October 7th, 2015

  • megsh19

New user needing guidance!

Hi all!

I recently discovered menstrual cups and I am ALL IN on the idea! I did some research, purchased a Lunette size 2 (the larger), and waited for my period to come with a lot more excitement than usual! I'm now on day 3 of my period and am having all sorts of issues with leakage.  I've read entries on this and other blogs, watched videos, looked at diagrams, and I can't seem to figure out what is going on.

About me: I'm 42, never had kids, not a virgin but haven't been sexually active in a while. I think I have a high cervix, based on descriptions I've read here and elsewhere. My periods are typically 2 heavy days, followed by a couple of lighter days and then several days of spotting.

About my issues:  I have tried the punch-down and seven folds, both with success on insertion.  Best I can tell, the thing is popping open.  When I try to run my finger around it, I'm not feeling any dents, but I can't get my finger all the way up to the rim.  I definitely have to squeeze it a few times and wiggle it around to get it to release the seal for removal.  Once I insert it, sometimes leakage will start immediately, other times it will feel dry for an hour or two before I get a gush.  When I remove it, there is usually a little blood in the cup (about a thimble size, or just higher than the grip rings), so I don't think I am pushing past my cervix completely.  It's not so full that I think I am having dangling cervix issues displacing blood from a full cup, based on what I have read. I have tried leaving the cup lower, sitting with the rim just inside my pelvic bone, or higher with the same issues.  I don't really feel the cup inside me.  When it sits lower, the grip rings are a little irritating to my the opening of my V.  I have noticed that I can pee with it in, but I can't pee hard (if that makes sense), just a steady stream.

I'm wondering...do I need a cup with a wider opening?  Am a crushing it and need a firmer cup?  Is it a positioning issue?

I know it can take some time to get the hang of this, but so far I've not had success with any troubleshooting and I don't know what the problem is.  I REALLY want this to work, so any guidance would be so appreciated.

Not a lot of educated disscusion on this...

So I keep running into (or Facebook keeps suggesting I check out) this kickstarter for a "smart" menstrual cup. My initial reaction was "Awesome!" but after reading up on it, it's not great. What's worse is there is only a little conversation about it (that I found), most of which is from non-cup users with typical first reactions to the idea of a cup. (i.e. "Ew.") So I figured I'd get a conversation started here. First, here's the link to the video (I hope it doesn't just show up, I'm still figuring out how LJ works): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx2r5fhdoJ8. There's a link in the description with more info.
Now for my thoughts:
1. Lol my vagaina would have bluetooth
2. My vagina doesn't need bluetooth! Is that even safe? And a battery up there?  I pretty sure that's a good way to die.
3. One size does not fit all and this cups would be WAY too long for me.
4. $40 for six months of use?!?!  I started using cups for cost efficiency, $80 a year is close to what I spent on disposables.
5. Everyone loves the "green factor" of cups.  Doesn't this ruin that?
6. Okay, I can see how if your gyno needed more info, and very specific info this might be good for a six-month study.  It would also be potentially usefull for scientific studies invovling menstruation, but not for everyday use.

What are your thoughts?