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23 August 2012 @ 11:49 pm
Hey there,

I've been using a lunette size 1 (no pregnancy) cup for about three years now, and up until recently, it was fantastic (big love for the menstrual cup phenomenon :) )

I have however had a couple of problems of late and I was hoping someone could give me some advice- if you have any, that is!

I had a copper IUD inserted in April, and I have had, singlehandedly, enough bleeding since then to sink the Titanic again. Literally. Although hope is on the horizon, as my periods have lessened to only two days of insanely heavy flow now, which is pretty good I think :)- my first period was about 400mLs of blood. No joke. I am so glad it isn't like that any more.

I'm loving the IUD in every way but since I had it put in my lunette has started leaking. It's only been since the insertion, which makes me think maybe my lunette has become a little too small for me now and it isn't forming the right seal and is therefore leaking. I think. It hasn't really ever happened before, but since my IUD went in, suddenly random bleeding- some days I'll be fine, others not so much. Sometimes I leak and the cup is practically empty. Apart from a few occaions where I have had a complete overflow (one horrifying morning in particular where I stood up and bled all over our cream coloured carpet- not pleasant :(  my lunette has been *just* big enough as long as I empty it very regularly (every four hours or so).

I normally have an extremely high anterior cervix (I can't reach it when I'm not on my period, and I can only just reach when it has dropped during my period), so I don't know that it's the length that is the problem...

I'm thinking maybe I need to try a new cup, because of the leakage- perhaps its too small for me now? I'm wondering if anyone has had any luck with different cups in similar situations? Would a softer bigger cup be a better option for me do you think?

I know parts of this have been covered before, I'm sorry, I just haven't found a combination of leakage and IUD and high cervix kind of solution, so I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts?

Sorry for the messy post, uni is hectic at the moment and my brain is all over the place...

Cheers, Jen
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 23rd, 2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
The small Lunette has a respectable capacity but it is one of the shorter cups. Check out the size and capacity charts http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ and see if something longer (and wider?) appeals to you -- especially if it has a higher capacity.
jen69901 on August 23rd, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your suggestion- I've been thinking of maybe trying the MeLuna L in the soft- but I'm not sure- their website seems to suggest the soft might not work so well for fit people, but I've read reviews that have said that it would be fine....

Cheers, Jen
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 23rd, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
If that's the one that calls to you, then go for it! :o)
teacupcake89 on August 24th, 2012 01:31 pm (UTC)
I think a wider cup would be a good solution, are you happy with the length of your small lunette or would you prefer a longer cup/stem?

compare cups here with the photo comparisons! http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/f52-moderator-s-photo-library

if you're happy with the stiffness of your small Lunette then choose a wider, long cup with similar stiffness. The large Lunette is much more stiffer than the small, but other cups with very similar dimensions such as large fleurcup and large si-bell are soft. a 'round bottomed' cup will give more capacity opposed to a pointy bottomed cup.

unless you have very strong pelvic floor muscles and do lots of pilates,yoga,squats etc a soft cup shouldn't be a problem! a stiff cup might press on your bladder more. check out Melissa's stiffness ratings and reviews in the size charts link.

It doesn't really matter what cup you get in regards to your IUD, it's more about technique and making sure you break the seal before removal. :)

in regards to heavy flow, I know IUDs can cause heavier periods but many have had success with taking lots of vitamin to help with heavy bleeding/cramps etc. You can find more information about this on our sister group http://vaginapagina.livejournal.com/. Also, in this youtube video a girl talks about how taking some organic molasses has helped her heavy periods and cramps/bad pms etc might be worth a look! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q21MHSl4nSk :)
eatswithforkeatswithfork on August 27th, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
You sound exactly like me! I used a Lunette 1, got a copper IUD and my flow increased and my cup started leaking, so I ended up buying a Lunette 2. That solved my problem entirely because it has a higher capacity plus the silicone is a tad more rigid than in the size 1 so it could hold back the floodgates until I could get to a bathroom on super heavy days. Perhaps it's just a matter of sizing up if the brand already works for you. Best of lucking finding something that works!