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09 April 2014 @ 03:37 pm
Hello everyone,
I've just started my first period with the small Lunette and things are working fine (inserting, removing - everything works) but the base of the cup is sticking out slightly all the time. I can see about 1 cm of it. It doesn't hurt, I have no leaks but it isn't supposed to be that way, I think?
I think I have quite a low cervix - I can reach it - so maybe I need a shorter cup. Or am I doing something wrong? I use the C fold, it's the only one that opens. When I insert it all the way, I can't open it. It opens easily if I just push it partly in but then it seals and I can't get it any further. I tried to pull it in with my muscles but it always returns. Do you have any ideas? What should I do?
Thanks so much!
pynki616pynki616 on April 9th, 2014 02:44 pm (UTC)
i've had this problem, as well. i have a very low cervix, seems like maybe 1 1/2 inches in? i can reach it before i get to the second knuckle on my middle finger. and for the most part, it's not a problem, but i know that when i get a little more active, i can feel it and it feels like it wants to slide out. the only cup i've tried so far that i can wear without it sticking out is a mini meluna medium, and when i'm really light i even flip that one inside out. i need a little more capacity than that, though, so i've gone through 7 cups trying to find the right one. waiting on a small sckoon to see if that works. my only suggestion would be to go look at the size charts on this site and find a shorter cup!
bafikybaf on April 9th, 2014 02:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks :-) Yeah, I think my cervix might be about 2 inches in but I'm not exactly sure. I haven't cut off the stem yet, I was thinking maybe I will be able to wear it deeper and then I'd need it. But it's probably best to cut it right off?
bafikybaf on April 10th, 2014 07:43 am (UTC)
And also does for example a 3 mm difference make any difference? Is it more about the shape - like one cup is too long but another one is 1 mm shorter and fits? Did you have to change the mini Meluna very often?
pynki616pynki616 on April 10th, 2014 12:27 pm (UTC)
i would think it does make some difference. so many cups are so similar, and yet don't work for everyone. and the shape issue is why i'm trying a small sckoon. all the cups i've tried have been pointy, i'm wanting to try one that is more rounded, see if it helps. on heavier days, i have to change the medium mini quite often, which is why i'm still searching for a higher capacity short cup! although, my last couple of cycles have seemed shorter since switching to cloth pantyliners, haha. coincidence? maybe. we'll see. but anyways.

also, yeah, if your cervix really is that low you won't need stems, typically. BUT, if you're thinking you might try a different cup and you haven't cut the stem off yet, i'd leave it. it might help keep resale value up a bit for if you choose to sell it. that's what i keep having to do, although so far i've not had much trouble selling with stem cut.

haven't had my morning coffee yet, so hopefully this all makes sense... ;)
bafikybaf on April 10th, 2014 01:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It does make sense :-) Allow me just one more question. About how many times do you have to empty the medium mini Meluna on your heavy days? If the medium mini Meluna is 4.5 cm long and so is the small regular Meluna, do you think the normal small one would fit you too (I mean the length)? I would like the mini small meluna but it seems so tiny, the small normal one has more capacity. The medium mini one seems too big for me (too wide) - 4 mm wider than my Lunette.
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer all my curious questions!
pynki616pynki616 on April 10th, 2014 04:04 pm (UTC)
on a heavy day, i empty it every couple of hours. but, that's partly because when i use the bathroom, it often feels like it wants to fall out a little (less than other cups, but still happens with the mini.) so i just take it out. that often, it's usually not very full. and for night i use a large ladycup flipped inside out, which is too long, but since i'm sleeping i don't feel it and it has a lot more capacity.

i think the regular small might fit, too, and if the small sckoon i'm waiting for doesn't work (it's the same size as the small meluna, i *think*, so it'd be a shape or squishiness issue) i'll get a meluna small. the mini small *is* very tiny, i got one for my SIL to try and it's really very little.

