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16 January 2014 @ 02:21 pm
Hi, I was on here a few years ago when I had a Mooncup. I didn't get on with this as it kept getting suctioned to my cervix - I rang the Mooncup help line and they told me to discontinue using them as they said my muscles were too tight and kept squidging the cup up there!! I am surprised as have had 2 kids and can't trampoline or run too fast without ..... enough said!!

I'm sick and tired of spending so much money on tampons which dry me out and leak and then cos I get dried out horrid pads hence me rethinking the cups. I'm wondering what cup would be a good one to try. I've had a look through and did wonder about the Fleurcup / Sckoon (sp?) but there's so much information my poor head is spinning!

As I said, I've had 2 children naturally, but I haven't told you I'm 46 and get pretty heavy periods.

Thanks in advance!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 16th, 2014 02:46 pm (UTC)
When you say it kept getting suctioned onto your cervix, do you mean that it rode up and didn't sit where the instructions said it was supposed to? Or that it was hard to remove? Was it comfortable? Did it leak? What was/were the issue(s) with it?

Despite what the instructions say and illustrations show, ANY cup will settle (O) around your cervix. The height of the base of the cup will be relative to the length of the body of the cup and the length of your vagina. Illustrations showing a cup length or more between the rim and your cervix are just plain WRONG. (And every cup's instructions show that misinformation.)

If all your Mooncup did was go (quote-unquote) "where it wasn't supposed to" then there really wasn't a problem with it. Keep it and use it in good health!

However, if it had other problems, let us know what they were and maybe we can help you tweak your insertion/removal techniques to make it a little more user friendly.
pipsmum on January 16th, 2014 02:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks for getting back to me. I found it did leak - the cup would never be more than half full (despite me being heavy with super plus extra tampons and having to change every 90 minutes) but I'd have a fair bit of leakage and have to always wear a liner.

After a bit of practise I was OK inserting and removing it so that wasn't a problem, more the leaking and having it drummed into me by the Mooncup rep that it must stay low, must NOT ride up and I gave it up due to being concerned about it. Don't know if it's relevant at all but when I had scans for my children they did say my cervix slopes a different way to normal (or at least I think that's what they said, it was a long time ago now!!)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 16th, 2014 03:36 pm (UTC)
Well, the UK Mooncup is not a very high capacity cup. And it's possible that you have what we call a "dangly" cervix that takes up room in it. So a higher capacity cup is probably a good idea for you.

A tilted cervix is no problem. Just angle your cup so it sits (O) around it, whichever way it might point.

There are several size and capacity charts over at the Community FAQ. Compare your Mooncup to other brands in terms of dimensions, capacities, shapes and other features.

Start your comparisons with the large Fleurcup. It's one of the higher capacity cups, squishy soft and has a blunt base that has a good reputation with those who have had children. Since you say your pelvic floor is not as strong as it used to be, a blunt cup might be less likely to feel like it's trying to escape during exertion.

If you prefer the pointy shape of your Mooncup, consider the large Lunette. It has the same dimensions as the Fleurcup but shaped differently so it has a slight lower (but still respectably high) capacity. It is also a fairly stiff bodied cup -- stiffer than the body of your Mooncup but not as stiff as its rim.

Stiff or squishy, they each have their advantages and disadvantages. And it's all a matter of personal taste.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 16th, 2014 03:38 pm (UTC)
As for misinformation from the Mooncup rep, I think they are "required" to quote the instructions -- however wrong they might actually be. (Liability, etc.) While you're at the Community FAQ, checking out the size and capacity charts, also read the "Myths" post to dispel some of the misinformation that's out there.
nemesis27nemesis27 on January 22nd, 2014 07:32 am (UTC)
yes, the mooncup is not a very high capacity cup, I have one and I have very heavy periods, I use the cup only in my last day because that.

try with another cup with more capacity, I recommend the natú cup( or si-bell, are similar) , and luv_ur, both have high capacity (specially the luv-ur) and you can take a look to my blog until choice, I am writting about differents cups and my own experience with them.


Edited at 2014-01-22 07:34 am (UTC)
pipsmum on January 22nd, 2014 10:44 am (UTC)
Thank you for getting back to me both of you. Just to let you know I've gone for the large Fleurcup and am waiting for it to be delivered - hopefully it'll be soon now as got my period now! I'll let you know how it goes ....
pipsmum on February 19th, 2014 07:05 pm (UTC)
Fleurcup update ....
OK, so a month on my Fleurcup has arrived and I'm giving it a go. Yesterday (my first day) was quite promising - didn't leak but not so good today I'm afraid. I used the 'C fold' which seemed OK and I popped a finger alongside, pushed the cup in and felt it pop back out again. I've felt some gurgling type movement; one was a false alarm but the other I'd leaked a fair bit. The cup is about half full when I empty it about every 3 hours or so.

I did trim off the end of the stem but think I'll take it all off next time I remove it as I can feel it a bit. I did try to turn the cup but that didn't seem to work and I didn't want to go poking around too much and making myself sore. The instructions on the Fleurcup website aren't exactly precise so I wondered if you had any ideas please?

Many thanks.