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rambler
25 January 2012 @ 12:21 am
Hi everyone. I have been a lurker for probably over a year now. Finally, a couple months ago I decided to get a Lunette selene size 2 cup. I have had a child, I'm 22, and am sexually active. First of all I LOVE the menstrual cup even though it does leak some it is still WAY better than soaking a pad. HOWEVER, no matter how I try to situate it it still leaks through out my entire period, even when it is nowhere near full. I don't know if this cup is maybe too small or my vaginal canal is mishapen because there is always a little space on one side of the cup, but the rim of the cup seems as though it is suctioned.

Any tips for getting a better seal? It would be awesome to not have to wear pads at all. It is still nice to basically just spot on the pad the whole period, but would be ideal to just wear the cup. I can't imagine a period without it!

Thank you everyone for all the information that lead me to the decision to try the cup in the first place=)
 
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on January 25th, 2012 07:34 am (UTC)
do you know where your cervix is? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qEaCn2w9Y4
what is the leaking like? when does it start and does it ever stop? can it be residual slobber? can it be your cervix sitting in the cup?

the "large" sizes all have about the same width, many are a little narrower too. if you think your kegel muscles aren't in a good shape, the only thing you can do is strengthening them.
ramblertime_it_was on January 25th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
It takes about the 3/4 of my finger to feel my cervix. It starts leaking as soon as I put it in. The only time it doesn't leak is occasionally at night. It could be my cervix sitting in the cup, but I don't know how to avoid that. I've tried not putting the cup in as far, but it always works it's way up and if this means anything the stem always ends up on the right side of my vaginal wall no matter how I place it. The leaking is similar to the amount towards the end of your period. I don't ever fill a pad or anything. BUT when I wipe while I have the cup in there is usually a light amount of blood.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on January 26th, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
as for the leaking at night, this reminds me on this post: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2568357.html
and there's no way to prevent your cervix from sitting in the cup. however, both of these factors make me think that a large fleurcup could be a good choice for you. it has a very rounded bottom and this makes a huge difference for low cervix folks, and it's a lot softer than the large lunette.
that said, first have a look at the leaking/spotting tag and see whether it can help you fight off residual slobber. even many experienced users have troubles with that on heavy days though. have you tried cloth liners? sounds like even very thin ones would be enough for you:) also if you get a higher capacity cup, you'll empty less often and hence experience this less.
ramblertime_it_was on February 9th, 2012 04:42 am (UTC)
Thank you for the suggestion. When i'm in a position to try a new cup I will go for that one. I use cloth liners now and that is pretty much plenty for what I need. Still way better than having to use heavy pads. ( I've been using cloth pads on and off for a couple years, but need to find time to make some new ones.)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 25th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
It sounds like "residual slobber" more than true leakage. Slobber is the flow that hides out in the nooks and crannies of your vag below the rim of your cup and then finds its way out. It gets there between insertions. There are ways to combat that by swirling your finger around the cup and other tricks listed in the "leaking & spotting" tags.

It also sounds like you have a "dangly" cervix. Yes, it will take up room in your cup, thereby lessening its capacity. Keeping up on your kegels (add squats and lower abdominal crunches too) might tone things up so it doesn't dangle quite as much.
ramblertime_it_was on January 25th, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
thank you!
fragment_aeriefragment_aerie on January 25th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
If you do a deep squat after insertion, I find it help me get excess air out of the cup and will get the cup where it wants to be if I'm having trouble placing it.