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08 February 2014 @ 06:24 pm
I've read everything I can find and tried every tip I've come across. I need help.

I am 23 years old, married, never given birth or been pregnant.

I have:

Mooncup (size B) -- smallest
Lunette (size 1) -- smallest
Fleurcup (size Large) -- biggest

I started out with the moon cup, then ordered the additional cups thinking my problem might be that I needed to find a cup that is right for me.

I have used the moon cup and the lunette, but have not yet tried the fleurcup. I bought the bigger size in it thinking maybe it will solve the issue.

But when I put the small cups in, they do fine. I can feel them suction and I twist them and run my finger around them and they are definitely popped open and secure. The problem is, I still leak! No matter what I do, I still leak.

Is it normal to always leaks some with these cups? Does everyone need at least a pantyliner or light pad?
When I used tampons, I never had to wear anything extra and I NEVER had trouble with leaking. I can't stand this!

I want to make this work so bad, but I can't figure out what the issue is. Do you think the bigger cup will resolve the issue? Does anyone else have leaks even though your cup is open, suctioned, and in properly?
 
strange011091 on February 9th, 2014 12:28 am (UTC)
My cups are not too high either. They are low in the vagina, as the instructions indicate.

Edited at 2014-02-09 12:28 am (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on February 9th, 2014 12:59 am (UTC)
Throw the instructions away and forget you ever read them. Despite what the illustrations show, ANY cup will eventually settle (O) around your cervix and the height of the base will be relative to the length of the body of the cup and the length of your vagina. No, there is NOT supposed to be a cup-length or more between the rim and your cervix. Why, oh why do they perpetuate that misinformation???

As for your leakage, it sounds like what we (ahem) affectionately call "residual slobber." That's the flow that winds up in the nooks and crannies of your vag during a change. There is good advice to combat it in the leaking tags but there are many (including me) who were never able to conquer it fully. Of course, I'd rather it didn't slobber but I figure that a shield/liner a day is a small price to pay for all of the other benefits of cups.
trejoytrejoy on February 9th, 2014 01:20 am (UTC)
For me, getting the larger size was the key. As long as I used small cups, they leaked!
megankgrmegankgr on February 9th, 2014 02:09 am (UTC)
I had leaking until I switched to a larger cup and that fixed it. Try out your fleurcup and see how that works for you
megankgrmegankgr on February 9th, 2014 02:42 am (UTC)
I'm also 23 with no pregnancies - the whole young with no pregnancies = need a small cup is a myth
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on February 9th, 2014 03:39 am (UTC)
This may sound like TMI, but that's what this group is all about right? :) At any rate, is the leakage kind of brown and sparse/light, or is it real, red blood? If it's the former (brown = old blood), it's almost certainly slobber, but brighter blood might signify an ongoing leak. I still get slobber no matter what (unless it's a very light day or I preemptively inserted my cup before my period actually started), I suspect because my cervix is high and the blood takes awhile to work its way down during a change. Some cups also seem to cause me to slobber more (like this month, don't know what it was but the Lily made me slobber like crazy--was clearly that and not a leak with normal blood. Never figured out why and my Si-Bell didn't do this. Oh well!)
strange011091 on February 9th, 2014 04:49 am (UTC)
I'm open to accepting that it is just "slobber," but it seems like too much to just be that. I mean ... sometimes it's almost like I'm wearing nothing at all. And when I remove the cup to empty it, there is barely in the cup ... ends up looking like more came out in the leak than got collected in the cup. Anyway, I have just inserted my larger Fleurcup for the first time and I'm going to see how it handles the night for me.

This is my third period since I've switched from tampons to cups. I did notice that it seemed like the smaller cups did better at the beginning and end of period, and I had the worst leaking in the middle when things were really heavy. However, the issue WASN'T that the cup was just getting too full. Because every time I emptied hardly any was collected, most just leaked out. That's what isn't making sense.

Anyway, we will see how the night goes with the larger cup. The previous two periods with the cups, I have ended up resorting back to tampons when it gets really heavy because the cup just wasn't cutting it and I stay too busy with work and school to be constantly having to run to the potty and re-adjust and clean up. Maybe this will be my answer. I don't want to have to fall back on tampons again this time.

I'll be back to update. Thanks a bunch for all of your input! No one I know personally uses these so I'm pretty much on my own figuring it out. Love that there is a forum to get some feedback from other users.

Edited at 2014-02-09 04:53 am (UTC)
generalsmallmountainsmallmountain27 on February 9th, 2014 07:24 am (UTC)
I would suggest tilting the cup almost sideways. I know exactly what you're talking about- good suction, seems to be a good fit, but then your leaking more than you're catching. When I tilt it sideways, even though it seemed like a good insertion, I stop all my leaks. I'm 19 with a DivaCup that I've been using for almost a year and a half. It's changed my periods getting the positioning right.

Don't give up! There is hope.
strange011091 on February 9th, 2014 09:57 pm (UTC)
What do you mean sideways?
generalsmallmountainsmallmountain27 on February 10th, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
Tilted is probably a better word. Point the rim of the cup towards your posterior and the stem towards your pelvic bone. That's what works for me when my flow is heavy and I seem to be leaking. As long as there's still a seal, and I don't pull on it too much after I pop it open.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on February 9th, 2014 03:04 pm (UTC)
If there's nothing in the cup then you're missing your cervix. This article is in French but the illustrations are not. http://wiki.easycup.fr/doku.php?id=utilisation:insertion You want either of the two "bonnes" (good) placements, not the "mauvaise" (bad) one.

Find your cervix and make sure to aim the opening of your cup toward it during insertion. If you just shove it in there, it's possible to miss and wind up next to it. Some describe it as being closer to their belly button than their tailbone.
cathurynn on February 9th, 2014 10:13 pm (UTC)
I started with a small cup (Sckoon small) because I thought I needed a pretty small one due to my body type. I experienced some leakage that seemed worse than slobber even though I thought I was getting it in properly and it was not over-full. After looking around here for answers, I bought a large Fleurcup. It's completely solved the problem. I do need to make sure with the larger cup that I get my fingers back there and make sure my cervix is inside the edge of the cup (o). Hopefully your Fleurcup will help you as well!
strange011091 on February 10th, 2014 03:47 am (UTC)
Update -

Last night I put in the large fleurcup and in just moments, I found that it was not solving the problem. Still leaking LIKE CRAZY!

I'm ashamed to say that I was so fed up and crampy at that point that I finally threw my hands up and grabbed the old trusty tampon.

Today, after reading some of your posts about changing the angle of the cup and making sure I'm not "missing my cervix" I think that MIGHT be the key. I inserted my small lunette and tried my best to change the angle. I put it in before we left for church tonight made it all the way through the service, the meal afterwards, and trip there and back ... not leaks! Even right now, after getting home, doing a few things, and watching Walking Dead ... still no leaks! There is a small amount of spotting on the pad that I believe must just be residual because it's not much at all. I also noticed that when I pee, there is a very faint pink watery color that comes off on the toilet paper. But nothing like the leaks I was dealing with.

I'm hoping I've found my answer and it's not just a matter of my flow beginning to lighten up ... Thank you for all your help! Crossing my fingers in hopes that I can manage to get it right more times in the future!!