Is it possible to have sex with a menstrual cup?

It’s 2021, and thankfully, we’re at a time where we’ve seen a lot of the myths around period sex busted. We now know the benefits of it (it can help relieve cramps!), best practices, along with collectively accepting that a little period blood during sex really isn't a big deal. 

However, with menstrual cups becoming more of a norm, questions continue to pop up around this. Most commonly, people wondering if it is possible, safe, and enjoyable to have sex while wearing a cup. 


To understand this, we first need to know where exactly a menstrual cup sits in the body. 


All traditional, bell-shaped menstrual cups sit in the vaginal canal, while disc-shaped cups sit at the very end of the vaginal canal, at the base of the cervix. 

 

traditional bell-shaped menstrual cup placement

disc-shaped menstrual cup placement


As explained by Healthline.com, when a person is aroused, the vaginal canal elongates to accommodate for penetration. This causes the cervix and uterus to lift, extending the upper part of the vaginal canal. You might think that this makes it easier for sexual activity to take place while wearing bell-shaped cups, but this isn’t the case!


Because of where they’re placed, traditional bell shaped cups can still be felt during penetrative sexual activity. Additionally, they may move and cause abrasions, which can be painful both for you and your partner. 


The kind of cup you need for mess and pain-free period sex is different - it should be disc shaped, out of the way, and made of soft and pliable materials that will not hurt either person even if touched or moved. 


If this is what you’re looking for, we recommend nixit - it checks all the boxes! nixit is made from soft and flexible medical-grade silicone, and doesn’t have any stems or strings that might hurt you or your partner during sex. In addition to that, it sits as the base of the cervix - well out of the way of the vaginal canal, leaving adequate space for mess-free period sex! 


You can check it out here


We’d also love to hear about your experiences with period sex and menstrual cups! What’s your go-to system? 


Additionally, if you have any questions, feel free to drop us a comment and we’ll be sure to try and address them in our blogs! 

 

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