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27 August 2013 @ 10:45 am
I've been scouring old posts, but I can't seem to find an answer to this question... I think I might need a bigger cup, but I don't want to purchase one if that's not the reason I'm having this issue. I feel dumb asking... but I just want to be sure.

I have a MeLuna Classic size Large. I have three kids, a pretty average flow (relatively heavy first couple days, steady for a couple more days, then pretty light for the last few days), and a very low cervix. I've only used it one cycle, so I'm not sure if this is because I'm still learning or not, but my issue is this:

It slips down and it leaks a little bit.

I insert it as high as I can (admittedly, not all that high because I'm 'short'), but when I next go to the bathroom it is sitting pretty much as low as it can be without sticking out. The MeLuna I have has the ball on the end. It's NOT uncomfortable though. And it leaks just enough that I need to wear a pantiliner every day... similar amount to the last couple days of my period when just using pads. There is plenty of flow caught in the cup, but more leaking than I think there 'should' be. Enough too that I don't want to go to the beach for a couple hours because, without backup, I'd end up embarrassed. It leaks even more at night - enough that I wore a regular pad for the first couple nights.

I'm just a bit afraid that if I buy the X-large, it will add in circumference, but also in length. If it's possible that my body just wants to cup to sit low, any more length and it may be too long and end up sticking out or hurting. Also, when I remove the cup, it's "oval" shaped... is that normal? Will that matter at all if I do end up getting a larger cup?

Does this sound like I've figured out what is causing the problem... or do I just need more practice? I'm totally comfortable inserting it and turning it and everything. I'm pretty much positive that it is opening all the way (if I use the punch-down fold, I can hear or feel it open up). I also find that when I grab onto it, I don't even bother with the ball stem and just pinch the bottom of the cup... but I heard that that method was for experienced users only... but there's no reason I shouldn't just try a cup without a stem right off the bat, right?

Sorry... this is a lot of questions... but THANK YOU to anyone who can help!!
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on August 27th, 2013 03:01 pm (UTC)
i think it's better to get a different brand instead of an XL (which would indeed be too long). some are just a little bit larger but hold more. do you think your cervix sits in the cup? does it start leaking at once or only after some time?

perhaps you also need a different shape. look at the miacup and the large lunette. on the opposite end there's the fleurcup. also while your meluna is called large, it's 44mm wide, almost all other large sizes are wider. (the small diva and miacup are 43 mm wide for example)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 27th, 2013 03:02 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you'd like a shorter cup with a higher capacity. Compare your large MeLuna to other brands at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ or at any of the charts at the Community FAQ.

The large Fleurcup is a favorite of those who need high capacity but short length. See what you think of it. Similarly, the large Lunette has similar dimensions but a slightly different shape, and holds a few less ml in capacity. It is also a stiffer cup -- which has its pros and cons.
liltadpole on August 27th, 2013 03:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'll look at those other ones. I'm in Canada... so finding a brand that I can get shipped here is another challenge.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 27th, 2013 03:46 pm (UTC)
No, it's not. Nearly any cup company will ship anywhere. There are very few restrictions. :o)
liltadpole on August 27th, 2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah? Well, great! I guess I just wasn't looking in the right places before... it's SO overwhelming with all the options out there and most of the information is from the US so I got a little lost. There's so many options, it's all a bit overwhelming!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 27th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it can be. But it's like going into a clothing store. Narrow down your choices by what you think will fit and ignore the rest. You don't have to look at infant-wear or ball gowns if you're going in for a pair of jeans and maybe a nice sweater to go with them. ;o) Then pick what will fit and suit you best.
liltadpole on August 27th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
Very true. And now that I've been through one cycle with it, I have a better idea of my needs.
elisamba on August 28th, 2013 12:35 pm (UTC)
(Not sure if links are allowed (?)) but menstrualcup.co has a chart with many companies that offer free worldwide shipping - you'd be surprised, there are actually a lot of them, particularly if you go straight to the manufacturer website. You can browse through their cups, too, and there are some that aren't on the chart, with free shipping.

Otherwise, the British online boutique femininewear has very reasonably-priced shipping, something like £6 to Canada for small orders. Happy cup haul!

Edited at 2013-08-28 12:36 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 28th, 2013 02:03 pm (UTC)
I support considering another brand that would be both shorter than the XL and higher capacity. It sounds like a longer cup won't fit you. But I wanted to add that SOME residual is normal (cups don't absorb all the moisture out of your insides) and melunas taking an oval shape as well, they just conform to your body shape. It's also best to grab the base of the cup if you can anyway, to release the seal.