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06 January 2015 @ 10:24 pm

Long time listener, first time caller.

My first cup arrived today - a Ruby Cup - and I have already tried it. It only took a few minutes to insert, but after 30 minutes I had leakage so had to remove it. I probably didn't insert it correctly, but it did feel open and very comfortable. It took slightly longer to remove but wasn't as bad as I was expecting. It was already close to 5ml in the cup, and lots of blood was lost in the bathtub during the removal process. Having read some of the experiences on this forum, I have some anxiety about removal after leaving it to it's own devices for a longer time!

Anyway, to my question: I have several fibroids and they cause very heavy bleeding. On my heaviest days I change my tampon every 1-2 hours, and I also get a lot of clots. I don't think I'll be able to use the cup on these days because of the clots, but wondering if anyone else has any thoughts or experience on this?

So far, I have no basis for comparison about the Ruby Cup, e.g. size, length, feel or capacity to any other cups. However, it was quite comfortable once it was in.

elisamba on January 6th, 2015 11:32 am (UTC)
The secret to using a cup for clotty flow is to find one with large holes (or to widen the holes on your cup). Make sure they are well cleaned - some people use an unflavoured denture pick to do that (you don't want minty residue lol).

If you change a tampon every 1-2 hours, you might be able to use your cup 2-4 hours before needing to empty it. Wear a pad while testing out its capacity so you don't have to worry about leaks.
tallulah78tallulah78 on January 6th, 2015 11:39 am (UTC)
Hi, thanks for the quick reply.

I'm more concerned that the clots will fill the cup very quickly and result in leakage. The holes on the Ruby Cup look pretty small so maybe I will try widening them.

And I know understand what everyone means about suction, wow that thing was holding on for dear life!
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on January 6th, 2015 07:26 pm (UTC)
Im not sure what the ruby cup holes are like, but I talk about enlarging the holes on my diva here: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3381481.html

I think one of the best ways to clean the holes is to fill the cup with water, put your hand over the top, and then squeeze with your other hand so the water is forced out of the holes. This gets the big pieces out, and then I use a wooden toothpick to clean them further. I wouldn't rule out using the cup on those days, it seems really likely you'll be able to get as much time out of it as you would a tampon, if not more. Good luck and let us know how it goes!
trejoytrejoy on January 7th, 2015 07:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, I clean the holes by filling with water and squeezing with palm covering the top!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 6th, 2015 12:12 pm (UTC)
Most cups hold appx 2x what tampons and pads do so start by emptying it as often as you changed disposables and judge how much longer you can go from there. Cups are more likely to catch clots than tampons so I think they are the better tool for the job. As suggested, use pads as back-up while you learn to trust your cup and figure out the timing. And welcome to the wonderful world of cups. You're well on your way to success with them already.
pinkydoodler on January 7th, 2015 05:54 am (UTC)
In my experience, cups are ideal for heavy and clotty flow since they catch everything. Pads always seemed to have trouble keeping up with the flow rate for me. I do recommend a backup cloth pad overnight though.
tallulah78tallulah78 on January 7th, 2015 09:26 am (UTC)
Thanks for all the suggestions!

Today was the first full day of using the cup. I'm midway through my cycle so it's not as heavy, and it's a good time to practice using the cup at work where there is minimal privacy. I had some leakage all day, but not many clots. It was surprisingly comfortable - I could barely feel it after a few minutes.

I've now inserted and removed it three times and it really does get easier each time - I'm no longer spilling the cup all over myself!

I am a bit confused about the capacity of this cup. I had read that it's one of the bigger ones at around 34ml but the measurement lines on the cup max out at 15ml with a bit further room before the holes. I have contacted the manufacturer to confirm.

Thanks so much for everyone's advice and support so far :)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 7th, 2015 02:24 pm (UTC)
You contacted Diva with questions. Smirk. They are notorious for canned replies in which copy and paste their scripted hype and blame any problem you're having on improper usage and/or inexperience. It will probably be signed by "Susan." Does she exist? Probably not.

There are several size and capacity charts at the Community FAQ, many of which measure to the rim, to the holes and other user measurements. Or you can measure them yourself using whatever you might have that counts such small quantities -- like a small medicine cup or a syringe from your old ink jet refill kit, etc. But the actual measurement doesn't really matter. It's more how long can you go before you need to attend to your cup so it doesn't overflow? It will vary day to day, cycle to cycle, and also depending on how much your cervix dangles (or doesn't) into your cup that day. You shouldn't turn it into a contest to see how full it can get before it overflows. Why tempt disaster? As with tampons or other products, you just need to have a general idea that (looking at your watch) "I need to use a toilet before noon."
trejoytrejoy on January 7th, 2015 07:36 pm (UTC)
The capacity is often quoted to the rim, not to the holes. Due to the holes being covered against vag walls, my cups rarely leak until the cup is overflowing.

Ruby is one of my favorite cups, but my cervix often nestles inside the cup which takes away some of the capacity. On my heaviest day I can only go about 3 hours before emptying.

Congrats, it does get easier with practice!