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Tasha
13 August 2013 @ 11:51 am
I posted probably around or over a year ago about my small Lunette. I could not find a good placement for it without it making me need to pee OR feel nauseated. Well, I've been using Instead cups for a bit and decided to try the Lunette again. I am on the 4th day of my period now. I found that the Lunette worked fine for the first and second day, when my flow is a bit heavy (also rather clotty). I put it up higher than I have in the past and found that my cervix is a little off-center because the cup angled to the left. The cup seated itself with no difficulty. I wore it at home during the day on Sunday, emptied it a few times, and I was able to sleep with it in, with no discomfort whatsoever. On the 3rd day of my period, my cycle lightens up considerably. I was no longer able to seat the cup comfortably. I had to stop trying because I started getting nauseated & some places in my vaginal canal were irritated from moving the cup around.

Does anyone need to use different cups for different days during their period? Maybe my cervix moves and something smaller or softer would be better for the later days. I use cloth pads when I'm not using the Instead cups, but like to sleep with a cup in so I don't have to worry about leaks (I sleep on my back). I was thinking of getting a Meluna of some kind, something maybe a little smaller than the small Lunette, and softer.
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 13th, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
I now use cloth pads for everything but my first, heaviest day and possibly sports, swimming etc. I also have two back-up cups, depending on what I want in a cup on a particular day : one is a shorter Meluna soft, very soft and discrete for crampy days, and one is a big Fleurcup, a tad firmer, pops open easily and a huge capacity. I don't find my cervix to be moving much but that's entirely possible yours does. Have you felt for your cervix and found it was lower ? I think a Meluna soft might be a great idea, I doubt such a soft cup would give anyone pain. The only size smaller than the small Lunette would be an S, or a mini. The medium mini has a wide wim and a short body, maybe that'd help encircle your cervix easier than a narrow one such as the S ? I'm thinking the nausea could indicate the rim is rubbing your cervix the wrong way. Comapre them here : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
Tashanamelessw0nder on August 13th, 2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
I forgot to mention, I can't reach far enough to touch my cervix. I can reach the base of the cup fine to pull it out, even with the stem trimmed off, but I can't reach my cervix. I'll try soon, again, just to make sure, but I haven't been able to locate it in the past :)

I think the wider rim on the medium mini might be a good idea. Since I used to get the nausea with tampons inserted too far, I think you're right in that it's rubbing my cervix.

Thanks!
Ashatenlegspider on August 13th, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
I haven't had anything like this, but bear in mind that a smaller rim could be more likely to rub your cervix since there's less room inside. Since you can't reach you cervix it's unlikely that a shorter cup is going to help.

If you haven't already, it might be worth having another go on a light day but with lube. Blood isn't a particularly good lubricant, so it's possible that it's just not enough towards the end of your period and that's the reason why the cup can't settle and you're getting irritated.
teacupcake89 on August 13th, 2013 07:02 pm (UTC)
This, all the lube on those days (or all days when using the cup)
Tashanamelessw0nder on August 13th, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
Good idea. I have some water-based lube I can try.
Tashanamelessw0nder on August 15th, 2013 06:48 pm (UTC)
I couldn't get it seated when I tried lube the other day. It just kept sliding down, so I guess it wasn't getting a seal. My flow has nearly stopped now, so I'm just using panty-liners. I'll try again next period!
Sayga: sp-camerasayga on August 14th, 2013 02:32 am (UTC)
I use my large diva (inside out for shortened length) on my heaviest two days then my medium meLuna for the rest. I just got a new MeLuna and a MeLuna soft but I haven't figured out which days those will be best for yet.
Laurendarthlaurian on August 14th, 2013 03:51 am (UTC)
I'm using a medium Meluna on a heavy day and it's not enough! It's leaking like crazy. :(
Sayga: sp-camerasayga on August 14th, 2013 04:27 am (UTC)
My inside out diva holds more than my medium MeLuna, so maybe you need another cup. Even with my large Diva, though, I still empty it every 1-2 hours all day on my first and second days and use back up. I have very heavy periods and endometriosis, though.
pineapplewhippineapplewhip on December 14th, 2013 09:28 am (UTC)
different cups different days
Yes I go between a small lunette, a.large one, and a pretty smsll sport and clasic small MeLuna.