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I have been using a UK Mooncup Size B for almost six months now and I have got over the initial challenges of inserting/removing for the most part but I'm still having problems with leaking on my heavy days (quite heavy flow, some 'gushing'). I have been reading all the really helpful posts on here but I'm still not sure what's going wrong for me as I am inserting, helping it pop open using my fingers, giving it a twist and small tug to make sure it's in place and cleaning the holes each time I empty it but somehow it still leaks heavily without catching much blood if I'm walking around or being particularly active; it also leaks badly at night too. It's definitely not always full when this happens, nor is it residual slobber. On lighter days, it works fine and the suction is definitely in place. I'm wondering if it could be the cup I'm using? Does it matter that I have cut away the whole of the stem (it always slips slightly sideways once inside)? Is the problem with my positioning? I've tried keeping it low and getting it as high as possible, but neither seems to help.

Extra info: I'm 29, I don't have children, on and off sexually active, I have vaginismus and vulvodynia so I definitely do not want a stiffer cup- in fact, quite keen on trying a softer cup after reading posts on this site, but I also need a cup that I can cut the whole stem off because stem irritation is a major problem for me. My cervix is 6-8cm high on heavy days. I'm not worried about the cup slipping up inside as this happens a lot already and I'm quite confident about using my muscles to wiggle it back down. I did think about a bigger/wider cup for heavier days but I already feel my mooncup pressing against my bladder (makes me want to pee all the time!) and it sometimes causes some lower abdominal cramps too - although after reading posts on here I'm not sure if this is because of the firmness of the cup rather than the size.

Basically, help! I really don't want to give up on menstrual cups but I need something I can rely on for heavy days and get in/out without too much pain.
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 14th, 2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
My first thought was, the Mooncup size B is one of the lowest capacity cups, due to its design and hole position. Compare it here : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ So if your flow is heavy and gushing... probably not the best match for you. Sometimes a cup can be full while not quite looking so because your cervix might sit inside it and steal some capacity. If it's not filling at all, then it means it's plain missing it, so you need to rule that out when you insert it. It's also on the firmer side, so you could definitely get a softer, higher capacity cup, with the help of the links provided on the sizecharts page. Softness will definitely help for your cramps and general discomfort, so don't fear a larger softer cup.
trejoytrejoy on April 14th, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
A soft wide cup puts significantly less pressure on my bladder than a stiffer small cup.
bunnylove555 on April 15th, 2013 12:29 pm (UTC)
Like the others, I recommend a soft wide cup. If your cervix does steal capacity in the cup, then perhaps a bell bottomed cup would be best. Also, if it doesn't leak on normal or light flow days, then maybe you need to empty the cup more often. It might not seem full, but sometimes it can end up that it is full (especially with your cervix filling up the cup space)
I hope I helped!
bsophistorybsophistory on April 15th, 2013 12:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the advice!
Thank you all so much for the advice! It's really helpful and reassuring to read your comments, especially as until I found this site I didn't even realise there were multiple brands/style etc. so it's been quite a revelation.

Looking at the charts and stuff linked through in the comments, the large fleurcup stands out as a good option in keeping with all the advice here. Do any of you have any thoughts on the L Fleurcup? Are there any other options that you would recommend thinking about? I'm a student so I have a limited budget for buying different cups and I'd like to go for a good bet.
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 15th, 2013 02:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks so much for the advice!
It sometimes seems like we are sponsored by Fleurcup here, since it's usually what we recommend, and yes, it sounds like a safe betfor you. Alternatives would be the large Si-bell, which is even softer but basically the same shape and dimensions as the Fleurcup, also less grips on the base. And then a bunch of wide-ish high capacity cups, such as XL Meluna soft (a bit longer than your MC), Large Sckoon, Femmycycle & Rubycup. The first three you can compare using the comparison pics linked on the sizecharts page. Those last 3 are fairly new but there are a bunch of reviews on this comm', google helps finding them :


Honestly I haven't heard enough raving reviews about the Femmycycle & Sckooncup yet to trust they're really a good idea... popping open seems to be a common issue with them. But that's just me.

Edited at 2013-04-15 02:12 pm (UTC)
mffcompost on April 16th, 2013 01:59 am (UTC)
Hi! what are the barriers and benefits of using a menstrual cup
Hi, My name is Merrill Johnson and I am doing a project for my Fostering Sustainable Behavior class.

The project is to investigate a sustainable behavior that I want to promote like recycling, composting, riding the bus etc. Briefly, a sustainable behavior is one that would be good for the planet.
I chose to focus on promoting the use of reusable menstrual cups over the use of disposable menstrual products. The behavior I am trying to encourage is for women to purchase and use reusable menstrual cups.

I have completed a literature review, some observations and this is the survey component. Lastly I will develop a strategy where I have to describe how I will reduce the barriers that prevent women from purchasing and using reusable menstrual cups and increase the awareness of the benefits of using menstrual cups. I will also have to describe how I will increase the barriers to purchasing disposable products and reduce the benefits for using disposable products.

With the above in mind could you please take 2 minutes to answer the following 2 questions:

Question 1: What makes it difficult or challenging for you to purchase and use a reusable menstrual cup?

Question 2: What do you see as beneficial or rewarding about purchasing and using a reusable menstrual cup?

Whether you use or do not use reusable menstrual cups I would be very grateful for your answers. I have been asked to receive 10 responses from women participating in using reusable menstrual cups and 10 responses from those who do not.

I AM so GRATEFUL for your responses and would appreciate all any comments. Please do not feel confined in your answers you may talk about convenience environment social taboo, health, cost, ease, education, awareness, comfort, etc.
Please feel free to include any information outside of your answers to the questions that pertains to menstruation and menstrual products and the environmental effects

If you could please send me your responses I would greatly appreciate it. All responses will be anonymous in the reporting. I appreciate the time you have taken to help me with this project.

The one trick.... This is unfortunately due very soon.... I would appreciate you taking the time to reply to me as soon as you can. Thank you!!!
teacupcake89 on April 16th, 2013 08:53 am (UTC)
Re: Hi! what are the barriers and benefits of using a menstrual cup
This should be in a seperate post of its own, as it does not answer the OP's question!
mffcompost on April 16th, 2013 12:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Hi! what are the barriers and benefits of using a menstrual cup
Sorry, I thought that because this was the most recent post that a few of you might be able to help me. I apologize and I will not do it again. I would very much appreciate any help you could give me.
Thank you!