18 July 2011 @ 08:29 pm
ok people. so i bought a Pink ladycup from a fellow member on livejournal. this cup definately fits much better than all my other cups, BUT i'm still having a little leakage. what am i doing wrong? please help.
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Serpentserpent_849 on July 18th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
not enough info. what is the leaking like? http://www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Menstrual-Cup#Tips
are you sure it's fully open? http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2618390.html
it might also help to know which other cups you've tried.
also, both sizes of ladycup have a relatively low capacity for their dimensions. though i'd not recommend rushing out to buy yet another cup... better figure out why exactly you're having problems. who knows if you give it another chance, a cup you bought before that might work better for you now.
i assume your previous cups also leaked? if you mean the ladycup is more comfy, look at squishy cups if you do decide to get one more cup.
coralredgate on July 18th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
not really sure how i can describe the leaking, its at its worst when i urinate and when my bladder is full, but happens quite often from laughing and things that may put pressure in that area. its only drops at a time usually. i run my finger along the rim of the cup to make sure its fully open so i'm pretty sure its popped open properly, but cant be 100% sure.
i have tried, a soft medium meluna, small mooncup and the instead softcup (if that counts) they all leak apart from the instead, the only problem i had with instead was when urinating but apparently thats normal. with my small mooncup UK it used to ride up quite far and start doing all sorts of weird movements, the only way i can describe the movements is sommersults haha. the ladycup seems to fit better in width.

p.s thanks for the help, i really appreciate it.
Serpentserpent_849 on July 18th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
interesting, i don't think i've heard of this before. maybe it's partly due to the softness? it's like, some people have cup-pressing-on-the-bladder issues, your bladder seems to be pressing on your cup.
these are all pretty low capacity cups to begin with... btw i wonder whether the problem has to do with ladycup's low holes. seems logical that the lower the holes are, the worse is the risk of leaking if you squeeze the cup.

also, make sure to do kegels.
coralredgate on July 18th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
but the mooncup UK is a pretty firm cup, which is another reason i didnt like it tbh as it used to bring a little tear to my eye when i pop it open haha. how will kegels help may i ask?
Serpentserpent_849 on July 18th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
well, they help for incontinence associated with the same things, laughing, sneezing... and especially since you say it worked better for you because it's wide (large ladycup, then?)
and there have been some articles about kegels not being enough and squats and abs crunches also being important.
sumaraigirl on July 19th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
0.0 The bladder? I never knew that the bladder touches the menstrual cup. Is it supposed to when the cup is inserted correctly?
coralredgate on July 19th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
i dont know :/ but my bladder seems to put some pressure on my cup
Serpentserpent_849 on July 19th, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
lol not directly obviously, but it's all very near and some people have difficulties peeing with a cup in.
hairballsplathairballsplat on July 18th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
and squats.
coralredgate on July 18th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
interesting. how to squats help? and how?
hairballsplathairballsplat on July 19th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
there was a post awhile back about this(don't remember if it was here or on vaginapagina, but if you google kegels and squats you'll find the info.

or read here:


this might've been the article referred to awhile back.
fireaphidfireaphid on July 19th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
It sounds like the body of your cup may be too soft. When you laugh or sneeze, your pelvic floor muscles contract, and apparently they're strong enough to deform the body of your cup. When the cup isn't fully expanded, it has less capacity, and that may be why it leaks just a little, because the rim is still fully open. It makes sense that the same thing happens when your bladder is full because then there's another organ pressing on the body of the cup and deforming it.

Maybe you could start a new topic asking about cups with soft rims similar to the LadyCup's but stiffer bodies? Good luck!
Serpentserpent_849 on July 19th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
aw makes sense.
in this case the OP might find the fleurcup a good choice, i've heard its rim is quite a bit softer than the body.
flower18 on July 19th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
I need help please!
I just got a diva-cup in the mail and i can insert it fine it opens but when i run my finger around the bottom it feels like its collapsed u know? its kinda hard to explain, its open but it doesn't feel like it has air in it, it feels almost like its suctioned closed if that makes sense.. i can get it to open and fill like its opened all the way if i open it just barely inside my vagina is this supposed to be how u do it? or am i doing something wrong?
Serpentserpent_849 on July 19th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
Re: I need help please!
this is a perfectly fine way to do it. you may also want to enlarge the holes slightly.
flower18 on July 19th, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
Re: I need help please!
okay thanks
fireaphidfireaphid on July 19th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
Re: I need help please!
You posted this as a comment to someone else's entry about a different topic. To post your question to the entire community, click on the "Post to community" link on the bar at the top.
flower18 on July 19th, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
Re: I need help please!
Sorry i didnt know how to post it the other way, Thanks