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20 March 2015 @ 08:39 pm
Hey all,
I'm a big fan of your community and have been reading it for about 3 years and just now posting on it! You all were my sex ed for a bit and I appreciate it immensely!
Little bit of background: I'm a nineteen-year-old woman with a vagina. I've been sewing my own cloth pads since October 2013, and I bought a Yuuki small economic on a whim last April because I was just so /done/ with Instead cups and tampons and waste!
Here's my problem, though: the cup is not working the way it should. It's been nearly a year and I love the thing to pieces, but it's just not working the way it should. It leaks when it's barely half full. This morning I woke up to find that my extremely absorbent pad was completely soaked and I had that lovely line of blood going up the back of my panties that always happens with the cup. When I empty it, there's always a lot of mess all over my hand and the cup is maybe half full, tops. Which means that on some days I'm changing it every hour on the hour to catch it before it leaks.
I'm thinking that I might have a very large, low cervix and a shallow vagina, but I just don't know. My three-inch-long middle finger can find the little valley where my cervix meets my vaginal wall all around on most days of my 35-day cycle. My cervix is probably an inch long in my vagina at any given time, it seems, and the cup goes right up to that point when it's in practically instantly. I'm thinking that I might have picked a cup that's too small, springy, and firm for my body but again, I just don't know.
I don't know if any of you have experience with the Economic model of Yuuki, but the rim is so springy that I have to be careful about guiding it out or blood will get flung into the farthest recesses of the bathroom. The only two folds that I can make consistently work are the C-fold and the punch down.
Any ideas, guys? Maybe on what I should look for in another cup? It's only a problem on my heaviest first couple of days, but I don't know if a softer and bigger cup would really help the situation.
Thanks!
 
trejoytrejoy on March 21st, 2015 08:19 am (UTC)
Sounds like your cervix is taking up cup capacity. You probably need a cup that holds more.

I have a low cervix that takes up significant cup room. I tried the small soft Yuuki and it was too firm, would shift out of position easily and leak.

A lot of people like the lg Fleur or Si-bell for capacity, but if you're cervix is that shallow maybe look for a large capacity that isn't quite as long?

You've probably already checked the size chart (but here it is anyway): http://sizecharts.livejournal.com
And this is a brand chart I like to look at: https://docs.zoho.com/sheet/published.do?rid=mdngge2336f38104b45a882b500f2e041f196&mode=print
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on March 21st, 2015 12:31 pm (UTC)
If it takes almost the full 3 inches of your finger to find where your cervix meets the vaginal wall, you can probably handle a pretty long cup. I agree that wider and higher capacity (perhaps more bell shaped than V-shaped) will help compensate for your cervix taking up space in the cup. Fleur and Si-Bell are two great ones--you may also consider the LuvUrBody if you like super-soft cups.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 21st, 2015 02:02 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you have a classic "dangly" cervix that hangs into your cup and takes up room where flow should go. A wider and higher capacity cup is usually recommended for that. As trejoy suggested, the large Fleur or Si-Bell are popular high capacity cups. Also consider the large Lunette which has similar dimensions and capacity but has a pointier V-shaped base. (The other two have blunt U-shaped bases.)
candidscholar on March 22nd, 2015 07:36 pm (UTC)
I went ahead and ordered a large and small fleurcup! I was really impressed with the price and they seem like they would work well with my body. I'll keep you all posted!