September 20th, 2015

Constipation, Medium LUB, and some theories on why cups leak

Greetings! I'm just finishing off my third cycle with the Medium LUB. After trying out 7 or 8 cups, it's really satisfying to say that I've found my goldilocks. The cup has amazing capacity, seals extremely well in my body, and can be worn leak-proof overnight and on heavy days.

That is not to say I have never experienced a leak with the Medium LUB! I have! I wanted to share my discoveries on avoiding leaks as they may be helpful to people using the LUB, and possible even other cups. So...

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First time Menstrual Cup user, I need tips!

Hey there MC community, I recently switched over from disposable feminine hygiene products to a MC...or more specifically the DivaCup since that was the only cup I could find in stores and online purchases are the devil when it comes to money. Currently I'm 14 and I'm fed up with using pads and stuff like that so I tried the cup, it wasn't hard to get used to during insertion and pulling the thing out but...when I insert it my vaginal walls seem to kinda squish together? It's not 'open' like how other people describe it when they insert the cup. Most people say that it should open fully like an O shape. But mine kinda squishes together and is crushed by my walls and it leaks...not badly but when I get up after laying down. I use the punch-down fold, since the C fold is too big, I squat down to insert the cup and when it's inside I stick a finger in and feel around the edges and I'm not surprised to say that it's pretty flat being crushed by the walls. I have a really, really high cervix when I'm not on my period and it's usually a bit angled to the left? But this week when I was testing the cup I decided to stick my finger inside to you know, figure stuff out but then I found out that my cervix sat pretty low...that might also be the problem but I just want my cup to work, I'm so comfortable with it. There were tips saying to rotate it? But that's impossible for me since it's so flat, I tried pulling the cup out a little to let it 'pop' open but that didn't do anything.

How do I get it to fully open? In the O shape and not have it flat against my walls?
This is the only cup I'm allowed to get since it's so expensive.
I don't want to switch back to disposables since they're so uncomfortable.