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11 July 2012 @ 06:24 pm
I know this issue has been tackled before, but I wanted to make some kind of informal survey about it and try to determine whether a different cup would help, and if so, what to look for (stiffness, length, no stem, etc.). So I know it's safe IN THEORY to swim with a cup, and that many users do it successfully. Some say nothing moves, others have their cup fill with water but no leak. I had a leaking disaster (although the cup was still holding some fluid, weird). So... For those of you who have been swimming with a cup with no incident, what kind of cup was it ?

In 9 months or so, I've only had 2 leakage incidents with my cup : once on a hectic shopping day (and heavy period of doom), and the only time I went swimming (re heavy day nightmare). Now, I'm willing to admitt it was my fault and not the cup's both times. The first time it was probably overflowing, perhaps I was so tired I forgot to empty in the morning. The second time... I suspect I didn't get a proper seal. There was some super light brown stuff in my bathing suit before I went into the water, but I took it for residual slobber, and didn't bother to reinsert. I figured I'd ratehr avoid doing this in the public stalls. Now I wish I had.

I went swimming and didn't notice anything unusual, until I tried to lift my body out of the water... uh-oh, gushy feeling. I ran to the bathroom and it felt like someone had switched on a tap in my bathing suit (but warm). When I removed the cup it was at least two thirds full of diluted red fluid. So... the cup had been filling up and overflowing... with pool water... and blood. I doubt it was full of blood this time, since it was just noon and I'm pretty sure I had emtpied in the morning. I reinserted, checked very carefully, and the rest of the day was uneventful, except for the PMS of hell. I didn't go back in the pool.

 I'm just testing theories here, because I'm scared this'll happen again. I wonder if the pressure of the pool water couldn't help but squish the cup and force itself inside ? I'm saying this because I did notice the gushing started as soon as my bottom got 30 to 20 cm near the surface, where the pressure is less intense, I think ? Would a firmer cup stand the pressure better ? Would a shorter one be safer higher in my vagina ? Would a stemless Meluna allow the canal to remain shut to the water ? What's your experience ?

My current cup is long (for my body) and soft. I'm looking for something slightly shorter, that pops open with no fuss for those times when I'm in a hurry, but really can't afford my cup to let me down. It was impossible to squat to check for my cervix (yay high-cut doors) or lie down to reinsert at the swimming pool, so in this kind of situation, getting a good seal can be tricky. Right now, I'm considering a classic Meluna, medium or large, ball or stem or possibly basic to help with shutting vagina from water. Perhaps I'll get a soft one as well, I'm a sucker for their cyan color. Anyone who'd like to get rid of one for cheap, please have a look at my post over at mc-sales ! Would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you for reading.

EDIT & "What to buy? question": Thanks all for your testimony. It seems most users have no problem swimming with their cups, so it's either that mine wasn't unfolded properly that day, or because of my body, and maybe the softness of the cup (Cuplee), water got in anyway.
So... I'll definitely try wearing it for swimming again and see how it goes.

In the meantime, I'm still interested in getting one or two Meluna as back-up. Now... which size do you advise ? I'm 25, sexually active but no babies, light to moderate flow. My cervix sits at approximately 55 mm (just above 2") and I can wear my Cuplee which is 44x53 mm + ~10 mm stem left on. Nothing is poking out, but sometimes on an odd low-cervix day I can feel the end of the stem in my sensitive region just a little bit. I was thinking a medium, because I'd like to try something shorter. If I get a bundle from Feminine Wear, I'll have to pick two sizes, so large + medium or small + medium ? The small seems tiny, but I'm afraid the large would be slightly too long since it U-shaped while my Cuplee is more V-shaped. Can you trim the ball-stem off, if needed ? Thanks for reading me rambling ! :)
 
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on July 11th, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
I use a divacup (size 2) and swim in a pool about three times a week for 45 minutes (give or take) plus recreational swimming. I've never noticed any substantial filling-up or leaking when I'm in the pool, which could be because the diva's comparatively one of the most structured cups, I think it probably stays put better than one of the softer and smaller cups. This is totally guessing though, since I've never used one.
Plain Eccentric Sarahsezabelle on July 11th, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
I use a small Lunette and I haven't had any issues with it and swimming, fortunately. I swim about twice a week, just as a reference point, so it's been tested plenty.

Edited at 2012-07-11 06:40 pm (UTC)
bicyclegasolinebicyclegasoline on July 11th, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
I've had no isses with either a MCUK B or a small Meluna soft in a swimming pool (or hot tub!)
Chasechikchasingtides on July 11th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
I've used a small lunette to swim without problem.
nocebo_domingonocebo_domingo on July 11th, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
L Fleur, L Mia, L classic MeLuna, no leaking and no water getting in; not a regular swimmer but all have stood up to occasional swimming.</p>

Forgive me if i have you confused with someone else, but didn't you have a frustrating and persistent leak experience recently? If so it looks like you are not getting a good seal with this cup.

nocebo_domingonocebo_domingo on July 11th, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
Sorry, bad habit of not reading the whole post before replying. Got the person right, at least.</p>

Actually I do have an old-L (54mm length) soft MeLuna with ring stem, color cyan, collecting lint - happy to part with it for cheap if it is not too long for you.

juliiie87juliiie87 on July 14th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
Actually, I do think an old L Meluna + ring might be too long, but I'm trying to determine wether a new L + ball stem would be ok...

