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09 June 2012 @ 04:34 pm
Happy Saturday Everyone,

After making some lifestyle changes, I'm starting to suspect that my cups are being crushed by my body. :0
A few things that might be relevant:  I became more physically active (more strength/core exercises), I started following a stricter version of a vegetarian diet, I lost weight (nothing drastic, maybe about a 5% change in my body weight).  I'm not sure if these changes would cause my cervix to "hang/dangle" into my cup or some other effect...but the problems started happening after I made the changes and stuck with them for a few months.

During the past two cycles I began to notice that my soft MeLunas were coming out compressed in an extremely flattened oval shape.  (Much more than the usual squishing you normally see.)  At that point, it wasn't causing me any problems.  However, this cycle my large Si-Bell, which is usually the cup I use for heavier days, began to leak. It was almost as though I could tell when it was about to start leaking, I'd get this air bubbly sensation and then it would start.  (A sensation I normally feel during insertion and removal.)  It wasn't due to the cup being full either, since it was half full at most.  When I inserted the cup, I let it open lower and made sure it was fully open, which has always worked for me before.
Although it would give me a good excuse to try out the new MeLuna sport ;) , I'm really bummed about this since I've developed an emotional attachment to my soft cups! Has anyone had anything similar happen to them/any advice or perhaps can point me in the direction of a post I may have overlooked?


Goat Friendsfrolicnaked on June 10th, 2012 03:13 am (UTC)
I have the same problem, though I think I've always had it. (For a long time, I was using a MCUK and an older style Fleurcup -- both of which are stiffer cups.) But I've had the problem with Lady Cups and the soft Meluna.

I know that my cup crushing issues are related to my pelvic floor dysfunction. (Basically, my pelvic floor muscles are unconsciously and perpetually too tight.) My solution has been about the same as yours: I want to try the Meluna sport. ;)
acat112233acat112233 on June 11th, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks, this is helpful. I'm even considering making an appointment with the health center to make sure that I'm not running some sort of vitamin deficiency. (I'm also having problems with jaw clenching/teeth grinding.)

If you do try out the new MeLuna sport, let me know what you think of it! :)

Thanks again.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 10th, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
I haven't got experience with this phenonmenon per se (unless you count the walking around London and hardcore shopping that got me my first leaks last period as enough exercice to cause my cup to crush, hum nah I doubt it), but I've definitely seen someone complain they crushed soft cups and needed firmer ones.

Especially since your cups are the softest thing ever. However, I wouldn't personnally jump from a super soft cup to a Meluna sport, as there are lots of alternatives in between (klassik Meluna, large Lunette, etc.).

EDIT : you may want to edit your title... hehe ^^

Edited at 2012-06-10 09:14 pm (UTC)
acat112233acat112233 on June 11th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
LOL :D I just realized, there are a few ways you could read this title. 1) where the cup is doing the crushing 2) where the vagina is doing the crushing :D so thanks, I just had a good laugh about this.

I agree, it may be too early to decide to jump ship. I did have some success on the last few days thanks to allowing the cup to open really low.

I hope you resolve your leakage issues as well. Thanks again for the advice and for the laughs. :D
Cenamenhoneypie3251 on June 11th, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
I've had problems with soft cups while working out. I do a lot of plyometrics and my cups get squeezed out pretty much. Not all the way out but the bottom of the cup is a little bit passed the opening. I am intrigued to try out a large sport Meluna to see it may help. I don't want to resort to tampons just to work out. I do have a klassik medium Meluna mini I just received that I have yet to try. I will make a post once I've properly tried it.
acat112233acat112233 on June 11th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks, this helps. After the leakage, I used my MeLuna classic for a day and that seemed to work. I just had to deal with less capacity than my larger cups. The rest of my cycle went well (perhaps it was a dreaded step backwards into the learning curve) but If the problem persists, I will probably consider getting another cup. :/

I will definitely check out your post, I hope you get a chance to try out the MeLuna sport as well. :)
sparklemooosparklemooo on June 13th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
my classic Meluna cups tend to get squished flat too - I have a pelvic floor like a steel trap but it's just the way it is - it's not because of exercise - I think I am just literally uptight lol!!

I don't know if changes to your body can have an effect but I imagine kegels or pelvic floor exercises would probably make a difference to where a cup sits or where your cervix sits?

