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08 October 2013 @ 09:58 am
i really love my cup (large ladycup) but i need some help! i apparently have a really low cervix, so my cup sits wayyy low. i even have to use it inside out to make it shorter, and to keep the grip rings from agitating sensitive skin. and it is apparently on the narrow side, because it constantly feels like it's slipping out. that could also be because i had my third baby 10 months ago, but i dunno. anyway, if it gets even halfway full it seriously almost falls right out when i sit on the toilet, and probably would if i let it. so what i need to know is this: is there a cup that is short and wide, but still has a decent capacity? also, does having it inside out affect its ability to stay in place?

ETA: would a more stiff cup work better with my situation, or a squishier cup?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 8th, 2013 02:08 pm (UTC)
Shorter and wider? No. Compare your Ladycup to others at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ or at any of the other size charts found at the Community FAQ.

Since the Ladycup has a smooth, slick texture, maybe a cup with a frosted texture would be less likely to slip?

Also, your pelvic floor muscles are probably weakened from your recent childbirth. Look into some kegel tools. My personal favorites are just plain Ben Wa Balls. Start with ones that are about 1" and 3/4oz apiece and then graduate to those that are appx 3/4" and 1oz apiece. The idea is to insert them and keep them in while you walk around, do the dishes, etc. Start with 20 minutes a day and build from there. The longer you keep them in, they harder they'll be to keep them inside. That's what's working your PCs -- hands free, no interaction required. Do this at home. Be sure to remember to remove them (relax, cough and catch) before going out or using the toilet.

But it has recently come to light that kegel exercises are not enough. You will need to add squats (for the butt muscles) and lower abdominal crunches to your exercise routine. They all work together to tone vaginal muscles.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on October 8th, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC)
the large ladycup has one of the lowest capacities for these dimensions. your best bet is the large fleurcup.
i also have a very low cervix and the first cup that really worked for me was a large ladycup (only inside out - HURTS otherwise). the ones that work best for me are the mini melunas - small and medium.

when you look at the capacity, beware that with your cervix with a cup you will use like 1/3 or a half of it, probably not more. but yeah for the gravity thing stiff seems to be better, although i'm afraid that if you managed to wear your ladycup for 1-2 more hours it would start to overflow anyway.
pynki616pynki616 on October 8th, 2013 02:48 pm (UTC)
i can get a few hours out of it, and it's not usually *full* when i do empty it. i usually empty because i start feeling it slide, which is maybe why it also leaks a little?
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on October 9th, 2013 01:37 am (UTC)
exactly, if your cervix sits in the cup it will never be full when you remove it. the max capacity is reduced for you :(

when does it start leaking?
pynki616pynki616 on October 9th, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
maybe an hour or two after inserting it, depending on flow? although i just went a few hours, with only a tiny bit of leaking, and it was quite full... i just purchased a stiffer cup to try.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on October 9th, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
yeah that sounds like overflow :/ also note that the cervix position can change and for many it's at its lowest in the beginning of the period and/or or on the heaviest day. it may be that there are days when you can fill the cup completely and other days when you can only fill one half or less.

which cup did you get? :)
pynki616pynki616 on October 11th, 2013 12:55 pm (UTC)
i got a meluna. two, actually. they were sold on here, a classic and a sport. got them just in time to try one on my last day. not any shorter, but more firm. so far i like it, it didn't feel like it was constantly slipping out! although, since it was my last day it was pretty light. we'll see how it goes next time... :)
Serpent: lolserpent_849 on October 11th, 2013 01:16 pm (UTC)
what size melunas?
they should be a good option at least for medium to light days, but for the heavy ones only XL has a high capacity and it's definitely way too long for you.
pynki616pynki616 on October 11th, 2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
they are XL. so yeah, they still sit *right there,* but inside out it's not really any worse than my ladycup. i think the fact that it actually seems to stay put will help. but, like i said. i was only able to try it on the last day, i'll just have to wait until next time to see if they really work. if not, i'll just resell and try a different one, i guess...