An “Inside” Look at Menstrual Cups

Inside Look at Menstrual CupsThe biggest mystery of using a menstrual cup is usually what happens once it’s inside and out of view.

  • Where does the cup go?
  • How does it sit in relation to that cervix thing I’ve heard about?
  • Why is it that the cup sometimes moves when I go to the bathroom?
  • Why can I feel pressure on my bladder when my cup is in?
  • Can it get lost?

At Put a Cup In It we don’t like mysteries and we want everyone to better understand how things work. In my own personal experience, I was better able to understand using my cup once I saw the inside view of the cup in relation to everything else in the pelvic region.

Some people may not love this video because it’s a bit too graphic, but as a visual learner this is the perfect video.  Before you watch the video be warned that a realistic, but clear, vulva is used for the insertion demonstration.  A plastic pelvis model showing the rectum, bladder, and uterus is also used.

After watching the video if you need guidance on which cup will work best for you we recommend taking our menstrual cup quiz that will assess your needs based on 9 simple, but important questions.

The cup featured in the video is the Lily Cup, but there is a wide range of cups available (both in style and size). You can consult our menstrual cup chart if you already have a bit of cup knowledge and simply need to pick the best based on your body and flow.

And as always, if you still  have questions please feel free to contact us directly.

33 Responses

  1. This is great, really needed this.

    One small point would be the use if ‘woman’ and female pronouns, remember not all cup users are women…and you were talking about an inanimate object.

    1. Excuse my ignorance… but why would a cup user not be a woman? Like if someone identified as a man but still is physically a woman? Your vagina is a girl part, right? So I would think a person would be very uptight to get upset by using female pronouns when dealing with a female exclusive situation… physical men don’t menstrate, nor would they need to use this device. It’s for women even if they don’t believe they are women… until they no longer have a woman body that functions as a woman’s body… even after menopause… people have a right to be what they want but we can’t go around coddling them by saying tampons aren’t gender specific… truth is, they are. I’m sorry.

    2. Females are the only ones using a cup. The anatomy model is of female anatomy. If someone out there wants to outwardly identify as a man that’s their business but they are aware that they have female anatomy. There is no need to confuse biology with personal preference.

    3. Oh what a joke. I support whatever pronouns an individual chooses. BUT menstruation is purely a FEMALE thing. You should not expect someone talking about and explaining menstrual products to use anything else but female pronouns unless they were specifically talking to one person. How ridiculous can you possibly be??

    1. Hey, if a guy has a vagina, then it’s a guy’s vagina and a guy’s period. It might be rare, but don’t pretend it’s nonexistent. There’s a difference between gender and sex. Gender is your social identity; sex is your physical configuration. A vagina indicates a female sex, but it can belong to someone who has a male gender. So yes, there are MALE periods. And quite a few of the guys who have them really prefer to stay out of the pink frilly feminine hygiene section; they’ve been trying to get away from that their whole lives, so a cup can be a real sanity-saver for them. Why not be inclusive, if it costs us so little and helps them so much?

  2. Quick doubt, I faced too much discomfort wearing this, though I followed all instructions, the little potrusion (the one that you tug or pull with) kept hurting my labia and despite being deep inside kept popping out little. This happened multiple times.

    1. Just trim the end off. Mine is trimmed flush with the cup, between bearing down and reaching up slightly, you should have no bother retrieving the cup. I have a cup that has small ridges around the base of the cup itself.

    1. Nothing should be put inside your vagina when you are recovering from childbirth. Your cervix and uterus are still trying to get back to normal and healing. You don’t want to introduce an infection.

      1. It’s tempting though when you’ve grown accustomed to the cup, and then have to wear giant, mega pads for a few weeks. lol

    2. “it doesn’t matter” is that if the player doesn’t care about roleplaying, then they don’t care about being in character, so there’s no point in trying to force them. If they do care about roleplaying, then they are going to try and be in character, and you don’t need to force them. So it not only would be extremely difficult to impossible to force someone into some kind of hypothetical characterization algorithm, it’s completely pointless.

