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Ashley Who
24 February 2013 @ 11:40 pm
So, due to leaking with my menstrual cup, I chose to experiment with sea sponges and cloth pads for awhile. I have been reusable since November 2009, so over 3 years now! I tried my Meluna Soft XL this cycle, and it does leak still. Thinking about it, my pelvic floor muscles are quite strong (lots of kegels and yoga!), and I think they are crushing the cup. Does this make sense?
Overall, it does leak less than my Keeper Moon Cup did (morning floods). So, I do think the size and shape work better for me, and am considering a medium or large Meluna or Meluna sport (The XL takes up the entirety of space in there). A cup being too firm versus too easily smushed seems like a better trade off, that's why I'm looking into the Sport.

But I wanted your guy's opinions on if pelvic muscles can crush the cup and cause leakage. Does that happen, or is my thought totally off? Any responses or advice would be amazing! Thanks!
 
tobilei on February 25th, 2013 06:42 am (UTC)
I'm not a lot of help. I'm new to MeLuna soft cup (this was my first cycle with it). I picked a Diva cup originally (about 6 years ago) and I like it, but it's a nightmare when it comes to pushing on my bladder and causing bladder pain. It used to leak a lot but the last couple of months I've had zero leakage.

Because of the pain I bought a Large and Medium MeLuna soft. The medium is hopeless. Lasted about 5 seconds before I had a mess. The large is marginally better. When I can manage to get it open, it's still sort of bent in there (it actually comes out an oval shape) and I'm getting leakage with it too. Not a terrible amount but enough to be bothersome.

I exercise a fair bit and suspect I have pretty strong pelvic floor muscles too despite having given birth twice and am wondering the same.
Ashley WhoAshley Hron on February 25th, 2013 07:24 am (UTC)
Sorry about your pain, I've luckily not had issues with pain when it presses, more of an inability to fully pee (or #2).

I've heard the different material used to make Melunas is why they can take a more oval shape. Do you think the medium was just too small? I think that's a big reason I leaked so much with my Keeper, but I could be totally off-base. I also am wary of things being too small because I am tall, and reaching the bottom of my Meluna requires reaching.

Well, maybe someone else will reply and help us out!
tobilei on February 25th, 2013 07:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, the pain is like a UTI feeling. And trying to pee is difficult. Haven't had a problem with number 2.

I think the medium was probably just too small. I've given birth twice (the 2nd time to twins) and am over 30. Plus I'm quite tall and have a high cervix. All combined to just make the medium wrong for me.

The large is a great size. Just wish I could get the leak under control (and that it would open a little easier!)
Ashley WhoAshley Hron on February 25th, 2013 07:41 am (UTC)
Oh, UTI's are awful. D:

Yea, that makes sense. I'm 19, never had any kiddos, but am tall with a very high cervix as well.

The pop-open issue might be helped by running it under cold water until it's a little stiffer, that's what I do when it's stubborn.
tobilei on February 25th, 2013 09:43 am (UTC)
Thank you :) I tried that. It's hard to pop, but I seem to be able to do it. Not sure what the leak is. To be honest it's not my favourite cup. I find the rings around the bottom kind of irritating, it's hard to pop open and it's leaking. Maybe I can fix the issues maybe not (sorry to the OP! Don't mean to take over your thread!)
Ashley WhoAshley Hron on February 25th, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
Don't apologize to me! We are all here to help eachother, no? C:
tobilei on February 25th, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
Haha, oh dear. I'm new to LJ and because of the profile picture change thought you were someone else I was talking to *blush*. Thanks for your help though!
juliiie87juliiie87 on February 25th, 2013 11:24 am (UTC)
If you're having a hard time reaching your cup, then I wouldn't go uner the lenght of a large + full stem. The general consensus seems to be that width doesn't make that much of a difference in cups, less than stiffness anyway, so yeah, I'd go for something somewhat stiffer. If your Keeper was comfortable, then the sky is your limit, since no other cup will be stiffer than a Keeper, at least a new one, since the material degrades over the years. The Keeper is also a fairly low capacity, so consider this factor a possible explanation to your morning floods. Have you seen the charts ? http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ there's a link to Melissa's blog there which provides a stiffness chart.
Ashley WhoAshley Hron on February 25th, 2013 02:31 pm (UTC)
I can easily reach the stem, but I tend to just pinch the base and use the stem as a guide. My morning floods seemed like the fluid leaked past the side of my cup mostly, not a lot of fluid inside. Maybe it just screwed up the positioning when I slept. Thank you for the link! I definitely will be taking your advice, and I'm glad that stiffness can make a difference, and I'm not simply crazy.
inazumarionrhodinazumarionrhod on February 25th, 2013 02:45 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure that's the whole point of the Sport cup, so I don't think you're totally off at all! If you've got strong pelvic muscles, Soft may not be the best.

P.S.: This is off topic, but are you an EA fan? ♡♪

Edited at 2013-02-25 02:50 pm (UTC)
Ashley WhoAshley Hron on February 25th, 2013 05:08 pm (UTC)
Okay, yea, I just wanted to be sure. Some people prefer super soft cups.

I'm a huge Plague Rat, yes! :D I got to actually see her show on the 13th of this month. I travelled 6hours round trip from university to go. Are you a fan?! :o
teacupcake89 on February 26th, 2013 01:02 pm (UTC)
soft cups are more comfortable in that they press on the bladder less/comfortable for insertion etc but if you have strong pelvic floor muscles then don't be afraid of getting a large or xl 'sport'. medium stiffness cups are an inbetween for those who need the stiffness and no pressure etc. I wouldn't go for a medium as the capacity isn't that great and you still need to be able to reach it! :)
inazumarionrhodinazumarionrhod on February 26th, 2013 02:43 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty new to this, myself; I might like a Soft... It just sounds so very comfortable and friendly. I would like to get into yoga, actually... Do you like it?

Yes, I'm a Plague Rat! That's so great you got to see her live; I watched the live streaming a few months back, which was amazing in itself, so I can only imagine what a live show would be like! ♡ Been a fan for only short while compared to some--came in a few months before FLAG's album title was announced, I believe--but no less obsessed for it. ;D I now own a pair of rats, and I'm pretty sure that would never had happened were it not for Emilie, haha. (And I love them so much!) Her music has helped me a lot through the past several months. She's pretty amazing. :)