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If you have need seen a post from me before; I'm 15 and a virgin and I'm about to be on my third cycle with my mini small and small Melunas in soft and normal. Ever since I started using them I have had the same problem and I've run out of possible solutions. My spotting problem hasn't been going from worse to better, it can be worse/non existent on any given day. I'm quite certain I'm inserting right as in having it pop open and I'm pretty sure it's positioned correctly in terms of my cervix because I've done a great deal of feeling around up there. I push on it so it has suction although I don't know how to make sure it does have a good seal. I always seem to have spotting and I have to use anywhere from 2 to 4 or 5 pantyliners each day, but I get nervous knowing that the leaking could get heavier at any given time because that has happened! How can I stop this problem? Btw when I empty the cup it's not overflowing, this is not what's causing the spotting. He spotting will start within the hour of insertion. It must be something else, and I want to fix it so I can feel confident inserting the cup. I don't want to insert then check it constantly till I know how heavy the leakage is then be paranoid all day! 
 
 
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juliiie87juliiie87 on September 4th, 2012 11:25 am (UTC)
A little amount of leakage, that one pantyliner could take care of, in the first hour after insertion, is usually what we call "residual slobber" meaning the menstrual fluid that was already sitting low in your vagina when you inserted, or made its way down while you were emptying, that the cup couldn't catch because, unlike tampons, cups collect and don't absorb.

More serious spotting, for a longer amount of time, is either overflow, the cup not being properly unfolded, or your cevix peekig out of the cup. Note that overflow can happen even if the cup doesn't look completely full, as your cerix sitting inside the cup might be stealing some capacity. If emptying more often, changing your insertion technique, checking for your cervix's location, etc. doesn't work, depending on how far in your cervix sits and other factors of preference, I'd recommend looking for a larger cup.
оʁɑɪɛиoraien on September 4th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
The only suggestion I have is that you said you push on the cup to make sure it has suction. This might just be a word-choice rather than an issue but I always tug down on my cup after insertion to make sure it has proper suction. You'll be able to feel it if it's got suction, when you pull down on the stem.
foggyimagefoggyimage on September 6th, 2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
I agree, also you can try to "turn" the cup a full 360 to see if it is popped open correctly (I've only been able to spin my Diva though... my ladycup doesn't budge lol!)

Also, I have no idea on the possibility of this, but maybe you tore a tissue in your vagina while inserting and each time you insert, it reopens. Perhaps as you move around with your cup in the cut keeps reopening? I actually have never heard of this but I thought it might be worth mentioning in loo of a rare case. Just a thought lol. I think Julie might be right on though about your cervix sitting inside the cup being part of overflow. My cervix sits WAY inside my cups and I just realized two cycles back. I ordered a bigger cup :) Btw, I'm 15 too. Cuppers unite!