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27 December 2012 @ 11:53 pm
So I have a Fleurcup that I've been using for about 4 cycles now.

The first cycle it was fantastic! I only had leaking a few times when there was overflow, and I was prepared for that and wearing pads as back up. Really really wonderful, and when I used it, for the first time since I started having periods, I did not have horrid cramps!

However, on the second cycle I had a bit of leaking a few times that was not because of overflow. Nothing too bad, just a bit of spottyness.

On the third cycle, I had even more problems with leakage. I figured that I had gotten too confident or was maybe in too much of a rush when I was putting it in, so I made sure to take my time and really try to feel around to make sure it was in right, which did not help at all.

I'm now on my fourth cycle of using it, and it's like it's not even catching the blood at all. I really don't know what's going on here. I've poked up inside me and made sure my cervix isn't somewhere weird and as far as I can tell, it isn't.

After reading some other posts, it looks like twisting it probably isn't helping and is probably part of the problem, as once I started having leaks I started really trying to twist it to "make it seal". But I also don't think that's the whole problem as I started having leaking before I really started twisting a lot. I'm thinking maybe a different fold or something? I'm currently using the origami fold as when I was trying to do different folds when I first got it, it kept ending up in that position, lol. I'll also note that the first two cycles when I was using it, I would sometimes feel it pop open up to an hour after I put it in.
Any other suggestions or ideas? Suggestions for specific folds that might work better if that's maybe part of the problem?
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on December 28th, 2012 06:49 am (UTC)
Well it sounds like you're not making sure your cup is fully open before you leave the restroom? If you're doing that than it's luck of the draw. You got lucky the first couple periods that it was opening relatively soon, or that the blood was flowing into the cup even though there was a gap in the seal.

It's one thing for the cup to shift after you've been walking around and quite another for it to pop open. I'd focus less on the twisting and just make sure you run your finger around the rim and that all sides of the rim are touching your vaginal walls. Whatever fold you use to get it in, once inside you can maneuver it open. I do find that any fold that requires a punch down inside is a lot more difficult to get open in a soft cup.