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Can I really ride a bike with the menstrual cup?

Hi, I’ll be attending a college that is flat and has a large campus. Almost all the students are encouraged to and have a bike. I was so thrilled to find the menstrual cup because riding a bike with pads would be HELL! But I heard many times from many reliable sources that riding the bike could be a cause of the hymen to break. If riding a bike can break the hymen, won’t it break and/or move the menstrual cup when it is correctly inserted inside the vagina too? Yes, the menstrual cup sits past the hymen, but what if someone has a low cervix?

 
Katzhukora1 on July 12th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
I have a very low cervix and the base of my cup usually sits right at the entrance of my vagina. Since I have a cup with a soft tab stem, however, (it's a Lunette, though I think the MeLunas have them too) external pressure like a bike seat doesn't really bother me or break my cup seal or anything. It would probably work just as well for me to have a cup with no stem at all.

Most cup-users would probably find that their cup sits far enough inside that their body would do just fine protecting their cup from outside interference, though, since not very many people have cups/cervices that sit as low as mine.
Kai: K75kuradi8 on July 12th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
I don't ride a pedal bike but I had issues with sitting splayed when I used Insteads. However, no problems at all with my cup! If the cup doesn't fit well or "borderline just fits" then yes, it's possible that it might shift and leak (I had a cup that was OK when I was upright but leaked whenever I laid down) but if the cup fits you well, you should be able to do all kinds of activities. :o)
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on July 12th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
No - usually "riding a bike" in the breaking your hymen context means "falling, hard as hell, on the crossbar of your bike in a typical 10-year old accident, and then forgetting you've done it because you're ten and inexplicable things happen all the time". I ride my bike all the time with no problem at all.
Serpentserpent_849 on July 12th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
yeah exactly, that's no problem.
http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2506909.html i used a large ladycup for several cycles without breaking my hymen.
also if it does cause your hymen to break this won't be a problem.

oh and you can explore yourself with a mirror and see if you even have a hymen and how prominent it is. it might wear off with age anyway, the misconceptions about hymens are partly because ppl used to get married very young... being a virgin at 14 and at 19 is pretty different - and there are some very young virgins in this comm who use cups successfully!
check the faq and the virgin's guide to cups if you haven't yet!
itiswhatitis04 on July 12th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks for commenting, Serpent!

But I think you misread my question. I'm not concerned about breaking my hymen (in fact, I rather have it gone since it would probably make cup using easier). i brought up the hymen because I've heard that hymen can be stretched or broken when riding a bike or horse, and this made me wonder if riding a bike with a menstrual cup inside me would break the stem or the cup itself as it would a hymen, since they are pretty much in the same spot. I know I made the question really confusing. I should have added something about the bike seat, because that's what I'm concerned about - the bike seat breaking my menstrual cup and or/ menstrual cup stem.
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kcrona1kcrona1 on July 12th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
I've ridden my bike with my large Fleurcup in. I think that if my cup sat a little lower, I would be tempted to trim off the stem of my cup, which wouldn't be a big deal. But I don't think actually riding your bike would hurt anything.
Esther J♥y: Creative | Paintingmodernelegance on July 12th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
I've ridden my bike several times with my cups in. (Either meluna or Lunette) the only uncomfortable part may be the stem, but I've never had a problem with either of them. :)
mallt on July 12th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
I don't ride a bike but I do ride a horse & that requires a lot of moving about & using my core muscles, I've never had a problem. I have a low cervix & so picked the small Lunette. It sits *just* inside so I trimmed off the entire stem.
Sararubymermaid on July 12th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)

You aren't going to UC Santa Barbara by chance? I went there. I used a cup for about 6 months of my time there and biked frequently. No issue whatsoever.

itiswhatitis04 on July 12th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
Nope! But close - UC Davis :) How was the weather at Santa Barbara? Davis can get very hot... imagine thick,itchy diapers (pads) when it's all hot and sweaty! hehe

That's nice to know! um... do you have a high or low cervix? Did you trim the step of the menstrual cup you were using the bike with?


I know very few college students will use menstrual cups, and some might even discriminate against me for it haha. But it's okay. They'll know better in time, and will probably join me.
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happytree923 on July 12th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
I've never had any issues on a bike with a menstrual cup. I know there are (or used to be) some people here who rode horses with a cup, so a bike is definitely not an issue.

Sorry to creep, but are you going to UC Davis by any chance? I almost went there.
happytree923 on July 12th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
Well, almost decided to go there is probably more accurate. I'm starting college this fall, too. : )
itiswhatitis04 on July 12th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
Yup I'm going to UC Davis! In fact, in the comment before yours, i just told rubymermaid that.

Happytree, where do you attend? Do you frequently ride a bike on campus?



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Alwynsabishii_kirito on July 13th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
I have a Diva Cup and a Lady Cup (both small), and I cycle when my fiance drags me out to do it (and do short trips to the train station, places of work, etc). I've never had any problems with cups while cycling. I do yoga as well, and it's been fine. The cup is squishy, so it won't break. It might move around a bit, but I've never noticed honestly.

The only time I've had problems is when I was starting out (seal wasn't correct) or when I've been about ready to overflow. If you don't have the seal right or the cup is too full, the seal can pop easier in my experience.
angiegurll on July 13th, 2011 09:09 am (UTC)
I ride horses a lot and out of laziness to carry a heavy western saddle and my goal to get better leg muscles i ride with out a saddle. So i bounce more without a saddle and everytime ive tried to wear my cup while ridding it leaked badly (but im planning to get a stiffer cup to help this). But i run/trot my horse a lot so thats a lot of movement compared to riding a bike on level ground. I ride my bike too with my cup and no problems there. My hymen is stretched out between the stupid stuff /accidents i manage to do, gymnastics, and ridding horses. I can feel it its a piece of skin around the entrance but its so stretched it doesnt stop my cup from tearing it when my cup decides to completely pop open. Sorry im a rambler but i hope i helped :)