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New to Cups and Would like some Help please!

Hi all :) 
New here and new to cups and I don't know why, but I thought I'd love my Mooncup right away and never buy another hated tampon for the rest of my life.  I really thought these things would hold a ton of blood and take away my problem of never being able to leave the house for 3 or 4 days a month, unless I'm carrying a dozen tampons and within 5 minutes of a toilet at all times. Unrealistic I suppose, but I've read some really glowing reviews of these things.

For the first day the only problem was that it hurt on removal, I followed the advice given on here and that worked and I was delighted at how easy it all was (ha!). Then on the second day my cup started to leak after an hour.  It wasn't full and the little holes aren't blocked at all.  My flow is quite heavy but the blood is leaking out whilst the cup is less than half full.  The record so far is leaking 15 minutes after insertion.   It feels like it's opening up OK and seems to seal (although I can't feel the top of the rim with my finger when it's in).  It's pretty hard to pull out, so I think it seals.

Also, I find that squatting (which I do a lot of as I can't bend very well) makes it feel like it's coming out, and makes it leak too.  It also leaked when I pulled my legs up off the floor when watching TV, you know when you hug your legs to your chest - like that?

I gave up today and used a tampon and I felt clean and dry for the first time in three days.  It was a huge relief and a bitter disappointment at the same time.

I wonder if I'm doing it wrong or I'm not the right shape to use a cup or something.  I emailed the company and they said to trim the stem more and wear it lower.  I'll try that next time I use it but I don't think I'll be using it for a few days.  I have to go out tomorrow and I'm dreading having it leak or having to empty it in public.  I don't want to wear a pad, I hate them more than tampons.  

Sorry this is a bit rambling and long, but what I want to know is:

Is it normal for squatting etc to cause cup movement/leaks?

Should I try a bigger cup like a Large Lunette?

How do you work out what size to use if you have a heavy flow but a very low cervix?? 

I've read the relevant FAQ's and watched some of the films on you.tube (which were great, thanks Melissa) but I suppose I just want to vent and have somebody say, "don't worry - you're not a completely pathetic loser!!" or something like that.   I'll keep trying with my MCuk, but I'd be grateful for any tips about the heavy flow/low cervix problem.

Also, I noticed today that the stem was off to one side, does that mean anything?  I don't think I put it in off centre - it seems to have moved like that by itself.

Thanks for reading :)
Tags: heavy blood flow, leakage & spotting, teething troubles
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