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Hey everyone,
So I have a cold right now, and have been sneezing a lot. I notice after I sneeze I'll start feeling bubbles, like my cup is losing suction and about to leak. This has happened to me when I get out of bed sometimes, then I have to run to the bathroom before it starts dripping down my leg. I haven't had a leak from sneezing, but I'm worried about the possibility. My cup usually suctions to my cervix, so I feel like it might be losing suction off of my cervix when I feel the bubbles. What causes this feeling of bubbles? Is there any solution from it losing suction when I get out of bed? Is there a way to keegle it back into suction or to keep it from leaking? when I feel the bubbles? Has anyone else ver had this problem even if it wasn't caused by sneezing, just the bubble feeling?

Thanks everyone! If you need to know, I have a small Divacup, and my cervix is relatively high.
 
Tessgryphonwing on April 22nd, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
Well, when you sneeze, a whole lot of muscles involuntarily spasm. My guess is that some of those are tightening around your cup, which forces some of the air in the cup out of it. Lying down changes both the shape of your vagina and the position of your cup with respect to gravity, so leaks after lying down for a long time are really common - especially because blood tends to pool while sleeping and then kind of gush out after, and if the cup has slid, say, to one side of the cervix in the night...

I've never experienced the whole "seal/suction" thing - my cup just hangs out in there and collects blood. But unless you start having post-sneeze leaks I wouldn't worry overly. You could try reaching up and tugging your cup down slightly to reposition it, on the assumption that the sneeze is pulling it deeper if it's moving it at all?
htebazile10htebazile10 on April 22nd, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
My cup usually suctions to my cervix, so I feel like it might be losing suction off of my cervix when I feel the bubbles.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 22nd, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
How full is it when that happens?
htebazile10htebazile10 on April 22nd, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
I used to have a cup, but then I lost it and recently got another, so it's been a while. At the time I was having that problem it was hard to tell because I was really bad at removing it and it would just spill all over. I'm going to guess like 1/3 full maybe. I know it wasn't over the brim.
m03m on April 22nd, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
Bubbles can also happen because the blood is displacing the air that's inside the cup, and the air has to go somewhere. So not all bubbles mean a loss of seal.

The simple solution that I have found for losing suction while getting out of bed is not to jump up, but to get up just a little more gradually.
htebazile10htebazile10 on April 22nd, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
Okay, good! That's good to hear. Thanks you.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on April 22nd, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
I get that when I sneeze, it's probably just because your pelvic floor muscles are flexing. Sneezing's pretty full-body exercise. Maybe a pad backup would be a good idea for now, rather than trying to add in one more thing to being sick?
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on April 23rd, 2012 01:19 am (UTC)
your post got deleted and i can see there was a reply that i missed. did you ask about anything?
if you decide to get a new cup it should be a good idea to get something softer.
htebazile10htebazile10 on April 23rd, 2012 01:26 am (UTC)
The Divacup is super squishy though. I forgot my question, but do you know how I can keep it from suctioning to my cervix?
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on April 23rd, 2012 09:46 am (UTC)
it's considered to have medium stiffness and i've heard especially the rim is relatively stiff.
when i got my first cup, a small lunette with the same stiffness, i also couldn't understand how anything could be even softer XD but now i love my soft melunas ♥

idk that's pretty much how it should sit... stuck to your cervix and not easily unstuck.
htebazile10htebazile10 on April 23rd, 2012 11:59 am (UTC)
Oh, because other people have been saying it shouldn't have any suction and especially not to your cervix, but it hasn't been leaking so I guess I shouldn't be complaining.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on April 23rd, 2012 12:07 pm (UTC)
well, you've read the post about suction. technically yeah, suction is a bad thing. but there should be a seal. idk how to describe it better.
have you tried turning it inside out? another possibility is that it sits too *tightly* around your cervix, so a wider cup might be better. or perhaps it's the stiff rim.
it just doesn't sound like there's anything wrong with the way it sits. more like not perfectly compatible with your body.

also is it your first cycle after a break? the next one might be better:) i couldn't poop with my large ladycup inside when i just got it, not even immediately after removal, had to take a few hours' break... that's not a problem anymore.
htebazile10htebazile10 on April 23rd, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it is my first cycle with a cup in a while so I guess I'll just see what happens. Do you recommend if I get a different cup to get a large Divacup, because I like the length of the Divacup.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on April 23rd, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
Like kuradi said in the post that was deleted, even if you don't think the diva is too long, it might be. also be sure not to choose based on what's available where you live.

i think a different shape from the diva would be good, maybe like a large meluna (which is called large but really has practically the same diameter). but first flip your cup inside out to shorten it, and give it some more time. Even if you don't get the diva to work perfectly, after a couple more cycles you should have a better idea of which features you need in your new cup.
htebazile10htebazile10 on April 23rd, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
Okay, awesome. Thx. I'll try the inside out thing. I will also check out the Meluna
htebazile10htebazile10 on April 24th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
I tried turning it inside out, but it wouldn't pop open.:p
Serpentserpent_849 on April 24th, 2012 09:00 am (UTC)
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on April 23rd, 2012 05:21 am (UTC)
This happened to me when I was using a firmer cup, the MeLuna Mini Classic, but stopped when I switched to the soft. With any strong muscle contraction I broke the seal and it lead to leaks. The soft goes with my body more. I think since it's more pliable pushing on one part of the cup doesn't cause a whole side to dent in, therefore the seal doesn't budge once set.
htebazile10htebazile10 on April 23rd, 2012 12:00 pm (UTC)
That makes sense. I have been thinking about getting a Meluna Soft, but I like the length of the Divacup.
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on April 23rd, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
I think the large MeLuna is fairly long and traditional stem is longer than the Diva stem I believe. The XL is also a little bit longer and about the same length as the S/L Diva. The diameter will be the biggest difference though if you wear the S Diva and get the XL MeLuna.

http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/t224-meluna-comparison-photos
htebazile10htebazile10 on April 23rd, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks about that link. I think I need something that is shorter and maybe wider. Do you have any suggestions? What cup do you use?
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on April 24th, 2012 05:48 am (UTC)
I don't know if I'm much help for recommendations. I have a very low cervix and wear the S Mini MeLuna.

If shorter and wider is what you think you need, I believe Lunette fits the bill.

htebazile10htebazile10 on April 24th, 2012 11:02 am (UTC)
Thank you! This really helps. I think I'm going to wait and see if the problem naturally just goes away, since that seems to always happen on here. I was actually considering the Lunette.
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 24th, 2012 12:13 pm (UTC)
Be careful that the large Lunette is firmer than your Diva. Fleurcup is also shorter. In fact, most brands are, even in the large size.

http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
htebazile10htebazile10 on April 24th, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
I think the problem is actually going away luckily. Maybe I'm just getting used to it, but I'm considering a firmer cup because my Divacup has a hard time popping open on my heavy days, when my cervix is lower.
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 24th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
Popping open issues are usually the ones to go away over time, as you get to know your cup and your body better. I wouldn't rush and get a firmer cup just for this reason alone. Try different folds (origami, labia, half diamond), positions (lying down always worked for me), pushing a little (as for peeing) or pushing your skin tissue away to make room for the cup to expand, etc.
htebazile10htebazile10 on April 25th, 2012 12:58 am (UTC)
True, I think I'm going to try the origami fold. I have been using the extreme seven which works well for me on my normal days. Usually when it won't pop open, it suctioning in a way that it's squished because of suction, like I can't get air up there into the cup.