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Ellias Ashland
20 August 2013 @ 10:29 pm
I recently bought two MeLunas (Medium Classics, one Regular with stem and one Mini with ring) and I'm having some issues. When I tried a dry run, I had A LOT of issues inserting, removing, and with cramps. I've noticed it's a lot easier to insert now that I'm menstruating, but I'm still having some issues:

  • I can't get the cup out without a string. I can't grip it well enough or break the seal. It gets pretty far in there where I can just reach it, but it takes me almost half an hour to get it down far enough and to pull it out (almost ripping my nails off in the process). I'm only using the mini for right now since it has a ring and I can pull it out with a string. I tore something during my last dry run because it really didn't want to come out.

  • I think it might be leaking. My period is really heavy right now so I'm not sure.

  • Either way, it's not opening to a circle. It's kinda oval shaped, from what I can tell. I think this is normal, but I'm not sure. I figured it was worth mentioning. I haven't noticed a pop or anything to tell me it's definitely open.

  • It's giving me horrible cramps. I don't even usually have noticeable cramps. They're almost unbearable, and some of them almost make me cry out in pain.

Could my cups be too big for me? I'm 20 years old, not a virgin, not abnormally active, and apparently have a high cervix because I've only ever found it once waaaay in there, lol. I have to be doing something wrong. I'm determined to figure this out though:) Any help is greatly appreciated! 
 
m03m on August 21st, 2013 08:15 am (UTC)
You're experiencing what seems like normal teething troubles. Your body is getting used to the cup; there's a good chance that this is causing the cramping and that it may go away by itself.

Many or most of us don't hear or feel their cups pop open. And Melunas aren't very poppy because of the material. They also tend to be oval in or right after use.

No, I don't think your cup is too big. It may be too small. Larger cups will, in most cases, sit around the cervix more easily, not on top of it like a hat; maybe your cup is hugging your cervix too tightly.
It also sounds like you could use a longer cup because it would be easier to remove... are you bearing down to move it lower for removal?

And it sounds like your cup is lacking capacity too.

Good luck! I know it's hard when you're struggling with the learning curve. Hang in there, it will most likely get a lot better real soon.
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 21st, 2013 09:44 am (UTC)
What m03m said. The medium Meluna, even the standard shape, is actually more of a "small" sized cup compared to others : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ We usually advise users with a high cervix to get a longer cup, and people with a heavy flow to get a larger, higher capacity cup because the Mini is actually one of the lowest capacity there is. So yeah, with a heavy flow, it could be overflowing. Or it could just be some residual fluid that was already sitting lower in your vagina.

But since you have those, keep practicing with them. It's normal for the cup to be oval, it's adjusting to your inner shape, but it needs to be fully unfolded and possibly (o) around your cervix. Unless it's really off-center, the cup should fing its way there. The cramping could indicate that it's not sitting correctly or rubbing your cervix, or there could be too much suction :http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2091967.html
And most importantly, don't forget to bear down and "give birth to the cup" when you're trying to remove it.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 21st, 2013 11:53 am (UTC)
I agree that your cups are too short and possibly too low capacity.

But get through the dreaded learning curve with them before spending more money on other cups that might not fit well. Figure out how to insert and remove them without ripping your fingernails off. Get to know what you like/don't about these. Then compare their dimensions, capacities and shapes to the 30+ other brands at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ or any of the other charts at the Community FAQs.
generalsmallmountainsmallmountain27 on August 21st, 2013 03:50 pm (UTC)
The only experience I can offer is about the cramping.

I've been having regular periods for about three years, before that I was highly irregular, would go months without bleeding and when I did bleed it would be very short and I would experience no other symptoms. (Due to poor nutrition and lifestyle). Over the last three years I've only experienced mild cramping-- until I started using my DivaCup just under a year ago. About 10-11 cycles.

Keep in mind, the DivaCup has changed my life. I <3 it so much! BUT, the cramps are pretty painful. They only last the first day so I deal with them. For me it's worth it.

Just wanted to let you know that you aren't alone on that one.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on August 21st, 2013 07:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if your cervix is usually unreachable, you're going to need a longer cup. The same thing happened to me a few months ago when I tried the 2-for-1 Meluna deal. If you like stiff-ish, maybe the Diva Cup would be a nice option, or for something very long and very soft, the Lilycup (which is now my cup of choice for all except my heaviest day)