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11 September 2012 @ 12:32 pm
Ok I think I could use some advice. I started my cup journey in Feb. of this year and have tried several brands but none seem to fit me quite right and I always had leakage. My cervix was sitting in the cup and it was fully opened(I checked). It wasn't overflow either because it would leak right after insertion with next to nothing in it.  On a whim I bought some instead softcups and they worked perfectly. So here is the dilemma...the only thing that works properly is DISPOSABLE URGGH. This defeats the whole purpose!!! I have heard that some people use diaphragms as menstrual cups but I am in the U.S. and I'd need a prescription for something like that. No Dr. will give it to me because I had my tubes tied in 2005. For those of you that use insteads (particularly the reuasable two pack) what is the longest you have reused a single cup for?
foggyimagefoggyimage on September 11th, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
If it only "leaked" a little bit like spotting at the beginning after you insert it, chances are this is residual slobber. This means that since you were menstruating before you put the cup in, there is a little bit of blood below the cup after you insert it that was still in your vagina. This old blood works its way out and the new blood goes into the cup. I know some people always wear a backup pad anyway but it kind of defeats the point. Maybe someone will have a theory why you don't think any cup fits you quite right but I don't really have one. If a new cup feels different, I tell my body to shove it and forget about it lol
ozonemamaozonemama on September 11th, 2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
It is continued leakage. Like 5 hours of it .
foggyimagefoggyimage on September 11th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
Does it stop after the five hours? That's really weird. :/ I've never had a leaking problem but I should probably never say never ... now it will probably happen lol
ozonemamaozonemama on September 11th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
After the 5 hours I need to empty
foggyimagefoggyimage on September 11th, 2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
Huh. I really don't know.
ozonemamaozonemama on September 11th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
I am assuming it has something to do with my anatomy and how the cup sits (Which seems to be slightly downward). The insteads worked like a dream but I hate all the waste and money. They need to make a reusable silicone instead :/
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 12th, 2012 10:45 am (UTC)
If I were you I would just try to look for a diaphragm that seems similar enough to the dimensions of an instead, and buy it out of pocket, so you don't have to bother with your insurance not wanting to get you fitted. I know you've tried pretty much nearly every brand out there, but I'm thinking maybe a large Fleurcup ? As it seems to be the universal gooldilocks cup (or almost), ideally, the older stiff one...

EDIT : Or a medium mini meluna ? that's short and wide... tie floss to the ring ? Sorry I'm just rambling... :/

Edited at 2012-09-12 10:47 am (UTC)
ozonemamaozonemama on September 12th, 2012 11:30 am (UTC)
I think a diaphragm would be ideal and would be willing to pay out of pocket but I can't get one in the U.S without a prescription

ETA as far as the fleurcup goes...not nearly firm enough. Not even the old one. I have to coax open a meluna sport. Med mini meluna doesn't have the capacity I need. I overflowed an Xl meluna in just under 5 hours

Edited at 2012-09-12 12:20 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 12th, 2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
Being unfamiliar with them I didn't realise they were prescription only in the US. I do remember a recent thread where a member had her diaphragm shipped from a UK manufacturer, because they were much cheaper there. Another comment I came across under the diaphragm tag mentionned some manufacturer who would ship one abroad, because you don't need a precription in the UK. That's something to investigate !

Here it is... not so sure about the non-prescription... and even so, you may have to find someone in the UK to ship it to you... http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2921675.html#comments (with link)

Edited at 2012-09-12 02:32 pm (UTC)
ozonemamaozonemama on September 12th, 2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
fallingoverit on September 14th, 2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
I only used the Instead for a year and switch off (it wasn't right for me) but I think the longest I have ever heard someone go with one is two cycles.