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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.
 
elle2013elle2013 on December 30th, 2014 03:00 am (UTC)
Don't get discouraged - using cups is worth enduring the learning curve.

To be fair, I think you've picked the two most difficult cups to use - no joke. Before I'd ever even read your post, if you'd asked me to name the two cups that give users the most problems, I'd probably have said the Diva and the Femmycycle.

I know you said purchasing more cups is cost-prohibitive. Maybe consider selling one of yours to buy another, or trading with someone? Ordinarily I'd never recommend switching cups till you've gotten a good handle on insertion (pun intended), but it sounds like these really may not ever work super well for you.

Personally, I find cups with thicker or more "springy" rims easiest to use and position, thus my love affair with the LadyCup. Since you mentioned that reaching/probing/positioning is an issue, I'd definitely recommend the LadyCup or something similar, since the thick rim makes it SUPER easy to pop open. You can pretty much get the top rim inside, hear the "thunk" as it pops open, and scoot it up by pushing on the bottom; as long as you can feel around the sides a bit to make sure you haven't missed your cervix, you should be fine. I bought a Femmycycle to try, and after three cycles, I'm back to Old Faithful (LadyCup). When I wrote my Femmycycle review, I think I even mentioned that it took some extra "rooting around" to get it positioned - definitely not easy.

Hang in there!
rcsprauerrcsprauer on December 30th, 2014 06:43 am (UTC)
OF COURSE I would pick the two most difficult cups! Lol. That just seems to be my SOP.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on December 30th, 2014 02:35 pm (UTC)
Ha! if you're looking to sell/trade one first I might go with the Femmy--I think that will sell faster for you, because mc-sales is usually overrun with Divas (they are easier to get because they're pretty widely available in stores)