Do you know what a cervix looks like? If you haven’t already searched Google images for it (which we highly recommend you do), we’re here to break it down for ya. During menstruation, the cervix plays a key role in this process. Knowing where your period comes from not only helps you understand your body more, but it empowers you!
Ok, but what even is a cervix?
It’s basically the “neck” of the uterus. Wait...my uterus has a neck….? Sort of. It’s a narrow neck-like passage that lies below the uterus and above the vagina. During menstruation, the blood travels down a pin-sized hole into the vaginal canal. How freaking awesome is that?
For some people, the cervix moves significantly lower during their period. Since the cervix is usually relatively high in the vagina and the menstrual cup is placed low in the vagina, the cervix remains above the cup. If the cervix sits low, it may be positioned inside the cup. In contrast, tampons generally sit further up inside the vagina, just where the cervix is located.
High cervix, low cervix and your menstrual cup
Menstrual cup leaks are more frequent for women when the cervix moves lower during menstruation or if their menstrual cup has been inserted too high in the vagina, (next to the cervix, or above it). The menstrual cup might also exert pressure on the cervix and cause discomfort and even pain. The best way to evaluate the position of your cervix is to determine if there’s leakage — if you’ve experienced leakage even when the cup has been opened, make sure that the cup is placed significantly lower than the cervix. In some women, the cervix fits best inside the menstrual cup – you’ll know what feels right. For many women, the cervix descends after giving birth, for others, it’s naturally situated low in the vagina. If you’ve given birth, you should exercise the pelvic diaphragm muscles by doing kegels. Keeping these muscles in shape is useful when using the menstrual cup. The upside? It also has the added benefit of reducing incontinence and improving sex. Who wouldn’t want that?
If you haven’t experienced menstrual cup leakage and still can’t seem to locate your cervix, there is no need go on an expedition. You’re just one of many women whose cervix is deep in the vagina – and it does not affect the use of a menstrual cup in any way! Remember, your body has its own divine internal landscape, so navigating this will be key to your comfort and success with your menstrual cup.
What to know more about menstrual cups? Check out our menstrual cup FAQ page!
You definitely shouldn’t be feeling your cup if it’s properly placed within the vagina. If you are feeling pressure on your cervix, bladder or anywhere else, you’ll want to reposition the cup. We have all kinds of tips on how to do so, just send us an email at email@example.com and we’ll walk you through it.
As far as leaking goes, let’s start by making sure your cup is fully open. To be sure, you can run your finger around the outside of the cup to feel that it is round. If not, giving it a little twist can oftentimes help it along.
If you’re still experiencing leaking after doing this, give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can discuss this in greater detail! <3
Hi! I’m 22 years old and just started to use my cup for the first time on my period. Ive been reinsterting it every few hoursto clean up a bit because I’ve been experiencing a little bit of leakage down the side of the cup. I have an average sized cervix, and have tried multiple different positions today, but am I supposed to feel it sitting in the mestrual cup? I’ve seen some comments mention that they could feel their cervix sitting inside the cup, but I can’t. I also don’t think I should be pushing the cup any further back, so please let me know any suggestions to getting a good seal and if I am supposed to feel the cervix sitting in the cup! thank you!
I think it’s important that we first ask if you’re having success with your current menstrual cup size. If not, we can totally explore switching things up.
Please give us a shout at email@example.com and we can discuss this in greater detail! <3
I have a low cervix, I’m using large size menstrual cup, should I go for small or medium sized Cup??
That’s a great question, hei tung!
Because everybody and every BODY is different, there truly is no better way to test a cup than to try it out. But don’t worry, we want you to have an amazing experience with your cup, so we’ll be here to help troubleshoot what you’re experiencing every step of the way.
I think you’ll be amazed with how many tips and tricks we have to offer to insure the best possible fit.
Just give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org. <3
hi! im 14 and i think i have a low cervix (about 2cm). I have researched and the smallest cup i can find in the internet is 50mm. is there a cup that can fit me or should i just buy on impulse?
I’m guessing the slight discomfort you’re feeling during wear is due to the fact that your cup is coming in contact with your cervix. This isn’t dangerous, but can definitely feel a bit uncomfortable. Wearing your cup as low as possible should help with this.
While I can understand the nervousness you’re feeling when it comes to removing your cup, I want you to know it’s going to be okay. Just make sure you always break the seal before removing your cup. This can be done by squeezing the bottom part of the cup until you feel or hear the suction release.
If you find you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at email@example.com. We’re here to answer any questions you may have.
Seriously, any. <3
Hi, I’m 22 y/o and a little more than 5 feet, virgin.I am using a medium cup and while inserting the cup i can feel my cervix fit inside the cup. I’m scared to use the cup again as i feel if i pull the cup out, the suction from the cup might bring my cervix even more low (as i feel it is already low). It pains a little while the cup is inside me. Please help.
Hiya Lily Marie,
This is a great question!
Oftentimes with a lower, more tilted cervix, we’ll recommend you wear your cup as low as possible to be sure it isn’t bypassing the cervix. However, because every body is different, I think this is worth having a more in-depth conversation about, so I’ll be reaching out to you directly.
If you find you have any future questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We’re always excited to help. <3
Hello, I’m 17 and I’ve tried using menstrual cups before. But I have a lower cervix, and my cervix is slightly tilted. So I can’t get the cervix to fit into the cup. It always goes a bit above the cervix, and I’m afraid that will cause leaking. Any tips?
I’m so happy to see you’ve done your research, Alahni, and are excited about using a menstrual cup!
Like all of us at some point, you may still be getting to know your anatomy, so some practice may be needed. When you do use your cup for the first time, just be sure you give yourself plenty of time to try it out in a place that you feel comfortable.
And remember, we’re always here for you. Just give us a shout at email@example.com with any questions you might have.
I’m 12 and haven’t started my period yet, but want to keep my options open. I’ve done some research (several hours) and I want to eventually use a menstrual cup. Should I wait until I have my period a few times before purchasing a cup?
Hey!! Great questions @Jay and @Fer!
Based on what you’ve told us, I think the Lunette Model 1 would be the perfect cup for both of you.
Here at Lunette, we know that starting something new can be a little intimidating, so rest assured we’re here to help you through the process. Just give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have. Seriously, any.
I’m 17 years old and am interested in starting to use menstrual cups and am currently searching for the right one for me. I’ve used tampons only a few times before, successfully, but the possibility of getting toxic shock scared me every time so I wouldn’t wear them for very long or very often. I know that I have a high cervix (more than 6 cm) and I think that I’d be most comfortable with something more flexible, like the sckoon cup, but I’m not entirely sure if or how difficult they would be to remove if they were to move too high for me to reach. Do you have any other cup suggestions that would help me with my situation?
I want to start using the cups but honestly I’ve been using femenine towels all my life. I haven’t had any sexual relations and no tampons. I’m 25 years old, 5ft tall my body type is like the lucy hale hehe small and slim-skinny. I don’t really know what to buy and whether I should use it or not because anything has been inside my vagina. Hope you can help me with a better understanding and suggestions for my case. Thank you.