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22 January 2014 @ 09:08 pm
Hi everybody,

I'm after a bit of advice. I have been trying unsuccessfully to use menstrual cups for over a year.

After the c-section birth of my son I had got a copper IUD and had a massive increase in flow. I first purchased a Mooncup UK, without realising there was any other brand out there. I found that I leaked consistently on the first couple of days of my period using the Mooncup, so I did a bit more research. I have a high (i.e. not within reach) cervix. My Mooncup was migrating north to the point where I could barely reach it. Aside from the leaking it was also too firm and occasionally pressing uncomfortably against my bladder. I then purchased the NaturalMamma, thinking a longer and softer cup could be just what I needed. After fiddling around with the NaturalMamma for a couple of cycles and finally finding an insertion method where I was sure it was opening, I was still getting leaks. Again, always in the first couple of days of my period.

My vaginal canal is not perfectly tubular shaped, I'm not sure how common this is as I've only felt inside my own. The front wall of my vagina is quite prominent creating a more of a C or ( shape, than an O shape (Is there anyone that can relate to this that is using a menstrual cup successfully?). (I should note that I don't think this is due to prolapes, I don't have issues with bladder control or intercourse). So I had read somewhere that a firmer cup would stand up to odd-shaped vaginas and for this reason and the capacity purchased a large Yuuki. This cup opens every time completely and seems to be foolproof yet I am still having leaking issues.

I feel like I have read and tried every tip/trick on the internet and watched a billion cup reviews on Youtube.

I am also able to pull any of these cups out using just the stem. I have never needed to break any seal, despite them seeming to be fully open. I wonder if this has anything to do with the shape of my anatomy. I.e. The ( shape of my vagina causing the round menstrual cup to miss my flow.

My period is due in about a week and I have been able to find my cervix for the first and only time. It is at the fullest reach of my index finger and located on the front wall of my vagina.

I'm really hoping someone out there can tell me if it is my anatomy that's my problem, or if I can deal with this through insertion, or another cup? 
 
nemesis27nemesis27 on January 22nd, 2014 10:52 am (UTC)
hello, have you heard of kegel exercises?
I think you don´t need another cup, it is possible that you need to strengthen your vaginal muscles.
if I were you I´d try with the kegel first, maybe works for you.

http://cupsss.blogspot.com.es/
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 22nd, 2014 12:00 pm (UTC)
The placement of your cervix is "normal." Some/Many of us describe it as closer to our belly-buttons than tailbones. Now that you know where it is, be sure to point the opening of your cup toward it. The way I do it is to insert my cup so the rim is beyond my pubic bone and allow it to open fully there. Then I nudge the base rearward (so the rim points a little forward) and give it a boost as I kegel it up and into place. Will that work for you too?

As for being able to just pull it out, if it's comfortable and not leaking, don't worry about it.
Kathlynekathlyne on January 22nd, 2014 06:42 pm (UTC)
When are you having leaking issues? Right away? After a few hours?
elisamba on January 22nd, 2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
That's what I was going to ask, too - if you have heavy flow from an IUD, unfortunately you can't expect to wear it 12 hours as advertised. Some people with really heavy flow can only go 2 hours or so.

If the blood is inside the cup when you remove it, then it is sealed all right. Have you tried a different fold? For example, punchdown never opens completely for me and basically creates a convenient cup fold for blood to run down. :)

My advice would be to stick to your long cups and get through the dreaded learning curve with your Yuuki, which has a good reputation as a cup that pops open well and has good capacity.

You can also try finding your cervix first, insert cup aiming towards the cervix, and pinching the base while bearing down with your pelvic muscles.
pineapplewhippineapplewhip on March 15th, 2014 01:57 am (UTC)
usa Mooncup by kepper
I leak with the mooncup usa, first time I puchased was on amazon and bought a small B Mooncup, small Lunette, never leak to this day unless it is full. I use lg Fleurcup for heavy days. I sometimes wonder if I should try mooncup I dont, I know many are helped by this, but not me. Blessings