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09 June 2012 @ 01:06 pm
I've been using a Mooncup (uk) for about 4 months, and it tends to leak for the first two days or so, and after that it works without any problems. The first two days of my period, the cup rides a lot lower (I think my cervix is much lower then) and the cup leaks a lot, especially if I'm doing active things like hiking (terrible time to have a leaky cup!). Sometimes I'll take it out and find that it's not even half full, but still leaking. I have to wear a pad as a backup, which I really had hoped to avoid doing.

Then, it works fantastically from about the third day onwards when there isn't as much flow. The cup tends to drift way up and can take a bit of coaxing to remove it, but it's nothing unmanageable.

I don't think the leaking is because I've positioned it wrong, because I use the same fold the whole time (7 fold) and that works from the third day onwards. Its just the first two days when I have a heavier flow that I can't get it to stop leaking. Any advice??

Thanks!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 9th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
The UK Mooncups are short cups and don't have much capacity to begin with. It's possibly that your cervix is more "dangly" on those first couple of days and therefore takes up room in your cup so its capacity is even less.

Maybe a higher capacity cup would help on your heavier days? Check the size and capacity charts at the Community FAQ to figure out some second-cup options.
teacupcake89 on June 9th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
Do you know how high up/where your cervix is on those days? Try to aim the cup towards it: you may be slighty missing your cervix.

your cervix may be taking up capacity on the days when it's lower.
The MCUK (both sizes) is a fairly low capacity cup, so you might consider a short cup with higher capacity like the Large Fleurcup (similar in dimensions to the MCUK, but softer and higher capacity) the extra width means it will sit around your cervix rather than under it, and the high capacity means it will take longer to fill up even with cervix using up some room. (I switched from a small MCUK to a large fleur for low cervix days so thought it might be a good suggestion) :)

I don't think this is causing the leaking but worth asking: are you cleaning the airholes properly on the days when your flow is heavier/airholes more likely to get clogged? :)
asdf987 on June 9th, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
Well, I've tried to find my cervix on the earlier days but couldn't find it.. but I think it's pretty low so it's possible I did find it but didn't know it. I have no idea.

And yes, I am cleaning the airholes properly :)

I hadn't looked into the Fleurcup at all, so I'll definitely have a look at that... I had been thinking about getting a Diva, because I know several people who've just raved about it and said they've never had leaking problems. I know it has a larger capacity - but it is also longer, and if the first two days' problems are because of my cervix being low, then the Diva isn't likely to help.

Would it also help on those days to let the cup open earlier, just after I insert it, but before sliding it up?
teacupcake89 on June 9th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
'Would it also help on those days to let the cup open earlier, just after I insert it, but before sliding it up?'

: Yes, this might help, it's worth trying at any rate! it might make it easier to place lower down (if that's possible) and less likely to miss your cervix.

lots of people suggest certain cups because they don't have leakage issues, but the cup that is right for you and your body is the one you want.
I definitely do not recommend the Diva because of its length, most of which is in the body, whereas with other shorter, high capacity cups you can trim the stem if it needs to be shorter. :)