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Hattie♥
25 July 2013 @ 11:29 am
Hi Guys. I'm in my 3rd or 4th cycle using my new Mooncup UK size B, my first menstrual cup, but I'm having problems with leaking. When my period is light it's fine, but as soon as it's heavy I find I have to change it every couple of hours, even though it doesn't always look full. It doesn't feel uncomfortable, but I don't think it's sealing properly - it moves up and down, and I can twist it right round, even though it feels fully inflated. Any idea what I'm doing wrong - do I need a different cup, or different size? As I'm only 21 and haven't given birth, I wouldn't have thought I'd be too big...
 
teacupcake89 on July 25th, 2013 11:25 am (UTC)
being able to twist the cup is fine, some fine that helps them get a good seal. Otherwise the Mooncup (both sizes) is a low capacity cup because of it's pointy V bottomed shape and low airholes.

I would suggest getting a higher capacity cup with a rounded bottom shape and high airholes (not necessarily wider although a wider soft-stiffness cup will be comfortable to insert and will allow you to go for longer without emptying.) your cervix may also be sitting in the cup slightly so it leaks before it gets full, a higher capacity round bottomed cup will let you go for longer without leaking even if your cervix is taking up some space.

cups to consider are: large si-bell, large Fleurcup, large yuuki soft, large meluna soft. Ignore the 'small' and 'large' labels, it's not about how big your vagina is but about cervix height and period flow. many virgins successfully use 'large' cups if they need the capacity and the cup is soft enough. The good news is that your MCUK is pretty stiff with a thick rim so most other cups including the ones I mentioned are softer/thinner rim.

you can buy cups here:http://www.femininewear.co.uk/
compare against your Mooncup here:http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/f52-moderator-s-photo-library
size charts, capacity charts (use the to the holes measurements, the Mooncup holds 12-15mls to the holes) here: http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
stiffness chart here: http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 25th, 2013 02:17 pm (UTC)
I second the recommendation for a higher capacity cup. The Mooncup has a low capacity to begin with and apparently you have what we call a "dangly" cervix that literally dangles into the cup and reduces its capacity even more. (Me too.) I love my Mooncup as a light days cup but have a high capacity one for my gushers.
Hattie♥breadforsong on July 25th, 2013 02:23 pm (UTC)
out of interest which high capacity one do you have?
teacupcake89 on July 25th, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
I'm 23, no kids and switched from my Mooncup size B to a large Fleurcup. :)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 25th, 2013 02:30 pm (UTC)
I have a large Lunette but wonder if a large Fleurcup wouldn't be more comfortable because it's softer and has a blunt (versus pointy) base. They have "identical" dimensions but are shaped a little differently. Compare side by side photos and use gut feeling to pick which you think would fit/suit you better. Or another cup altogether.
Hattie♥breadforsong on July 25th, 2013 02:33 pm (UTC)
ok thanks! I think I'll get a fleurcup, I think it looks a better shape.
Hattie♥breadforsong on July 25th, 2013 02:34 pm (UTC)
just checking, are they both latex free?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 25th, 2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
All cups claim to be made of medical grade silicone except the classic Keeper, which is latex, and the MeLunas, which are thermoplastic elastomers (TPE.)