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ozonemama
11 June 2012 @ 10:02 am
I have been struggling with a cup for about 5 months now and would really appreciate any advice you folks could offer. So here are the details:

I have a fairly high cervix that does move down for a few days of my cycle and is pretty dangly.  I also apparently have rather firm muscles to contend with and a heavyish flow.  I know I need a firm cup (I have tried ladycup, naturalmamma, soft and classic meluna and am currently using lg lunette which is the only one of the above listed that will pop open on its own.) That being said, no matter what I do I have brown and pink when I wipe after peeing which I assume is residual stuff hanging around up there. I also seem to be having some leaking issues this cycle that are happening after the cup has been in for a short amount of time. So here is my question. My cervix is clearly sitting inside the cup and I am looking to get either a xl meluna sport or small lunette with the thinking being I either need higher capacity to accomodate my cervix displacement or a smaller diameter so that not as much is sitting inside the cup. I was thinking that if less of the cervix is inside the cup this might also cut down on the residual stuff  but I am not sure what I should do.
Thoughts?
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 11th, 2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
Mmh I'd look into a larger bell-shaped cup (such as Meluna), as large as you can accomodate. Of course that'll still depend on how much your cervix sits in the cup, but with such large one you'd be bound to gain some capacity I think. Btw the small Lunette is fairly soft. Have a look at Melissa's stiffness chart : http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/
ozonemamaozonemama on June 11th, 2012 02:40 pm (UTC)
I 've used an Xl meluna classic with some success but switched to lunette because it was easier to open and my body also has a tendency to crush the softer ones. I am intrigued by the the meluna sport but still had the same residual stuff when I used the classic in the Xl size. I was hoping to be able to eliminate some of this as I've tried every other suggestion and was thinking a smaller diameter would not let as much of the cervix sit inside so therefore there would be less mess hanging around up there.

Edited at 2012-06-11 02:54 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 11th, 2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
Your cervix sitting inside might very well steal some capacity inside, thus making the cup overflow, and creating more residual BUT the only way I know to avoid residual blood is to wear the cup early on, and not let it overflow at all, so there's virtually no blood outside the cup. I'd be reluctant to try a small cup with a heavy flow, so idk. Do you know how far in your cervix sits ? That'd be a good pointer of what moight work for you.

If you're really looking for a narrower cup though, you'll have to look for something firmer than a small Lunette given your issues with soft cups. Yuuki is one of the firm cups with a good capacity, but it's not bell-shaped.
ozonemamaozonemama on June 11th, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
My cervix sits anywhere from 6 to 10 cm in depending on the day. Even on the days my cervix is lower (which are the heavier ones) my lg lunette travels far enough in that the stem is completely inside by at least a fingertip so its pretty dangly and leaving me like NO capacity.

Edited at 2012-06-12 03:57 pm (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 11th, 2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
You don't need another cup. NO cup can catch residual because it's on the walls of your vag -- on the outside of your cup. Swiping your finger around the cup and super-wiping are a couple of methods to get as much of the loose stuff away as possible. I was never able to conquer the slobber completely so I just wear a liner to catch the dribbles. I figure that it's a small price to pay for all of the other benefits of cups. If you don't like disposables, look into cloth and other reusables.
ozonemamaozonemama on June 11th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
I do use cloth liners for the residual but with the lunette it is full on bright red leaking after about 1 to 2 hrs with the cup only being about 1/4 of the way full. Its back to the bell shapes for me. I ordered the meluna sport because even the classic takes a little coaxing to open for me.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 12th, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC)
Great, it sounds perfect ! let us know how it goes. :)