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Hi everyone, I just love this community! It has helped me a LOT!

Before I got my MCUK size A (I'm 31) I read a lot of things about the cups and I'm sure it'll eventually work great for me. I won't give up!

1. Before getting the cup, I had the idea that it would NEVER leak because of the vacuum and if it was in the right position, was the right size and had formed a seal. I had read about people who went on long bus trips without emptying the cup, etc. I was a bit disappointed to discover (now that I'm experiencing with the cup and reading even more about it) that it'll leak if it gets full.

2. The holes of my MCUK are always blocked when I remove the cup. Is that normal? How does that interfere in seal and leakage (or other things)? I always rinse my cup and unblock the holes (find it funny to press the cup full of water to see it coming out through the holes!) before reinserting it.

3. I'm not quite sure if I'm positioning the cup right. I can't feel it inside me (good sign) and I check to see if it's popped open ok (twist it and everything) and the tip of the stem (half of it is gone) is facing just below my urethra.

4. REMOVAL (big issue!): not easy/straightforward as described! The first time it was absolutely horrible. It really hurt when the rim came out! I followed the instructions, but I must have done something wrong. I then looked for a solution and found some people suggesting you fold the cup to remove it. It works for me in the sense that it's not painful to remove the cup, but when I fold the cup inside me, a lot of the blood is spilled out of the cup and leaks all over my fingers and between my legs, and sometimes it is really hard to fold the rim, plus I can't tell how full the cup was then because of the spillage. It also takes a lot of time, sometimes 20 minutes for the whole process of removal-emptying-insertion (no problems with insertion, thanx God!). I do it while seating on the toilet, as I find it much more comfortable than squatting, especially when it takes so long! I can break the seal and bring the base of the cup outside, but after that I get scared of removing the cup without folding it. Like this, I don't think I'll be able to empty my cup in a public toilet, for example, as I don't normally sit down on public toilets. Please, I would really appreciate some very detailed explanations on how to get the rim out (which fingers do you use to pinch the base? where exactly do you pinch the base? at what angle do you take it out? to which side do you tilt the cup? etc. etc. etc.)

Thanks in advance and I'm talking about the cup to all my friends!!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 28th, 2012 03:49 am (UTC)
1a. There is no vacuum. http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2091967.html
1b. Of course it will leak if it gets full -- just like a glass will overflow if you over-fill it.

2. The holes of the MCUK are tiny. Try enlarging them with a small drill bit, small scissors or a body piercing tool.

3. If it's catching flow, it's in the right place.

4. Everyone seems to have their own method of removal. I pinch the base and rock it out so that the "forward point" of the rim comes out first. That usually keeps spillage to a minimum -- especially because I often keep track of my flow. (I used to do it out of curiosity and then developed a profuse bleeding issue. Then adding up each day's loss was very helpful to my Dr.)

Do some side by side comparisons of your MCUK to cups that are shaped differently. Also compare their physical sizes and capacities. http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ I think you would benefit from a secondary higher capacity cup for your heavier days and keep your MCUK for lighter ones. See what you think of the large Fleurcup. It's as wide as your MCUK, only 2mm longer but shaped differently for a higher capacity.
sofia_airodebas on November 29th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
Thanks for all the info!

Although, I think that if a glass was sealed, it wouldn't leak, right? That's why I thought the cup wouldn't leak, because of the seal :D But it leaks when full, that's a fact and that's not going to stop me using the cup, or make me buy a higher capacity cup yet (if I manage to master the art of removing it without so much mess and a bit quicker, I'll be fine!). It was just the (wrong) idea I got when reading about the cups.

I'll try to enlarge the holes, I had read about doing that, but just didn't know if it was the right thing to do with my cup :)
juliiie87juliiie87 on November 28th, 2012 11:44 am (UTC)
What Kuradi8 said, and I'll stress that the Mooncup is one of the stiffest and lowest capacity for its size currently on the market. So, this might explain some of your issues. A softer cup would be easier to fold for removal (anything BUT the Yuuki, large Lunette and Meluna sport/classic. Keeper/Moon Cup) and there are several softer cups that will hold more.

Basically, you would only be able to wear your cup for longer amounts of time if it held more, or if your flow were lighter.

3. You don't need to twist the cup to make sure it pops open, actually it would break the seal. And the way the stem points depends on your own anatomy, so there's no telling whether it's right for you or not.

4. Melissa has a very detailed video that shows one method of spill-free removal : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLPBZz3uJEg

Edited at 2012-11-28 11:49 am (UTC)
sofia_airodebas on November 29th, 2012 12:35 am (UTC)
Thanks for all the info! Specially the video! Last removal was definitely easier, it still took a bit of time, but I'll keep practising!