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16 February 2012 @ 01:53 pm
Hi everyone.

I got my Mooncup UK a couple of days before this period...I tried it out on a "dry run" when I first got it, and it seemed to work find.

I've also worn it the days when I expected to get my period.

Each time, it's seemed to collect fluids very well, though I hadn't actually started my period at the time.

Since I've started, however, it's leaked almost constantly. I've gotten it to seal and hold fluids once - the first time I put it in, quickly, in a public toilet, at work. It was in for about 6 hours, and collected to about a third full.

The other couple of times I've put it in, it's only been a tiny tiny bit full, and there has been blood clogging the holes, and all over the outside of the cup. I'm curious as to why this is happening...it feels like my cup has popped open enough, and it feels like there is a seal.

The second time it leaked was overnight (last night), and thankfully I had a pad on just in case. I can understand that maybe the seal broke, because I was doing crunches just before I went to bed (but after I had put the cup in). The time before, though, I was only sitting down.

Any ideas? I'm currently using the C-fold, because I don't have any problems squeezing it in.

I haven't felt for my cervix or anything like that, because the times it was working, it was fairly low.
 
vltavska: Daenerysvltavska on February 16th, 2012 11:10 am (UTC)
I'll start with the standard line: yes, there's a learning curve. :)

As for what works for me: start with a c fold, get it about 1-2cm in, then let it open completely. Then push it all the way up- there's a tiny bit of resistance 1 or two more cms in, as long as I'm relaxed it's completely pain free- get past that, and whoosh! it's like it's exactly where it wants to be.

My cervix is much lower on the first two days, and even though the cup itself doesn't get full, it will start leaking after ten hours or so, because the cervix itself must be taking up some room in the cup, so there's not as much capacity as later on. (When, ironically, of course, I have no need of as much capacity!)

I wish you luck, and it took me a few cycles to get it right.
juliiie87juliiie87 on February 16th, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
My first thought is that your cup must be missing your cervix. I'd recommend looking for your cervix, remembering approximately where it is and aiming the cup at it.

Try several folds and see if it helps. Let it go early if your cervix sits low, then push it / kegel it in place. If you can, feel around the rim to make sure your cervix sits inside of the cup. And keep wearing a pantyliner for now just in case. Hope this helps, I'm sure you'll figure it out soon !
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on February 16th, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
As the others have said, it's probably the learning curve as you and your body figure out how to handle the cup.

It might also be that your vaginal walls are still producing lots of liquid lubrication -- especially if you were a tampon user. Because it's on the sides of your cup, that's washing any stray flow out with it. Wearing a liner helps combat that in the beginning.

If you don't wear your cup for a while, flow sneaks into the nooks and crannies of your vaginal walls and (mixed with natural lube) works its way out. We affectionately refer to that as "residual slobber."

And be aware of what the cup is doing. Can you feel it shifting? (Personal example: I had a cup that felt GREAT as long as I was upright, but as soon as I lay down, it shifted and leaked like it wasn't there. Needless to say, that one didn't fit me well at all!) If so, that indicates that it might not be the best fit for you. Give it a few cycles to figure out what you like and don't like about this cup -- then decide what features you want/don't want if you decide to get another cup. Different length? Different width? Different shape? Different stiffness?

Hang in there! It's not unusual to get some leakage at first.
esoterria on February 17th, 2012 04:28 am (UTC)
I tried placing it lower yesterday evening...essentially doing what vltavska said. That's seemed to work very well, and I haven't had any leaking except for slobber.

Does anyone find that overnight there is almost nothing in the cup, but no leaks either? I put my cup in last night, went to sleep (with a pad, just in case), and woke up in the morning with no leaks, some blood around the outside of the cup, and almost nothing inside. Was a bit strange, but similar to when I first got my period, nothing came out overnight, and I thought I'd finished! Whoops.
vltavska: orange_flowersvltavska on February 17th, 2012 11:44 am (UTC)
Yes, I do find this. I think it's a gravity thing, and apart from on the first two nights, I get next to nothing at night.
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on April 20th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
Mine gets full the first two nights or nearly full, but after that there is not much usually at night, usually about 1/4 to 1/3 full. I have a small Fleurcup.