I have a Meluna Sport on order as of today so will be interested to see if it stands up to the pressure so to speak!
acat112233acat112233 on June 17th, 2012 12:40 am (UTC)
thanks! this helps! let me know how you like the meluna sport! :)
Zzsomeone on June 13th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
I have a soft MeLuna and it smushes into a thin oval and the body of the cup almost pinches completely together. Although this hurts the capacity, as long as I empty it regularly it never leaks. "Full" is about 1/4 of the cup's unsmushed capacity for me, but fortunately I don't have a very heavy flow.

I started with a Fleurcup (stiffer) which still squished but not as badly. However, it wasn't nealy as comfortable to me as the softer one.

(For the record, I'm in pretty decent shape, physically.)
acat112233acat112233 on June 17th, 2012 12:40 am (UTC)
thanks! i feel better knowing that someone else has experienced the squished cup thing. :)
mauvenerd on April 23rd, 2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
This topic is probably kinda little old but seems to fit my problem!

I have a feeling that I "crush" my cup, too (MeLuna classic, size m). At least it looks squished when I pull it out after exhausted trying of placing it right.
I already wrote to the MeLuna support whether I need a smaller or/and a firmer size or should simply try harder, but didn't get an answer so far. According to their size chart I should use m (even without the sport issue I get nowhere near s).

I read that some of you wanted to try MeLuna sport - has anyone done that by now? If so, does it work (better)?

I don't know what I'm expecting here since there's already been posted some answers but I'm still a bit desperate and hoping for some kind of help.
'Cause I really seem having problems with placing the cup since it just doesn't want to adhere (I hope, this is a right translation for it) and, like I said, it looks squished which makes me believe that the cup's a bit too large or too soft.

Also, my problem is that I don't know anything about my anatomy down there, e.g. if my cervix is low (heck, I didn't even know a cervix could be low/high) or if I have any kind of dysfunction/malformation. I only know - avoiding TMI - that I really might be 'literally uptight' like sparklemooo would say x) Or is it normal for a woman to be tight, especially without lube and stuff?! ('Cause I read of some women who cannot seem to insert the cup without any lube.)
When menstruating, I use the smallest tampon size (mini) every day and I don't need to change it for a few hours. And even with that size I don't feel very comfortable. I don't know if that's of any relevance but it surprises me a little. (Sometimes I use a bigger tampon but that's rare.)

And, I'm not sure, I think the cup fit the first time I tried it on/in ;), or I was yet too unexperienced to check it accurately because the second time it seemed to leak (A LOT.. it was like I didn't use any vaginal sanitary products).

What do you think? Does anyone have any suggestions? I already tried at least two kinds of folding, different positions, squished here and there, put it back and forth, but when I start pulling the cup out it works without much difficulty (it shouldn't, at least I think so). And sometimes it seems to finally start 'sucking' somewhere near the entrance. (But that's too low/uncomfortable.)
And it's also the squishing that's really bothering me here. (Maybe I even overcooked the cup? Or it is broken? I don't know..)

Edited at 2013-04-24 02:18 pm (UTC)
alia_raalia_ra on July 21st, 2013 07:10 am (UTC)
Maybe you've already solved this, but if not, I'd like to perhaps help you. I have exactly your experiences with my medium classic and small mini classic meluna cups. They both don't give me any sort of good suction, resulting in many leaks. Sometimes the weak seal works the whole day, but very often too I get at least enough leaking to need a pantyliner, sometimes more. They actually leak most often after I have an orgasm, during the night, and when I first get up in the morning, so I'm pretty sure it is due to the weak seal getting broken by my vaginal muscles. They are my second and third cups. My first was my small Divacup, which I have had for five years. My Divacup NEVER leaks because it feels firmer to me and has a strong suction. I love it. I'd recommend you to try that. It is quite a bit longer and a little wider than the Melunas, so keep that in mind though. I got the Melunas because my Divacup was getting stained (which I mostly solved by putting it in the sunlight), they looked so pretty, and they seemed to have more cleaning options.

So now that I'm back to my old Diva, I'm back in the market for a new cup. I came here looking for one that wouldn't give me the same problem that the Melunas did. So if you find another cup that works for you, I'd love to hear about it!

I hope this helps!