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Amanda Sydnor
This is only my third cycle using the cup, but I'm still having a rather large issue. I currently use a Klassic Medium MeLuna Mini. My cervix is low, so I cut the stem, and it suddenly seems to find its comfy spot very easily, so I'm very happy about that! However, I leak constantly. The cervical os is covered, the cup is secure in it's comfy spot, and it is fully open and filled with air. I feel very secure about using the cup, but only with a pad on. Defeats the purpose, right? ;) Anyway, every time I move, I get bubbles and some leakage (and sometimes a lot of leakage). Is that normal? I mean, it's not because the cup is full, either, and I'm not doing gymnastics or anything. I'm talking about shifting my weight from one side to the other while sitting on the couch and there it goes! So, I'm thinking I need either a wider cup, a cup with a stiffer lip, or both. Does that make sense or is there something else I should do to make the seal stay?

Assuming I need a wider cup...Suggestions? I can't go much longer than what I have, which complicates things. I am thinking about... a L sckoon or femmecup?
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 21st, 2013 09:46 pm (UTC)
At only 45mm long, chances are that your cervix is "dangling" into the cup and that's why there isn't any room for liquid in there.

The large Sckoon is also 45mm wide but 50mm long so that might be a possibility for you.

The large Lunette and large Fleur (compare their shapes) are each just a hair wider/longer than the Sckoon so also see if either of those appeal to you. http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
Amanda Sydnortokeytokey on July 21st, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
I say it's not full because there have been times where it has been much more full. For instance, I have had the cup end up full almost all the way to the holes, but that was after I was asleep all night, so I didn't feel the bubbles as I moved. During the day, I empty it after lots of bubbles, and it's anywhere from 1/4 full to 2/3 full. I don't expect it to be to the brim because I know the cervix often sits inside a little, but it's leaking before it's capacity per my body.

I will look at those other cups.
tjs77tsa on July 22nd, 2013 12:27 am (UTC)
I also have a very low cervix and I use both a mini med and a large meluna the large works because my cervix sits in it which allows it to sit up higher and not be too long. I also get that bubble feeling and leak but only when the cup is as full as it can get with my cervix in it. How much is in the cup when I take it out varies I personally think this has to do with how far my cervix decides to dangle into it on any given day. I would suggest a Large Meluna basic which comes without the stem so you don't have to cut it off and it is nice and smooth on the base.
Amanda Sydnortokeytokey on July 22nd, 2013 03:45 am (UTC)
Again, I don't think it's it's associated with the cup being full because of the cervix dangling. Bubbles happen within minutes of inserting the cup.
teacupcake89 on July 22nd, 2013 09:26 am (UTC)
the bubble feeling you describe when the cup isn't leaking or full is just the air in the cup being replaced by blood as the cup collects it.

the 1/4 to 2/3 full when leaking if most likely down to your cervix, your cervix can be lower or higher on different days or times of the day.
Amanda Sydnortokeytokey on July 22nd, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
It seems everytime it bubbles, it leaks. There has always been new blood or spotting on my pad/liner afterwards.
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 22nd, 2013 10:11 am (UTC)
What teacupcake89 said. Large, bell-shaped cups are known to optimize capacity for low, dangly cervices. Examples include large Fleurcup which is cheap, Si-bell which would be the softest and yeah, large Sckoon is in that category too. Large Melun is slightly more of a U shape, not as wide. Femmecup I'm not sure why you're thinking about this one, but it's fairly low-capacity afaiu so I wouldn't recommend it.
Amanda Sydnortokeytokey on July 22nd, 2013 01:30 pm (UTC)
That's why I was asking about the cups. Thanks for the info. :) I was looking at Femmecup simply because it was wider than what I currently have; that's the only reason it was mentioned.


Edited at 2013-07-22 01:32 pm (UTC)
Kathlynekathlyne on July 22nd, 2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
I have found that my cups have a MUCH higher capacity when I'm sleeping. I guess it has something to do with being horizontal. I have never gotten the same kind of capacity when I'm upright. In fact the moment I get up sometimes I have leakage.

Maybe your leakage immediate after you insert the cup is residual slobber. Fighting residual slobber is an ongoing battle, and there are plenty of tips on here about it. I'm a super-wiper and I make sure my cup is dry.

Good luck finding a cup that works better for you. I have yet to find my goldilocks cup.
Amanda Sydnortokeytokey on July 22nd, 2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
I didn't think residual slobber was accompanied by bubbles. :\
Kathlynekathlyne on July 22nd, 2013 07:58 pm (UTC)
I forgot to say....the bubbles and leaking might not be related. The bubbles are the air escaping and being replaced by blood, as someone else said. You might be experiencing that AND slobber.
Amanda Sydnortokeytokey on July 22nd, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, that might be happening, then. It's enough that I have to wear a regular-sized pad with it, so it's very frustrating. I do completely clean my cup and swipe around it once it's in to try and get a residual out. *shrug*
Amanda Sydnortokeytokey on July 22nd, 2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
The other thing is that I have had the same almost-full capacity during the day as I mentioned I had that one night; it's just rarer because I've been trying to reset the seal when I feel the bubbles to try and make it stop leaking, so it hasn't had the opportunity to get that full. It does happen, though.