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25 February 2013 @ 04:14 pm

So I've posted a few times here, I've been using a Lunette size 1 and small Fleurcup for about two months now. Still incredibly new at this, the leakage had subsided (yaaay!!!) I managed to finally get the cup situated right around my cervix. When I'm sitting its off to the left - thus why I was having some problems before about constant leaking.

Although I've had two major incidents of gushing this cycle (one yesterday and one today) And I mean "oh my goodness - find me a bathroom pronto" gushing. Empty the cup - it's half full. Underwear are completely soaked in blood and ruined by this point and I'm just left confused and a little upset :-/ is it sliding down and tipping over and thus full? This was after several hours of wear - so changed it at 9-10am this morning and the gush happened at 3:45pm. Yesterday same approximate time. It didn't feel out of place or low or anything but I'm probably too inexperienced to even know the difference. :-(

Any suggestions? Reassurance? It happened while at work today. No way to change and just completely miserable.

juliiie87juliiie87 on February 25th, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
First I'm very sorry about your experience - that certainly sucks. Big time.

Usually and rationnally, when a cup only leaks after a several hours, especially after the same number of hours, and there's been no reason to suspect a sudden shift, such as a position change, orgasm or exercise... well it's full. Although you might be young and without children, you might need a larger cup to accomodate your flow for longer chunks of time, or just empty it more often, or if that's not an option, wear back-up pads at work. Btw, cloth is reusable and feels MUCH nicer than the traditional kind. I think the Fleurcup might hold just slightly more than the Lunette, but if I were you I'd try to empty it more often.

An alternate explanantion that I've read a few times, is that big clots could cause massive leakage out of the blue. They could certainly bring a cup to its "full" point, anyway. And considering cups generally sit around the cervix, it could be full whithout actually looking very full.
m03m on February 25th, 2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
That's no fun at all! I'd try emptying it more often, see if it helps.

Blood doesn't really ruin underwear though... if you soak it in cold water as soon as you get home, and then wash it lukewarm the next day, the stains will come out without a trace.

Good luck! This too shall pass.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on February 25th, 2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
That does sound miserable. :-( I always back up my cup with a thin but water resistant cloth liner. I don't need it very often, but it gives me peace of mind without sacrificing comfort. I think having that back up might make the learning curve easier. I was a cloth pad user before I tried cups, so cup mishaps (and there were a number of those) weren't so traumatic. If you sew, they are easy to whip up (polar fleece is a good backing material), or you can get them fairly cheaply on Etsy (about $5 each). Good luck!!
Kathlynekathlyne on February 26th, 2013 04:25 am (UTC)
I have to agree with the other comments. Try emptying more often. We all want the cup to be a magic bullet--I know I did--and be able to hold us over for 12 hours or more, but the truth is it doesn't always work that way.
H: pic#119646647heatherrebecca on February 26th, 2013 04:46 am (UTC)
Thanks you all! I'll have to try to empty more often! With my IUD it's turned my cycle into non clotting (which is oh so weird let me tell you) so it's just like normal blood drawn bleeding, so it most likely/was full, which come to think of it, the no clotting probably causes it to fill quicker. I like my Lunette because its softer and the Fleurcup just feels so much stiffer even though its probably not much difference - I feel like I get cramps from it. So my Lunette is my favorite. I might need to go up to the bigger cup. I might look into a Meluna, I've read positive things about those.

Trust me, today, was the low point of cup usage for me. I had to walk around with a panty liner on. Plus toilet paper wedged between my panties and pants to keep from ruining my jeans. Getting home was never such an awesome feeling. The IUD has made it rough adjusting the past few months, but whew, today took the cake!</p>

I am fairly handy at sewing- I shall look into some polar fleece for reusable pads!

Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on February 26th, 2013 05:04 am (UTC)
There are lots of great links to free patterns and tutorials on how to make cloth pads here: http://clothpads.wikidot.com/patterns. I especially like the Popples AIO (all-in-one) tutorial -- the flared shape might work best for you if you tend to experience gushes! They're also relatively thin, which is nice; I bought a couple from her Etsy shop recently expressly for cup back-up for the occasional gushy day.
juliiie87juliiie87 on February 26th, 2013 12:13 pm (UTC)
Consider going for a Meluna soft (L or XL depending on length) if comfort is a concern. Regarding sewing, it's really easy, some flannel or cotton (such as old pj pants or t-shirts), more flannel, an old cotton sweatshirt, a towel or facecloth for the core + some poly fleece for the back. Do not extend the core through the wings if you want to keep it trim and do not sew the core to the back layer to keep it waterproof.

noteasy2begreen has a really simple tutorial : http://noteasytobegreen.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/diy-sew-your-own-cloth-pantiliners/
And here's another good place to start : http://www.ecomenses.com/

Edited at 2013-02-26 12:13 pm (UTC)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on February 26th, 2013 03:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the plug! :-)
teacupcake89 on February 26th, 2013 02:45 pm (UTC)
agreeing with everyone's advice as well as:

make sure the air holes are clear when you reinsert to prevent leakage

don't worry if your cup like to slant to one side, if it's not leaking then it most likely that your cervix is on the side where the rim points to. :)

cramps are likely just your body getting used to the cup and may go away once you get through the learning curve fully, but if you want to go longer without emptying get a higher capacity cup (not the large lunette as it's twice as stiff as the small!) a large or xl meluna soft with a stem sounds good, or a large si-bell :)

hugs for the bloody experience, I've been there with ultra tampons only it was all over my skirt! was not a good day at college having to walk around with a cardigan around my hips...:(
tinkerandcrabtinkerandcrab on February 27th, 2013 02:55 am (UTC)
Wonder if you'd be a good candidate for the new FemmyCycle?
(FWIW, I have no stake in that product, I'm just extremely intrigued by the new design and wondering if the "leak proof" feature is actually effective!)
teacupcake89 on February 27th, 2013 08:35 pm (UTC)
I would imagine the 'leak/spill proof' part only works if you fill the cup up to a certain point so it all fits below the rim hole, if you were to completely fill the cup I don't see how it could not leak...