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28 April 2015 @ 04:25 pm
Hello,

I am 14 and have had a small Lunette Selene menstrual cup for over a year now and it works perfectly. The problem is that I bought it to swim in but when I go in the pool or bath it fills with water and leaks, even though it is sealed. I contacted Lunette and they made suggestions but they didn't work and couldn't figure it out.

I decided to get a small Mooncup UK and try. It was not as squishy and had better suction so I thought it would work better but when I tried, it filled with water and leaked, just like my Lunette.

I need it to work because at the end of the year I am going on a holiday where I swim and it's around the time I get my period. I think I have a low cervix, could his be why. Is it just my body or is there a way to get better suction? Please help!

Thank you :)
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Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 28th, 2015 12:44 pm (UTC)
Don't blame the cup and a different one wouldn't be any better/different.

Some people fill up with water while swimming or bathing. It has nothing to do with whether they're wearing a cup, a tampon or nothing at all. Apparently you are one of them. Maybe there's a way to learn to flex/clench your PC or other muscles so that doesn't happen. I don't know. But my point is that it has nothing to do with any cup.
yayforcupsyayforcups on April 28th, 2015 01:51 pm (UTC)
Maybe you're dislodging it when you lay in the bath? Have you seen it leak in the swimming pool? Maybe a large rim would prevent it? Like a 41/42cm rim, it might help to block the passage even more

Edited at 2015-04-28 01:52 pm (UTC)
dimples2000 on April 29th, 2015 06:42 am (UTC)
They have leaked when in the pool. I could feel something weird then when I came out, the blood was on my bathers. I would try another size but I'm not allowed to buy one, and I don't have credit card because there are all online. But could strengthening the muscles help instead? Thank you! :)
trejoytrejoy on April 28th, 2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
When you say they leaked, do you mean you had blood coming out into the water? A cup taking water in would not necessarily be considered leaking. Smaller sized cups I tried took in water when I was in the bath (didn't try them swimming) but wider/larger ones generally don't. So you might try a wider diameter (like minimum 44mm).
dimples2000 on April 29th, 2015 06:44 am (UTC)
Oh, whoops! Yeah, they take in water then the blood goes into the pool/bath. :/ I would try another size but I'm not allowed to buy one because they are online :/ thank you! :)

Edited at 2015-04-29 06:44 am (UTC)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on April 29th, 2015 01:54 pm (UTC)
Like a couple other posters above, I'd actually suggest something wider. I bet you went with something narrowish because your Lunette was your first cup and I'm assuming you were not all that experienced with having things up there. If you'd like a wider cup, there's a sister community here with users who are trying to sell cups that didn't work for them. I'm sure someone could make arrangements with you that wouldn't involve a CC :) Maybe the large Juju or Eva that are currently up? If you don't need something with a lot of stem? http://mc-sales.livejournal.com/

(And it's so cool that you've already discovered cups! I am just about twice your age...and at 14 I was just wearing gross overnight pads all day at school. A cup would've been so much nicer but back in 2000 you could only get the Keeper or Insteads. I don't even think the Diva was a thing back then!)
xquizite_insomxquizite_insom on April 29th, 2015 08:09 pm (UTC)
Perhaps you should try the Instead Softcup. You can get them at CVS, Walgreens and such. I love the Softcup because for me it works where traditional cups fail. It is similar to a diaphragm. Once placed properly and if the fit is good, there is nothing in your vagina. It is worn around the cervix and is seated higher in the vagina. You can insert a finger and feel nothing in the canal unless you have a super low cervix.

For me while swimming, sometimes my cup does take in water, particularly while doing the breast stroke. With the Softcup, it has not happened.

Since the body of the Softcup is a very soft collapsible reservoir, It seals and forms to your body. The capacity is somewhat reduced, but on a heavy day, you will need to change it more frequently than you would a traditional menstrual cup. Removal takes practice and can be messy though.

Edited to remove reference to intercourse.

Edited at 2015-04-30 04:29 am (UTC)