How to Make Sure Your Period Cup Doesn't Leak: A Guide

Ever since switching from pads and tampons to period cups two years ago, I have preached the wonders of my new sustainable menstrual lifestyle far and wide. Reusable silicone cups are better for the environment (so much less waste!), way more convenient (you can leave them in for up to 12 hours, instead of four to eight), and skip the issue of irritating synthetics or harmful ingredients infiltrating your body. I am on board in every single way, except for one: Even after a couple years of using them, sometimes I still experience leakage. And there's nothing that ruins your day quite like a leaky period cup, you know?

According to Amandine Pranlas-Descours, global brand director of Swedish period health brand Intimina, leakage with period cups aren't common, but they can happen, especially with new users. "For many, their cups pop open immediately, and they never have an issue. For others, it takes a bit of practice to find the right fold or position," she says. "Just like when we started with pads or tampons, we all have to find the right positioning for our particular body and comfort. But as soon as you get the hang of it, your life has changed forever."

If a leaky menstrual cup is the difference between a life of frustrating periods and a life of relatively easy ones for you, you've come to the right place. Read on to discover how to put the kibosh on leaky period cups for good.