How far to insert a menstrual cup

Menstrual cups are a truly transformative invention – but they can definitely take some time to get used to!

If you are new to menstrual cups, you may be asking “how far should a menstrual cup be inserted?” In this blog, we will cover everything related to how far to insert a menstrual cup. 

For other questions relating to insert a menstrual cup for beginners, have a look at our detailed guide about menstrual cup insertion.

are menstrual cups easy to insert?

With a little bit of patience and practice, inserting a menstrual cup becomes extremely easy.

Starting by taking a deep breath and relaxing. Then you need to fold your menstrual cup and insert it into your vagina, angling it towards your tailbone.

Once your cup is fully inside you, let go and it will pop open, making a seal with the walls of your vagina.

how far do i insert a menstrual cup?

A menstrual cup should be inserted as low as it will comfortably sit in the vagina.

Do not push your menstrual cup all the way up to your cervix. While tampons are pushed all the way up to the cervix, a menstrual cup may sit a few inches below your cervix.

The reason you should wear your cup as low as possible is to avoid leaks. If you push your cup up high, then it may not be at the correct angle to catch your menstrual flow.

how to know if my menstrual cup is in the right position?

Once your menstrual cup is inserted, gently prod it or run a finger around it. It should be completely open. It if is still folded, you may need to remove and reinsert it.

If your menstrual cup is inserted correctly, then you should not feel it at all when you move around. If it is pressing against you awkwardly, it is most likely sitting in the wrong position.

Another way to know if your menstrual cup is in the right position is to see whether you have leaks. If you experience leaks, you may need to change the position, as the insertion height may not be correct and you need to wear it lower in the vagina.

some tips for first time menstrual cup use

Here are some helpful tips to ensure you place your menstrual cup correctly:

  • Be patient! The first few times you use a cup, do it in the comfort of your own home when you have plenty of time
  • Experiment with a few different folds to find the right one for you
  • Always insert the cup towards your tailbone, not upwards
  • Do not let go of the cup until it is completely inside you
  • Wear a back-up pad the first time, just in case you experience leaks. Once you’re comfortable with the cup you won’t need any back up

frequently asked questions

Can you insert a menstrual cup too far?

When figuring out how deep a menstrual cup should go, it’s important to remember that the vagina ends in the cervix – so nothing can go beyond the cervix or get lost!

If you insert your menstrual cup too far in, then you may experience leaks or find it a bit tricky to remove. So remember to wear it as low as it will comfortably sit.

If you can feel your menstrual cup, then it is likely pressing against your bladder or other organs. Remove your cup and reinsert it again, taking care to insert towards your tailbone. 

You can also move your cup a bit lower or higher, to see if this makes it more comfortable.

If you continue to feel your cup and it is causing you discomfort, you might need to try a softer menstrual cup. Asan’s light/medium flow size slightly softer while our heavy flow size is slightly firmer.

We hope you found this how far to insert a menstrual cup guide helpful – if you’re ready to take the plunge, get your Asan cup today and embrace comfortable and worry-free periods!

Should the menstrual cup steam stick out?

When inserting the menstrual cup, do not let go until it is completely inside you. It is okay if a little bit of the stem sticks out, as long as you do not feel it.

The Asan cup comes with a handy removal ring which does not poke or irritate the vagina, which pointed stems can sometimes do.

How to insert a menstrual cup without pain?

If you have never inserted anything into your vagina, you may feel slight discomfort the first time you insert a cup. 

Make sure to take deep breaths, stay calm, and insert very slowly and gently. You can lubricate the cup with clean running water to make it slide in easier.

If you experience any serious pain or discomfort, stop using the cup and consult your doctor.

How far do you insert an Asan cup? Is it different from other menstrual cups?

Just like with other cups, you should ensure the Asan cup is completely inside you, but do not push it all the way up to the cervix.

If a little bit of the ring sticks out, that is totally normal. It is also normal for your cup to slide upwards or downwards during the course of the day.

I can feel my menstrual cup when I walk. Is it inserted incorrectly?

Once you’ve inserted your menstrual cup you shouldn't feel it inside you. In that case just remove the cup and re-attempt it to make sure it has been inserted properly. 

However if you’re someone with a low cervix, it’s completely okay to slightly feel the menstrual cup inside you when you walk as the ring may be sitting at the base of your entrance.