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Jennifer
17 November 2012 @ 06:58 pm
Hi all,

I am new to menstrual cups and a couple of months ago I bought the small JuJu cup (I live in Australia and wanted to support local, even though they are more expensive). I am now on my second period using it, and although sometimes I think I have it down I keep running into problems.

Occasionally I will put it in and it will be fine until it's full, but most of the time the cup starts to leak after several hours despite not being anywhere near full - yesterday I removed it after 9 hours and it was perfect, no leaking, then inserted it again and 5 hours later I was leaking. I do have a heavy period for the first few days, but it wasn't at all full.  Tonight I have reinserted it twice and it is still leaking so I've given up for now and put on a pad as well. What am I doing wrong? I've read through this community quite a bit and my cup is opening fully and seems to be around my cervix. When I'm on my period my cervix feels around 5-6cm into my vagina. I think my cup is slightly longer than that (I would check but I'm using it right now!)

Any suggestions as to what I am doing wrong? My first thought was maybe the suction holes are getting clogged up, which they do fairly easily, and I thought this might be breaking the suction. Otherwise I don't know. I want to love the cup, it's amazing, but I am sick of the unpredictability I am having.
 
bec_clothcyclebec_clothcycle on November 17th, 2012 09:41 am (UTC)
Cup leakage
Hi, Sorry you having such problems. It may be that the cup is too small? (I have heard that for some a larger size cup works out best first up) It is odd that you have some portions of time with no problems at all tho.

I have sloughing of mucosal discharge and some residual slobber following removal and reinsertion (quite normal) - so wear a pantyliner with my cup. Is it full on leaking or just spotting that you are getting ?

Bec
Jenniferjenny_b09 on November 17th, 2012 10:08 am (UTC)
Re: Cup leakage
Hey Bec,

It isn't just residual blood, it is proper leaking. I have been thinking I might need a larger cup since I do tend to fill it quite quickly, but am feeling overwhelmed by how many there are.

I have just reinserted it again about an hour ago and so far no leaking. I have no idea why it works sometimes and then not at others, it is very frustrating!
bec_clothcyclebec_clothcycle on November 17th, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
Cup leakage
Hi Jenny,

Yeah thats weird that it is only happening intermittently, and not at any particular time.

I have seen other suggestions regarding cup leakage ...is to turn your cup inside out - as this makes it wider and sit shorter (so does not get involved with cervix) - but to do this you would have to be confident that you could remove your cup by bearing down and removing it by squeezing at only the base (not relying on stem).

It could be something to do with the way you are inserting it. Have you tried inserting with the punch down fold and the fold facing towards the ground? This helps me to open up my cup well and get a good seal. Once open, sweep your finger around and turn the cup 180 - then give it a little tug downwards to check that its quite secure and has a good seal. Not sure if any of this is any help but its worth trying different techniques for insertion. Have a hunt on this site or also I think Menstrual Cups Friendhood forum has some good diagrams of different insertion folds.

Hang in there! Its really worth it, so much better and more comfortable in the long run.

Bec



juliiie87juliiie87 on November 17th, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
If it's leaking as if it wasn't there, then it's a placement problem. Try reaching for your cervix, and if it's hiding in a corner, try to aim the rim for it (left, right, up or down).

If it's leaking after a few hours of filling up, then your cervix is likely stealing capacity, so it's actually overflow. Try to insert your cup lower, it *might* just stay there (although you can't really decide where it likes to hang), and try flipping it inside out to see if it fits you better that way.

Alternatively, the solution for "cervix stealing capacity" lies in a more bell-shaped large cup, as the rounder base will provide extra capacity at the bottom. The large Fleurcup/Si-bell are good examples of that shape. Ultimately, there are many cups that hold more than the small JuJu, and most of them are the larger size.
http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/

Edited at 2012-11-17 01:26 pm (UTC)
ionracasionracas on November 17th, 2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
Try pinching the base to 'burp' any trapped air out of it.