It could be interesting for me to know how your L Meluna compares to your Mia comfort wise, regarding length and the U-shape vs. V-shape bottom... My current cup is 53 mm + ~10 mm stem, and mostly it fits great, it just seems like the longest I can accomodate, since I had to trim it so I won't feel the stem poking in my opening. Sorry for being so annoyingly geeky, I'm trying to justify a buying decision. ;D
nocebo_domingonocebo_domingo on July 14th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
The two cups sit in different places on me. The MeLuna is a low rider that sits with its ring (which is a comfortable rounded shape) right inside my vaginal opening. With lube I can get it up a bit higher and then it will stay there but it's not all the way up like my other cups. This seems to be pretty atypical and may not help your decision but there it is :). It's quite comfortable when and where it touches me at the base/ ring.</p>

The Mia's v-shaped base isn't touching me at all because it's narrow and back there. It has no effect on comfort but makes a big difference in ease of removal. The pointy base makes it much easier to grab than the Fleur, which has a wide and rounded base that's also at the limit of my reach. (It's why the Fleur has such great capacity, so I'm not complaining.) The only part of either cup I can feel at all is the stem.

Hope this helps.

juliiie87juliiie87 on July 12th, 2012 12:09 am (UTC)
Well I wouldn't consider 2 leakage episodes persistent, and like I said I'm ready to take the blame for my cup misbehaving sometimes. And it looks like I should too, giving everyone is so happy swimming with their cup... Thank you for your kind offer, but I'm afraid it's going to be too long, unfortunately.
moonhoney925 on July 12th, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)
My large Fleurcup worked fine for me at the beach on my heaviest day. So I'm happy to recommend that :)
LIKE A CUPCAKE WITH BOOBS AND GOLD ON ITgood_associate on July 12th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
I've never had any issues swimming with my small Diva.
chamekke: DW_impossible_astronaut_by_redscharlachchamekke on July 12th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
I haven't yet gone swimming with my cup (I don't swim a lot); but when I got it I did a bit of experimenting in the bath during my period because I wanted to know exactly the same thing! I bore down at length, clenched, unclenched, the whole nine yards. No blood leakage took place, and when I removed the cup afterwards, there wasn't any sign that water had gotten into the cup, either.

Of course, that's not the same thing as actually swimming, but it did reassure me that it would probably be OK on the day.

So I dunno, you might want to try that for the same reason?

(Cup = medium MINI Meluna. Later did the same thing with my medium MINI Meluna Soft, with the same results.)
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 12th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
If I feel like taking a bath (not so much this season) I might, or I was thinking of going back to the swimming pool with my cup while not on my period, just to see if water gets in.
skysosskysos on July 12th, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
I have a small MCUK and a large Lunette and both work perfectly. I swim laps 2-3 times a week, all the different strokes, so I'm moving around quite a bit. Don't know if that helps but that's my experience at least. I do make a point of emptying ~1 hour beforehand.
stothyra on July 12th, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
Water had gotten into my cup when I swam before. When swimming with tampons, I'd deal with the full tampon feeling, go to the restroom, take it out, and less than half of the outside was covered with blood. The rest was definitely soaked with the water. I don't know why or how that happens, but I haven't gotten an infection because of it.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on July 13th, 2012 09:37 am (UTC)
With tampons it's usually because the water wicks up the tampon string. Same thing happens if you accidentally pee on the string.
Zzsomeone on July 12th, 2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
I have a MeLuna soft and I've experimented with swimming with it. (I even scuba dived with it.)
In my case, whether or not the seal holds depends on how I kick. If I stick to the basic kick (like walking) it holds fine, but if I do the spread legs kicks (like, uh... jumping jacks?) then it will leak.

I have no idea if this is just me, but you can always experiment and see if different things work beter or worse for you.
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 13th, 2012 09:17 am (UTC)
oh yeah, lots of frog kicks in my case... It seems extra softness plays a part in this... hum.
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on July 13th, 2012 03:27 am (UTC)
I get in the hot tub, swim, and do water aerobics in my Mini Meluna Soft Small and I've never had any leaks.
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 14th, 2012 01:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks all for your testimonies and suggestions !

In the light of all this evidence, it seems that my cup wasn't unfolded properly that day, or maybe because of my moves & the softness of the cup (Cuplee), water got in anyway. So I'll definitely try wearing it for swimming again and see how it goes.

I'm still interested in getting one or two Meluna as back-up. Now... which size do you advise ? I'm 25, sexually active, no kids, light to moderate flow (I'm hoping to be past the gushing flow of hell now that I've switched pills). My cervix sits at approximately 55 mm (just above 2") and I can wear my Cuplee (44x53 mm + ~10 mm stem left on). Nothing is poking out, but sometimes on an odd low-cervix day I can feel the end of the stem peeking in my sensitive region just a little bit. I was thinking a medium, because I'd like to try something shorter. If I get a bundle from Feminine Wear, I'll have to pick two sizes, so large + medium or small + medium ? The small seems tiny, but I'm afraid the large would be slightly too long since it U-shaped while my cup is more V-shaped. How do the two shapes comare in your experience ? Can you trim the ball-stem off, if needed ? Thanks for your help ! :)

Edited at 2012-07-14 02:32 pm (UTC)
lovinggirl88lovinggirl88 on July 15th, 2012 01:42 am (UTC)
Most people say that they don't feel the ball stem since it is so small but yes, you can cut the stem off. I haven't done it myself but I know others have.

For myself I use the ring stem and it sits right at my vaginal opening. I have a pretty low cervix and it also seems like no matter which cup I use my vagina wants to push it out and that's where it stays. The ring sticking out doesn't bother me as long as I situate the ring in the same direction as my vagina.
mkchimkchi on September 17th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
I went swimming last night with my small fleurcup, actively running around in between and doing some water aerobics to stay warm and I had no leaks or issues with it filling with water.