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charletnarouh
20 October 2012 @ 09:07 pm
I have no trouble inserting my cup and it opens perfectly. I can feel all the way around the rim and it's fully open and my cervix is not peeking out at all. But the cup seems to be consistently leaking. I don't think it's the blood travelling into my lower vagina during changes because I wipe clean after inserting it and check a little while later and there's nothing, but after about 2 hours I'm getting traces of blood on the toilet paper, so I remove and check the cup and it's nowhere near full, but if I leave it and just wear a pantiliner for several hours to deal with the minor traces, the cup will continue to fill, so it's working. The traces of blood are really not very much compared to what is being collected by the cup so it's not overly alarming. MOST of my flow is being captured by the cup. It's really so minimal I could probably get by without using a pantiliner at all since I'm not really noticing anything staining my panties, just toilet paper when I wipe, but it's enough to be mildly annoying and frustrating. What do you think, is this a cup fit issue or a user error?
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on October 21st, 2012 11:31 am (UTC)
If wearing a pantyliner or dark underwear could take care of it, I'm afraid this qualifies as residual slobber (blood that was already there in the nooks and cranies of your vagina, either from before you first inserted or in between changes). This residue could be expelled by your natural discharge or the action of air leaving the cup as it fills up (bubbles). Another possibility, is your cervix is only occasionnaly peeking out, but I think you would notice traces of blood around the rim and on the outside. If that's the case, a larger cup may provide a more secure fit. But in this case, it would most likely be leaking as if it weren't there...

In the mentime, have you tried wearing your cup pre-emptively, so your period starts right inside ? Wiping might not be enough if blood has had time to slowly creep down before you put the cup in.
charletnarouhcharletnarouh on October 21st, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
There is usually a small amount of blood on the outside of the cup when I remove it. I have a Me Luna small and a Diva cup and the same problem happens with both.
ozonemamaozonemama on October 21st, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
I had similar issues...I have found giving the stem a tug after insertion improves the seal.