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I have a MeLuna soft...medium or large, can't remember.  I've been using this cup for maybe 8-10 cycles all together, all but 2 of which were over a year ago before I got pregnant with my youngest who is now 6 months old.  This is my second postpartum cycle.  I used the cup again for my first cycle without incident, just the same as I have before, but this time it is leaking all over.  I've put it in half a dozen times exactly like I always have before, and I don't understand what I am doing wrong.  There is nothing wrong with the cup itself.  Twice it didn't catch anything at all (once it may not have been fully open but I believe it was the second time) and was so far up that I could barely reach it to take it out even bearing down as hard as I could (this is definitely not normal).  Other times it seems to be in a more normal position, but catches little to nothing.  Once it was about 1/3 full but had leaked a lot too.  It seems to be in right, definitely has suction, but it's not catching what it should.  What could I be doing wrong?

Also, I don't know if this is related at all, but normally for the first and second day of my cycle the cup stays in the right position but after that it sits lower than is really comfortable and nothing I do will keep it up higher.  Doesn't seem like it would be a pelvic floor strength issue since it always stays up higher the first couple of days. 
 
elisamba on July 30th, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
I am not an expert, but I believe the shape and size of the cervix changes after childbirth, so the circumference of your rim may no longer be sufficient to go all the way around your cervix. Have you tried to get an idea of the new size of your cervix? Then using the size charts, you could see whether a broader-rimmed cup might leak less.

(PS Same goes for any cervical barrier like a diaphragm - in fact my Mom told me she got pregnant with baby #2 because she did not know she had to get refitted after birth, and doc told her she was lucky it did not fall right out!)

(Edited for typo)

Edited at 2013-07-30 06:40 pm (UTC)
Sayga: sp-camerasayga on July 30th, 2013 07:29 pm (UTC)
I don't know about your first concern, but the second one... my cervix is high at the beginning of my period and low at the end. Which is good, because when I need to wear my large Diva, my cervix is high enough to do so, but at the end, even my medium MeLuna with no ring (it ripped off after 4 years of use) can feel a little long. But it's possible your cervix is changing position and you might need a smaller cup for the later days of your period (I like the MeLuna when I'm having slower flow anyway, because it's smaller and easier to insert and wear without feeling it).
caedmyn on July 30th, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
This was my 4th baby and 4th vaginal birth, so I don't think anything has changed since baby #1 was born. And it worked fine for one cycle after the baby.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 31st, 2013 02:57 pm (UTC)
If it didn't catch anything, then it missed your cervix. Wound up next to it. Like trying to fill your mug by pouring coffee down the outside.

If it was overflowing when it was partially full, then that indicates that your cervix was "dangly" that day. It took up room in your cup and didn't leave much room for flow.

Properly placed, a cup will sit (O) around your cervix. The base of the cup will be relative to the length of the body of the cup and the length of your vagina on that particular day. It's not unusual for it to be shorter or longer, depending where you are in your cycle.

Compare the cup that you think you have to others at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ or at any of the size charts at the Community FAQ. If you're considering getting a different cup, see if you like the large Fleurcup. That gets good reviews from those who have "dangly" cervixes. It also seems to be a good "Mommy sized" cup from its reviews -- including from those who have recently had a baby.

Note: looking at Fleurcup's site, they're not running any sales right now. If you're interested but not in a rush, give them a month or two so you can catch a bargain.