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true. | sencillo
05 October 2013 @ 12:29 pm
Sorry to post so soon since my last, but I'm having another issue and tried looking in the archives but wasn't able to find anything that answered my specific question.

I'm able to get it seated now without too much of a problem but have been having a hard time with small leaks. I discovered my cervix is dramatically shifted left and have tried during placement to position the opening of folds and move the cup in that direction, but it doesn't want to shift left or right at all (I think it's pretty snug because I have a Sckoon Size 2 and haven't had kids) and I'm not sure if it's placed properly.

I read that a common reason for leaks is residual slobber but it isn't even filled halfway when I take it out so I know it's not overfull. It kind of seems like there is some blood coming through over time but I can't tell for sure. Is there a way to figure out if it really is residual and not an actual leak or problem with placement?

Thanks so much!
divagirl98 on October 5th, 2013 09:00 pm (UTC)
Usually I get residual slobber with my divacup, but when I first tried the cup I did get some actual leakage due to not getting it to pop open right.

What I noticed is with the actual leaks, there's usually some blood on the outside of the cup once you take it out. With slobber, the outside of the cup is clean since your vagina cleans out what blood was left on the walls under the cup seal.

So probably your best indication of leakage vs slobber would be whether or not the outside of the cup has blood on it and the amount of leakage compared to the amount of flow (heavier flow would be more leakage over time as opposed to a little bit of bloody discharge and then nothing)
true. | sencillohalodrag on October 5th, 2013 11:08 pm (UTC)
it's definitely leaking then - the last few times i inserted and removed there was blood on the outside for sure. and here i thought i was really getting it! sigh.
trejoytrejoy on October 6th, 2013 03:49 pm (UTC)
I used to have hit or miss cup placement and the leaking was sooo frustrating! Once I realized that my cervix shortens and lengthens at different times and that it could 'peek' over the edge of my cup, I learned how to make sure the cup sat entirely surrounding my cervix.

Don't give up ~ you will figure it out!
juliiie87juliiie87 on October 5th, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
For me the difference between residual slobber and actual leaks would be in the amount and whether it's fresh blood or older brown fluid mixed with other fluids. But you mention the cup has been filling up, so it sounds like residual to me. Also usually a cup won't moved when it's sealed, so if you want to you have to squeeze it so it unseals.
true. | sencillohalodrag on October 5th, 2013 11:07 pm (UTC)
the weird thing is that i get leaks usually a couple hours after it's been inserted and the cup itself is probably only 1/8 full if that, and with a 30mL cup that means there's only about 4mL inside. SO CONFUSED.

my cup does move if i pull on the stem enough i can get it to come down and out without needing to get air into it to release suction. i really want to make this work but the learning curve is much more than i expected! maybe i'm just horrible at cups.
juliiie87juliiie87 on October 6th, 2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
Hey, you're not horrible ! You're in the learning curve. Aaaand it happens to the best of us ! Myself, earlier today...... same thing, only filled up about 1/8 th, if that, and it was a mess all around. It doesn't happen to me often, but it's part of why I love my cloth liners as back-up. Basically, if you want to be super thorough, you need to check that the cup is a. fully unfolded b. sitting (o) around your cervix. The easiest way for me to do that is to insert lying on my back, with my pelvis tilted up / back a bit, on my bed (which I couldn't today because I'm not home). It creates more room for the cup to unfold and to reach all the way around it. Cups are awesome, clever little devices, but they take some figuring out on the users' part, they're not magical plugs that suck the living life outta ya. But when they do work, they're the cleanest, healthiest thing. Until then, back-up helps prevent a mess.

Edited at 2013-10-06 04:00 pm (UTC)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on October 6th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
I just now (as in a few days ago) figured out how to check to make sure my Femmycycle's top rim part actually covers my cervix...and I've had it for around 3 months. It's the 8th wonder of the world when you actually insert it right, otherwise it will leak! But yeah, you are definitely not the only one who needs a few months to figure it out :)
nemesis27nemesis27 on October 7th, 2013 07:47 am (UTC)
I have leaks with one of my cups, fleur , and I think is a so much firm for me, all cups there aren´t good for everybody, sometimes is only the cup.
the sckoon is soft or firm? do you use another cups?

although here is the first place where I see that you move the cup to get the cervix, it is new for me, you know a lot about this.

m03m on October 8th, 2013 07:46 am (UTC)
Re: leaks
Usually, the cup will move up there by itself.

I'm surprised that you find the Fleurcup to be firm, I'd call it soft myself.
nemesis27nemesis27 on October 8th, 2013 09:12 am (UTC)
Re: leaks
really?? uauu, me too! for me is one of the harder cups..
have you ever try a iris cup? this is , for me, the most softer cup.
m03m on October 8th, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
Re: leaks
No, I've never tried one, the shape wouldn't work for me.