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06 May 2013 @ 01:29 pm
I'm super excited, my period is due in the next couple days and I just received my medium meluna classic with ball stem. I was so excited I had to try it out before my period. It inserted fairly easily (will take some time to get used to it), it sealed perfectly, it felt okay but I did have a few cramps. My problem is more of a concern. The ball stem sits right at the entrance of my vagina it may stick out just a touch. My concern is will this damage my pelvic floor muscles? The stem doesn't really bother me it's hardly noticeable but I'm worried that since its sitting so low it may hurt my muscles with continuous use. Anyone with similar personal experiences? Am I worrying for nothing or should I try a shorter cup? The only one I know of that is shorter would be the meluna mini but that one has a smaller capacity.
Also will the cramping go away with continuous use.
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 6th, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
Hurt your PCs? I doubt it. If anything, it might HELP them by forcing you to kegel to keep the cup in place.
justme3538 on May 6th, 2013 09:31 pm (UTC)
WSS. I can't imagine there would be any problem at all with pf muscles.

With the cramping I often get this as it pops open and for a few minutes afterwards. If its severe I take it out and try again, but any mild cramp has normally gone by the time I'm out of the bathroom and downstairs and thought about it again :-)
tjstjstjstjstjstjs on May 6th, 2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
Ha! The exact same thing happened for me! I found the Medium Meluna too long. Sounds like the cup is too long.
My understanding is that ideally you want the bottom of the cup to sit a little bit higher inside you. This is because of the pelvic muscles at the base/entrance of your vagina are what holds the cup in place because they are tight or closed. Another reason you ideally want the cup to sit higher is because there are nerve endings at the entrance to the vagina, but not further up, which means if your cup is too low you will feel it.
I don't imagine that the stem will hurt your muscles, but it may rub against your vulva/lips and be uncomfortable, and you might get pressure cramps like I did.
For me, I could feel my Medium MeLuna and my MoonCup (Uk) and they felt like they were pushing down on my pelvic floor muscles creating cramps, as if there was something heavy inside me pushing down on my muscles.
Before you think about a smaller cup, you need to confirm to yourself that you are short inside, as opposed to just not being able to push the cup in further. Can you feel your cervix with your finger?

I would wait out this period with your medium Meluna and then decide if you want to try a shorter cup. I have the small mini meluna and some small ladycups and I love them. But you're right the mini MeLuna doesn't have a good capacity. The ladycup has a bit more capacity, plus, if you turn it inside out the airholes seem to close so it has even more capacity, but is harder to get out. The sckoon cup (which i don't have) is teh same size as the meluna mini small but has a much bigger capacity (huge bonus), although it is a softer cup and some people have had trouble with popping it open (not so bonus).
I would recommend considering a mini MeLuna, Small MeLuna, Small Ladycup, or Small Sckoon cup. Check out the size chart; http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/1285963.html
countryflower89 on May 6th, 2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
I've never felt my cervix during a period before. As of now my cervix is low, when using my middle finger I can insert it to the first knuckle and touch my cervix. I'm not sure but I think when trying my cup it pushed my cervix up because it was a tad lower before inserting.
tjstjstjstjstjstjs on May 7th, 2013 01:26 am (UTC)
apparently the cervix moves even lower during the period, although i can't say that's obvious for me.
given you can reach the cervix at the first knuckle, i would say your cup is definitely too long for you.
tjs77tsa on May 7th, 2013 03:27 am (UTC)
Mine sits like that I have used it for 3 cycles as long as it doesn't bother you meaning you can't feel it it will be fine. If it does bother you you can cut the stem off.


Edited at 2013-05-07 03:28 am (UTC)
Eireinneireinn on May 7th, 2013 12:19 pm (UTC)
Mine sits the same and it doesn't bother me. I've been using my cup for... 10 months or so now? and it hasn't caused me any problems.
countryflower89 on May 9th, 2013 11:02 am (UTC)
Thanks Everyone...
for your thoughts and expirrences = )
I think I'll stick with my meluna for a few cycles to see if/how things change. My period started yesterday and so far no leaks. Only problem is the cup rubs me the wrong way sometimes. I may try a shorter cup in the future if this one continues to bother me. So far my muscles feel fine, I guess I was over thinking a little = )