June 25th, 2012

Leaking due to clogged air holes?

I apologize for any mistakes in posting. I'm very new to livejournal.

Hello, fellow cup users! Currently I'm on my second day of my cycle with my DivaCup (small), and things have been going well with the learning curve. I've fixed some minor leaking problems by switching folds (7 fold to C-fold, which is easier to open and also gives better positioning). However, when I went to pee today I felt bubbling inside the cup (like a "vj fart", as a user in a post I read affectionately called it), and when I wiped I found some blood. Taking out the cup, I saw the cup was only half full, yet the air holes were filled with blood. The same thing happened yesterday, though the cup was full that time (so yes, the holes were also filled with blood). I know this isn't residual slobber because I made sure to get it all out the last time I went to the bathroom.

I know the Diva's air holes are smaller than other cups', and people have made them a bit bigger by using a needle. Does this sound like the cause of the minor leaking? I can't think of anything else other than perhaps my cervix is taking up some room in the cup on my heavy days, but that doesn't account for the bubbling sensation.

Thank you for any help!

How do YOU remove your cup?

Hello! First of all, this is my first time posting to livejournal ever, so please forgive me if this ends up in the wrong place.

I'm on my first period with my Mooncup, size B, and have been doing a lot of research on insertion and removal techniques. I've found a lot of different techniques, particularly with a lot of different kinds of folds, but not so much with removal... mostly just a bunch of removal horror stories- eek! I'm still spending like ten minutes in the bathroom every time I try to remove it, so I want to look into different methods of taking it out in hopes that one of them will best suit my body.

So, what's your personal method of removing your menstrual cup that best suits you? (Any tips on avoiding a mess would also be greatly appreciated.)