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13 January 2015 @ 03:12 am
So I'm fairly new to menstrual cups (still in my first cycle), but fairly comfortable with my own body. I've purchased a Small Classic Meluna that I'm currently using (I used the sizing thing on their website) but have been experiencing a couple of problems with it and would love some advice as to how to proceed!

The premise: Fits great, pops right open, no problems inserting or removing. But, it leaks halfway through, and when I remove the cup it's barely even half full. It also seems to leak if I'm sitting in a weird position with my knees up high (but not sure if this is related).

Anyway, I got my finger up there and lo and behold, my cervix is the most dangly thing I have ever noticed on my own body. It's so incredibly dangly on my period I'm surprised I've had problems feeling for it before. At any rate, I've noticed that when I insert my Meluna it goes entirely around my cervix, and it sits snugly inside, probably taking up space.

Now, I'm really enjoying my Small Meluna (until it leaks, ugh) but I can't help but feel that it's not the right size for me just because of my extremely dangly cervix.

I have a couple of questions:
1) Should I not make assumptions and continue with my learning-curve to see if the leaking stops?
2) If not, how should I go about buying a different cup? Do you think a Large Meluna will be too wide for me, and should I go for a Medium instead? Or perhaps some other brand? Do I need something wider or something longer/more capacity, or both, and do you have any suggestions? Length is not a problem I think, I have a long vaginal canal (but with the aforementioned dangly cervix). I've been looking at comparison photos - maybe the Small Divacup may work, as it is tall?

Thanks so much in advance!!

P.S. Not sure if this has anything to do with anything, but if it helps any, I'm a small 5'4", 121 lbs athletic build (I lift weights), 25 years old, never been pregnant, currently have a Mirena IUD.
 
yayforcupsyayforcups on January 13th, 2015 09:38 am (UTC)
If you found it hard to reach the meluna due to length then a longer cup would be more suited to you, also a femmycycle cup with the different size options would be interesting for you. It looks like it would only permit you to dangle in so far bur still has 30ml capacity. Plus it will expand to the width of you as its meant to be slightly crushed
keispree on January 14th, 2015 12:28 am (UTC)
The femmycycle looks so weird and smooth! I'll totally look into it though! Thanks so much!!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 13th, 2015 02:26 pm (UTC)
Compare the dimensions of your MeLuna to other brands at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ or at any of the other size and capacity charts found at the Community FAQ. A wider, higher capacity cup is usually recommended for a dangly cervix.
keispree on January 14th, 2015 12:29 am (UTC)
I saw the size chart but totally didn't notice the capacity chart right under it! What a great resource - thanks for your hard work :)
Kai: Size Chartskuradi8 on January 14th, 2015 12:39 am (UTC)
:o) Thanks. The charts are a LITTLE out of date. They're missing some new arrivals and fresh information. Check the manufacturer's web sites for any cups that are missing.
keispree on January 14th, 2015 08:58 pm (UTC)
I'm loving the size charts and it's been really helpful, but it's left me a little bit confused. I was trying to compare my small Meluna to a small Diva and it says on the capacity chart that the small Diva has a lower capacity than the small Meluna? Is this correct? I'm confused because I've seen some photos (like this one: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ei0EEI_Z284/UnrQrJQQ8bI/AAAAAAAABD4/Wa8Mqc41Nkw/s1600/IMG_2562.JPG) that shows the Diva being significantly larger (but I guess I have no idea about the shape/tapering/etc). Can you just confirm for me? Sorry to bother you!!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 15th, 2015 03:05 am (UTC)
The manufacturer claims the small Meluna holds 23ml... probably to the brim. The Diva company didn't say how much their small holds at the time the charts were made or modified last. Diva cup users put the capacity at 20 and 23 ml -- probably as "functional" capacity rather than to the brim. That's why there are 3 columns and that's why there are discrepancies.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 13th, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
To get better capacity with a dangly cervix, you might try a blunt-bottom cup like the Fleur, Ruby, Si-Bell, etc. My cervix started to dangle a bit within the past year (why I had to sell off my Lily, the cervix was fitting super-tightly inside the inner rim!) and the Si-Bell is my goldilocks (other than I kind of wish it had grip rings on the base)
keispree on January 14th, 2015 12:32 am (UTC)
I've heard about those but wasn't sure because I was feeling kind of overwhelmed with all of the options! My cervix is REALLY dangly though... I get the feeling that when it's the lowest it goes almost an inch into the cup. So I'm not sure if having a blunt-bottom cup would help that much but I guess it's certainly worth a thought!! Thanks so much!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 14th, 2015 06:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, luckily my cervix isn't so super dangly that I've noticed it being a problem, but every time someone mentions a dangly cervix stealing capacity but cannot fit a longer cup, everyone has suggested the blunt base (so if you can spare some length you could definitely just do a longer cup with a pointyish base, but for a given length, a blunt cup will fit more than a pointy cup. My Rainbow and Si-Bell are the same length in the cup part, basically, but the Si-Bell is advertised as holding 4 ml more. The Rainbow is not hugely pointy but is more so than the Si-Bell)
keispree on January 14th, 2015 08:22 pm (UTC)
Is 4mL a lot? I've been thinking about trying a cup with more capacity but cannot figure out if 4mL is a lot or a little. I've been looking up measurement sizes but to no avail. I wish I knew exactly how much I filled my Meluna (I know it says 23mL total) but cannot figure out a good way to actually measure the volume that I have.

I think I could go with a longer cup, but some (like the diva?) are longer with more capacity - yet more tapered than the Meluna so I'm not sure if it would help!

Argh, decisions decisions. Thanks so much for the input!!