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Sorry if this information is already there. I am having a hard time getting to grips with this forum.

I am now on my third month of trying the Mooncup but I think I have worked out it is too long for me. I always feel that my cup sits too low and I can't get in that high to start with. It sits a few mm out (stem all cut off). If I insert my finger into my vagina then I hit a block about 4.5 cm in. I've looked on the size chart and seen there are short ones. When I look on the brand information however it says these are for women who haven't had children yet.

I am 29, have had two children vaginally and don't have heavy flow (probably say light flow). I do have weak pelvic floor muscles, although I have been discharged from the physio. I can run without leaking unless period is imminent and I don't run too fast. I guess I am worried there is another reason the cup isn't sitting right. I can get it to not leak, but not reliably and I confident with seal and cleared pin holes etc.

I have been converted to menstrual cups but would like some help finding the one for me so pointers would be greatly appreciated. I didn't even know there were that many out there.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 24th, 2013 12:01 am (UTC)
Which Mooncup? The US/Keeper version that's 54mm long or the UK version that's 50mm long?

As for exercising, I find that I have to take it really easy during my period because apparently I "bear down" during exertion which makes it feel like I'm pushing my cup out. I stick to nothing more than walking those days. On elliptical/treadmill so I'm near a bathroom should I need it (not blocks from home thinking "Rut-roh!")
climbingpenguin on March 24th, 2013 07:52 am (UTC)
I didn't realise they were different. I am in the UK and brought the Mooncup brand, not MCUK so I guess 50mm.

Srry wrt the running, that is without Mooncup. I was just indicating the strength of my pelvic floor.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 24th, 2013 12:23 pm (UTC)
Ah, OK.

Actually, the MCUK and the UK Mooncup are the same. There's another made by the US Keeper company called the Moon Cup (two words instead of one) that stole the name and then trademarked it so that UK Mooncup had to change the name of their product to MCUK for the ones it exports to the US. (I know, what DRAMA!)

I assume you have the A-for-AFTER childbirth size of the Mooncup so that is 46-wide x 50-long. The only wide shorter cup is the MeLuna Medium Mini, which is 45x45. It has approximately the same capacity as your Mooncup.

For your pelvic floor... kegel, kegel, kegel! There are many different kegel tools. Some are hands-on and require interaction -- such as wands or tethered "orgasm balls" or gizmos that look kinda like speculums. My favorite tool is just plain Ben Wa Balls. Start with ones that are about 1" and 3/4oz apiece and then graduate to those that are appx 3/4" and 1oz apiece. The idea is to insert them and keep them in while you walk around, do the dishes, etc. Start with 20 minutes a day and build from there. The longer you keep them in, they harder they'll be to keep them inside. That's what's working your PCs -- hands free, no interaction required. Do this at home. Be sure to remember to remove them (relax, cough and catch) before going out or using the toilet.

But it has recently come to light that kegel exercises are not enough. You will need to add squats (for the butt muscles) and lower abdominal crunches to your exercise routine. They all work together to tone vaginal muscles.
Kathlynekathlyne on March 24th, 2013 04:29 pm (UTC)
FYI--just ignore the stuff about pre-birth/post-birth sizing. What matters more are the measurements. Choose one a few mm shorter than your current one.

Good luck.
climbingpenguin on March 24th, 2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks all,

For a moment I thought there might be something wrong with me (hence giving the PF info). PF is getting there, at least I can run now. Damage was from a third degree tear the first time around. I have to do squats for my knee physio as it happens. I'm all physio'ed out atm.

On the plus side it seems there are very few cups shorter than 50mm so that should make the decision easy. I think I will also look at a slightly narrower one as mine is a bit sore to remove. I have been convinced by cups, just want to find the one for me now. I have never been close to filling my one.
climbingpenguin on March 24th, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
My physio said and my runners knee came back due to a weak core. That impacted my glutes which in turn effected my knees so I am also a believer that butt muscles relate to PF.
climbingpenguin on March 24th, 2013 07:59 pm (UTC)
sorry another question

am looking at the meluna mini M and now at the style. I'm assuming I should go with stem as otherwise length of the others would mean the ball/ring would end up sitting outside of me whereas the stem I can trim all the way off.
juliiie87juliiie87 on March 24th, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
You could get a stem, or a ball if you don't mind it possibly hanging out, some people don't. But I agree the stem is the most customizable option. You have a choice between classic and soft. Here's a place in the UK im case you want to compare costs : http://luxurymoon.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=58_209&products_id=1547
trejoytrejoy on March 25th, 2013 04:19 am (UTC)
I have a soft medium MeLuna Mini with stem that I've trimmed to the first 'nub'. Very comfortable and works well for me on lighter days. It could be a good size for you since you indicate a relatively light flow.
I used other cups (Diva, Keeper) and had the worst trouble with leaking until I tried softer cups with wider diameter.
m03m on March 24th, 2013 10:10 pm (UTC)
The MCUK has a rather firm and defined rim, other cups will generally fold up smaller, for easier and painless removal. You don't need a narrower cup, one that folds up easier will help with that.
climbingpenguin on March 24th, 2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
cool! great to know.

I am loving the fact that this means my choice is already made for me, bar style. I had no idea until I came across this site that were so many out there!