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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.

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!