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10 December 2014 @ 05:37 pm
Anyone have any fixes for "leakage" that seems to be just the blood that gets trapped between the vaginal wall and the cup (I'm guessing it's the same as the blood that ends up on the tampon applicator after you remove it)? I don't think the cup itself (Mooncup, if it matters) is leaking or overflowing, but I'm still having to wear a pad as backup lest I stain my underwear, and I really hate pads.
 
Ashatenlegspider on December 10th, 2014 10:59 pm (UTC)
I wish they wouldn't, but people here call it residual slobber.

My solution is to have enough black underwear to wear near and during every period, and now everything's fine.
polkadotknitter on December 11th, 2014 12:05 am (UTC)
Oh, gross. I actually just shuddered reading that term. Ick.

Guess I'd better go buy some more black underwear!
curlydevacurlydeva on December 10th, 2014 11:13 pm (UTC)
My solution is take moist wipes the kind with witch hazel and aloe or you can use a damp paper towel and wipe really well then re insert and I am residual free.
polkadotknitter on December 11th, 2014 12:04 am (UTC)
Wipe the outside of the cup or wipe inside my vagina?
curlydevacurlydeva on December 11th, 2014 12:56 am (UTC)
I wipe the out side of my lips and fold and I do wipe my cup too before insertion. Also as Dhrachth said when I am in the shower I take cup out empty, shower and then reinsert rinse well and I never have drips after i get out of shower. So as Dhrachth said speed is also key too. Happy cuppy friend :D
dhrachthdhrachth on December 11th, 2014 12:33 am (UTC)
I find the key is speed. Putting in the cup as soon as I get out of the bath, before blood can get all over. And then being careful not to spill when taking it out and then putting it back swiftly. If there isn't blood below the lip of the cup, it won't drip down to your underwear.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on December 11th, 2014 02:03 am (UTC)
Yup, residual slobber. And my cervix is high enough that I have a hard time reaching to "sweep" very well around the cup...aside from the fact that space is rather tight once the cup's in. I just stick with liners as backup, since black underwear is often pretty visible under clothes and I also like to wear more expensive items (particularly jeans) on which I don't want to risk any staining. It's still a million times better than having to wear a medium or large-sized pad along with a tampon because I didn't always know if I'd have the time to duck into the bathroom to change said tampon.
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on December 11th, 2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
I a couple years ago my mom bought a huge Costco pack of kotex lightdays pantyliners by accident (I think she thought they were pads?) so she gave them to me, and I'm still using those for little drips. They don't come in wrappers, it's just a bunch of liners in a box, but they're very comfortable and end up really cheap per piece.
Kathlynekathlyne on December 11th, 2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
In addition to super wiping before I reinsert the cup I make sure the outside of the cup is dry. The little bit of water can make the blood runnier and then it just runs out.

I hate wearing pads too. Even liners. I wear black or dark underwear. I don't know why all companies line any other color underwear with white. Well, except for Dear Kate. I can't wait to try their underwear.

So if you don't want to wear black underwear or a pad---wipe, wipe, wipe after you take the cup out, then make sure the outside of the cup is dry when you reinsert it. That works pretty well for me. I just wipe with regular old toilet paper most of the time.
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on December 11th, 2014 04:55 pm (UTC)
I hear you on them always being lined with white! I wish I could walk into Target and buy a pack of thick cotton panties in all black! I have a couple of the Hanes comfort or whatever they call them, which I love, they're lined in the same color as the rest of the underwear, but there's only ever a few dark colored pairs in each pack.