Are menstrual cups really for every body? The teacher weighs
With so many options, it can be difficult to find a product that fits your body size. Most cups are advertised as mid-cervical length or longer, and as Rasas says, “a cup that doesn’t fit you internally will never fit you.”
If you’ve had cup pain before, it’s possible you have a high cervix. During the day, the reusable cups rise up due to muscle contractions and physical movements. This can cause the cup to move upwards also high, sending your body into fight-or-flight mode. “You know it’s impossible to lose, but your body doesn’t have the same logic as your mind, so it tenses up,” Rosas says. That’s why choosing the right size for your body is so important. “It’s good to know what you’re getting yourself into before you spend money or before you end up in one of those really awful situations,” Rosas says.
The height of your cervix depends on the time of the month, so to find your ideal size, Rosas recommends measuring your cervix during your period, particularly on the first and last day, and taking the smallest number into account. Take your finger to measure the inside of your vaginal opening until you touch the cervix – it’s like the tip of your nose.
If you have a hard time finding it, you most likely have a high cervix. If your finger finds the cervix, buying a cup that is shorter than the measured length will provide the most comfort. Low-neck options are also available in the store.
Those with a low cervix may also find success with a disc rather than a cup. Menstrual discs are non-suctionable and easy to remove, however, “if you come out of a tampon with an applicator, it can be very messy. It’s a huge change in terms of your fingers going into your vagina,” Rosas says.
If you’re not ready to measure yourself, talk to your OB/GYN about your cervical height at your next visit. They can help provide a baseline measurement by telling you where your cervix is on the range from “low” to “super high.”