The Lone Jewel (eremir) wrote in menstrual_cups,
The Lone Jewel
eremir
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Apparently I'm a leftie...

First of all I'd just like to say, this place is great! I've been suffering hell the past few days and would probably have given up on my new cup if I hadn't found this place.

I've been having long, excessive bleedings for a long time now, and I've nearly ruined myself on tampons this year, so I finally made the decision to try a cup. I bought a Lunette, because it was the biggest, most stable looking one I found. It arrived during one of my "in between" bleedings, and I thought that was a good time to try it out. After a couple of days of trial I got it to work ok and then put it away when I didn't need it anymore. Then this thursday I got my real period, which is really heavy, and looked forward to using my cup. Didn't work, at all. For some reason all the blood ended up outside and I couldn't figure out why. I took it out and put it in again so many times my whole pelvis ached and my fingers where raw from washing. Also, I found the lunette very stiff and hard to fold and insert, so I became very sore. Eventually I gave up and went back to tampons. Searched for hours and hours online to find help.

And then I came here. I didn't even know there were other ways to fold a cup than the c-fold! I didn't get any instructions with my cup, I just followed the advice on the website I bought it from. Anyway, after reading through a ton of posts here I decided to try again, with another fold, and really figure out why it was leaking. I thought maybe the cup was too long or too narrow, because somehow my cervix ended up outside the cup. But it wasn't outside the front of the cup, where it should be if the cup was too long or too far in. It was off to the side, behind the cup. As if during my period it sags down to the left. It didn't matter how far in I stuck the cup, I had to find a way to weasel my cervix inside. This ultimately means I have to wear my cup diagonally. It takes a bit of fingerwork, but it gets there. I don't know how good the suction is though, since it seems to slip down into a straight position eventually, but I haven't had any major leakage since. (Yay!)

Does anyone else have this issue? Does this mean my uterus is tilted too? Because my gyno never commented on it. It's okay, though, I don't feel the cup even if it's very askew. There's plenty of sideways room in there even if the entrence itself is narrow. And I'm very happy to have found the 7-fold. Much easier to get in now. :) I was worried I would have to buy a different cup, something I can't really afford right now, but now I'm glad I stuck with it. I really want this to work, and be rid of those awful pads and tampons forever.
Tags: cervix position, insertion, leakage & spotting, lunette
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