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04 May 2013 @ 07:40 pm
Hello all!

I've been using a completely trimmed Lunette size 1 for 7 cycles now, and by cycle 3, I realized I had a low cervix. I have somewhat heavy flow, so the cup was really appealing. My first cycle, I was able to fill the cup past the 13ml mark, but ever since, I generally empty it around 10ml-13ml at most. When I start getting bubbles, it's accompanied by a lot of clear fluid, which means it's time to empty the cup. Lately, I change it about every 4 hours on heavy days, but during 2 of my cycles, it was every 2-3 hours.

For the most part, it doesn't leak. Sometimes it does, but it's just spotting. However, I get consistent residual slobber on my heavy days, so I wear a cloth pad in the day time. The last cycle and this cycle, I seemed to have less residual slobber, but I don't know if it's the particularities of recent cycles, or my body is getting used to the cup.

By the time I start getting bubbles, if I tilt to the side, it leaks like the cup isn't there. (Too full?)

In summary,
-I have a low cervix
-the cup sits right on top of my entrance (it -just- fits, I touch the residual 'nipple' of the stem when wiping)
-I have to change it every 2-4 hours on heavy days
-there is occasional spotting (probably when the cup tilts over)
-I get enough residual slobber to soak the crotch of my underwear twice on heavy days.
+it reduces my cramps
+no discomfort at all

I wonder if I could get something better, or if this is just what I have to deal with.

I have tried using the Lunette 1 inside out and the result was horrible leaking. I think the cup wouldn't stay in place with that kind of shape.

I tried using the Lunette 2 for better capacity, but it's too large. It can fit without any bladder issues but some discomfort when I bend, and when I cough, there's not enough space, so cup slams into something and the result is radiating pain.

So, I think the size of the Lunette 1 is the largest I can go. I'd like to try a Large Fleurcup, but after the pain with the Lunette 2, the same thing might happen with it.

I'd like to be able to get:
-more capacity
-cup that doesn't tilt/tilt easily
-less residual (I thought it might be because the cup was too narrow, but maybe it's just my body wasn't used to the cup.)

Looking at the chart, I was thinking of getting a Small Fleurcup.

What do you all think?

Edit: I'm using a large Fleurcup now. I found my cervix. It comes from the left side of my body and dangles. I'm expecting my period in a day or few and my cervix is 3cm in. When trying the large, I opened it up in front of my cervix by accident and felt for the rim. It felt like it rim was above the end of my cervix my 1cm. Anyways, I got my cervix in the cup after finding out it comes from the left. That's why I sometimes feel a little raw on the left side when I insert my cup.

It seems the only thing keeping my cup from going higher is that my cervix cascades from the left. So the rim is sandwiched on the left nook between the left wall and the cervix.

It sits at the entrance and after getting both the large and small fleur, I think I won't be using the small because you two were right. I needed a bigger cup for more capacity and need a softer large cup. There is no pain at all when I cough! I think I do feel some bladder pressure... Either because it's larger, or because of the rounded bottom, but I'm not sure.
 
trejoytrejoy on May 5th, 2013 07:04 am (UTC)
A softer cup might be in order. Since the small Fleur has similar dimensions and capacity to the small Lunette, you could get the same results with it. I had trouble with small cups leaking and large cups putting pressure on my bladder. The large Sckoon and the large Ladycup have come to my rescue. The slightly wider cup sits higher around the low cervix without the internal pressure of the widest firmer cups but they aren't so long that they stick out (like the large Meluna did on my lowest day). A cold water rinse prior to insertion helps softer cups open.

Edited at 2013-05-05 07:05 am (UTC)
m03m on May 5th, 2013 10:52 am (UTC)
I'm not a guy, but I don't think the small Fleurcup is different enough from your Lunette to make a difference.

The large Lunette is, apparently, not a problem size-wise, but it gives you discomfort. I'm thinking that since the size fits, you have no reason to limit yourself to a small cup; to avoid the discomfort, you will probably do better with a softer cup.

Keep in mind that the wider the cup, the more it will be able to sit around your cervix, not on top of it like a too-small hat, and so the less vagina length it will need.

I have a low cervix, too. My large Fleurcup, with all of the stem and most of the grip rings removed, seems to fit me much like a Lunette fits you, and works well for me.