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20 July 2012 @ 11:42 am
I am 43, married and no children.

I went abroad last month and was a bit cross that I was going to have my period the entire week that we were away. My friend recommended a 'mooncup' (generic term) which I had never heard of. Did some research, bought a Mooncup A from Boots and had a dry run. Mmm.....not a good idea to have a dry run, little bit sore!!!

Anyway - went on holiday, Mooncup in one hand and 10,000 tampons in the other just in case the Mooncup didn't work. Mooncup was a great success, I went swimming, out for lunch (wearing white), had a tiny leak in the evenings (used a pad just in case) but otherwise it was flipping marvellous! Even managed to come back in the evenings drunk, empty it, wake up in the morning no mess anywhere and no leaks! Hoorah you say! A convert! In addition, Hubbie now knows everything about Mooncups etc

Currently now on my period and OMG what has gone wrong? First few days leading up to it the Mooncup was fine, got to my heavy days and I am leaking like a sieve. I can't even have it in for more than an hour. So as I type this my Mooncup is in my handbag and I am using tampons. I am going to try every morning to see what happens and am hoping that as 'it' quietens down the Mooncup can manage again. Of course, I am now worried that this will happen every month and last month was a fluke.

Any ideas anyone? Should I get a bigger capacity for the heavy days - although the cup is not full? From reading the site is this the 'cervix dipping in the cup' scenario?

Does anyone have two cups - one for heavy days and one for normal?

Fabulous site by the way - very informative.

juliiie87juliiie87 on July 20th, 2012 11:51 am (UTC)
The "cervix dipping in the cup" theory, and also a sudden change in your flow, might explain the leaks... Also the fact that even the Mooncup A holds about half what a high capacity large cup holds... See the charts if you want to buy another cup : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/

Fleurcup, Meluna and Si-bell seem to be good with the cervix dipping thing, because they are bell-shaped, providing more capacity at the very bottom of the cup. Large Fleurcup is a favorite of many.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on July 20th, 2012 11:58 am (UTC)
last month, did you use your mooncup on the heaviest days?
mooncup has a low capacity due to its shape... i think pretty much any hoop skirt-shaped cup should be an improvement.

are you inserting it the same way as on your vacation? same position especially? i was at my grandma's when i used a cup for the first time. she has the toilet and bath tub in the same room so there's a lot of space and i could spread my legs wide. i can't do that at home or in most public toilets XD nowadays I prefer to insert in bed or while standing.

and many people have separate cups for light days xD in many cases it's just because they first got one with a capacity that wasn't enough... or because they wanted to try out a new brand/colour or got a free sample (from meluna).

also can't help remembering the term beginner's luck, from the alchemist by coelho... it's happened to me as well XD
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 20th, 2012 12:24 pm (UTC)
A higher capacity cup for your heavy days might be a good idea. I use a Mooncup for my light days and a large Lunette for my heavy. I LOVE them both but often wonder if a large Fleurcup wouldn't feel a little less "obvious" than the Lunette, only because it's a softer cup. On the other hand, the stiffer Lunette pops easily and seals securely.
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moonhoney925 on July 20th, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
I find the large Lunette and large Fleurcup very similar as both have a similar capacity and dimensions. I think it comes down to the preference of having a stiff cup (L Lunette) or a squishy cup (L Fleurcup).
pinkpearls36pinkpearls36 on July 21st, 2012 02:20 am (UTC)
Is it because the cup is overfilling or other reasons? Do you think you're starting to hit the perimenopause point? I've read that bleeding sometimes gets heavier at this point, so maybe a cup with a larger capacity might help so you don't have to empty it as much? I see some of them are more narrow, but longer (so they can hold more without being too uncomfortable.) Also, some of the companies have cups with different levels of flexibility and recommend the more active people choose the less flexible cup option. Maybe this might help prevent leaks related to the cup moving around as you do stuff?
rafflescat on July 23rd, 2012 01:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all your comments.

I left it a couple of days whilst I was heavy and am back using the Mooncup with no problems and no leaks. Due to finish in the next day or so. So I know that I am not inserting it incorrectly.

In answer to some of your comments - I was inserting it the same this time as I did whilst I was on holiday.

The cup was not full, it had a little blood in the bottom of the cup but the rest was squished all over the outside. This only happened within an hour or so - so I hadn't had a chance to fill it. What's causing that?

So I am thinking I am going to get a bigger cup. I like the 'feel' of the Mooncup so what would you all recommend for a bigger cup. The cup has a habit of travelling, but not all the time, and I can just about reach it. Not worried about that though because 'bearing down' allows me to get hold of it and I am not really squeamish.

Thanks again for all your comments!
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 23rd, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
The Mooncup is rather on the firm side, so according to this chart http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/ a large Lunette or a classic / sport L Meluna (or even an XL but it's actually quite a bit longer) would be similar.

Also, from your description it seems like your cervix may be peeking out of the rim somewhat. Maybe check with your finger before you insert and try to aim the cup towards it ?

Edited at 2012-07-23 08:52 pm (UTC)