Peeing With A Menstrual Cup

Even though we chuckle at the comments left on our YouTube videos that ask “how can I pee with a menstrual cup in?” there IS something about urination that should be discussed more often when discussing cups.

First Things First: We have 3 holes.

Yes, you heard it here. We have three output holes: the urethra, the vagina, and the anus.  Your menstrual cup is inserted into the vagina, so theoretically there is no interference with urination; they’re two separate holes and a cup will neither catch nor block your urine.

However, it is possible for menstrual cups to apply pressure to the bladder or urethra.  This is an experience that most individuals have to varying degrees. If it causes discomfort it can be frustration to know how to articulate, to get help, or solve the issue.

We have taken the liberty of making a video that should explain these annoyances. We hope you will watch and learn! Or laugh.


This graphic above should help make it a bit clearer where the cup sits in relation to the bladder/urethra and why it may cause pressure. You’ll know this is a problem if peeing with a menstrual cup takes longer than usual and/or your urine stream is slower.  You may also feel the urge to pee more frequently while you’re wearing your cup.

Can it be fixed?

Before you jump into a new cup, consider trying a different placement with your current cup (higher or lower in the vagincal canal) or flipping it inside out. A different shape or position may be enough to help if the pressure is a minor annoyance.

PACII-Bladder-PressureBladder Pressure
PACII-Urethral-PressureUrethral Pressure

If you find that you simply cannot resolve the issue with your current cup you can most likely address the issue with another menstrual cup. Consider a cup that sits lower inside the vaginal canal, has a less pronounced rim (like Lily Cup) or is made from a softer type of silicone or TPE (like Super Jennie, Sckoon, or a soft MeLuna).

You don’t have to stop using the cup you currently have if you aren’t bothered by slower urination or bladder pressure. (It’s inconvenient if you need to pee in a hurry but personally I’ve never been bothered enough to use a softer cup since firmer is easier for me).


Need help finding another cup to try?  

Consult our menstrual cup comparison chart, try our menstrual cup quiz, or for help or ask a question on our Q+A forum if you need more menstrual cup guidance.

Peeing with a menstrual cup: There are things to know!

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  • This was amazing! This helped me know that my slow peeing with my cup is a normal issue that I can fix. Thank you very much.

  • Thank you SO much for this article! It had been driving me nuts that I couldn’t find any info on this! Not only can I not pee with the cup in AT ALL, but it moves horizontally and causes a leak despite the “air tight” sound when I remove it. I didn’t know turning it inside out was an option either!

  • Hello there! I have a bladder problem, particularly incontinence. I took the quiz (and said that I have heavy incontinence) but it gave me Lunette 2 or Lena Large, the two cups you said are firm. Are they okay?

    • I have a large Lena. I have stress incontinence after babies. I also always had bladder discomfort with pregnancy. I am looking for a softer cup because I cannot empty my bladder as well as I would like without pushing the cup out. In fact, I usually have to remove it. It does not make my incontinence worse.

  • I have major bladder sensitivity I’ve been dealing with chronic UTIs for the past year as well as kidney issues I’ve had three children over the age of 30 and it says that I should have a very firm cup but with my bladder Sensitivity I can’t what are my options

    • Wish someone would answer this question, because I have the same problem. I tried a soft cup and my bladder hurt do bad and can’t pee well with it in. I need to get all pee out every time or I’ll get a bladder infection.

      • The Soft Cup brand? That’s a menstrual disc and does function differently inside than a menstrual cup. It has a very firm rim. Not experienced with a disc enough to offer advice but maybe someone else can help

      • I have used the disposable soft cup. I can’t really remeber how sensitive I was. If you read my comment above, I remove my cup in the first couple days of my period to pee. It gets better after that. I would talk to my doc or midwife before trying anything. I would be wary of using any kind of device that put pressure on the urethra with a history of chronic UTIs, including tampons. The superjennie is supposed to have one designed for sensitive bladders. Maybe read about it? You can also look at various sizes to compare diameter and volume. Use the soft cup to get an idea of your flow.

  • I’ve tried the Lily cup compact and it allowed me to pee perfectly in the morning, however, I had some period leak while I was peeing, is this a normal occurrence? After I washed myself and took the cup off, there was a tight seal and everything, so it was safely positioned, I am not sure if I am doing something wrong, or it’s just the way it is…
    Maybe it had to do with laying down? Hum…

  • Hi i tried softer cup that leaks or is pushed out while hard cup fits in well. Only for one cycle i hv used nd its very comfortable. However last year i had sling procedure for urinary incontinence i had. It was successful vth 0 incontinence. Will the cup push my sling or cause any damage??

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