    3. know right?! I love doing this kind of stuff with them. Every Christmas we have our annual Pizza and Gingerbread making party at our house with all my nieces and nephews…and my “pretend” niece Cassidy of course! They love it! My nephew will be 12 and he still gets a kick out of it.

    4. Low Tar Thinking. I love it. It’s like the idea of just getting the gym membership or buying those $200 (£ for you sir) will help them lose weight. People forget that they actually have to go. Well said.

  3. Why, why, WHY is the silicon vulva censored???? It is a video about menstruation and you had to pixel it? Excuse me, but that’s absurd!!!!

  4. But if you take it out, doesn’t all the blood flow right back in your vagina because you’re squeezing it? And when the cup is out of your vagina, doesn’t all the blood falls on the ground because you pushed to hard and the blood flows over the cup

    1. From personal experience…I don’t squeeze it, I just pull it straight out. But make sure you have a firm pinch on its stem so you don’t drop it in the toilet. Also gravity pull helps the discharge from flowing upwards.

      1. Also Thanks a ton for this tutorial video! I was trying to inform my teen as to how the cups work and we looked up videos and Waa Laa lol the clear display of all the inter workings and positioning of cup are great! Thanks again!

  5. Thanks a ton for this tutorial video! I was trying to inform my teen as to how the cups work and we looked up videos and Waa Laa lol the clear display of all the inter workings and positioning of cup are great! Thanks again!

  6. Thank you for making this Video. It’s by far the best i could find since i only started using a cup today for the first time. I found your tips very helpful and practical. Can’t really understand why anyone would be offended by seeing normal human anatomies. Also, I think you have a really natural way of talking about those things!

  7. 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 in “PEEING WITH A MENSTRUAL CUP” video that are firm. Are they okay?

  8. Hi there ! this is a very informative video, thank you ! I would like to ask : were is the clear anatomical display from ?!? This would be so helpful for me (I am midwife, and so many women ask me how to insert a cup!)

  9. Hi!! I have a didelphys uterus, meaning I have 2 uterus, two cervix, and 2 internal vaginas, they are completely separate and on their own with a wall like between them all the way down. I have always had trouble with pads and tampons and always had to use both the entire time. I’ve recently started usiing the diva cup because tampons are uncomfortable for me and I hate them and thinking I could use this if it sits below where they separate. I have had children though only carried never by child birth. I am using the divacup size 2 I think but the rim is very painful when inserting, and honestly uncomfortable the entire time though never as much as a tampon, and I never feel as though it pops out when I insert even after attempting to rotate it. It also moves up pretty high after a little bit so I have to horrifyingly dig to get it out which resulted in being even more sore. Are there other options for me with the didelphys uterus or am I forever chained to the tampon/pad combo?
    I have heard of those with what I have using a small even though they have carried children.
    I’m still have problems with leaking even though it isn’t full, could that be because it isn’t popping out completely or my double cervix?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated
    Thank you

  10. Hello,

    I’m the trustee of a charity operating in Nepal. Loved the video, we’ve been using it in our menstrual health program and menstrual cup orientations. However, we’re desperately trying to source the model you use in your video and we simply cannot find the original supplier. Its transparency is perfect for educating about both sexual health and menstrual cup insertion.

    Please, if you can help, it would be of so much use. Especially for women with visual and/or physical impairments.



  11. Hi!
    This video was helpful, but I still wonder why my cup is always like turning/twisting?! I’ve been told by doctors that I have inverted cervix; could it be the reason? I tried so many cups and no one was great. They all leaked, they all “turned”. Help!

  12. Hi there, I’ve been trying to properly use cups since March but it just doesn’t seem to work. I changed about 5 cups, they all completely open but still leak and I still need to use pads. Blood goes in the cup so it’s definitely open, but also leaks out. What should I do? I’m on the edge to give up :/

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