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11 May 2014 @ 03:06 pm
Hi everyone,

I've been giving menstrual cups a try for my last three periods. I got two classic MeLunas with ring stem, one in small and the other in medium. At the time of purchase I didn't realise that the medium would still be considered a small compared to other cups. I've been using the medium since the small one tends to travel around and get lost inside of me (I'm 23, no kids and not sexually active rn, but I have no problem getting cups in. I can relax my pelvic floor muscles easily). It's definitely too small for me. I'm thinking that the medium one might also be too small for me, so I'm hoping that someone can shed some light on this.

The medium isn't very secure on my first two days of my period, when my flow is heaviest. The capacity of the cup seems very little (I've been emptying it every 2 to 3 hours and it's at least half full) and it does not seal well which results in pretty big leaks. It is fully unfolded inside of me, so that's not the problem either. I still go trough 2 back up pads a day on these heavy flow days. I guess the blood leaks along the cup and makes it slippery. I do make sure to put it all the way up to my cervix, which isn't especially high or low, bit the cup still tends to move around a little bit (not as bad as the small one though).

After reading around in this community I found that more women seem to have an issue with MeLunas not sealing properly. The medium works fine for lighter days with little physical activity, so I think I'll keep it for those days.
Yesterday however was the last day of my period (my flow is extremely light) and I went running with my medium MeLuna, thinking that I would be safe. Luckily I wore a back up panty liner, because it leaked again. There was about 1/3 of blood in the cup as well. So yeah, whenever I participate in any kind of physical activity it tends to leak as well, no matter how heavy or light my period is at the time.

After looking trough this community I've found that a bigger, perhaps slightly stiffer cup could possibly work better for me. The length of the medium MeLuna is not causing me any problems, yet there's still some space left. I guess a cup which would be a few mm's longer would fit as well. Which ones would you guys recommend? I've seen people mention the Yuuki and MCUK already, would they be a good idea to try? I'm open to any suggestions really. The most important factor is that the cup seals really well and doesn't travel around. I don't want to buy tons of menstrual cups, because I can only use one at a time anyway and almost all need to be shipped overseas in order to reach me, so they would cost me a lot of money.
 
rdshin on May 11th, 2014 01:27 pm (UTC)
Perhaps try a ruby cup?
Hi, I'm relatively new user to cups too, but I've had great success with a sckoon and a juju, both size 2. It does sound like yours is moving too much. From all I've read and my own limited experience leaks come from, bad fit or inadequate seal. Can you feel if you cervix is above the cup rim? If it us then maybe it us moving too much.

I 'm also looking for a larger capacity cup for heavier days so I can have freedom to do a bit more activity. I was looking at a ruby cup as it is wider than the ones I have but not that much longer. Ruby has greater capacity at 34mls, not as much as yuuki large at 37ml (?) but the design looks smoother. Less pronounced ridges at the rim and not as long. It comes in one size only suitable for all ages regardless of pregnancy history, so it might be a better bet than the yuuki? Ruby also have free shipping.


Edited at 2014-05-11 01:28 pm (UTC)
palelurker on May 11th, 2014 02:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Perhaps try a ruby cup?
Every time I will put the cup around my cervix. My cervix barely sticks out, it's definitely not a dangly one. I guess this is why it's not really working for me. I haven't felt anything that would indicate that the Meluna cup had sealed itself around it and perhaps because of that the fluids are able to go around it. It seems that it's fairly easy for the cup to move away from the position which I put it in.

The only time that I have felt any kind of sealing/suction was when I tried to take it out and it went past my pubic bone. I've tried leaving the cup in that position, but it leaks even more.

Hmm, the Ruby does seem to have fairly low airholes. And it's quite expensive compared to the MeLunas as well. Perhaps I'll give it a try once I find more raving reviews for them, because I haven't seen enough to convince me just yet.

Edited at 2014-05-11 02:37 pm (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 11th, 2014 01:47 pm (UTC)
There are comparative size and capacity charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ and several others at the Community FAQ. Using what you know, like and don't about the cups you have now, use them to figure out which ones you think would fit and suit you best. Also compare photos for shape. Narrow/wide, pointy/blunt, thin/thick rim, etc.
palelurker on May 11th, 2014 02:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, I've been looking at the charts and also the stiffness rating for the pas week now and I'm a little overwhelmed. I think the best choice for me is a fairly stiff cup that's somewhere between 43 to 46mm width and about 50 to 54mm long, since I want one that has more capacity than the medium Meluna. The Yuuki might not be such a good decision after all, it's rated as quite stiff but it's dimensions don't seem to be any good for me.

The ones I like the best are the MCUK and also the small Diva. I'll check the entries here to see if I can find anything about how those seal and stay in place.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on May 11th, 2014 03:35 pm (UTC)
I have a small Diva, which is actually not a particularly small cup (bigger than the medium Meluna for sure). I think the silicone cups seal better than the TPE Melunas, and wider cups tend to settle all the way around the cervix rather than off to one side. The MCUK is relatively low capacity due to the holes and I feel like a lot of people complain about the stiffness of the rim. If your cervix is medium to high, the Diva is worth a shot -- it's only about $25 on Amazon.
palelurker on May 11th, 2014 09:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It sounds like the small Diva might be worth a shot. Most women seem to think that it seals really good.
I'll get one to try out and see how it works for me.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on May 12th, 2014 05:00 am (UTC)
I haven't had any problems with the Diva's seal. The cup itself is a bit firmer than I really like (I prefer the Cuplee, which is a similar size and shape but quite a bit softer). My small soft mini Meluna will leak when I am doing something fairly active like running or dancing. I haven't figured out if that's due to the material, size, or length -- I suspect it's the material, as I have other small cups that are not prone to leaking.
cups876 on May 12th, 2014 05:40 am (UTC)
I have both a small diva and a medium meluna. Exactly what you have described with your meluna is what I have experienced. I actually gave up on cups for a few years because I was doing everything right and both cups still leaked consistently! Frustrating! But I am going to try the large fleurcup and hopefully that will work for me. If it doesn't then I will def give up on cups :(....But the diva definitely was not sealing AND was falling out of me. A few sneezes and the cup is halfway out. (medium-low cervix)