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06 July 2015 @ 04:41 pm
Hi everyone,

I'm 28 and sexually active. I haven't given birth before. This is my first period with menstrual cups, and it hasn't been my smoothest journey.  It leaks out half of the blood, and I have no idea why. I need your help because I'm already loving the idea of switching to menstrual cups and I don't want to give up yet.

  • I have both sizes of LadyCup and they both leak. I felt like the larger size leaked even more.

  • When they leak, most of the menstrual blood is collected in the cup, but still a considerable amount of it leaks outside.

  • I'm 90% positive that the cup pops open. I insert it a little, let it pop open, rotate it maybe 180 degrees, and then push further, then let some air in by pressing on the vaginal wall with my finger. Getting it pop open was too easy for me. Is it supposed to be more difficult?

  • When I go back to washroom a while later, I always find that the cup too far inside. Even that long stem of ladycup totally disappears. But it is not me pushing it deliberately, I assume it's my muscles.

  • The reason of leakage is almost certainly not the droopy cervex, as it starts leaking from the very beginning.

What am I missing???  :( Do you think the cups are too large or too small for me? I have no idea what's wrong :(
 
bklynmom on July 7th, 2015 12:01 am (UTC)
I bet you're missing your cervix. Can you feel it in your cup? Or make sure you can't feel it outside the cup? And the cup moving up is exactly what it's supposed to do. Maybe pushing it up with your fingers or muscles right off the bat will help you avoid the leaking. Don't give up, it often takes a few cycles to get it working for you. If the large is comfortable, I'd suggest keeping on with that as it should leak less once you hone your technique.
trejoytrejoy on July 12th, 2015 06:19 am (UTC)
Bklynmom said exactly what I was thinking! I would add, if you cannot find cervix, pay attention to the outside of the cup once it's removed. If there is more flow on one side than the other (on the exterior) aim toward that side when you reinsert. Don't lose heart, it often takes three cycles to get through the learning curve!
Saruwatari Aiko - love seems to hate mestephynee_c on July 7th, 2015 12:05 am (UTC)
I am by no means an expert on this especially since I too just started using menstrual cups, but I do own a LadyCup and it has been my leakiest cup so far. I think it mostly has to do with the way the air holes are situated so far down the cup.

How heavy are your periods? I'm guessing that you have medium to heavy periods and it sounds like you have a high cervix since the cup rides so high inside of you.

Popping the cup open shouldn't be too difficult especially since the LadyCup is quite springy. But I think that you probably need a longer cup with a higher cup capacity.

Margalee has given a good review on the LUB cup and it seems to be the highest capacity cup available in the market. Here's the link to Margalee's review: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3467814.html

The LUB medium and large seem to have the same capacity but the medium is much longer.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 7th, 2015 01:31 am (UTC)
What kind of leakage? Is it overflowing? Or what we (ahem) affectionately call residual slobber? Skim/Read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ for the differences and to dispel some myths. It will also link to a set of size charts to compare the cups that you have to other brands. It sounds like a longer cup might suit you better but get through a couple of cycles with the ones that you have (especially the large) first. The small Lady Cup is one of many similarly small cups and has the lowest capacity of the bunch.

I agree with bklynmom that it will probably leak less as you get more experienced.
mutsuz on July 7th, 2015 08:23 am (UTC)
Dear all,

Thanks a lot for your replies! My leakage is definitely not because of overflow as 1) it starts right away 2) it is really a notable amount of leakage (almost half in half out) 3) when I take it out, it is never actually full. It is also more than just residual.

I don't have heavy periods, perhaps medium or maybe on the lower side. It sounds likely that I'm missing my dear cervix :) I'll need to try new methods I guess. Just a couple of hours ago, I tried inserting the cup slightly upwards with an angle almost like a tampon, and I think there is either no leakage or very minimal compared to before. So, work in progress. Fingers crossed, I'll let you know if this works out.

The large size didn't create any discomfort (other than anxiety haha), so I might then switch to that once I get used to the idea of having a cup in my V lol

I really appreciate all your comments. Thanks a lot!
sweetrumbellesweetrumbelle on July 13th, 2015 04:04 am (UTC)
I feel ya. I had similar issue with both the small and large Lunettes when I first got them. Heck, sometimes things still don't go as planned. Maybe one suggestion is to insert the cup as low as you can and let it ride up naturally? Just a suggestion.

Anywho, try for 2-3 cycles, if you are still having issues, then skip using the cup for a month or two. Don't stress out about it. Also, perhaps maybe you can look into a different type of cup. So far, the Soft Large Yuukii has been my best match.
margalee on July 13th, 2015 07:32 am (UTC)
All I can say is I feel your frustration! I had a very similar issue with the Ladycup. I was definitely not missing my cervix and it opened fully, but yikes, was that cup a leaky ordeal for me. I fussed around with that cup quite a bit, but my problems didn't go away until I switched to another cup.

Since you describe half of your flow ending up in the cup, and half leaking out, my opinion is that it's escaping through the holes. Ladycup has some very large and very low-set holes, and if your body doesn't seal perfectly with the cup *below the rim* leaking is highly probably.

If you're sure that you're not missing your cervix, I'd chock it up to a bad fit and try a cup that might give you less of a headache.