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03 July 2009 @ 10:57 am
Hello from Russia! :)
I'm not very good at English but I can't find russian-speaking cup-user who could answer my questions... So I hope you will forgive me for my mistakes :)
I've been using my Mooncup UK for 5 periods and I still have some troubles with leaking.
I'm 25, no kids, sexual active. I use a small size - "B".
It works, and sometimes it works perfect, but another time it leaks just like there's nothing inside at all.

I tried to insert it in different ways:
- low, right next to the entrance of vagina - works, but I fill it and the stem pokes me.
- higher, towards my cervix - but when it is inside, I can't say if it is around my cervix or not... how can I check it? So it usually leaks when inserted like this - means that I do something wrong?

I could wear it low, but in time it rides up anyway, and sometimes not to my cervix - so it starts to leak a lot.

So how do you think what should I do?
Try to incert it around my cervix (but how can I do it?) ?
Or shoud I try a wider/longer cup that wouldn't ride up in wrong direction when inserted?
I should add that my Mooncup "B" seats very tightly, I can hardly insert a finger to check the suction.
And my cervix is not low during my period (about 6-7 sm).
Dina Clare: dreamlintilla on July 3rd, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)
When you're pushing it up, it's possible you're actually pushing it past your cervix. If it pokes out to the side, that could certainly explain the leaking. You can check by swirling your finger around the rim - if you feel large dents or your cervix poking out, then you will know. :)

If it rides up, that's fine. As I mentioned in my post about cup myths, the diagrams that the companies put in their literature don't necessarily reflect everyone's anatomy. A lot of people here find their cup much more comfortable if it rides up.

If the stem's poking you, have you considered trimming it? If you're worried about needing it for removal, you could trim it bit by bit instead of cutting the whole thing off.

Hope that helps!
Dina Clare: dreamlintilla on July 3rd, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
On second thought...
I should note that if it rides up it's fine so long as it's comfortable and not leaking. Do you find that it leaks more if it rides up?
Анастасияstasya_s on July 3rd, 2009 08:31 am (UTC)
Thanks for your answer ;)
Ok, I've just tried to put it on my cervix - seems like it is inside, so I'll check it later for leaks.
The stem is trimmed :) I've done it at the first use, it's only 5 mm length now.

And yes, if it rides up it began to leek... It doesn't get to my cervix when it rides up itself...
Dina Clare: dreamlintilla on July 3rd, 2009 09:32 am (UTC)
Hmm, interesting. I don't have any theories on the riding-up issue, but maybe some of the other folks here do. :)

Have you checked out the tags? This one may have some answers for you.
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on July 3rd, 2009 11:51 am (UTC)
Ignore the instructions that came with the cup. The picture is wrong for most of us. I think a MAN drew it. :oP The REAL cup is much bigger than in the picture. And for most of us, it sits (O) around the cervix, not at the opening of the vagina.

Want to try my method? First, find your cervix and remember where it is.

Sitting on the toilet, I use the punch-down fold with the punched part facing down. I hold it with my thumb and middle finger and insert it so the rim is just beyond my pubic bone. Then I insert my pointer finger to create an air channel and allow the cup to open fully there. (It draws in a little as it opens.) I push the stem rearward to face the opening of the cup toward my cervix and then gently push the cup in as I squeeze my muscles to seat the cup inside of me.

I hope that works as well for you as it does for me.

PS - Your English is excellent. :o)
Анастасияstasya_s on July 6th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)
Thanks so much :)
Your method works for me! But I found that with C fold it opens easier, and insertion is not so hard, so I use it.
And - no leaks till it gets full to the holes.
mrslillypooh on July 12th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
Hello. I find that I need to empty my cup every 4 hours when I am on a heavy flow (because if it fills to holes, it will leak). The company may say you can go 12 hours without emptying it, but if it is filling to the holes you may need to empty the cup more often.
m03m on July 3rd, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
Isn't the internet great... it warms my heart to see women from all around the world doing their best to help each other with questions like these.
Welcome, stasya_s!
Анастасияstasya_s on July 6th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
Yes, that's how internet improves our lives! ;)
I'm very grateful to this wonderful community!