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18 June 2012 @ 12:17 pm
I spent a good amount of time researching and contemplating and have now been trying to use a Lunette Model 2 for about 3 months now.  The first month wasn't terrible, I experienced leakage on heavy days but just thought that I'd get past it.  Second month it was a little worse, heavy days and other times.  Well this past time, I pretty much just shouldn't have tried using it at all. 
I have tried every fold, I check by "stirring" and the cup is open, in fact I hear the suction when I pull it out, but it's leaking constantly now.  I have no idea what I'm doing wrong I don't even know where to start and I am just so frustrated. It leaks within pretty much minutes of it being put in, it's like it's not even there.
Prior to this I had tried softcups and they didn't work at all, ever so I abandoned that.  I'm about to abandon the Lunette too.
Oh and perhaps part of my issue is I can't feel my cervix at any point, it seems to be way out of reach. 
Anyone have any ideas? HELP!!
 
 
Current Mood: bitchybitchy
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 18th, 2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
Want to try my method?
Insert your cup so the rim is just beyond your pubic bone and allow it to open fully there. Then give the base/stem a healthy nudge rearward. And finally, give the cup a little boost as you kegel it up and into place. That "should" point it the right way to face your cervix, which is playing hide and seek with you. And "a little" boost should keep you from over-shooting your cervix. If nudging it rearward doesn't work, try left or right, just in case your cervix is off center.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 18th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
I've always wondered, when you say rearward, do you mean the cup should be pointing up ? sorry if this may seem obvious. I think my vagina is curved the opposite way...
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 18th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, nudge the base/stem back so that once in, the opening points more "up" than "back." Otherwise (with *my* anatomy) my cup winds up "lying down facing back" with my cervix dribbling "on top of the outside" instead of into it.

Apparently it's a common variant of cervix location because others have agreed that my method has worked for them too. Of course, not everyone is the same so if you (easiest pronoun) figure out that your cervix is elsewhere, point the cup THAT WAY instead. :o)
rbca03rbca03 on June 19th, 2012 03:49 am (UTC)
I wonder if this would help me too. I have ongoing leaking issues ranging from minor to moderate, no matter which cup I use (have tried small Diva, small Lunette, large Meluna (not bad for leakage, but it felt big and I could feel it pushing on my bladder), small Fleurcup)... I'm 25, no kids. My cervix is pretty low, so I know it takes up good bit of cup capacity. Of course that being said, I always feel around and definitely don't feel my cervix being outside of the cup, so I'm not sure that's actually the problem. Errrr.

And to the OP - sorry, I don't mean to bomb your post... just sharing my similar problems and hoping we can both find solutions!!! :) I almost wish I had my period constantly, just so I can get this figured out, lol. It can be annoying having to wait a whole month to try again. :p

Edited at 2012-06-19 03:53 am (UTC)
disastergirl1 on June 19th, 2012 04:32 am (UTC)
No worries and no need to apologize, hopefully this helps both of us.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 19th, 2012 12:06 pm (UTC)
The first thing that came to my mind is that you've mostly tried small / narrow cups... sometimes a larger rim helps encircle the cervix better. Also you said your cervix takes up capacity in the cup, so is it actually overflow you are experiencing ? Usually what is adviced in this scenario is a large, bell-shaped cup to provide more capacity. Or sometimes emptying more often is enough. At least you know where your cervix is (low), so you can try to aim at it... :/

Did you try a classic Meluna ? How about a soft one, it would put less pressure on your bladder.
rbca03rbca03 on June 19th, 2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
I was also thinking a larger cup may be what I need. I bought a large Fleurcup, but didn't have it with me for my last period, so I'll have to try it next time. I do have a pretty heavy flow, so I think a larger capacity cup would be agreeable in that regard, as well as to accommodate my low cervix.

It was a classic Meluna that I tried. I wasn't crazy about the material of it though; I found it collected lint and just felt sort of sticky. I'm anxious to try the large Fleurcup next cycle and hope that that works for me. Now that I think about it, I would say I had the least amount of leaking with the large Meluna, but I found it felt very tight going in, which was why I kept going back to small cups. I'm certainly determined to make cups work though, so I'll keep trying until I find what works for me.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 19th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
I think the large Fleurcup is a wonderful idea, especially with a heavy flow and a low cervix. It's also much softer than classic Melunas (2.5 to 6 on the charts) so it should feel better. The general consensus seems to be that softness matters more than width in terms of comfort. Fingers crossed !

Edited at 2012-06-19 05:36 pm (UTC)
rbca03rbca03 on June 20th, 2012 02:36 am (UTC)
Fingers crossed for sure! I've spent a lot of money on trying different cups so far, but I know I'm still ahead of the game compared to $ spent on tampons or pads.

The only things I don't like about the large Fleurcup are the slanted holes and the really textured grip rings/stem. I found them uncomfortable even on the small, so I may end up cutting and filing them off.
teacupcake89 on June 22nd, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
hopefully you'll find a cup that's right for you :) you could always sell the cups that don't work/you don't use anymore on mc_sales? might make spending money on another cup more affordable/appealing :) seconding the large fleurcup suggestion :)
rbca03rbca03 on June 23rd, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)
I do think I'll sell them over at mc_sales once I find my goldilocks cup. I'd like to pass them along to someone I know, but I don't have many friends/family who would really be interested, unfortunately. :(
disastergirl1 on June 19th, 2012 04:31 am (UTC)
Happy to try your method, I don't really know what else to do. I feel so silly, so many people on this board seem to know exactly where their anatomy is and what it's doing and mine is just a mystery to me.
loveyourcuploveyourcup on June 19th, 2012 09:32 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear, sometimes it takes a few cups to find the right one. May be the shape of the lunette is not the best for you. Either you need a bigger diameter to seal properly, how do you feel in term of size and seal, when you put it do you feel it's filling your properly or it's moving around easily?

or it's the shape, may be try one with the different rim. I think the lunette is great but i have to say i had leak problems also. We are all different. The one that works well for me at the moment is the Miacup size 2 and the Classic MeLuna Large.
disastergirl1 on June 19th, 2012 11:56 am (UTC)
It feels big, difficult to slide my finger around and even when it leaks when I pull it out there is definitely suction. So I guess maybe a different shape? I don't mind saying this is really a frustrating process.
loveyourcuploveyourcup on June 22nd, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
Yes I can imagine it is frustrating :/ Hope you find the right one for you. Do let us know.