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09 August 2012 @ 02:34 pm

So I am on my third month using my LadyCup Large. 
Despite what it suggested I should get because I am not over 30 nor have I had a child, I chose the large cup because I know how heavy my periods come each month.

Anyway, I fell in love with my cup as soon as I arrived in the mail and hearing all the stories of "you don't have to change it for 12 hours!" because of my frustrations with heavy periods. Well I got kind of discouraged because of the fact that on my second and third days (which are my heaviest) I was leaking. No exaggerated, murder scene, leakage but I was still disappointed because it told me I didn't have to change for 12 hours. :( 

So I came to find lots of helpful tips on this website and other searches I came upon and it turned out to be the way I was inserting it. So after putting those tips together I think I finally have it! 

Last night, which also happened to be my second day of my period, I inserted my cup before sleep and woke up after 10 hours of sleep (lazy, I know >.>) and guess what? No leaks!

Now this may get kind of descriptive, or TMI and I apologize for that. I'm just trying to help :)

I read on some random post that when inserting the cup, wherever the cup is folded it has to face down on your vagina because there is more room on the bottom part for the cup to pop open. 

For example I use the c-fold because I find it the easiest, and to insert it I insert in like an "n" with part that will unfold facing down.

Also I do not shove my cup all the way in. I make sure that the cup is completely in and usually it pops open, but if it doesn't I push my vaginal walls so it opens. Next, I kegel it into place. Now I don't know if its because of my cervix moving but I found that at some moments after kegeling my cup was lower and today it was higher. Anyway after kegeling my cup in I give a little tug on my cup downwards to create a seal, and that's it!

So far I haven't had any problems with leaking. :)

I hope I am able to help some of you. Good luck and don't give up! :D

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
pinkmathpinkmath on August 9th, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
Yay!!! :D NO leaks!! :D

(10 hours of sleep is not lazy. lol. During my period I'll sleep 15hrs at lest one night. Yes while wearing my cup. No I've not had any problems with keeping it in loner than 12hrs.)
m03m on August 9th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
it told me I didn't have to change for 12 hours. :(

To be honest, I've never read that on any site of a cup manufacturer or seller. What I've read was that you can safely wear it for up to 12 hours. See the difference?

It means that there is no medical /safety reason to remove the cup earlier. Of course, when it's full, it's full and if you don't empty it, it may leak.

On my heavy day, I need to empty the cup every two or three hours. That's still twice as long as I can go with a tampon or pad on that day. So I'm not complaining.
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on August 10th, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
Awesome and congrats!!

I always use the c fold too but insert w the fold facing forward. Maybe I should try your method for something different. I never have had a leaking issue as of yet though (hopefully never) except v slight leaking when I get up an hour or two before my alarm goes off, but that's ok coz I dump, rinse, reinsert, and I'm good :)
Culfitzbeew on August 12th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)
yay! Hey, try the "7" fold. it's super easy, and I NEVER use the C-fold anymore. I use the 7 most of the time. :)

Edited at 2012-08-12 01:18 am (UTC)
teacupcake89 on August 12th, 2012 10:55 am (UTC)
Even with a large capacity cup and a heavy flow, most cup users have to empty their cups every 4-8 hours, 10 hours max whilst sleeping :) of course some can go 12 hours without emptying but they tend to have a lighter flow and a high capacity cup :)

you sound like you're doing it right to me! :) and there's no such thing as TMI on here so no worries!

Well done on getting the knack of insertion :) it's nice to read success stories and share tips, especially to others who may be having the same difficulties :)