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nellaq
27 October 2013 @ 10:10 am
Hello,

I am 25 and have not given birth. I am a size B mooncup UK user a few months now but I have had leakage problems since the beginning, especially during my heavy days. I am sure I am positioning the Mooncup properly, I always make sure it sits low and rotate it after I insert it. I also tried to stretch the holes following the advice of a Mooncup advisor. I eventually tried switching to size A but nothing changed, the leakage is exactly the same.

I read that cervix position is an important factor and decided to measure mine. On my second day (heaviest flow) my cervix is 8cm high. Could it be that the combination of my high cervix with a short cup like Mooncup results in the cup being "sucked up"? When I remove the cup I always feel it is higher than I initially positioned it.

Could a Diva cup (I heard it's the longest available in the market) be the solution?

I would really appreciate any feedback, I really want to keep using a menstrual cup and hate the idea of going back to disposables!

Thanks :)
N.
 
akgirl574 on October 27th, 2013 09:14 am (UTC)
I am not a seasoned cup user and just finished my fourth cycle with the cup (third successful cycle). I had a hard time with leaking at first cause everything I read said to let it sit low in the vagina, but it's really supposed to suction onto your cervix to get a good seal. The cup will naturally gravitate up high into your vagina anyways because there is more room up there than there is lower down. This is what I do, and I hope it helps: I put my left foot up on my bathroom counter (since I'm right handed) and kind of squat my bum towards the sink.(this also makes your cervix easier to find cause it kind of shortens the vaginal canal) Then take the c-folded cup (I use the lunette size2) and push it as far as I can get it without letting it open, then I squeeze both sides and rotate it to get it to fully open and push it to the very top. Then I sweep my finger in a circular motion around the rim of the cup at the top and see if I can touch my cervix (if I can touch it then I know it's not where it should be) I then ensure my cervix is contained in the cup and give it a little push up and spin. Since I found this method, I haven't had any leaks and now LOVE my cup and look forward to using it each month. I am VERY glad I didn't give up on it the first month cause tampons suck!! I have a very heavy flow for the first day of my period and used to soak through jumbo tampons within a couple of hours but with the cup I only have to empty 5-7hrs on heavy flow day. Good luck!!
nellaqnellaq on October 28th, 2013 03:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your comment, tried your tip, it doesn't work unfortunately :(
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 27th, 2013 12:54 pm (UTC)
Whether small or large, the UK Mooncups are fairly short cups and don't have a lot of capacity. If you happen to have a "dangly" cervix, it will take up room in any cup.

Despite what the instructions say and illustrations show, ANY cup will usually position itself (O) around your cervix and then the height of the base will be relative to the length of your cup and the length of your vagina.

There are size and capacity charts over at the Community FAQ. Use them to compare your Mooncup to the 30+ other brands of cups. Consider whether you need to jump to the longest cups or if something in between might suit you better. Also use side by side photos to compare shapes of those that you think might fit. Narrow bodied or wide? Pointy or blunt? Flared rim or not? Smooth or textured? There are a lot of factors to consider. Go with your gut.
nellaqnellaq on October 28th, 2013 03:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the advice!
fluffmyflamingofluffmyflamingo on October 28th, 2013 10:26 am (UTC)
Don't know if this'll help but I have a high cervix and had the same issue when using a UK Mooncup, I have now switched to a meluna xl sport ring type and leaks are no longer an issue so I'd defo recommend switching to a longer possibly higher capacity cup!
nellaqnellaq on October 28th, 2013 03:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your comment! May I ask how old you are/if you have given vaginal birth and if you do sports? I read that the XL Meluna sport ring is recommended to women who have given birth and have a very strong pelvic floor and this is not my case, I wanted to know if this is yours. Thank you!
fluffmyflamingofluffmyflamingo on October 28th, 2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
I'm 33 but nulliparous, I tried meluna classic first but found the sport easier to open due to the extra firmness but truthfully I don't think there's all that much difference between the two! I have a very heavy flow for 2 days but find it difficult tending to my cup at work hence why I got an xl, I can nearly always go a full 12 hours between emptying!
nellaqnellaq on October 28th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
Ok thanks! I guess I am between a Meluna L sport and a Diva 2 now...

Edited at 2013-10-28 08:41 pm (UTC)
fluffmyflamingofluffmyflamingo on October 28th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
It's very early days but I am also currently trialling a large si-bell and so far so good, just to throw another cup suggestion into the mix!
fluffmyflamingofluffmyflamingo on October 28th, 2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
Just to throw another suggestion into the mix, I'm currently trialling a large si-bell too. It's very early days but so far so good!
aveja_maia on January 2nd, 2014 02:12 am (UTC)
Very very very high cervix
I seem to have a very very very very high cervix too. I have a classic large Meluna with a ball stem and a classic medium Meluna with a ring stem.

I can't use the large Meluna (ball stem) at all. When I use it on heavy (*low* cervix) days it is very very hard for me to even find the cup or touch it at all. I can barely graze the bottom of the stem with the tip of my longest finger. There is no way I can pinch the bottom to remove the suction, because I can't even reach the bottom. And the "hotdog" method is out of the question, of course, because since I can't even touch the bottom of the cup I can't stick a finger up along the side either.

After struggling for more than an hour and bearing down for a long time (I've had 2 natural childbirths so it is not like I am untrained in this) I was able to barely slip 2 fingers (not my thumb, my thumb couldn't reach up that far) up against the stem and with the tips of both fingers pull down on the stem, which was hard to do because it was slippery. When I managed to pull the stem down far enough (after a load more of bearing down) I was finally able to pinch in the bottom and pull the cup out.

When I'm on a *high* cervix or light day, I can't even use this cup at all, because I feel that it keeps "swimming" away from me when I try to reach for it, and I am only able to grasp at empty air :( But I don't use it now even on heavy, *low* cervix days because it is just not worth it to take over an hour just to remove it and get panic attacks all the time thinking "this time it really won't come out".

I am able to use the medium Meluna because it has a ring stem so it is easier for me to grasp a hold of the ring and pull on it until the cup comes within reach, then I can pinch the bottom of the cup and rock it back and forth to pull it out.

I'd also be interested in knowing other readers' experiences using the Meluna or other brands, if you have a very very very high cervix. I've also thought about getting a Meluna XL just for the length, but the people at Meluna told me that the XL is very very large and is only suitable for very hefty, "Nordic" framed people (as they termed it).

By the way I'm over 30 and I've had 2 natural births.