You may or may not be surprised to hear that we are asked frequently whether you need to remove your JuJu cup when using the bathroom, or whether you can leave it in while peeing. And it’s a good question! It can be tricky to understand the female anatomy fully… a lot is going on down there, after all.
The bottom line is: yes, you can pee while wearing a menstrual cup. Here’s why.
A menstrual cup is worn inside the vagina (where you bleed from during your period), whereas urine is passed through the urethra (the tube connected to your bladder). When you pee, your cup can stay inside your body, still collecting your menstrual flow, unless you choose to remove it.
However, there are some things to keep in mind when using the bathroom while wearing a menstrual cup.
Your Menstrual Cup May Move When Using the Bathroom
Firstly, it is possible for your cup to move slightly (or in rare cases, can be pushed out completely) when you urinate or have a bowel movement. This is due to the shift in your pelvic area and muscles while you pee or bear down to poop. Some people find that they will need to check that their cup is still in place and sealed after peeing or in particular, after pooping. If the seal has become compromised, it may start leaking.
Important note: always make sure you wash your hands before checking the position of your cup.
Soft menstrual cups, in particular, can be prone to shifting while peeing or pooping. The JuJu cup has a medium firmness, which means it is less likely to be on the move during your bathroom duties - but it can still happen!
Menstrual Cups Can Make It More Difficult to Pee
One of the wonders of the female anatomy is that we have a lot going on in a relatively small area. The urethra and bladder sit close to the vagina, which means it is possible for a menstrual cup to put pressure on them when being worn.
For most of us, this isn’t an issue. But if this does happen, you might feel like you need to pee more frequently, or it might take you longer than usual to completely empty your bladder due to your urethra being restricted by your cup. Think of it like trying to let liquid pass through a straw that is being squeezed slightly!
If you are experiencing pressure on your bladder or are bothered by a slower urine stream, you can fix this by wearing your cup lower down in the vaginal canal. Although, this is not possible for all people and depends on your individual anatomy. Alternatively, you may wish to choose a softer menstrual cup. For reference, the JuJu cup has a medium firmness, which is suitable for most people. Those with a particularly sensitive bladder may need to opt for an even softer cup.
Here is a helpful video from our friends at Put A Cup In It, that explains issues with peeing with a menstrual cup with some useful visuals!