Menstrual Cup and Sport, Tips and Answers

Sport and the menstrual cup are a perfect match, in fact, a winning team! 

In this video you will find all the information you need:

As I mentioned before, the menstrual cup changed my life; not only did it help me to reconcile with my period, but I realised that I could do anything with it. Sport was no exception.

It’s great for endurance athletes, or for people who like to be out hiking or biking all day, where there may not be easy access to a bathroom… you can use it, take it out, rinse it in the sink or with bottled water, and then put it back in.

A normal period consists of about 80 cc of blood loss, and the cups can hold about 30 cc at a time. That’s almost half of the entire period in one cup. No more need to make a stop at the porta-potty during a marathon, for example.

Is the menstrual cup comfortable for sports?

Yes, yes and yes. But I think it’s important to clear up that other big question first: is it good to do sport while menstruating?

Most people suggest that, during your period, it is best to do exercises that you can tolerate, that are good for your body and that you enjoy. For many people, the first day or two of their period may not be the best time to exercise. This is usually due to heavier flow. During this time, you may feel more comfortable exercising at home. If the first few days of your period are difficult, take it easy and modify your workouts as needed. Listen to your body, it is wise.

If you are one of those women who can’t resist hitting the gym or running, the menstrual cup will be your greatest ally. The PERIODINO menstrual cup is made of 100% hypoallergenic medical silicone, a rigid but flexible material of good quality that adapts to your vaginal muscles. That’s why the menstrual cup doesn’t move and you don’t even notice it’s there, making it the healthiest and safest option for sports.

Is there any kind of sport I can’t do?

I can’t think of any… Did you know that you can even do a handstand with your menstrual cup? Yes, no kidding… it’s compatible with water sports, yoga, strength training, running, marathons and even scuba diving. In fact, if you’re a swimmer, you’ll be happy to know that the menstrual cup doesn’t absorb chlorine, bacteria and pool pee, which the tampon string does.

Also, if you wear a good quality menstrual cup of the right size, you shouldn’t have any leaks or feel the cup while doing your favourite sport. 

Wearing a cup that is too soft if your pelvic floor is toned can cause it to squash inside you and leak. The PERIODINO menstrual cup, for example, is made of medical silicone that is rigid enough to prevent this from happening, yet flexible enough to keep its shape inside the vagina.

The same can happen if the cup you use is too small for you. This will usually cause it to move around inside your body, especially if you are doing sport or physical activity, causing it to leak or even come out. That’s why it’s important that you choose the right size from the two we send you. 

Any limitations?

My only advice is that if you use your menstrual cup for sport, whenever possible empty it beforehand. This will ensure that it doesn’t fill up during exercise and you won’t have to worry about changing it.

On the other hand, if you are using your menstrual cup for the first time, before going to the gym with it, it is best to try it out for a few hours at home to make sure it fits properly and doesn’t leak. It’s also a good idea for beginners to combine it with a slip until you get the hang of it. 

Sometimes we worry more than we need to, but little by little you will discover your own tricks to get the most out of your menstrual cup 😉

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