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rcsprauer
28 December 2014 @ 04:39 pm
I'm soooooooo frustrated right now. This is my second cycle trying to use a cup and I cannot get it to stop leaking. I'm about to give up and put a tampon in. I've read all the suggestions and tried what I can. I am VERY overweight and have a big belly so things like reaching up to find my cervix and sliding a finger around the rim to pop it open just aren't possible (though I do try to the best of my ability). I know I do not have a low cervix. I have a Divacup Size 2 and both the regular and low cervix Femmycycle. I got the Femmycycle specifically because it said the cup doesn't have to open all the way. I follow the instructions to the letter and still it leaks like crazy. I've tried twisting them around. I've tried pulling it out almost all the way and pushing it back in. I've tried different folds (though I'm limited with the Femmycycle). I've tried just leaving it out and trying again later. I'm SO upset. I really want this to work. When I did my trial runs with my Femmycycle I was so excited because I had no difficulty inserting it and it was so comfortable. I wanted it to work SO badly. Last night I was constantly in the bathroom trying to fix things, which was quite a hassle considering I'm a nurse and we were short staffed last night. I don't know what else to do. I'm at my wits end here.
 
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on December 29th, 2014 12:53 am (UTC)
I used a Femmycycle for the better part of a year and the trick is to make sure that at least the top of the cup is fully open around your cervix--which may not be possible if you can't reach up inside to feel for that. This probably explains why you're leaking, because most of the time, unless you fiddle with it to get the top of it opened, the top will stay folded just as the bottom does. I learned this the hard way a couple times. Since you seem to like soft cups, I might recommend the Si-Bell, since it's got a long stem, it's very soft (just as much as the Femmy), but pops open easily due to its special design. Once I started bleeding more heavily and sprung for a large Si-Bell, then realized the Femmy and my new Si-Bell had the same capacity, I sold the Femmy because there would simply be no good way to deal with it in a public bathroom, having to fiddle to pop it open, etc. (Glossy silicone also sticks to my skin like none other, and it's impossible to insert without lube, but the peachskin silicone works better for me for some reason.)
rcsprauerrcsprauer on December 29th, 2014 04:43 am (UTC)
Yeah I tried really hard to feel up there and make sure the rim was open and all I ended up doing was causing the damned thing to come out. It's been ridiculously frustrating. I would love to be able to try a different cup but the hubs says no d/t financial constraints. I HAVE to find a way to make the Diva and Femmy work for me. I know it's possible and I'm not a quitter but it's really disheartening at this point.