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22 June 2013 @ 05:46 pm
Hi everyone.

I'm very new to cups - I got a large Meluna Sport and I'm now on my third cycle using it. I absolutely love it! It feels so much cleaner and more comforable than tampons. I always struggled to get tampons in right for some reason but the cup just seems to go in right first time, every time. And only dealing with it twice a day instead of every 2-4 hours? Best! My only regret is that I didn't make the switch to cups YEARS ago!!

Anyway, the reason I'm posting is because I keep finding myself rushing off to the toilet in a panic because I swear I can feel it leaking. I am convinced that I can feel moisture coming out. And then when I check there is absolutely nothing, I am perfectly clean and dry. Is it just paranoia because I'm not used to it? Has anyone else experienced this?

Abigailwildgirlza on June 22nd, 2013 08:51 am (UTC)
Re: Phantom Leakage?
I'm brand new - only got my cup on Thursday and got it in for the first time on Friday night. I have also experienced what feels like flow coming out but I haven't had any leaks at all. If you're concerned maybe just wear a liner? I'm guessing you know round about how long it takes you to fill your cup so don't get worried - if you know it's open and it's not time to empty then relax.
I do hope it stops feeling like that though - it's rather irritating to keep feeling like you're leaking and then mentally tell yourself to just stop being so paranoid......
m03m on June 22nd, 2013 09:06 am (UTC)
What you're feeling may be air instead of liquid. As the air inside the cup gets displaced by your flow, you may feel air bubbles come out as your cup fills up.
Hope that helps!
Kathausares_girl on June 22nd, 2013 09:47 am (UTC)
That makes sense. Thanks!
ana.kansassatin on June 22nd, 2013 11:45 am (UTC)
I have this issue, I have it when I'm expecting my period. I finally started wearing a cloth pad to settle my mind.
Bountygina_trent on June 23rd, 2013 01:32 am (UTC)
Cloth pads are the best.
manuka91 on June 22nd, 2013 01:51 pm (UTC)
I sometimes find this too - I think that when I'm very heavy I'm just feeling the blood coming through my cervix. That feeling is a bit different to the feeling of actually leaking, at least for me. You'll probably get used to it once you get more confident about using the cup - I did!
fluffmyflamingofluffmyflamingo on June 24th, 2013 07:47 am (UTC)
I get this too! Just a feeling of being 'moist' all of a sudden but I check it out and nothing! I just figured it was natural lubrication from having something 'in there'? No idea if that's right but as long as there is no actual leakage meh - it sure beats feeling all dry like with a tampon!
teacupcake89 on June 24th, 2013 11:21 am (UTC)
I get this but I think it's just natural vaginal lubrication/discharge below the rim of the cup as you're not being sucked dry of all moisture like a tampon. I also get the air bubbles feeling but that's just my cup filling up. a pantyliner will help with the natural lubrication/discharge/damp feeling.
radix3radix3 on June 25th, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
I get this too. It freaked me out at first because it was the same sensation I had when my tampon was full and leaking. I think it's just the menstrual fluid 'flowing' into the cup. I used a cloth pad as a back up for the first few cycles to get used to it and to mentally dissociate that sensation from leaking. Good luck!
hairballsplathairballsplat on June 25th, 2013 02:59 am (UTC)
i've been using cups for 4 years (I think) and i STILL get this feeling...i assume it's air as has been said.
Kathausares_girl on June 28th, 2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all the comments. I reckon it's probably a combination of air bubbles, and not being used to the natural lubrication because tampons normally suck it all up. I'm sure I'll get used to it. It's just a little different to what I'm used to, I guess.