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19 February 2012 @ 03:20 pm
Hi.

I started using a mooncup (UK, large size - as I'm over 40 and have 2 children), and after a short learning curve I found it was fantastic and got on fairly well with it.
Due to the fact that my periods were pretty heavy though, I soon changed to a large Divacup as this had a bigger capacity. I used this for a few months and whilst insertion etc was no problem and I found it comfortable, it always seemed to leak, sometimes just a ittle and sometimes a lot.

So I decided to try again with the mooncup, but when I went to take it out I found that it had turned itself completely upside down! This obviously makes it very hard to remove and won't hold fluid. I have no idea why this has suddenly started happening, but it happens nearly everytime now with the mooncup.

I was hoping to try a new cup seeing as I'm having problems with both but I'm just so confused about which one to get and the more I read the more undecided I am!

I am fairly heavy flow (although I'm going for a polypectomy next month so this may change!), but is squishy better than firm? Are bigger holes better? The main problem I find is leakage even though the cup seems to unfold properly and has a good seal.

I suffer with IBS and constpation and I think this has an effect on the position of my cervix, and even though I have read through the posts on here about finding your cervix, I still don't know if mine is high or low, or which way it tilts or whatever!!

I really want to find the perfect cup but I can't just keep buying them as it works out too expensive!

If anyone could help, I would appreciate it.

Thanks
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on February 19th, 2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
Wow, upside down, eh? That's the first time I've heard of a somersaulting cup! :o)

Your Mooncup is fairly short at 50mm. Your Diva is the longest at 57mm. And they are shaped quite differently.

Before you buy yet another cup, try flipping your Diva inside out. See how it fits you that way. That shortens it a little but doesn't clobber much capacity.
lynswin on February 19th, 2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
But would turning it inside out prevent leaks? This is the problem I am having with the Diva cup. It seems to be comfortable etc just leaks!

I originally bought the mooncup as it was the only one I could buy in a local store, but then went with the diva cup for the extra capacity.

The problem is, with the issue I'm having (leaking), I don't know what the problem is so how can I buy another? Is it too firm or too soft? Too wide or too narrow? How do I know?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on February 19th, 2012 04:10 pm (UTC)
Your cervix is not at the top of your vagina just like your face isn't at the top of your head.

Analogy: Imagine that you want to look down into a vertical tube. The taller that tube is, the harder it is to get up high enough on your toes to crane your neck to be able to see down into it. Same with if your cup is too long. So shortening your Diva might do the trick. Might not -- but you'll never know until you try.

Both your Mooncup and your Diva have the same 46mm rim width but their bodies are shaped quite differently. Maybe the narrow body of your Mooncup is contributing to its acrobatics??? Maybe the lack of a stem to "anchor" it???

Since you have IBS and other issues "next door," a firmer cup might not be very comfortable. The Mooncup has a fairly stiff rim but its body isn't too stiff. The Diva is quite squishy all around. See what you think of it inside out (shorter) and make a determination from there.

We are all different so we really can't advise you other than to make you think about what you like and dislike about the cups you have -- and what you'd change about them to turn them into your Goldilocks Cup.

Once you have a better idea of what you'd like, check out the Community FAQ. There are several posts there with size and capacity charts. There are links to side-by-side photos to compare shapes and relative sizes. And there are other links to "squishy-ness" ratings.
lynswin on February 19th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
Ah, right, that makes some sense! Yes, the mooncup is rather an odd shape so as you say, that could be the reason it is turning, and the diva cup may be too long, hence the leaks. So maybe something in between would be more suitable.

I actually cut the stem off both cups as I found the stem to be uncomfortable.

I will try the Diva cup inside out and see how I go. Thanks for the help. :-)
Baby Bloodheartbabybloodheart on February 20th, 2012 02:24 am (UTC)
I just wanted to comment to say I had the same problem.

After completely removing the stem from my first Mooncup it flipped upside down too - Mooncup were nice enough to replace it for me, since then I've never cut a stem off a cup and never had the problem re-occur with any of the brands I've tried. I would agree with the theory of the stem anchoring the cup - further-up in the vagina there's more room to move around, so a shorter cup without the stem to hold it upright may flip.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on February 21st, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
for some reason the mooncup is the only cup about which i've heard things like these...
karalyntwin on March 11th, 2016 02:42 am (UTC)
Oh, no. I've had this issue with my Lunette. I've had it for a good 6 or 7 months, and had always had issues with it opening. So on my last cycle, I was on the hunt for another, firmer cup. I got in the shower, went to take it out.. and it flipped sideways, and was perfectly happy to stay there.

That was the first time it had happened though, but now I'm waiting for my next cycle to try out the Mooncup.

I don't know how squishy the Diva cup is, but I wonder if that has to do with anything. I'm a bit concerned with hearing that the Mooncup in known for flipping.. but, all I can do it try.