i don't mind answering your questions, these are all questions i've been asking because i have some of the same issues! i hope you find one that works! :)
bafikybaf on April 10th, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for all your advice :-) I'll probably get either the small Meluna or the mini Meluna (or both).. Just wondering - was a small Lunette among the cups you've tried?
I've written to the Meluna size information too so I'm interested what they'll write to me. (and I've posted a question on another menstrual cup forum).
I do so hope I'll get a comfortable cup with a decent capacity!
Thank you very very much again and please hold your fingers crossed for me...
I'll certainly let you know if any cup works.
pynki616pynki616 on April 11th, 2014 01:17 pm (UTC)
you're welcome, i hope i've been helpful! and yes, a small lunette was one of the ones i've tried. used it a couple times, and when i was shoveling snow with it in i seriously had to stop and kinda discreetly check to make sure it wasn't falling out! sure felt like it was, haha... and for sure, let me know if something works! might be what works for me, too! and i'll let you know about the sckoon, if you want. it should be here any day, and i'm due to start in a couple days. :)
bafikybaf on April 11th, 2014 07:49 pm (UTC)
Yes, please, inform me of how your sckoon works. I will probably get the Meluna small (the mini isn't available in our country anyway). I wrote about my problems to the Meluna team and a woman answered me and wrote that she thinks Meluna small will fit me (she can't use a small Lunette but a small Meluna fits her perfectly). But I think the small Meluna has the same capacity as the medium mini Meluna so I don't think that would help you with the capacity. :-) And yes, you've been very helpful ;-)
bafikybaf on April 11th, 2014 07:51 pm (UTC)
And by the way, have you tried Femmycycle? It's only 4 cm long and it's supposed to have quite a big capacity. I don't know anything else about it but maybe it might be good for you. I hope you'll find a cup that fits you :-)
pynki616pynki616 on April 11th, 2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
just did a dry run with the sckoon (couldn't wait a couple days, hahaa...) and seems like it may not work. :( one issue i have is that the grip on the bottom always irritates, so i have to flip pretty much *any* cup inside out. the bottom inside of the sckoon isn't smooth like most cups, it must be where they fill the mold or something, so it's rough when flipped and irritates. and, even when my cervix isn't at it's lowest because i'm not actually on my period yet, it still feels like it'll fall out. i ran across the yard with it in and, yeah. definitely felt it a lot. so. and according to the size charts, the small meluna has a *little* more capacity than the mini medium. like, 2 ml more or something.

i'll have to look into the femmycycle, thanks for the suggestion! :)
bafikybaf on April 13th, 2014 12:50 pm (UTC)
And also today I came upon the Eco cup - it's 45 mm long and it holds 20ml (capacity to the holes). I almost regret ordering the MeLUna now :-) But it might be just perfect for you, I'd think...
elle2013elle2013 on April 11th, 2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
I also have a very low cervix and I wear all my cups inside out for comfort. While on the pill my cup duo was the MINI Meluna Medium as you have, plus a large LadyCup. I find that the shape works very well with my anatomy (the shorter length is good for my cervix) and the smooth body is very comfortable. Also, like the MINI Melunas, the LadyCup has a stiffer rim so it's easy to pop open.

Regarding the base sticking out, I get the same sensation on my heaviest flow day. I've never, um, "ejected" a cup, but I can feel the very base when I wipe. As long as you're sure you're sure you're inserting it correctly and you're not leaking, I think that's pretty normal for those of us with a low cervix. Good luck!
bafikybaf on April 13th, 2014 08:27 am (UTC)
Thank you for the information :-) Does wearing the cups inside out make them more comfortable?
pynki616pynki616 on April 14th, 2014 02:44 pm (UTC)
for me, it does make them more comfortable to wear them inside out. they sit low enough that whatever is there for grip (rings, or on the ladycup, raised dots) irritates sensitive skin.
bafikybaf on April 18th, 2014 12:50 pm (UTC)
So I got my small Meluna with ball stem a few days ago and I've been trying it out. I could feel the ball stem so I cut it off - now it's super comfortable. But my period ended a few days ago so my cervix is maybe a little higher now than it was. I'll just have to wait till my next period to be sure.
pynki616pynki616 on April 21st, 2014 03:10 pm (UTC)
waiting for my small green meluna with ball stem to arrive. gonna be a while before i can try it out, though. actually can't wait! it's weird, actually looking forward to that time instead of dreading it... :)