June 6th, 2013

Newbie questions re fleurcup and larger capacity

Hi there,
I am new to the world of menstrual cups, but after some research here, bought the large fleurcup a few months ago. This is my second cycle using it. I have had two children, and have heavy, irregular periods. I have started to figure out some successful insertion techniques, but find removal very painful, as the ridge of the rim scrapes the vaginal wall on its way out. I can't seem to reach my fingers in far enough to pinch the cup to remove it in anything but fully open position, and though I have given birth, that opening is still small (I was fitted for the smallest size of diaghram after birth!). Would love help with that and also wonder if there are suggestions for a larger capacity cup. On my 3 or so very heavy days I have to get up twice during the night to change the cup and can only go an hour and a half to two hours or so during the day.
I have a very low cervix- have trimmed the stem of fleurcup down below the first notch, and working up the courage to trim it completely off. I would love to know if there is a solution for me where I don't have the capacity issue (oh and is it normal for it to start leaking profusely when over full? I read about people using panty liners as backup and can't imagine since I have a gush when it is full). Thanks in advance for help!!
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Iron making period heavier?

Does taking iron make your periods heavier? It seems to be for me. My doctor told me three months ago I had to start taking iron as my levels were too low, and ever since then my cup won't last me through the night without massive leakage.

I've had a medium Meluna for about... nine or ten months?... and I never had a leak once I got through the learning curve. But the last three months, I've woken up to a huge amount of leakage.

I'm tossing up whether to invest in a larger-capacity cup, or whether to use backup pads at night for now. I can't really afford a new cup right now, since the things aren't cheap, but a few packs of pads costs the same so that will end up more expensive in the long run. I think it might be best to use up the pads I still have left from pre-cup days and then in a couple months I'll have a bit more money to get a new cup.

But which cup to get? It was hard enough choosing the Meluna! :)