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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 :)
 
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 :)