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23 May 2013 @ 10:04 am
Hi all!
I'm in the middle of my first cycle with a Sckoon cup. First dry run did not go well, but so far everything else has! I've got my insertion/removal routine down to about 6 minutes without problems, until today.
My periods used to be about 4-5 days of too-heavy-for-super-plus-tampons deluge, but since the beauty of the pill I'm down to one true flow day-except during this day I can go through about 3 super tampons (so it goes from nothing to full force to nothing again). My cup is in place, suction is good, everything seems dandy except I'm getting very small, very slow leakage-enough for a pantyliner. When I empty the cup, it's full of the usual very dark/thick stuff, but the leakage is thin and brown (almost looks like what happens on the last day or so-doesn't look anything like my flow). While I'm changing the cup things don't slow down at all, so I'm wondering if this is really leakage or could this be what gets around the cup when I'm cleaning and reinserting? Has anyone else had anything like this? Today is the full force day-there was no leaking at all on my couple of very light days.
Even with this going on, this is such an improvement over tampons! Thankfully I'm down to the end of my light pads/liners, so I'm stopping to get some fabric ones to day as backup (I was bummed when the liner had to come to the rescue today). So glad I stumbled upon this miracle last year!
trula_rtrula_r on May 23rd, 2013 03:14 pm (UTC)
If its brown like you say, it sounds like residual slobber...but it's weird that it is continuous. Mine generally stops after an hour or so. Good luck!
teacupcake89 on May 23rd, 2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
the 'leakage' aka residual slobber is brown-ish because it's the 'old' blood that made its way down the vagina whilst you were emptying and reinserting the cup so is too low down to go into the rim and is making its way out. Because of this you're more likely to have it on heavier days when it takes less time for blood to travel.

To help deal with it you can: wear your cup pre-emptively so blood doesn't get the opportunity to be in your vagina to begin with. Or using some lubricant to insert the cup can help or swiping a finger around the vagina below the cup rim after insertion to scoop it out.

Inserting the cup as soon as possible after emptying can also help, with practice you will get much quicker at this.

You could also get a higher capacity cup for your heavy day, as they'll be less need to empty it, therefore less chance for slobber to occur.

Make sure you are clearing the airholes (squeezing water through them or with a toothpick/interdental toothbrush to prevent them getting clogged and causing leakage.

I always wear a (Bodyform micro) pantyliner anyway as cups don't dry out the vaginas normal everyday secretions unlike tampons do, so the liner keeps me feeling dry and helps with any slobber aswell. :)
ginny587ginny587 on May 23rd, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I It's looking like just a lot of slobber, and I did manage to fill the sckoon up twice today so I think I do need something with a higher capacity (which will be tricky because the width of this one took adjusting...). Trying to find the wonderful, glorious chart of cups/sizes/capacities but can't...anyone have a link to that stinker?
trejoytrejoy on May 24th, 2013 03:31 am (UTC)
ginny587ginny587 on May 24th, 2013 02:51 pm (UTC)
Yes! Thank you!
I did some feeling aroud pre-period, and my cervix was easily reachable then, so I figured it would sit lower during my cycle. I just checked, and either it wasn't my cervix that I found the first time or mine actually moves up because I could barely reach what I thought was it (kind of a hard nub way up there). My cup sits pretty high-it's in the short range, and I have to bear down a little before I can really get a grip on the stem, so I'm thinking that I could handle something longer. I'm eyeballing the diva cup, since it's not much wider and has a 30ml capacity instead of my current 23 (but when I've leaked out of the cup it's not always completely full, which makes me wonder how much cervix could be sitting in there throwing it off). Would a 30ml capacity instead of 23 make that much of a difference? Any other suggestions for good, not too wide higher capacity cups?
I've also heard that it's possible to find them used-where, and is it safe? I'm on a very tight budget, and buying my current cup took some time-next cycle I'll be on a mission trip with high school youngins and it would be a huge relief to have this figured out/have another option for the heavy day by then.
jwthemathsterjwthemathster on May 24th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
It does sound like you certainly could use a longer cup easily. If you're thinking Diva, which I think could be a good choice, have you considered a NaturalMamma? Here's a comparison photo of NaturalMamma vs. the Divas to give you an idea: http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/t497-natualmamma-cup-comparison-photos. It would be very similar to the Small Diva, but with a little rounder bottom, which is good for a little more usable capacity (since you've got evidence that your cervix is "stealing" space in your cup).

Good thing about the NaturalMamma is that it's much less expensive than the Diva. You can buy it here (http://www.femininewear.co.uk/menstrual-cups-2-c.asp) for less than $25 shipped.

(Nevermind, Femininewear is out of stock, it seems. You could get it here as well: http://shop.menstrualcup.co/products/NaturalMamma.html)

Edited at 2013-05-24 04:18 pm (UTC)
ginny587ginny587 on May 24th, 2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
That looks excellent-especially with more space on the bottom. I found some reviews, and they say that it's still pretty soft (which is good-I've read the Diva is more on the medium side, and the softness of the Sckoon has been great). And it's not a budget-breaker. Maybe this could be the goldilocks cup?...
I've been reading tons about it and the Diva today, and I'm going to give this one a try. Definitely hadn't heard of this until you posted about it-thanks, Jennifer!
tjs77tsa on May 24th, 2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
Ebay has the NaturalMamma for $20 shipped to the US I have been wanting to try one and that is the cheapest I have found I haven't bought one yet though because I kinda want a green one and they are only available from the website and cost quite a bit more. http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=natural+mama&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0&_nkw=naturalmamma&_sacat=0

Edited at 2013-05-24 11:43 pm (UTC)
Quitteriequitterie on May 29th, 2013 11:21 am (UTC)
Gaia looks neat too
Oh your NaturalMamma is on its way already/anyway ;o) but maybe the new Gaia cup could be a good one as well. This cup too I think is listed at both Feminine Wear and menstrualcup.co sites ; plus with a video for it made by Teresa from FW :)
However, i didn't try this cup, ah don't know it at all..^
ginny587ginny587 on May 29th, 2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Gaia looks neat too
Well, supposedly on its way. I ordered it Friday afternoon and it STILL has not shipped. It's coming from Italy and the shipping was way cheap, which makes me very worried about its ability to get here before I leave in 2.5 weeks if it is still overseas. I've contacted the company about a potential shipping date 2 days ago but still haven't heard back. I did find a Diva for $30 shipped in the US, so it's looking like I might either go that route or check out the Gaia-hopefully I can cancel this order if I need to, or hopefully someone gets back to me! So frustrating.
ginny587ginny587 on May 25th, 2013 02:31 pm (UTC)
I ordered it already for $24-but thanks for the info =]Hopefully the green one gets a little cheaper for you!
So my Sckoon is awesome for my light days, I've conquered a lot of the learning curve, and I happily got a couple of cloth pads as backup and another cup on the way for the heavy day. Now I'm trying to find someone that will accept a mountain of donated tampons-I'm not using them, and I'd rather not just throw them away unused.
Thanks everyone for all of your help! This community is awesome.
jwthemathsterjwthemathster on May 25th, 2013 04:02 pm (UTC)
As far as donating tampons, I've found women's/family shelters in my town more than thankful for hygiene product donations. Even a worship house that runs that sort of charity (crisis/abuse center, etc.) may be very in need of your donation as well. It's certainly worth a few phone calls to find out.

Sounds like you've got your "light days" cup dialed in. Hopefully the Natural Mamma will be perfect for your heavy days. And yeah, I love cloth pads as back up, too. I only have one so far, but slowly building a stash.