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Amanda Sydnor
07 June 2013 @ 04:43 pm
I originally got a Soft MeLuna medium. I have only used it a few times, but in that time, I've had leakage issues. The first try I found out was because it was unfolded, but it was still flat. Since then, though, I've still had issue. I asked some questions on here and contacted the Meluna staff for any advice. I received some (thank you), and Meluna said it sounded like I got the wrong cup for my body. I now have a Klassic Meluna Mini medium. It leaks, and I mean a lot. I have had to wear a full pad because of how much it leaks. I switched back to the soft cup, but it is still leaking as well, though not nearly as much as the Mini. Both are comfortable. The Mini doesn't seem to find a "sweet spot" where it stays, unlike the Soft, and I can pretty much just pull it out without issue. In both cases, the cup is fully unfolded, not dented in, I hear the whoosh of air and it is no longer flat...I spin it, pull it, Kegel it. I'm just not sure what else to do. With the Mini I tried putting it lower; it leaked. Then I tried tucking it up around my cervix, but it doesn't seem to be able to do that. Instead, it seems to sit only half-covering the cervix instead of sitting around it. I would love to get the Mini to work because it has a higher capacity, which I need.

... Thoughts?
 
trejoytrejoy on June 8th, 2013 02:05 am (UTC)
Sounds like your cervix requires a deeper (and maybe wider?) cup. I have a medium Mini MeLuna and, though I really like it, it leaks consistently unless it's my very lightest day.
Amanda Sydnortokeytokey on June 8th, 2013 05:36 am (UTC)
I'm not sure I'm big enough for a deeper cup. The sitting across half the cervix part seems more like it's at an odd angle and not so much as if the cup were too small.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 8th, 2013 12:13 pm (UTC)
The Mini does not have more capacity than a regular medium, because of its shape. If any cup is not sitting (o) around your cervix, it won't be able to catch your flow. If you've been relying on a pad/leaking for some time and try to reinsert a cup, you will get residual slobber, because cups don't absorb the stuff that was already sitting lower in your canal, but that should only be a small amount. The only thing I can suggest is to try to aim for your cervix when you insert, as well as make yure it's open like you've been doing. Wear a liner as back-up for the residue. And perhaps look for a wider cup, so that it can sit aroud your cervix better ? I don't think there's a such a thing as your vagina's width, if you can accomodate a medium Mini, you can accomodate any cup in terms of width. One thing I didn't quite understand is, is your cup at least partially full when it leaks ? If so, it's a capacity issue more than a placement issue.

Edited at 2013-06-08 03:26 pm (UTC)
Amanda Sydnortokeytokey on June 8th, 2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
I meant that my cervix is low. Getting a wider cup doesn't bother me, but I don't know of a wider cup that isn't longer than the ones I have. The mini is almost too long, it seems.

The mini would only be about 1/4 full, but it would be leaking as soon as I put it in. So it's catching some, just not all. Now that the flow is a lot lighter, the soft seems to be doing okay. Every time it has leaked since noon yesterday, the soft has been full. This was my first postpartum period, so it was really heavy. Not sure if that had anything to do with the cups not working well.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 8th, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
I think what I was trying to say is that people with low cervices often find that a larger, medium length bell-shaped cup such as the large Fleurcup or Sckoon cup (just 2 mm longer than the medium Meluna) can often sit higher around the cervix than a pointy or narrow cup, just something to keep in mind. It seems like you managed to make the bell-shaped medium work for you, so if you're OK with emptying more often to avoid overflow, you should be fine.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 8th, 2013 02:35 pm (UTC)
IGNORE the instructions and the illustrations that show the cup sitting down by your vaginal entrance with a cup-length or more between the rim and the cervix. Every cup company shows the same thing and it's just plain WRONG.

In reality, a cup should settle (O) around your cervix and the body of the cup will more or less fill your vaginal canal, and the depth of the base of the cup will depend on the length of your vag and the cup.

If the base is way the heck up there, then a longer cup would probably fit/suit you better. If it feels like it's trying to escape, then a shorter one...

Want to try my method?
Insert your cup so the rim is just beyond your pubic bone and allow it to open fully there. Then nudge the base/stem so the opening points toward your cervix (for me that's a healthy nudge rearward) and finally, give the cup a boost as you kegel it up and into place. Like I said, you want the rim to sit (O) around your cervix. And there's no need to spin/rotate your cup (as some instructions suggest) because you already know it's open. But if you want to, go on ahead...

If you have trouble getting the cup to open, re-insert it with the folded part facing the other way. Up instead of down, or left instead of right (etc.) Create an air channel on the soft back side of your vagina to help the cup fill with air as it opens. Take your time, don't rush! Sometimes enlarging the tiny little anti-suction holes around the rim helps too.

And final tip: If you don't already, drop your panties to your ankles so you can splay your knees comfortably. Keeping them up at knee height makes it hard to maneuver around down there.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 8th, 2013 02:45 pm (UTC)
Replying to myself to add:
Compare the dimensions and capacities of the cups you have to each other and to other brands of cups at any of the charts at the community FAQ or at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
Amanda Sydnortokeytokey on July 19th, 2013 11:03 pm (UTC)
I think I figured out the problem, and I wanted to put it on here in case someone else has the same issue. My cervical os is not in line with everything else, but instead it points mainly back. When I would push my cup up, it was flesh against the side of the cervix, but the os was not covered because of its positioning. I am still figuring out how to insert so that doesn't happening....what it feels like when it's in the correct spot, etc, but that is what the problem is. Hopefully it helps someone else.