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Sarah Turner
Hello all! I am a 25 year old, sexually active person who has never given birth. I would love to use a menstrual cup for a lot of reasons, but so far I'm having quite a bit of trouble.

I have a Mooncup (the B style, I think), which I bought without really researching other options. (Dumb idea, but I just didn't know that there were other options.) I used itnfirst a few cycles ago, but had a lot of leakage and felt faint a few times when inserting, so I went back to tampons for a while. I decided to try again this cycle, and also decided to try to find my cervix. I did find it, and it seems relatively low, but it's also super angled toward my left side. I tried a few different placements for the cup, but had major leakage every time. It seems like a angle of my cervix is probably contributing to the leakage problem.

Has anyone dealt with this and found a way to deal with it? Are there other cups better for this kind of issue?

Thanks very much in advance; I really want to be able to use a cup, and I'm just so discouraged.
 
tkamockingbird on May 7th, 2015 12:26 am (UTC)
I'm so happy you took a break from cups after feeling faint. That sounds pretty scary.

I have never used the moon cup because it's too strong of a cup for me, but my cervix does lean to one side. After finding out that my cervix was all the way to the left, i would aim more to the left when inserting my cup. I knew I was successful at inserting when I noticed my cup wasn't inside of me straight up & down but instead it was tilted.

I wish I could help more, but that's just my personal experience. Good luck!
icanbmeicanbme on May 7th, 2015 12:29 am (UTC)
My cervix has been really low lately and has been known to hang off to the side. This month I figured out how to get a good seal with what I call "fishing". I use the pinch down fold which I know how to get open, once it's open I'll pull it out by the stem. If it comes with no resistance, there's no seal. I'll shift the angle and I'll get it by feeling a tug.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 7th, 2015 01:14 am (UTC)
Skim/Read this http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ There are many sections that might apply to you.

Since you know where your cervix is, angled or not, check out the paragraph about insertion and point the opening of your cup at it so it winds up (O) around it.

As for leakage, the UK Mooncup is not a very high capacity cup. If your cervix dangles into it, the cup will hold even less.
trejoytrejoy on May 7th, 2015 05:17 am (UTC)
If it leaks right away and there's hardly any flow in the cup, you are missing your cervix. Mine sits far back, low and left (usually), but I always sweep my middle finger around the rim after inserting to make certain my cervix is centered in the cup.
eyaf_lemeyaf_lem on May 7th, 2015 11:43 am (UTC)
What kuradi said - I tried the mcuk as my first cup and with my low cervix taking up room in the cup it didn't give me the capacity I needed.

That said there is a learning curve in terms of insertion and this takes a few months to iron out.

If you are in the UK ordering from feminine wear is really quick (I got a fleurcup from them and it was much cheaper than the mcuk).

Also you could email mcuk themselves to see what might be going on. They actually refunded my money as the mcuk was unsuitable for my low cervix (according to them).
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on May 7th, 2015 02:36 pm (UTC)
Everything everyone else said. A wider cup may actually help if you don't have super tightly packed organs and can fit one (most can even without having given birth). Less room to miss your cervix basically. And the MCUK is all rim and no cup...so, yeah, the capacity will be crap if your cervix dangles. I'm still trying to figure out the target market for such ginormously-rimmed cups and haven't found it yet.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 7th, 2015 07:43 pm (UTC)
FYI: The UK Mooncup fits me just fine. Its stiff flared rim holds the relatively small cup in place well and in my case is ideal as a light days cup when I don't need or want to wear a cup with a larger body. Others with lighter flow might think it's fine for their heavy days.

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Edited at 2015-05-07 07:45 pm (UTC)
trejoytrejoy on May 8th, 2015 01:10 am (UTC)
I agree. I replaced the femmecup with lg MCUK and have had a much better time with the latter (similar shape, just slightly longer). The holes beings vertically slanted from above inside through the rim outside gives improved capacity over the huge, low holes of the femmecup, so the MCUK works well for me on lighter days.