About 9 months ago I bought my first cup (a small lunette selene) which I loved but couldn't get to stop leaking when it was less than half full, thinking it was because my cervix sits inside the cup and therefore there wasn't enough room before my cup overflows, I bought a large lunette selene. Although this did help somewhat I'm still having a lot of problems and thinking of trying another cup...So I could really do with some advice as I cant afford to buy another if the next one doesn't help, and will be forced to return to the dreaded pads (I'm too terrified of TSS to use tampons and the heaviness of my flow varies too widely during my period).
The problems I'm having with it are that it always leaks after it is at most 1/3 full, presumably because my cervix sits inside the cup (even if i try to pull the cup down a little after inserting), which with my flow means i have to change it at least every hour, which is very difficult as I work picking fruit on a farm.
It also always leaks a little anyway, which isn't residual blood, and especially at the start of my period it often leaks without managing to catch hardly anything in the cup.
The biggest problem though is that quite often at night if I sleep for more than an hour without getting up to empty it, when I get up it will all come down all of a sudden (completely or mostly missing my cup) and ruin whatever I'm wearing. I've only had this with my cup and it's making me think of abandoning them, which i really really don't want to do! but sleeping in one hour stretches is starting to get me down..
The only ideas I've found on here is either trying a much thinner cup that won't actually fit around my cervix (and therefore my cervix won't take up all the room), getting a larger capacity cup (although it doesn't go much higher than a large lunette), or getting a softer cup such as the large yukki, as there was an idea going around that the firmer cups could cause leaking especially at night, as they could, I think, not mold to your shape when your lying down as well, or keep the shape it squishes into when your lying down for a short while after you get up (allowing the blood to escape). I don't know if any of this ideas sound plausible to any of you but I'd appreciate suggestions.
I'm looking at either a mpower or large fleurcup, as it is slightly larger and firmer (would this help?) and has a higher capacity in the bottom of the cup (where my cervix wouldn't reach), a large yukki, as it is even bigger and a lot softer ( would this help??) or something that wouldn't fit around my cervix. So basically I'd really appreciate suggestions on whether a thinner cup could be likely to help, which cup you'd suggest, and mostly whether you think a firmer or a softer cup would be more likely to help????
thanks for any advice i really appreciate it.
As a side note, I was wondering if anyone knows if having your cervix completely inside (and kind of squished by) your cup cup can cause any health issues or increase the likelihood of cervical cancer etc?