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Hi there,
I am new to the world of menstrual cups, but after some research here, bought the large fleurcup a few months ago. This is my second cycle using it. I have had two children, and have heavy, irregular periods. I have started to figure out some successful insertion techniques, but find removal very painful, as the ridge of the rim scrapes the vaginal wall on its way out. I can't seem to reach my fingers in far enough to pinch the cup to remove it in anything but fully open position, and though I have given birth, that opening is still small (I was fitted for the smallest size of diaghram after birth!). Would love help with that and also wonder if there are suggestions for a larger capacity cup. On my 3 or so very heavy days I have to get up twice during the night to change the cup and can only go an hour and a half to two hours or so during the day.
I have a very low cervix- have trimmed the stem of fleurcup down below the first notch, and working up the courage to trim it completely off. I would love to know if there is a solution for me where I don't have the capacity issue (oh and is it normal for it to start leaking profusely when over full? I read about people using panty liners as backup and can't imagine since I have a gush when it is full). Thanks in advance for help!!
Ann
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 6th, 2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
There are size and capacity charts at the community FAQ and at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/

The large Fleur that you have is the highest capacity of the short-to-medium length cups. And as that, it has far more capacity than tampons or pads. You asked, "is it normal for it to start leaking profusely when over full?" Of course! If it's full, it's full. Disposable or cloth pads would be a good idea as a back-up, especially overnight.

Since you're having such heavy periods, guesstimate how much is in your cup at each "change" and keep track of it. Add them up for daily totals on a paper calendar or something. That's really good quantitative information to give your doctor -- and ask if there is something "he" can do for you to lessen your blood loss. Also bring in your cup for "Show and Tell" because he probably is not aware of cups.

FYI, I also had a profuse bleeding issues due to fibroids. It was eventually brought under control with hormones (HBC.)
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 7th, 2013 08:40 am (UTC)
Few cups have more capacity than the Fleurcup without being longer. I'm thinking of the femmycycle, mostly, but I can't say for sure how much more actual capacity you would get. I'm seconding the recommendation for cloth pads as back-up, some can hold a ton due to super absorbant materials (look for zorb mostly) there's a cloth_pads lj community if you need advice.

If the grips are bothering you, you can file them off using sand paper or a nail file, or even nail clippers/tiny scissors. There's a picture of m03m's smooth purple Fleurcup somewhere on this comm'.