Z (zsomeone) wrote in menstrual_cups,

Cup woes

I’ve been lurking here for a long time researching, and bought my first cup last fall. At first I thought it was great, but it’s no longer working for me and I’m close to giving up and going back to tampons for good. I’ve been reading everyone’s posts and taking their suggestions, but it’s just not working anymore.

I’m 36, no kids, and in pretty good shape. After much research, I bought a small fleurcup.
At first I really liked it. I had it leak a few times when I either placed it not quite right or waited too long to empty it, but overall it was good.

Then two periods ago, I put it in and got that leaky feeling in about an hour. I figured I’d just miss positioned it a little, so I took it out, rinsed it, and put it back. There was a small amount of blood in it, but most was smeared on the outside.
About an hour later, that same feeling. I reset it again, really double checking the position to make sure I had it right.
About an hour later, yep again. At that point I was pissed off at it and switched to leftover tampons.

So this month I decided it had been a freak thing. My period started in the evening, so I put it in before bed and positioned it as carefully as I could. In the morning, there was some minor leakage but I rinsed it and went to work.
About an hour later, it felt leaky. I went in the bathroom and checked, and sure enough it was. I reset it (there was almost nothing in it) and went back to work.
About an hour later, again. I can’t keep running to the bathroom at work, so I grabbed an emergency tampon out of my truck and used that instead. At least then I could get my work done without worrying about leakage.

I haven’t had any changes in lifestyle or level of activity, so what happened here?
I know I’m positioning it right, I double check with my finger. And I’ve checked when I removed it, it was leaving the usual “cup dent” where it presses against the base of my cervix. And it was sealing, if I squeezed it wouldn’t pop back out unless I broke the seal with my finger. Therefore it shouldn’t have been leaking.

Maybe I need to try a bigger cup? But this one feels almost uncomfortably large. And I have a very low cervix, especially in the first couple days of my period, so longer cup is pretty much not going to fit at all. This one may be too long for me even, although it’s one of the shortest ones. (I have the entire stem cut off, and turning this one inside out doesn’t seem to shorten it.)

I don’t want to just give up, but I’m at a loss here.

If I missed any info, feel free to ask.
Tags: fleurcup, leakage & spotting

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