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eci_frog
14 April 2013 @ 04:23 pm
Hello fellow menstrual cup users!

I've recently converted to menstrual cups and I'm very glad to have done so. I'm never going back to pads or tampons ever again! I'm currently on my second period with my small fleurcup (purple, I just love that they come in so many colours!) and everything have been going well so far. It's just that when the cup is a little over half full (after about 6 hours) it starts leaking. Well, just spotting so far, I take it out and empty it then The leaking/spotting is accompanied by what feels like air escaping form my vag (burps?). At first I thought it was because I put it in in the wrong angle, but now I think it's because my cervix is taking up room (when the hell did it travel down so low?!). I think I normally have a high cervix as I can barely reach it with my middle finger, but I discovered today that my cervix decided to move quite a bit down and a little to the right. And it doesn't help that my fleurcup likes to settle in real high up there...
     I don't really mind that much, it's just that in some situations it would be convenient to go more than 6 hours before emptying it. I have a job that sometimes requires me to be away from a bathroom for 8 or more hours and while it okay to squat down behind a bush in the forest to take a piss, it's not so fun to try and empty and clean a cup or deal with a pad or tampon (which was one of the reasons I wanted a cup in the first place).

So, now I ask you good people of this fine community: Is there anything to be done? Will a different cup help? Or a different size? (I'm 26, not sexually active, no children, moderate flow)

Any help appreciated :)
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 14th, 2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
I would try wearing a pad or pantyliner as back-up to see if it's just spotting (which would fall under the category "residual slobber", as we like to call it) or if it's actual overflow. If it's the latter, than a large size would be the answer. It seems like you would be able to fit one slightly longer, but in general I'd advise looking for cups that are similarly shaped as the Fleurcup, as a round, bell-bottomed cup will provide the most capacity near the base.
eci_frogeci_frog on April 14th, 2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
I'll try. Can it be "residual slobber" (love that word btw! lol) if it comes 6 hours after I put it in?
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 14th, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
Good question, usually I'd say no, but who knows? it could just be the air being displaced by new flow that brings it down and out? It's especially likely if it's, hum, light brown, which would indicate old blood mixed with regular discharge. Sorry for the TMI! ;)
eci_frogeci_frog on April 14th, 2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
In this case TMI is a good thing :) cause that's just how the spotting is. Sorta light brown. I'll try to brave it next time and see what happens if I don't empty it until I believe it's full.

Thanks! :)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 14th, 2013 03:51 pm (UTC)
...or just empty yours more often.
eci_frogeci_frog on April 14th, 2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
Which normally wouldn't be a problem, except for those days when I'm 8+ hours away from a bathroom. Which if I'm lucky won't happy on my heavier days, but knowing fate it just might. And in my line of work, the toilet facilities isn't always the best even when there is a toilet available... Hence the wish to empty as less often as possible.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on April 14th, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
Some people have been able to eliminate leaking by identifying where their cervix is and running a finger around the rim of the cup to make sure the cervix is within it. Since you said yours is a little to the right, maybe doing that extra check will solve the leaking?

If you still experience leaking, it's possible your cervix is taking up room in the cup, in which case a wider or higher capacity cup might be better. However, if it's not much leaking, I'd probably just go with a cloth liner or two to catch the excess rather than invest in a new cup.

I totally understand about being in situations in which you can't empty your cup more often. In my loooong chem lab class, I handle so many different and frequently toxic chemicals that I would not want to deal with my cup mid-lab!
eci_frogeci_frog on April 14th, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip! I'll experiment a bit and see what happens :)
bunnylove555 on April 15th, 2013 12:21 pm (UTC)
I would suggest a large fleurcup instead of the small. Since fleurcups come in twos on their website, I'm guessing you already have a large with you?
If not and you don't want to invest in a new cup just for heavy days (many people here have two cups, one for "normal" days and one for heavy), you could use a small pantiliner to catch excess flow. I recommend an interlabial pad, if you're willing to try it. Very comfortable and catches a lot of flow. Definitely stays in place.
I hope I was helpful!
eci_frogeci_frog on April 15th, 2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
I only have the small one unfortunately. The big one looked a bit too intimidating so I only bought the small one. Kinda stupid of me now, but hey, those cups are scary when you haven't tried them before....
I've heard about interlabial pads before, but I don't know much about them. Not sure if I dare to try them or not or even where to buy them. Do they stay in place even if you're moving around a lot? And don't they dry you out down there? Hope me asking is okay :) Just curious.
My period is almost done now (and damn, I almost didn't take notice of it when using a cup! Why aren't all girls told about these in school?) so I'll try out the tips here next time and decided it I have to get a bigger cup or if a panty liner will be enough.

Thanks! :)
bunnylove555 on April 15th, 2013 08:34 pm (UTC)
No, it is not stupid at all! Cups can be very intimidating haha.
You can find more information about interlabial pads at ecomenses.com on the tab "interlabial pads". Also, on http://www.obsidianstar.com.au/pages/labinni you can find more information about this particular brand. This is the only brand I know that sells reusable interlabial pads.. For me, it stays in place perfectly! (I am in high school track and use it for my cup backup). I have heard that it stays better for virgins (since our labias has never really been stretched) and also for people with large labias, but I know of others who use it that are sexually active!! It can be a bit drying, depends on the person. But since you are using it as a backup, you can slightly dampen with water (don't soak it, just spray with water) and it will be sooo comfortable! It is honestly amazing!
I personally use the "leaf" version of the Labinnis. I find the others too bulky or drying, but the bamboo velour with bamboo fleece leaf is perfect for me!

Oh, and the shipping from Australia can be expensive. However, if you order ONLY the Labinni (the name of the interlabial pads), they subtract the shipping cost to like 2 dollars!

Edited at 2013-04-15 08:40 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 16th, 2013 11:56 am (UTC)