cup

Trim your stem using scissors or a nail clipper, either a small amount or remove it completely. This may seem obvious but some people don’t know they can remove the stem and still wear the cup safely. Stems that are too long won’t feel comfortable- all of the cup, stem included, should fit inside the vaginal canal.

4 Tips for Perfecting The Fit of Your Menstrual Cup

Flip the cup inside out – this can accomplish a few things: if your cup is too long it can shorten the cup a bit more (this is especially the case with The DivaCup brand) and some people report flipping changes the shape in a way that fits more comfortably for them.

Did we miss your favorite tip? Let us know!

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Menstrual education by menstrual cup experts and advocates Kim Rosas & Amanda Hearn. Thanks for being here!

- Kimanda


  • Hi, I have recently started looking into/trying menstrual alternatives and have gotten myself a diva cup. I am on my second cycle with it and am having trouble. I am able to get the cup in, sometimes, but haven’t figured out how to get that perfect suction or where it should even be sitting. Every time I go to the bathroom there is a lot of leakage and I need to take the cup out and try to reinsert it. I am very petite and believe that my pelvic muscles may be too strong or that my vaginal canal is too tight. I have had penetrative sex, but I still cannot figure out for the life of me how this thing works. I know there are different brands that may be better but I am honestly feeling completely lost and overwhelmed. Any tips/ideas/help would be really appreciated.
    Thanks, Alex

  • Hello! I was wondering if you could help me out – I’ve been using the Diva cup and it hasn’t been working great for me, and I can’t figure out exactly what is going wrong. Inserting it is fine: it opens up and seems perfectly sealed. But after I’ve left it for a while (even just half an hour or so), I always find that it moves up inside my vagina and gets tilted to one side (always the same side). Kegels accelerate this movement, it’s like my muscles squeeze the cup up into a funny position, and then it gets stuck far up and tilted. The main issue is that it leaks a lot when it is like this. When it starts leaking, I take it out and find that it’s only 1/4 or 1/3 full. Do you have any idea what is happening here, and how I can make a menstrual cup work for me?

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