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15 May 2014 @ 09:29 pm
Hi everyone. First, this is such a cool community. Thanks to all for sharing your posts/comments. I've found them very useful but I've got a few questions I couldn't find the answers to. After considering options I bought a sckoon small cup that arrived just in time for my scheduled period.

Once it arrived I was more excited for my period than I have honestly EVER been. First two days were trial and error. There was a bloody mess early on. Now, day four has gone very smooth. Here are my newbie questions that I haven't seen anywhere else:

1-Is it not supposed to leak not one drop of fluid? I don't have blood coming out but I've been wearing a light days pad and there is some kind of clear discharge by the end of the day. A very tiny amount but it is there. Anyone have this? It doesn't itch or smell bad so I don't think it is an infection at all. Just curious.

2-What happens towards the end of my period when things usually get 'gunky' and are not as liquid-y? Do you all wear the cup from start to finish of your period or switch to a light pad at the end?

3-How full is full? My sckoon leaked on day 2, always a heavier day for me, after only 5 hours. I bore down to try and get the cup at a place where I could easily reach it and saw some blood fall into the toilet bowl. Once I had removed the cup it was pretty full but definitely not up to where the suction holes are in the cup. Do you think it leaked because it was full or leaked because I didn't insert it properly? Does it only leak once liquid reaches the suction holes?

So far I am loving life with a cup and it is only day four :)

p.s. I love the sckoon. It is very comfortable and the style is cute.
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elisamba on May 16th, 2014 05:53 am (UTC)
1-I don't have blood coming out but I've been wearing a light days pad and there is some kind of clear discharge by the end of the day.

We call this "residual slobber", it's the blood left on the vaginal walls after the previous removal, and it gradually inches its way down. If you search the site, you'll find tips to reduce it.

2-What happens towards the end of my period when things usually get 'gunky' and are not as liquid-y? Do you all wear the cup from start to finish of your period or switch to a light pad at the end?

I can wear mine five days, then my body says enough and I'm back to pantiliners. Less liquid flow sometimes requires a cup with larger holes, or they get clogged too easily.

3-My sckoon leaked on day 2, always a heavier day for me, after only 5 hours. I bore down to try and get the cup at a place where I could easily reach it and saw some blood fall into the toilet bowl.

It was probably full and when you bore down, your cervix went into it, causing the cup to overflow over the sides. Or your muscles squeezed it and it temporarily collapsed, with the same consequence. That's good cuz now you know how long your cup lasts on your heavy day.

If you went five hours, you know it was inserted properly. Otherwise it would leak within minutes. Cups can leak when the blood reaches the suction holes, yes, or if they haven't unfolded properly. Your cervix can also take up room in the cup, obviously cutting into the capacity.
Ashatenlegspider on May 16th, 2014 10:28 am (UTC)
Doesn't sound like "residual slobber" (ugh) - blood is never clear! Personally my cup catches my usual discharge as well as the blood, but it doesn't sound like anything to worry about either way.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 16th, 2014 01:52 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Residual slobber is not clear.

My guess is that it was "natural lubrication" that your body produced. If you were a tampon user, your body probably produced lots of it to keep a tampon from feeling dry and scratchy -- and now your body hasn't figured out that it doesn't need to make so much of it any more. Or if you weren't, your body thinks it needs to lubricate your cup thinking it's there for pleasure rather than function. Give it a cycle or two for your body to figure out it doesn't need to produce quite that much. ;o)
★Raven: [AnMng] TrinBld // Cruznik2moonrise on May 16th, 2014 02:49 pm (UTC)
Agreed with this. This is what it was for me. Took about three months before my body got the picture. I still wear a panty liner anyway because I'm a bit scatterbrained with time and I've gone over my time to change a lot, but I was used to wearing a panty liner anyway because my tampons wouldn't always stay where they belonged and I like my undies not being stained. I bought some cloth panty liners, enough for 10 days (although I don't need 10 days, but that way I have extras for between laundry loads in case I forget to toss them in with the loads since I wash them in a mesh bag and sometimes grab just the mesh bag that I put socks in so my dryer can't eat any of them and forget the liners too) and I love that they work so well, especially with the cup, and they seem to last longer than toss liners too.
elisamba on May 16th, 2014 07:09 pm (UTC)
My bad, I didn't catch it was clear. I agree with the other posters, natural lubrication.
sunnybeebop on May 16th, 2014 08:57 pm (UTC)
I get the clear discharge as well. No matter when on my period or how long I wear my cup. Even if I wear my cup not on my period. Some clear discharge will still go past the cup. So just a normal thing I'm guessing :) - the only annoying this is sometimes I mistake the moisture for a leak. So to avoid constant paranoid checking I just wear a cloth pantyliner whenever I go out of the house with my cup :) Love them.

I normally wear my cup the whole time. Sometimes if I get sore halfway through I'll wear a pad over night on a light night. And back to a cup for the day.

I can never get my cups all the way full without leaking. I have a sckoon as well. Once I was in the movie theatre and hadn't emptied in about 7 hrs. (was the 5th day of my period) apparently my flow decided to pick back up randomly. I was laughing at a funny scene in the movie and I felt it gush and gurgle! A trip to the bathroom revealed quite a leak... luckily I was wearing a cloth pantyliner! cup was 3/4 full when I took it out. So could have been almost full if not full before I laughed. Moral of the story is. You may not be able to fill the cup right up to the holes all the time. If you move oddly, sneeze, bear down, laugh... that could squeeze your cup or make your cervix dip into it more which could cause it to overflow. :)
faranth22faranth22 on May 16th, 2014 11:03 pm (UTC)
1. as other posters have said, this is just normal vaginal lubrication. This is perfectly normal.

2. I take the pill so my periods are much thicker than when I am off the pill. This does not interfere with cup use for me. I insert my cup the day before I expect my period and use it throughout the entire cycle. Every body is different though, so find what works for you.

3. I am one of the unlucky users who has what we refer to as a "dangly cervix" meaning my cervix steals space in my cup and I cannot fill the cup completely. This is not a problem when I am taking the pill though because it lightens my period. When I am off it it is more problematic because normally my cycle is quite heavy due to endometriosis. Again, this is just one of those things where you'll have to see what works for you. Some users can wait to empty until a cup is truly full, others not so much.

Happy to hear you are loving cups! Welcome to the community!
viv85e on May 18th, 2014 04:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
Questions answered. Thanks everyone!