April 11th, 2014

Faith

Back again, story time and some issues

About a year and a half ago, I bought my first menstrual cup and came here for advice because I had absolutely no experience sticking anything in my vagina. I eventually managed to put the cup in and remove it a few times, but I always had issues with getting it past my pubic bone. Tt didn't seem to pop open, or I couldn't tell, and always felt this weird sensation when I walked. I put the cup away and have used reusable pads up to now, which have worked wonderfully.

Today, I finally decided to try the cup again. Insertion was much easier... although there was some chaffing. However, it popped! But it popped way too close to the entrance of my vagina and was extremely uncomfortable and it needed to be removed. I tried again in the shower and while it was a little sore because of my earlier attempt holy crap, I managed to get it in far enough, and it popped (it kinda hurts when it pops though, is that normal?) For the first time ever I couldn't feel it unless I consciously tried to (aka squeeze my muscles)! I finished my shower and wanted to practice removal again....

it was up way farther than I've ever had to deal with. It was way past my pubic bone and I could only touch it with my pointer finger, I couldn't manage to push my thumb in far enough to grab onto the base. I nearly panicked, but I tried to relax and look for the stem. The stem was in a weird position, it was like the cup was tilted to the left (is my cervix tilted that way or something? I've never been able to find my cervix) and the stem was nestled between my pubic bone and my vaginal walls and I STRUGGLED SO HARD before I finally managed to grab it with a good grip.... I was getting really frustrated, especially since the stem stretched when I pulled on it. I dealt with grabbing and then losing it quite a few times. Eventually I DID manage to use it to coax the cup out, and any of the blood that came out was inside so it means it was in correctly...

but wow, that was difficult. I guess I have a high cervix? I've never trimmed the stem and yet I still had so much trouble grabbing it... WHich is a total first since every other time, the stem was at least partially sticking out of my vagina. Now I'm terrified of how hard it would have been if I'd preemptively trimmed it or something. It took so long to remove, I can't imagine doing that in the middle of the day to empty it out. Also, I feel like I chafe every time I insert/remove so doing that a few times during the day sounds even MORE unappealing. I know lube helps but do people really use lube for it through their entire period? Any advice?

SUCCESS!!!

So I had posted a while back about having problems with the Rainbow cup and having bought the Yuuki cup set of large both soft and classic. I'm very happy to report: THEY WERE A HUGE SUCCESS!!!

I tested both during this cycle. I'm so happy. No leaks, felt comfortable enough after the second day to go without even a panty liner which I haven't been able to do since I was 13. No pain on insertion or during wearing them discomfort on removal till I got used to them. I went to help a friend get caught up on paperwork at her job and was gone for 9 hours... I didn't even bring my purse. Being on my period and forgetting my purse would have been a disaster before the cups. I was able to sleep for a full 8 hours without waking up because I could feel my tampon over flowing after 4 hours or less.

I will NEVER go back to tampons.
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9 months with leaks, please help....

Hi,
I am a 44 year old female that has had 3 vaginal births (my youngest is 17 now). My periods are regular 30 days apart with the odd early or late day sprinkled in just 'for fun'. I have very heavy bleeding the first two days of my period and then it tapers off pretty quickly. I get a really light day and then it starts again for a couple of days and presto, done.

My husband and I have started bike touring last year now that the kids are leaving the nest so I purchased a large Fluer cup 9 months ago (Purple, yay), as it is a more practical way to manage my period whilst on the bike, and it means I don't have to carry boxes of tampons with me.

I have had constant leaks the whole 9 months and am still wearing a panty liner, which defeats the purpose somewhat. On our first 2 week bike tour I even managed to make a huge mess in a motel room when we had a rest day. I was so tired from riding 100kms a day that I fell into a really deep sleep. It soaked all the way through to the mattress... This leaking is constant and not because the cup is full. I know what the bubbly feeling feels like on the odd occasion that I have actually managed to fill the cup, because I am constantly running to the toilet to clean myself up.

I have had to trim the tab right back as it was super uncomfortable unless it was pushed up high and I have found the ridges on the cup quite sharp as well. I can certainly feel the cup when it sits low. But that didn't worry me as much as the leaking. I have also found that the first day it is almost agony wearing a cup as my cervix gets so swollen and hangs really low, especially just after insertion when the suction occurs. After the initial flood days I don't have a problem comfort wise.

So I would like to know from you lovely ladies out there if I need to get a bigger cup to create a better seal, a stiffer cup that won't kink with my monstrous cervix pushing into it, or is it just my technique? I use the punch down fold after rinsing the cup and I don't have any trouble with insertion or removal. I am now looking at perhaps getting an XL Meluna (ball ended) in a classic or a sport because its made out of TPE and the ridges appear a bit softer.

I have spent quite some time reading through the entries here and I do the kegels to get the cup higher, rotating the stem to make sure it's opened up and feeling around to make sure the cervix is not hanging over the edge as suggested, but still I leak like a sieve......

Any suggestions or comments gratefully accepted.

Doing sports while wearing cup

Hello all. I have learned a lot from you guys, and you guys rock. Reading from the entries, I've settled on a large fleur cup which works like a charm in my day to day work. It's when I exercise that's a whole other story. The fleurcup works when I'm on the stairmaster or just walking. When I jog and run, I have leaks even though the cup is in. I was wondering if anyone had this problem and what are ways to deal with it? One of the reason I settled on a fleurcup is that I have a retroverted cervix. My cervix is low enough that I can reach it barely. I assume that I would need a shorter cup with the hypothesis that my cup has been hitting the cervix and spilling its contents. I don't know if that is a plausible explanation, and I would love for any feedback.