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Hi everyone.

I have found that my cup takes on sea water when I dive and surf. It won't be full but I will get leakage of watered down blood, and when I empty my cup it is half full of blood and seawater mixed together. It never leaks when I am not in the water.
It may be relevant that I have a low cervix and short vaginal canal - my small ladycups have their stems cut off and they couldn't fit inside if they were any longer. My cervix sits in the cup. My cups have never created a "suction" seal, although they do seal. And, maybe relevant, I also always had the bottoms of tampons take on water when swimming/diving.


I'd like to hear from those of you who have had the same thing happen (cup leaking and taking on water when swimming). And to know:
(1) if you have a low cervix / short vaginal canal,
(2) if your cup creates a suction type seal,
(3) if you have had any luck switching to a firmer or softer cup. (i'm thinking of next trying a soft small sckoon)
(4) anything else you think is relevant
These are 3 things that i thought might be contributing to this happening.

 
curlydevacurlydeva on August 18th, 2014 01:21 am (UTC)
Hello,
I notice that I will get the same thing if I don't have a good seal. For me I am unable to wear my softer cups. I switch to a Moon Cup UK which has a firm rim and creates a good suction. I never have leaks and water does not get in. I do not have a low cervix, my cervix is about average. My suggestion is to use a cup with a firm rim as the softer cups in my opinion don't seal as well. I find this the case in swimming and exercising. Hope that helps.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on August 18th, 2014 07:24 am (UTC)
You might want a cup that's a bit firmer, so it stays in place more firmly. I use a Diva Cup and have never had leakage while swimming, but there are other possibilities that could work like the Meluna Sport.
Ashatenlegspider on August 18th, 2014 08:46 am (UTC)
I have a low cervix, though probably at least a little longer than yours. I had to reach in a bit to get my small LC out today, though sometimes it's low enough that I probably would have thought I couldn't use anything longer, if I hadn't already used a small MCUK. The base of the Mooncup wouldpoke out when I opened my legs, but it never caused any irritation. Last time I swam with my LC it took on a noticable amount of water, so if I swim in the next couple of days I'll try to remember to use my MC and report back.
Ashatenlegspider on August 19th, 2014 09:35 pm (UTC)
There was a bit of seawater in my Mooncup after I swam today :-/
Stef: tea\\koala-teamorningapproach on August 18th, 2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
I had some issues with this post scuba diving/swimming. I just made sure to empty my cup as soon as I could after I got out of the water. I never had any issues while in the ocean/just after I get out of the water with leaking.
Zzsomeone on August 19th, 2014 01:24 am (UTC)
I experimented a bit swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving, and learned it was how I kicked that would make it take on water or not.

Sorry about my really un-technical terms here, but kicking like walking or running was fine, but kicking wide like jumping jacks made it take water every time.

1. Yes to both
2. Yes
3. Same results for me, with the 2 I've swam with.
4. try experimenting with how you kick, I guess.