11 May 2010 @ 07:26 pm
Hi, I've been reading this site for a long time. I've been using a keeper "A" since my first (csection) birth. Steep learning curve but got really good at it, used it exclusively for 2 years & got pg.  2nd baby (also c-section after labor) had similar sitch--it took three cycles but got a hang of it again, used it for 2 years.  Well now I'm holding my third toddler, my periods came back, and here I am on cycle #4 and I at least know what my questions are.

Lighter days (first day, last two or three) everything works perfectly. I change it every 9 hours or so and all is well.

My day and a half of heavy flow is misery--it works for an hour at a time, tops. When I take it out, there is some blood in the cup and the rest is on the outside. It works, though, for an hour. No leaking. And then I can feel the squishy "I am leaking" moment.

Forgetting everything I knew, I started this round using it low, and then, reading this site again, remembered that higher is sometimes better. But nothing, I mean nothing, works on those heavy days.  And my heavy days, I could use heavy-flow tampons and never leak, so we're not talking amazingly heavy. And with the other two stints with the keeper between babies, I would get a full cup plus some on release. Now it's a dribble --some in the cup, but NOT FULL --and I'm aggravated.

Is it time for me to retire the keeper for something wider? Keep trying to get the hang of it? Any tips? Thanks.
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Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on May 12th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
Is your cervix riding lower these days? The Keeper is a long cup. Would a shorter cup suit you better nowadays? http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/1285963.html Or maybe a different shape would fit you better now?
hickory_kitty on May 12th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
I don't know if there's a difference--when I started using it, I wasn't really that aware of my body. It does seem that no matter how much I relax, I can't get the keeper in as far as I used to, so you might be onto something. I'm thinking wider and shorter, maybe, but wanted to see if I was missing something completely obvious!!
Ρεβεκκαbekki2308 on May 12th, 2010 08:39 am (UTC)
id give the wider and shorter option a try :)
temperfortwotemperfortwo on May 12th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
it could be the size. I find that when I don't take enough time to make sure the cup is sealed, I get leaks.