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25 February 2015 @ 06:30 pm
Hi all,

Long-time lurker here. I used and loved a Keeper Moon Cup size B for many years until I had to get rid of it as part of diagnosing repeated yeast infections. (Result: not the menstrual cup, but the condom brand. My vagina apparently hates Durex. The more you know...) Anyway, now that that experiment is over, I decided to get a new cup. Since I have heavy enough flow that I would overtop the Moon Cup in two hours at the start of my periods, I thought I would get a cup with a bit more capacity, and I so I bought a large Fleurcup. Never had children, cervix height varies from period to period, etc.

I never got my Moon Cup to rotate after insertion, but I could tell when it was properly open by running my finger around the outside of it. Same issue with the Fleurcup, except I can't get it to fully open... ever. I am not really sure what the problem is here. I have tried a couple different folds but I end up with the same result - a third of the cup is still indented in at the front. After exploring a little I'm starting to suspect that my pubic bone is keeping it from opening fully, since the indented bit is always in the front, pushing up against the back of my pubic bone. I never had this problem with the Moon Cup. I ignorantly hoped that this was just the way the Fleurcup sits, but the resultant gorefest in my underwear confirmed that the cup definitely isn't sealed properly.

Any recommendations? Is the cup simply too big for me?
 
Yuncloud_and_smoke on February 26th, 2015 12:43 am (UTC)
My pubic bone always makes my cup feel "indented" too, so I tug on it to make sure it's sealed. As long as the cup has created a seal I don't think it really matters if it's not in a perfect round shape inside.
selofain: Yuukiselofain on February 26th, 2015 02:07 am (UTC)
Make sure the air holes are in the center of whatever fold you're using to insert. You want to get air into there to inflate your cup. The best way to do that is to make sure that the channel to the holes is clear enough for air to get sucked in. Push against the walls (side or back is recommended, since there aren't bones there to get in the way) to try to keep the channel clear.

It may take a bit of practice. If this still doesn't work, the probably the cup is simply too soft for you. Another possibility is that your anatomy may work better with V-shaped cups rather than U-shaped cups like the Fleurcup.
trejoytrejoy on February 26th, 2015 04:42 am (UTC)
Another thought is to try inserting with the fold facing the opposite of whichever direction has been your norm. That may give it a chance to open fully, coupled with the air hole in the fold trick selofain described.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on February 26th, 2015 01:53 pm (UTC)
Since the Moon is so V-shaped, that may just be a better shape for you. You won't get the same capacity you'd get out of the Fleur but it's worth not having a gorefest lol :)
jenn4a on March 3rd, 2015 10:15 am (UTC)
My fleurcup leaks, not as much as my meluna though.
It could just be too soft? Meluna classic is the softest, fleurcup is second (out of the ones I have.)

My naturcup doesn't leak that much, if at all. The rim on the naturcup is slightly wider and more resistant than my other two cups. The rim is pretty prominent as well.
spilledmytea on November 9th, 2015 04:16 pm (UTC)
Since I started inserting the fold in the opposite direction and tugging to ensure the cup sealed I've had no more gorefests. :) Thank you for the feedback everyone!