pa_girl21 (pa_girl21) wrote in menstrual_cups,

Some struggles - looking for suggestions

Hey vagina-owners!

Today is day two of my first cycle using a small lunette. Once I got used to the whole insertion thing, I thought it was looking promising. However, I am having some intermittent spotting/leakage. I'm relatively heavy for the first couple of days plus I'm being paranoid so I've checked it roughly Q4 hours (even ventured into the realm of public bathrooms today, albeit single-user ones only) for leaks & fullness. I was only 1/2 to 3/4 full most of the times but still had some spillage onto my pantyliner. I also noticed a gurgling/bubbling sensation every now and again.

So here's what I'm thinking: I have it inserted and popped open (not always easy!) correctly but the seal isn't forming well. Or perhaps the addition of *ahem* new contents into the cup is making air squeeze past it in order to maintain the correct pressure.

Another little problem I'm having is with removal. The first few times the rim (widest part of the cup) getting down to my entrance was ridiculously painful. I tried slowing down, tipping one part of the rim out first, and just pulling it out fast (like taking of a bandaid). The hotdug-in-bun technique is what works best for me but it's still not pleasant, though it's considerably better. And I'm also worried that it won't work well (spillage) when I'm going longer between emptying (going to aim for Q6 hours for the first couple days when my flow is heaviest). Yes, I'm a virgin but I am sans hymen thanks to bareback horseback riding in my childhood.

Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer!
Tags: leakage & spotting, lunette, removal - painful or problems, seal & suction, teething troubles

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