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27 July 2009 @ 06:38 pm

I am new to menstrual cups and this is my first cycle with my brand new Mooncup UK.

The very first time I used it, it went really well, no leaks, brilliant!

But after having emptied my cup and re-inserted it, it leaked.
The cervix is pointing into the cup, the cup is unfolded, it sits low in my vag (although I think that my vag might me on the short side).
When I inserted it for the first time, I remember hearing and feeling it popping open. It never did that again. That would of course create a neat deal inside, I guess.

I read somewhere something about inserting the cup while sucking in air into the vagina. How do you do that?

Also, what are other ways to fold up your cup? Are there pics of that or can someone give me instructions, please?

I really want to get the hang of my Moncup. After all, it went so unbelievable well the first try....
Khory Bannefinkhorybannefin on July 27th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
This post was helpful to me in the beginning...
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on July 27th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
Check the FOLDING tags. There was recently a post by a fellow list member who made a great video. I'm sure you'll find it there.
surethingbuddysurethingbuddy on July 27th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
Check to make sure the holes are not clogged before you re-insert.
fireaphidfireaphid on July 27th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
If you're more of the visual type, there's a fantastic video of all the folds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-PX3BWwjPY. My favorite is the triangle/extreme seven fold.

As for your leaking, there are a few ways to check that the cup is open, like spinning it or feeling for dents, but is it possible that your leaking isn't due to the cup being mis-placed (I rarely feel an actual popping sensation when my cup successfully opens and forms a seal), but, rather, that you are experiencing the slow leak of residual blood that got into the vagina when you removed and cleaned your cup? It's a very common type of "leaking" but the only thing you can do to fix it is to insert a finger and try to use it to clean out any of that blood, or to use a pantyliner or wear dark underwear. Anyway, if you described the leaking, it would probably be easier to figure out what the problem might be.

Good luck, and be patient with yourself!
jaguar76 on July 27th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the great link! There sure are useful folds out there!!
I thought about residual blood, but that would stop at some point, wouldn't it?
Whereas I put the cup in and 30 mins later I have red blood in my pantyliner. And it keeps coming. There is a bit of blood in the cup, but it seems to go half in the cup, half "out & about".
Also, when I insert a finger to run around the cup to check if cervix is covered and cup unfolded I have a wee bit of blood.
That blood would definitely NOT make those stains.

Sometimes I ask myself if checking internally with the finger is not what causes the seal to break?

I will try another fold.
And the sucking in air with the vagina. Anybody knows how to do that?
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on July 27th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
It sounds like the cup might not be opening fully or you might be partially missing your cervix. Want to try my method?

I use the punch-down fold with the punched part facing down. Facing down, it makes a difference. I hold it with my thumb and middle finger, insert the cup so the rim is just past my pubic bone and then use my index finger to create an air channel so it opens fully. Then I nudge the stem rearward to point the cup toward my cervix and give it a boost as I Kegel the cup up and in.

If you prefer other folds, try them facing up and down... sometimes it makes a difference.
jaguar76 on July 27th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
Hi Fireaphid,

I've been examining the whole situation down there in depth (quite : ) literally) and came to the conclusion that the rim of the cup was leaning across my cervix.
Since my vagina is short, the cup really must be cupping the cervix.
I wonder if I will be able to one day insert the cup without having to double-check internally, but even if this is the case, it is well worth the effort. No more tampons in the oceans from me!

Thank you ladies!
I'm actually looking foreward to my next menstruation. I hope I will not have a loooonf folicular phase, as I've had once or twice before.....
Jessicaamethystrse on July 27th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
My mooncup (UK) leaks but only when I'm bleeding heavy and/or it's full.

What I do is after I insert it I wiggle it around a bit and try to feel if the cup has any idents (which would indicate not a good seal). Somtimes I do a kegal or two and that works or I try and rotate it. Though I've found that sometimes it will open right as I'm washing my hands. I feel a "pop" and there it goes.

I hope this helps!