June 24th, 2013

Leaking diva cup

Hello everyone this is my first post. Iv had my diva cup for 4 cycles now and last month and this month on my second day of my cycle it leaks!! I have a light period. The doctors always say its hard to find my cervix so maybe the diva isn't for me?!?! Idk I already trimmed the whole stem off cause it was way to long. I check to make sure it's opened do a light pull down and a kegal but it's still leaking!! Any sugestions?

Period on a River Trip

Hi again!
I'm very sorry for posting again so soon, but this has just come up. I'm 14, and tomorrow I am leaving for a 4 night river trip. But guess what! This morning, what do I feel but menstrual cramps! They're unpredictable, so I could get my period anywhere from 3-10 days from now. The odds are that I'll get my period on the river sometime. I'm thinking that I can just wear disposable pantyliners under my swimsuit just in case it catches me off guard. But my question is, what do I do if it does? Basically, the rafts leave at around 9:00 each morning, stop for lunch sometime around 1-2 each day, and stop in the evening around 5:00. So what if I realize that I've gotten my period around 10:00 one morning, and I'm just wearing a pantyliner? Ill be on the boat for another 2 hours with no stops or access to supplies. Also, swimming with a disposable pantyliner wont be fun. I've thought about wearing my cup each day for prevention of accidents , but I'm worried since I sometimes have trouble with insertion and I won't have any lube. Also, the bathrooms are just little pots that they set up, so I'd have to bring my own water, and there wouldn't be any soap. I'm leaving tomorrow, but any opinions? Should I wear a pantyliner or cup? Thoughts on sanitation? And finally, personal experiences swimming with a cup?
Thank you guys so much!
Trula

Meluna Soft leaking when running

Hi All,

I just got my Meluna soft S a few days ago and am using it right now. It is a bit difficult to make it open, because I simply do not have a lot of space down there (and I am completely relaxed when I insert it) and when it does open, it stays in an oval shape (which seems to be OK as per dozens of other posts).
The problem is that the cup leaks a bit too much when I go running, and only then. Right now, I am only spotting, so I am a bit apprehensive about using the cup during a full fledged period when I go on my daily run.

Are there any runners here with the same problem? Any possible solutions? Has anyone tried out the (rock hard?) Meluna Sport, and would it affect a sensitive bladder? Did you switch from one stiffness/size/brand to another with greater success because of high impact exercise?

Other info: in my thirties, no kids, on a dry spell sexually (ehem), have always been tight (not the muscles, just the vagina) as per my sex partners and my pain levels, could never go beyond a regular OB at the very most. Never knew exactly what or where my cervix was until recently, and it travels north at night, and south during the day, or at least during my runs. TMI? Oh yeah, I have a bit of stress incontinence when I run, which is why I thought a cup may be a great idea - better than the doctors recommended tampon. I have been running with a Lelo ben wa ball for a few weeks and it made all the difference on the world, so a cup should be ideal in theory.

I have been lurking here for a while and read hundreds of posts, afer finding you all through an unrelated Google search. This is an incredible community without which I would have never even considered a menstrual cup, since the personal aspect and user experience is missing in a Wikipedia article.

Thank you all in advance!


Quick edit: I bought a bunch of Melunas just now, because I found them so cheap, so I'll update this entry once I get to do some test runs, in case others have the same issue. If you can think of anything else, let me know - I am grateful for all the advice I can get!!!

Cleaning at the end of the month

Hello again,
Now that I have conquered use of my fabulous cup, how should I clean it at the end of my period? I have been washing with water and mild soap each time I empty it but as far as the big monthly clean I am clueless. I don't want to boil it as I have read somewhere here that it can make the silicone softer and my cup is perfect how it is. I was thinking of surgical spirits (rubbing alcohol) or hydrogen peroxide but what method does one use with such things? Also, the vinegar method - how does that work?
Thanks,
Abi