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tallulah78
06 January 2015 @ 10:24 pm
Hi,

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.

Thanks
T
 
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!