Removing The Stem On A Menstrual Cup

Removing The Stem On A Menstrual Cup

Why does a menstrual cup have a stem?

A period cup has a stem to make it easier to remove your cup.

If you have a long vaginal canal to remove your cup you can gently pull the stem until you reach the base of your cup to break the seal and remove it. Stems come in different lengths and styles varying brand by brand. The most common stem is a straight solid piece. All stems are designed to be suitable to trim.

The stem should be entirely inside your vaginal opening.

Why would you need to trim the stem of your cup?

Menstrual cups are designed to sit completely within the vagina, this includes the stem. If you find that the stem is too long then this can be shortened or removed completely. This can reduce the overall length of the cup making it shorter to give and better and more comfortable fit.

Signs that the stem may need shortening can include discomfort when sitting or walking, or a pinching feeling at the vaginal opening. The stem sticking out would also be another reason for it needing to be trimmed. If the cup and stem sit comfortably within the vagina then there is no need to trim the stem.

How to remove the stem?

Removing or shortening the stem on a cup is very simple. Use a pair of scissors to trim the stem and reduce the height. Be sure to just cut the stem and not the body of the cup. It really is that simple.

If you are unsure how much to trim the stem then we would suggest removing a small amount and trying it. You can always remove more if needed. A useful tip is to insert your finger into your vagina when you're on your period and checking how high your cervix sits. Once you have a rough idea of this length, compare it to the length of your cup and stem.

Once the stem is trimmed or removed if there are any sharper edges then you can file these flat.  Doing this is not essential and many people find the cup comfortable without this step, however if you prefer you can do this so that any remaining stem or the base of the cup is completely smooth. If you do file the cup then make sure that you wash any dust/filings off before use.

Getting the right cup

Knowing your cervix height can also help you find your perfect cup size and cup length.  Read our guide for more help in choosing your menstrual cup.

We give the lengths/heights of cups with / without their stems on our menstrual cup comparison chart.  Our article on measuring your cervix will guide you how to do this.   Read our guide for more help in choosing your menstrual cup.

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