Hi everyone,

I'm new to this community and hoping for some help!

I'm 29, have had 2 babies (so obviously non-virgin :p), and I just bought a Lunette size 2. Tried it yesterday when my period started, making sure to insert correctly and check for suction - but it has leaked and leaked and leaked...and leaked. I have put it in and out and in and out, read articles about it and tried different techniques, etc. when I take it out it will have a small amount of blood in it, but seems like most of the flow is going right past it.

I did just 'find' my cervix today though, and I think I may have discovered the problem - my cervix is VERY low, like only 1cm past the opening. I have tried adjusting the cup to this by letting it pop open right at the entrance, but it just doesn't seem to make any difference - even when the cup is so low that the bottom is practically sticking out of me!

Has anyone else experienced the same problem? Anyone with a SUPER low cervix who has managed to make the Lunette work for them? Or do I need to buy a new cup? Bummer if I do because they are expensive here in Australia - but I'll do what I need to do! I'm SO determined to make cups work for me - can't wait to be rid of tampons and pads!

Thank you ladies!
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Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 27th, 2014 01:39 pm (UTC)
No, don't get another cup yet. Get through the dreaded learning curve with the one that you already have and then decide whether or not you'd like a different one. In the mean time, throw the instructions away and forget that you ever read them. The idea is to get the rim of the cup to settle (O) around your cervix. No, there will not be a cup length or more between it and the rim as the illustrations show.

As you discovered, it is possible to miss your cervix -- wind up next to it, instead of around it. Opening the cup down low is a good technique for many. Then point the opening in the right direction before giving it a boost up into place.

It's possible that you have some child-related prolapse and that your pelvic floor isn't as strong as it used to be. Google for kegel exercises and mention it to your Gyno if things don't improve.
xquizite_insomxquizite_insom on April 27th, 2014 01:44 pm (UTC)
The culprit for blood around the cup and very little inside the cup is usually the cervix is outside the cup. In addition to correctly inserting and forming a seal with the cup, you have to aim the cup to fit over the cervix. Some have found often that their cervix sits not centrally, but to the left or right. Keep trying. As for a shorter cup, there has been success with turning the large Lunette cup inside out, it shortens it a bit. Please read up the "leaking and spotting" as well as the "inside out" section here for really good ideas.
elle2013elle2013 on April 27th, 2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you're having difficulties. I have a very low cervix as well, and the only time I ever leak is when I use a cup that's too long for me (other than the cup just being full and overflowing). I have two recommendations. Since you already have this cup, flip it inside out and wear it that way. Flipping itt should shorten it a bit (and I find that the more "blunt" tip of inside-out cups makes a big difference with my low cervix), and it doesn't sound like you need the stem for removal. Secondly, since you're using this cup for this cycle anyway, I'd see how things change as your cycle progresses. My cervix starts to slowly migrate upwards after my first two heavy days - if yours does the same and you stop leaking, I'd look for a shorter cup for your heavyd days (granted, you're less likely to leak anyway as your flow gets lighter, but still...).

All that being said, are you certain the cup is around your cervix? I always insert a finger on the "top side" (closest to my pubic bone) and feel the cup sitting against my cervix there. Next, I sweep around to the left and to the right, making sure my cervix is inside the cup.

If you do end up purchasing a new cup, I've had great success with the LadyCup and the Meluna MINI for my lighter days. I have the Fleur for days when I know I need the capacity, but it's a bit leaky because it really is too big. I'm trying the Sckoon next to see how I do with that one.

Good luck!

Edited at 2014-04-27 07:09 pm (UTC)
Monica Elith on April 27th, 2014 10:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestions! I am currently trying inside-out, we'll see how it goes! Fingers crossed!

I think the other issue with me is that my cervix seems to sit on one side of the passage instead of 'dangling' in the middle. Weird because I've never been told I have an inverted uterus or anything like that, but it's definitely on the side (the top side nearest my pubic bone) and that seems to affect my ability to get it inside the cup. Agh I didn't think this would be so complicated! Will keep persevering :)

elle2013elle2013 on April 29th, 2014 02:06 am (UTC)
Mine feels exactly the same way. This is hard to describe but I'll try:

After inserting my cup, I insert my finger on the "top" side of my cup - between my cup and my pubic bone - until it bumps into my cervix. It does feel like my cervix sits at an angle, but I always feel the edge of my cup sitting at the base of my cervix right in that spot. Then I sweep my finger around to the right and to the left to make sure the cup has fully opened. So, while I know my cup sits *around* my cervix, I know it doesn't sit "flush" against the base of my cervix all the way around. Like, one side (the bottom side) is less inside the cup than the top.

Here's a probably TMI option. My cervix moves A LOT when I have an orgasm. Try inserting your cup and then having one. If your body works like mine (and we seem to be similar), the cup moves up (way) as the vagina lengthens. This is very telling because 1) the cup goes up with your cervix if it's correctly positioned and 2) you can re-check its position as your cervix starts to resume it's lower position.

Good luck!
bklynmom on April 28th, 2014 12:09 am (UTC)
Are you sure that's your cervix? That's pretty low, and if it's a part of your pubic bone you're feeling it might mean you're not aiming for your cervix. I mean, the pc muscles usually take up at least a cm or so from the entrance to the vagina. Or do you mean your cervix is a cm past your muscles? I think you're still in the learning curve and if you keep on, it will get better!
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