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Noelle Searles
I want so badly to be able to switch to cups. I hate tampons, hate the toxicity of them etc.
My story, 33 years old, 3 kids, a bit on the heavier side etc. I am moderately familiar with my cervix, though I can never touch it more than barely with the tips of my finger, so it must be pretty deep.

Ive tried 3 different brands of cups. various folds etc. I get the cup in there, think its great and perfect... then 5 minutes later GOOSH I feel blood coming out. My cup is always empty, and blood is coming out next to it. I thought maybe my cervix is next to it or something? But it doesnt seem to matter if I put the cup in only a tiny bit, versus way far in..... it ALWAYS leaks!!! Ive tried angling up, down, sideways, lol..... doesnt matter. :( Im so frustrated!!! I dont know what more to do.
 
yayforcupsyayforcups on November 17th, 2014 09:17 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the awful time your having :( It could be that it hasnt inflated with air properly so leaves a gap in the side.. Have you tried opening the cup up low down so holes can "breath", twisting it making sure theres no flat sides then "stirring" it up and kegelling into place? For me the air in the cup n the kegel in place was key to no leakage. What cups do you have?
yayforcupsyayforcups on November 17th, 2014 09:19 pm (UTC)
Plus relaxing the muscles on insertion so it doesnt squish air out on way up...
Noelle SearlesNoelle Searles on November 17th, 2014 09:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, I usually put it in, then pull it out a tiny bit till it puffs up, then slowly wiggle it up so its past my bone. Then i try to spin it, or run my finger under the rim etc... it always seems to be full of air, and be good. :(

I have lunette, mooncup, and one other one that I forget. fluerr or something maybe???
Kathlynekathlyne on November 17th, 2014 10:28 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you may be missing your cervix. The cup may be sitting next to your cervix instead of around it. Imagine holding a cup next to the faucet instead of under it. You sweep around the cup to see if it is open. That's great. Now sweep around the cup, as deeply as you can to see if you can feel your cervix. If you can feel your cervix then you need to reposition the cup. Sometimes my cup opens up to the right side of my left-pointing dangly cervix. I have to pull the cup down and then angle it more to the left.

Hopefully you can figure this out and enjoy leak-free cup use.
Noelle SearlesNoelle Searles on November 18th, 2014 12:28 am (UTC)
Yeah I totally agree. I cant FEEL my cervix though, I cant reach it, and it doesnt feel like the lip of the cup is beyond where it would be...... :(
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 17th, 2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, sounds like you're missing your cervix. Or it's a gush of residual slobber. See if this has any helpful hints for you: http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ It also explains the types of leakage, including residual slobber.
Noelle SearlesNoelle Searles on November 18th, 2014 12:50 am (UTC)
Ok, so I just worked really really hard lol. But I felt enough of my cervix to feel that it seems to tilt a bit to the left. So I tried inserting angled to the left a bit. Is that what I should do?

Does it have to stay in far? Cause when I go pee it tends to move down, and a lot of blood comes out.
sweetrumbellesweetrumbelle on November 18th, 2014 02:57 am (UTC)
What sizes of cups are you using? Maybe a bigger (longer?) cup might do better?

Also, I just read a a bit on tilted cervixes and they seem to be okay with a cup http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/590247.html
So even if you have a tilted cervix, it seems a cup should be fine.

Noelle SearlesNoelle Searles on November 18th, 2014 03:16 am (UTC)
I have large cups.
trejoytrejoy on November 18th, 2014 07:12 am (UTC)
I also had terrible "leaks" until I found my cervix and figured out how to maneuver my cup into position. Initially I had aimed the cup "up" as I inserted. As someone else stated, it was like holding a glass next to a faucet instead of under it. You're on the right track!
Noelle SearlesNoelle Searles on November 18th, 2014 10:39 pm (UTC)
Soo..... Ive been putting it in angled to the left, and wiggling squeezing etc... and it seems to be working.
I'm still getting a bit of leaking, but I think its that slobber you all talk about lol.
My cycle is slowing down now (cd 3 is ending) so I should be good to ride the rest out with my cup. Im sooo excited!!!!! :)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on November 18th, 2014 01:47 pm (UTC)
if you feel it slipping out your pc muscles may need toning up (after 3 kids not surprising)...but I think the main issue is youre probably missing your cervix