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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?
juliiie87juliiie87 on December 28th, 2012 01:01 pm (UTC)
What jessiebanana said, twisting is not a foolproof method, just a trick the Diva company came up with (targeted at squeamish users I bet). Cheking with your finger that it's fully rounded and that your cervix isn't peeking outside the rim is far more effective. Forming a seal means being fully unfolded and encircling your cervix (o).

I only use the softest cups, and mostly two folding methods, which are also amongst the least common : half diamond for V-shaped cups (Cuplee) and labia for U-shaped cups (Meluna, Fleurcup is one of those too). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt6L-POE-b0 I had some luck with the origami in the beginning too, but ultimately I agree with Jessie that any fold where the rim is squished inwards is less likely to pop open. And by that I mean pop open at once, because with soft cups, popping open is often a process ; you can't really insert them like you would a tampon and leave them there all squished up to do their thing.

One last thing to mention, spotting is actually normal as it's usually the blood that was already hanging low in your vagina that the cup couldn't catch, because unlike tampons, they don't absorb. Leaking like it wasn't there, now that's a placement issue.