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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.

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)