I've searched and read and haven't been able to find a good answer yet to my questions, so hopefully, some of you can help me out...
Please forgive me if I give too much info and this post is really long, I just want to include anything that might be pertinent. I am a 43 year old (in about a week) mother of five. My youngest is 15 months and I am nursing him as well as my four year old. My cycles returned at four months this time (despite on demand breastfeeding and tandem nursing! gotta say I felt gypped there). My periods have been very heavy and very clotty. I was changing pads (disposables) every hour or two on the first and second day and constantly leaking at night, no matter what I did. I had to stop using tampons after my third was born because for some reason they would cause awful gas pains and painful diarrhea.
Soooo, I was about ready to buy some depends when I saw someone's post on FB about cups and cloth menstrual pads. I decided to try cups because I was so tired of all the mess of pads. I initially bought some Softcups because they were available locally and I figured I could at least get used to the idea of "collection" rather than absorption while I figured out which cup to buy and for some money to buy them. I really liked how comfortable they were and managed not to have all the leaking on my sheets, but still leaked and had to use a full pad with them, because no matter what I did they always leaked (just not on my sheets at night).
I saw a sale for Lunette and decided to take the plunge. I bought two size-2 for half price and was excited to try them out. I almost immediately stopped having leaking!! I was so happy, but then started having other issues. I have just started my third cycle with them and I am getting really frustrated. I had to trim the stem completely off and ended up trying it inside out because the stem nub was still bothering me. That was more comfortable, but no matter how I put it in (inside out or not) it continually slips down until I can feel it just inside my vaginal opening. The only time it doesn't do this is on the last two or so days of my period.
So, that's problem number one. Problem number two is that even when it hasn't slipped, I can't pee right. When I take it out, I can pee just fine, but with it in, it feels like something's being compressed and preventing the flow. It's quite an uncomfortable feeling and I can't believe it's good for me either, since it doesn't feel like I can completely empty my bladder.
One last problem...I mentioned the gas I would get with tampons and although it's nowhere near what it was with them, I am experience this again with the cups. Has anyone had any experience with this?
I would love some input for things to try. I really want to make this a comfortable experience as I love how the leaking is nearly non-existent now. Thanks in advance for your help!