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Lisa Swoboda
08 October 2014 @ 01:46 pm
Hi,

I have been using a cup for a few months now and I can't get it to stop leaking. I'm 35 years old, 3 kids all vaginal births. My muscles are far from loose though. My first cup was the moon cup (US). It felt too long and hurt. I then bought the sckoon cup. It is much more comfortable but I still have leaking. I tried turning the moon cup inside out to shorten it and that helped with the fit, but it too leaks. Within a short period of time both cups end up way up high. So high it's hard to reach them. They are both the large cups meant for women with children. I am wondering if maybe the smaller ones would actually be a better fit. It seems like maybe my vaginal walls are squeezing it upwards and maybe a smaller one would fit lower. I am thinking maybe it's getting squeezed too hard and not forming a seal. I know it is fully open but it is super hard to turn. They are for sure leaking and not just dripping residual blood. Anybody have better luck with the smaller cups even after children? I don't want to keep buying cups that don't work! I should add that when the cup moves up super high the moon cup is painful like its pressing on something. The softer sckoon cup isn't noticable.
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 8th, 2014 09:24 pm (UTC)
No, shorter cups don't sit lower.

Read through http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ There are a couple of paragraphs about how cups sit, about leakage and about turning cups. Skim the rest to see if anything else jumps out at you. And follow the link to the size charts to compare the dimensions of the cups you have to others.

Your Moon Cup might simply be the wrong shape, not the wrong dimensions. It is a fairly narrow cup with a thick flared rim. Some find those comfortable. Others don't. Also consider pointy versus blunt based. Your Sckoon is fairly short and blunt, your Moon Cup is long and pointy.
Lisa SwobodaLisa Swoboda on October 8th, 2014 10:13 pm (UTC)
I don't mean it will sit lower because it's shorter. I was thinking a smaller diameter might not get squeezed upwards. The two cups I have are shaped very differently and they both leak.
Kathlynekathlyne on October 8th, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
A cup will sit where it wants to sit. It will migrate upward and sit around the cervix. If you get a smaller cup it will move up and be harder to reach. Forget all those dumb drawings that come with the cups. The cups sit around the cervix no matter what, not with a bunch of room between the cervix and the cup.

You don't have to turn the cup. That doesn't matter.

Is any blood getting into the cup? It may be that you are missing your cervix, which is like holding a cup next to the faucet instead of under it. If you can reach up and feel your cervix while the cup is open (by stirring/sweeping around the cup) then you need to reposition the cup.

When is it leaking? Right away, or after a while? Right away may mean you are missing the cervix, if it is after a while, and the cup doesn't look full it may be because your cervix is taking up room in the cup. In that case you have to empty your cup sooner.
Lisa SwobodaLisa Swoboda on October 8th, 2014 11:22 pm (UTC)
Pretty much right away but it's going both in and around the cup.
Lisa SwobodaLisa Swoboda on October 8th, 2014 11:26 pm (UTC)
I also have a tilted uterus so maybe a cup just isn't for me. My doctor has a hard time reaching my cervix because of it and I don't feel anything.

Edited at 2014-10-08 11:29 pm (UTC)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on October 9th, 2014 12:34 am (UTC)
I think a bunch of users have a tilted uterus so I wouldn't give up based on that :) I wonder if a wider one would actually be better because there would be less space for it to miss your cervix, if that makes sense (not if you inserted it sideways, but if you inserted it as normal with the open end up around the cervix but maybe it was just sitting next to the cervix instead). I don't have kids but wear larges just for capacity reasons, so size really has nothing to do with your having given birth or not...choose whatever size is best for your body and capacity :)
tobilei on October 9th, 2014 01:26 am (UTC)
I always leak on my first day. I can't for the life of me figure out why. I'm your age, have had 2 pregnancies but work out a lot and my muscles are pretty strong down there so it's not that for me either. Mine are also 100% open. I don't know what it is about the first day but I just leak. I just wear back up on that day.

Do you find you leak on your lighter days as well?

I also have a high cervix and it sounds like yours is too if they're migrating way up. I'd maybe consider a longer cup, possibly even a bit wider rather than a narrower shorter cup which will just migrate even further up again (and can be difficult to reach).

Use the size charts and what you do and don't like about your current cups to see what else is out there for you. Sounds like your sckoon is a better shape for your body so look for something with that kind of a shape that is longer and wider perhaps.

curious_bunny_8curious_bunny_8 on October 9th, 2014 09:25 am (UTC)
I'd guess the opening of your cervix is not facing the cup right. Try to have a feel which way it's facing and direct the cup that way when inserting. In my case, I need to aim the cup down, towards tail bone, otherwise it also leaks although it is fully open.