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10 October 2012 @ 10:45 pm
Hello, cup users!

So I'm done with my second cycle with my Meluna XL, and overall, yes, it's an improvement over my Small Diva Cup. It's a bit weird because this second cycle was a bit messier than the first one. Instead of the 4-5 of cup usage during the first three days it became 3 hours during days two and three. Okay, whatever. My period was a week late, so it's totally possible that this period was just plain off. That wouldn't be surprise me.

So I had two questions:

1) Is it possible for a bowel movement to cause leaking? There was this one time with my Small Diva Cup where, during a BM, I actually felt it shift, and it leaked. I think it happened with my MeLuna this cycle, but I didn't feel it shift. After the DivaCup incident I have tried not to bear down too much during a BM. Has this happened to anyone else? 

2) How do you know if your cervix is peeking out? I tried to check if it's peeking out, but I can't tell because everywhere I touch with my finger is bloody. I try to let the cup open right near the opening then wiggle it into place, but when I tried this the cup wouldn't open/seal and just end up leaking. If your cervix is peeking out would this cause leaking three hours later or would it just leak right away? The thing is that during my first days I just feel like my cup is swimming inside me, not covering a lot. I don't know, maybe it's just a feeling everybody gets.

Any thoughts? I really want my third cycle to be as leak free as possible.
juliiie87juliiie87 on October 11th, 2012 10:36 am (UTC)
1) It's definitely a possibility, as some people remove their cup to have a BM, but I never had an issue with mine. Although that might be cause I never quite fill my cup ! Your rectum and your vagina are only seperated by a thin wall, so having a bm could definitely squeeze your cup and cause it shed some of its content. It doesn't necessarily mean that you need to reinsert it, but it might be nearly full.

2) Your cervix should definitely feel different that the rest of your vagina, like a protruding bump. Do you know where yours is, can you reach it without the cup in ? You could try aiming for it, like if it's more one one side, up or down.

Basically if you cup is catching blood, even if it's only for a couple hours, it should be in right. Any leaking after that, is most likely because it's full. Or your cervix is off center and the cup has shifted, but that's less common. Hope any of this helps !
phantomkat on October 12th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
1) Okay, then. I'm glad it doesn't sound too unlikely. I'll probably just take it out then reinsert it once I leave the stall, just to be safe.

2) I think I can just reach it with my finger. I need to properly find it and see if I can aim it in case it isn't as centered as I think. I just know it's rather high throughout my period because both the Diva and the Meluna XL are comfortable for their length.

It does help, thanks! It's a bit of a relief that the leaking isn't because I missed my cervix or some of it's peeking out. I'll poke around to locate my cervix.
faranth22faranth22 on October 12th, 2012 12:02 am (UTC)
It sounds like you're doing well! And it gets easier each month.

1) Never had that happen before. If it becomes a problem you could just remove the cup when you need to have a BM.

2) Try to find your cervix first. You'll know when you do, it feels kind of like the tip of your nose with an indent in the tip. It may point to the left or right, up or down. Mine does. I had leaking until I discovered that if I kind of angle my cup to the left, after I ensure it is fully open, that it doesn't leak anymore. You could also experiment with different folds. Sometimes small changes make all the difference.

Good luck!
phantomkat on October 12th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
1) Yeah, I'll probably do that. During my first days I have to empty my cup more often anyway.

2)I haven't found anything that feels like the tip of my nose, so it's safe to say I haven't located my cervix yet, or perhaps I just missed it. I use a half-diamond fold because it's easier to pop it open with a finger, but I think that would be a bit hard to angle to the left or right?
faranth22faranth22 on October 14th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
I insert the cup normally, ensure there's a good seal by running a finger around the it, and then I angle it in the direction of my cervix by pushing the bottom of the cup in the other direction. I hope that makes sense.
teacupcake89 on October 12th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
Agreeing with the other comments: just remove your cup and reinsert after a BM if it feels like the cup moves! :)

and yes, if your cervix was peeking out over the cup it would be leaking almost right away unless your cervix/cup moved after a couple of hours for some reason.

if your cup tilts to one side your cervix is probably on the side the rim tilts towards and may be on the front vaginal wall. feel for a fleshy nub like a doughnut/polo mint, some say it feels like a small penis head! :)

was your cup full when it was leaking? if not very much, perhaps your cervix was lower and sitting in the cup on those days, taking up some of the cups capacity.

are you squeezing water through the air holes after removal to stop them getting clogged? as that can cause leakage too :)

Hope your next cycle is better for you! :)
phantomkat on October 12th, 2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, sometimes I think my cup tilts more towards my left when I decide to empty it. Okay, fleshy nub it is, since I wouldn't know what a penis feels like. P:

Nope, the most full my cup gets is about 1/3rd full before it starts leaking because I'm pretty sure my cervix takes up space. (That's the reason I switched from the Diva Cup to the Meluna XL: wider, rounder bottom, and more capacity). With the Diva Cup that would last me around 1 1/2 to 2 hours without leaking, and with the XL it's generally 4 hours without leaking.

I squeeze water through the air holes when I empty it in the shower (morning and night). During the rest of the day I empty it in a bathroom stall in my dorm's community bathroom, and I try to wipe away the blood around and in the holes with toilet paper during those times. So I'm relatively confident the holes aren't clogged.

Here's hoping! :)