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newselene
08 January 2009 @ 01:36 pm
Hi everyone!

I just got a Lunette Selene s2 and am using it for the first time. After a very good start, I have had some leaking.
I mostly use the C-fold, sometimes the punchdown and always make sure to check the base of the cup for dents once inserted. And when I remove the cup, I hear a noise that sounds like suction release.

After reading posts in the community, I wonder if I am inserting the cup too high, too close to the cervix. I have no problem going 'in exploration' down there, but I can't figure out what's what once there.
How can I recognize the cervix?
 
 
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DQ: lunettedamned_queen on January 8th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
Best thing you can do is just feel how your cervix is positioned during your period. If you insert a finger your cervix is at the end and feels like the tip of a nose OR something softer, like lips.

I noticed there's a really big difference between how my cervix is positioned when I'm not on my period and when I am. It's a lot lower and on the utter right side. Ever since I've known this I make sure to insert my cup in a slightly titled way, aiming towards my cervix, and I haven't had a leak since.
I know that when I place my cup too high I bump into my cervix and it hurts, so I tend to place my cup rather low (it travels up anyway after a while)

You'll just have to try and see what works for you though. It might take a couple of cycles before you get it just right. Good luck :-)
Christine_quietude_ on January 8th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
Your cervix will be the rounded firm thing you find when you go exploring. Most of the vagina feels smooth and flat with a little give. There's a bumpy part in the front, just under and behind the pubic bone and the rest will be smooth, a little like the lining of your cheek. The cervix is rounded, firm and will feel a little like it is floating around in there. You might be able to trace around the edge of the cervix and/or feel the os in the center. The os might feel like a dimple near the center.
Kai: pic#77976566kuradi8 on January 8th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
The others have given you good advice to find your cervix. It's a round "bump" about the size of a coin. Once you have, remember its approximate location.

Want to try my method?

Insert your cup most of way in so that the rim is past your pubic bone. Allow it to open there. Make sure it's open fully. Then nudge the stem so that the opening of your cup points toward your cervix and give your cup a little boost in the direction of your cervix as you Kegel the cup in.

That works 99% of the time for me. I hope it will for you too.
Kai: pic#77976566kuradi8 on January 8th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
I gave this a little more thought.

How much are you leaking?

If you are leaking a lot and nothing is getting into the cup, then you've missed your cervix and suctioned the cup up against your vaginal wall so nothing can get in. Remove and re-insert, making sure you get the opening (O) around your cervix.

If you're just leaking a little -- just enough to ruin or soak through your panties, then that might just be the residual blood from the nooks and crannies of your vagina that didn't get into the cup.

A lot of us get that "residual" slobber. Swirling your finger around the cup a few times to wipe it away helps some people. Inserting the cup dry so the water or lube doesn't add to the residual blood helps others. And some folks (like me) just put on a pantie shield and live with it. I find that only my heavy day is messy. My light days don't leak at all.
newselenenewselene on January 8th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
'"Residual" slobber' is something I definitely look into. I'm in my fourth day, so not much blood in the cup and my cloth pad is all clean today, compared to 2nd and 3rd days. And I did insert the cup while it was wet.
I feel so smarter now! Thanks :)
newselenenewselene on January 8th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks, girls, for the help!! I'm just returning from an 'expedition' in there following the blueprints you gave me and that was fruitful!

So just to be sure: the cervix is all round and 'closed' and your finger can go all around it, yes? For some reason, I thought is was a bit 'open' and leading to the uterus - silly me!! :D
epiphany_of_luvepiphany_of_luv on January 8th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
The opening is so small, you won't be able to notice it. Only open enough to let certain things through ;-) Until you dialate to have a child of course...
Emiipurplefog on January 8th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
...Then boy, do you notice it.
Emiipurplefog on January 8th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
Why am I now having images of Postits stuck on cervixes?
newselenenewselene on January 8th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Wow, Mother Nature at work! :)