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I bought my first 2 cups - Meluna (M) & Meluna (L) and have tried both of them and I have trouble with them leaking. I can insert/take them out just fine, I'm completely comfortable wearing them, I can feel that they're open inside and I don't have problems with them sliding out. Would I need a WIDER cup so they don't leak? I really love the idea of these things but find it frustrating that I'm always worried about leaking... last night I woke up because I had leaked A LOT! This is my third day and I've gone a few stretches (up to 4 hours) without leaking.

Info about me:
-I'm 27, 5'7"
-Have had 3 vaginal births
-Sexually active

Any advice would be much appreciated!!
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teacupcake89 on November 8th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
Meluna sizes run small, so compared to other brands their medium is the same size as other brand's 'smalls' and the large more like a 'medium' so yes, a wider cup may fit you better especially after three children! It could also be that your cervix is 'dangly' or sitting in the cup somewhat which is why it leaks before it's full. a wider round bottomed cup like a Large Fleurcup, Large Si-bell, Large Sckooncup etc will also provide you with more capacity=less leaking as it gets full slower/still has good capacity even if the cervix is stealing some of it.

have you found your cervix? are you aiming the cup towards it, making sure it isn't peeking out on one side of the rim etc? despite what cup instructions usually say you want the cup to sit right underneath your cervix.

3littleboys on November 9th, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your response.. very helpful! I just ordered a large Fleurcup hoping that will be the right size! Yes I've found my cervix and thought I was doing a pretty good job at aiming it in the right direction.. to the back and up but I think I wasn't aiming it backwards enough. The last few times I aimed it right towards my lower back when putting it in and haven't had any issues.. and the last time I felt a little bit of discomfort like it was pushing on my cervix or something.. but no leaking! The discomfort was only for a few minutes so all is well!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 8th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
Compare the dimensions and capacities of the cups you have to the other brands at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ or any of the other size/capacity charts at the Community FAQ.

When you leak, is it full blown "missing the cup" or "might be overflowing" leakage? Or just what we (ahem) affectionately call residual slobber?
3littleboys on November 9th, 2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
It was never to the overflowing point.. sometimes there wasn't anything in the cup when I was leaking. I think I figured out that if I put the cup in further and pointed towards my lower back it fixes the problem.. or at least the last 2 times I've done it I haven't had any leaking issues! :)
tobilei on November 8th, 2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
I assume you've done the one fingered sweep around the top of the cup once it's open to make sure your cervix is inside the cup and not sitting next to it?

Also I have to actually tilt mine back and sometimes angle it to one side a little to make sure I don't leak.

All that being said, I own 2 MeLuna's (same sizes as yours) and a large diva. My m MeLuna is just too small, the Large leaks without fail no matter what I do and even my diva leaks a little on my first day every time.

How long have you owned the cups? If it's a while and you feel you're past the learning curve definitely try something new (if you fill these or are worried about a dangly cervix perhaps something rounder at the bottom and/or with more capacity.
3littleboys on November 9th, 2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
Yes this is my first time using menstrual cups. I hear everyone say there's a learning curve.. my learning curve isn't putting it in and out but getting in the right spot I guess!
paula987 on November 9th, 2013 09:26 am (UTC)

in my case... after leaking no matter what, I tried meluna xl sport (widest and stiffest) and then yuuki large soft (not the softest one in the market ... but yet with a better grip) and still couldn't be sure I wouldn't leak.
guess what .. I went to the supersoft side and got a large CupLee .. it's the softest squishiest cup I've ever put my hands on and... it nevet never leaks. amazing.
there are some uk stores that sell it online and ship worldwide (as it seems the manufacturer hasn't got an online instant payment service)
If I were you I'd give cuplee a try.
I dont even have to pop it open. After insertion I push it upwards a bit and a bit downwards (not so the cup moves but to accomodate  it) and I never have to make sure it opens.
cuplee is just perfect. just as soft as skin, it hasn't got the problems soft cups reportedly have, really (it opens by itself and it doesn't leak or get squished and lek...no no... it doesn' give you any of these problems at all).
the only thing I miss from this cup is greater capacity (it holds 30ml)



Edited at 2013-11-09 09:38 am (UTC)
3littleboys on November 9th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
I just ordered a large Fleur cup.. If I have issues still after a few months I'll give CupLee a try! Thank you for your advice!
m03m on November 10th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
I love my Fleurcup. May yours work for you as well as mine does for me!
paula987 on November 10th, 2013 10:05 am (UTC)

please let us know about your impressions (as I have been considering trying this one but haven't yet)

juliiie87juliiie87 on November 13th, 2013 09:39 am (UTC)
I love my Cuplee too, but in your case I think those are more learning curve issues. Good luck!
Anahi SchlichtingAnahi Schlichting on January 19th, 2014 10:01 pm (UTC)
I have the same problem with meluna. but.. will I have to try so many? they are too expensive (at least to me they are)