If you’re new to menstrual cups or considering making the switch, one of the first questions you might have is likely, “can you pee with a menstrual cup in?” The answer: Yes. Menstrual cups sit in the vaginal canal which is the opening in your vulva beneath your urethral opening (where urine exits.) The same is true if you wear tampons or menstrual discs.
Things to Know
Your body has three holes very close to each other. The urethral opening is tiny, which is why many people don’t realize that period blood and urine leave through different holes. The third hole is your anus which is farther back behind the vaginal opening.
You should never have to remove your menstrual cup, disc, or tampon to pee. If you have to remove your cup for pee to release, then keep reading to understand more about your internal anatomy.
If you have a hand mirror you can explore your anatomy. Each person’s vulva is unique. The size, color, shape, and symmetry of your inner labia and outer labia (internal and external lips of the vulva) are all variations of normal. Visit The Vulva Gallery for an excellent understanding of why, whatever your vulva looks like, it’s totally normal.
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Mirror in hand, explore and look for the urethral opening and vaginal opening. A menstrual cup will insert and sit inside your vaginal canal. This will not block pee because they are two separate holes with different functions.
Do Menstrual Cups Affect Peeing In Other Ways?
Inside your body, the menstrual cup sits in the vaginal canal between other organs. In front of your cup is the bladder, and behind your cup is the rectum.
For some, a menstrual cup’s size or firmness can apply enough pressure to make your urine leave slower than usual. This is okay. In others, the menstrual cup may apply pressure that presents as the urge to urinate. And in rarer cases, the menstrual cup may apply enough pressure from inside the vagina that it impedes urine from exiting.
It’s totally safe to wear a menstrual cup at any age. That is, as long as you’re comfortable with the concept of internal protection and you follow the instructions your cup provides for washing and wear time. Good cleaning practices will make sure you have a successful, comfortable, and enjoyable period.