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Amanda Sydnor
02 April 2013 @ 10:47 pm
I have had my medium soft meluna for two years now and am just getting to use it; it arrived just as I found out I was pregnant. :P Anyway, it all seems to be going well, except for the slight leak. I've been poking around the group trying to find any tips. I have a few thoughts.

1) I just need practice, especially with differentiating between true leakage and residual goop.

2) I need a stiffer or possibly larger cup. I have had two kids vaginally, but I do not feel like my pelvic floor muscles are particularly weak and, thus, in need of a soft cup. I bought the soft originally because it seemed less daunting. I'm over that now.

I am currently trying different things, like which way the fold faces, different folds, etc. I have had no issues getting the cup to open, and it seems like it is sealed well. It pops open, I kegel it into place, I run my finger around it, and there are no dents to suggest it is not fully open. I remembered reading before about people having to angle their cup a certain way due to a tilted cervix, so today I checked and found out that my cervix is pointed toward the back. I'm not sure if that is just the normal tilt since the vagina is actually at an angle or if it is actually tilted. In any case, I tried positioning my cup toward the cervix, but it didn't work; there is no room to wiggle it that way. It will tilt (very easily) to the right or the left, but it's very sandwiched as far as front and back go.

Even with the frustrating "leak" right now, I have to say how awesome it is to not be in fear of what surprises standing up after sitting for a long time, or bending over might lead to!
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 3rd, 2013 11:09 am (UTC)
1) That is indeed very likely. If your cup is consistently filling up over time, meaning your cervix is not peeking out on the side of the rim, then it's in right.

2) I don't have kids and much prefer using the softest cups, so I don't quite see the logic there.

It sounds like you are doing great minus the resiudal slobber issue (for which the best advice is to wear your cup in advance, not let it overflow, and clean as thoroughly as you can), but go ahead if you'd like to experiment with a bigger cup. Just make sure you take into account your size requirements and don't jump to the firmest cup there is, as those may cause pressure in some people.
sodabottlesodabottle on April 3rd, 2013 12:15 pm (UTC)
I just used a divacup for the first time last week and I agree with the "residual goop" issue-I started at work without my cup so I had to use pads, and I also had to leave it out one night near the end because I couldn't get it back in, too "dry". Partly because I'm new to the cup and not 100% trusting it yet (or myself!) I wore liners with it that week--next time I'll try to put it in early, and use it consistently--but you could always toss a liner on just for the first few hours to catch any "leftovers". I find I could tell because they were more "spotty" than bloody looking, like what I get at the end f a period.
Ashatenlegspider on April 3rd, 2013 01:00 pm (UTC)
Your cervix position sounds like mine (on the back wall and it's possible to reach above it), which I believe is normal. Certainly no-one's mentioned it in over 20 vaginal exams, and they don't have trouble finding it.

I wore liners for a year or two to catch residual goop, but when I started thinking about reusable ones I realised that normal black cotton knickers would do the job. It's much less icky that way, so if yours doesn't seem like it's too much then 1) it's probably not leaking, and 2) try it.
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on April 3rd, 2013 02:33 pm (UTC)
I too wear black underwear during my period with my Fleurcup -- I used to wear liners but they itch me, and kinda wasteful, and mostly they are a little itchy, so now I just wear black underwear, unless I feel I may be out for a while and may wear one for a just in case it leaks moment.

Edited at 2013-04-03 02:34 pm (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 3rd, 2013 05:06 pm (UTC)
Since you just recently had another kid, maybe the medium MeLuna is too small (both in length and width) for you. How about something like a large Fleurcup? It's a medium length, squishy soft, and a shape that seems to suit many.