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06 February 2015 @ 09:25 am
I'm new to this whole Menstrual Cup thing. I bought a Lunette small (27 y/o, baby via C-section and have relatively light flows). I'm on my second cycle with it. It doesn't really leak during the day unless it gets full although I still have normal discharge that is a bit tinged - should this be happening?
My big concern is at night. I leak, and not just a little, my sheets looks like there should be a horse head in there with me. I read somewhere that maybe the cup is un-suctioning while I am laying down. Last night, I was watching a movie (laying down on my side like when I sleep) and I FELT IT UNSUCTION!
I spent $40 on this thing and really thought I was getting the right choice for me. Now I don't know what to do. I don't want to get the large because I'm relatively narrow (I can feel the small and kind of have to take really long showers because I need a break from that odd sensation - and I can't imagine ever saying I LOVE my cup because of this). I could go a bit longer but I'm not sure if that will solve the problem.
Anyone have any ideas? I really want this to work but I can't spend $100 trying out different cups. I suppose I should add that I seem to do well with insertion and everything is suctioned when I put it in.
yayforcupsyayforcups on February 6th, 2015 04:58 pm (UTC)
What do you mean by: go abit longer, do you mean lengthwise? Sometimes people get an odd sensation or feel faint even, when the cup is on top of a nerve, there have been recent posts about it. Some have found pushing it abit further up helps, but if you're having high cervix issues then a longer cup may be needed, this could also help with the residuals as it will be more likely to be positioned around your cervix from the start.
Do you know how far in your cervix is?
As for the nights, strange. Do you move around alot drawing your knees up to your chest in a kind of sleep squat? (Lol) it could be it unsuctioned, or that you bleed alot during the night and the cup overflowed big time!! I find I bleed more than I thought at night, especially as the cup keeps things open (?) and flowing for me.
Sorry you're having problems, I hope this helps, plus getting over the learning curve!

Edited at 2015-02-06 05:01 pm (UTC)
trejoytrejoy on February 6th, 2015 07:50 pm (UTC)
I have experienced unsuctioning with small cups, they seemed too narrow for my internal dimensions. Not saying that is why it has happened to you, but that was my experience. With smaller cups, I always used a backup cloth pad while lying down. Sometimes I slept with a small towel under my hip area as well.
The odd sensation could be a bit too much suction. Maybe try to let more air into the cup after insertion by pushing the vaginal wall away from it before pushing higher?
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on February 6th, 2015 10:43 pm (UTC)
Even though your baby was a C-section, you may have grown a little down there due to the hormones associated with pregnancy. I agree with yayforcups that you may actually need a Large. I am only a little older than you, no babies to my name, but I wear larges to deal with capacity. Don't be afraid of a large cup just because you haven't had a natural birth :)
pinkydoodler on February 7th, 2015 04:47 am (UTC)
I've never had babies but I do notice I have the lying down spill problem if I use my small si-bell and it overflows, but not with my large one.

If you want to save money on cup hunting, there always cup trading in mc-sales.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on February 7th, 2015 02:08 pm (UTC)
I had the same problem and it happened to have been with a small Lunette (but I think that's just coincidence.) It fit OK while I was sitting or standing but as soon as I'd lie down... oh-oh! Only you know how well it fit you in terms of length and width. Use the size charts found at the Community FAQ to figure out what brand might fit your better. OR it might just be the SHAPE that made it not fit right. Unfortunately, there's no way to know that until you try. mc_sales is a good place to buy, sell and trade "gently used" cups that didn't work out.

As for suction, there shouldn't be any. There's a link to why at http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ as well as a boatload of other helpful hints.
mshanai on February 8th, 2015 01:16 pm (UTC)
My previous cup leaked often, and I got slobber (that's what we call that tinged discharge you speak of). My current cup never leaks, and I almost never get slobber, either. The difference between the cups is my previous one (Diva) had tiny holes, and my current one (Yuuki) has holes that are 2-3 times larger. So, you could try enlarging the holes in your cup so it forms a better seal.