Again, this is another menstrual cup myth, not fact. Because the cups are available in different sizes, they can accommodate even heavy flows. If you have heavy flows, you will probably just need to empty your cup more frequently.
The benefit of the cup is that it is less likely to leak (as compared to a pad). If you are a new user worried about leaks, you can use a liner or thin pad while using your cup. Another good idea is to carry more than one cup to make replacement easier, especially in public restrooms.
#4: Virgins should not use a menstrual cup
This is one of the major menstrual cup myths. Products like tampons and menstrual cups require insertion into the vagina to work. If your hymen is still intact, it may be difficult or uncomfortable to insert these. However, it is still possible to use a menstrual cup if you are a virgin.
Experts recommend young women and virgins to start with the smallest size cup. A bit of water-based lubricant can be applied to make insertion quicker and easier. Using a cup or tampon will not take away your virginity—only engaging in penetrative sex will do that. If you are not comfortable or familiar with your body yet, menstrual cups may not be the best option for you.
#5: Menstrual cups can be worn for a long time
Yes, menstrual cups are designed to stay in place for several more hours than traditional pads and tampons. Depending on the heaviness of your flow, you can keep the cup in for up to 12 hours.
This is significantly longer than the maximum time for a tampon or pad. Tampons are only recommended for up to 8 hours and should be of the lowest absorbency needed for your menstrual flow. Pads or napkins usually need to be changed every 3 to 4 hours. For this reason, menstrual cups are ideal for women with active, busy lifestyles. As an added bonus, menstrual cups are reusable, which reduces both waste and cost.
#6: You can swim and exercise while wearing a menstrual cup
Just like tampons, menstrual cups allow you to move freely, both in and out of the water. Because it is inserted and is not made of absorbent material, it will not pick up outside water or sweat.