Janine (candyj9) wrote in menstrual_cups,
Janine
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Overnight leakage...

Hi everyone--this is my first post here but I've commented on some others. I guess that's the cue for a little "about me"? I'm 24 and have no children, started using a small Diva in June and have no plans of ever going back to disposables. I also picked up 2 Meluna cups during the buy 1 get 1 sale beginning of July, a large classic and a large soft.

I chose the large because it seemed most similar in dimensions to my Diva, but I don't think they're going to work out. The rim on the classic is so firm I found it painful trying to insert and wanted nothing more to do with it. The soft will not open up no matter what I try. Various different folds (punch down, C fold, 7 fold, s fold) making sure air holes are positioned strategically, manually opening it up...nothing works. I'm not sure if it's just too soft for my body or what.

Last month my Diva had a couple of problems that seem to have resolved for the most part since I trimmed the stem almost completely off, but I also had some leaking. My Diva is much better this month. However, my problem of overnight leaking is persisting.

I managed to cut out any daytime leaking through tips I found here--namely checking to make absolutely sure my cervix isn't sitting outside the cup. It goes in fine, is pretty comfortable, and overall I'm quite happy with it. I empty it before I go to bed and in the morning, leakage. And I'm guessing because of the cup, my flow doesn't go where it normally would sans cup and can't really be contained by a pad because it spreads out over a much larger area.

When I remove the cup in the morning, it's not even quite half full. I took a nap earlier today (more like a short sleep, about 2 hours) and had no problems.

I love my backup cloth pads, but this overnight issue is driving me nuts. Any ideas how to fix this? Would really like to be nice, clean, and dry in the morning.

Another more minor issue is some difficulty with urination, I think because the cup is compressing my urethra to a degree. Other than this, the cup fits very well but I was contemplating a cup with a slightly smaller diameter? Maybe a small Lunette? It has the same softness rating as the Diva but seems like it's a little shorter and narrower. Opinions?

Thanks for the help.
Tags: divacup, leakage & spotting
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