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10 July 2015 @ 12:52 pm
First of all I want to say thank you for what a wonderful resource this site is and all the helpful information you have made available. It has been extremely helpful.

A little background first. I am 37 and have had 2 children. My uterus is extremely tipped. Every medical professional who has ever done any type of exam always comments on the severity of the tilt. My cervix is also very low. During my cycle it is really only up as far as my fingernail length on my index finger. I have a repetitively light flow. I also run regularly.

I decided to try the LENA size small cup. I honestly can't remember all the reasons I decided to go with that cup, but I spent the better part of an entire day reading on this site to determine which one to go with. I emailed the company and they recommended that I go with a size small, even though I have had children, due to the positioning of my uterus and the fact I have never been able to get tampons to work for me. This is my first cycle using it.

Overall, I love a lot about the cup and it *almost* works perfectly for me. I can get it in easily, it opens well, I have not had a single drop leak. It didn't budge on my run or during pilates. But I just can't seem to get it in high enough to be 100% comfortable. I have tired several different folds and it always settles juts a little too low. I completely removed the stem and yet a little bit of the cup pokes out. That was causing some chaffing. I turned the cup inside out so the gripper rings wouldn't rub. That helped a lot, but I still can't seem to get it to go in high enough. I can kind of get it higher by inserting it, then pushing up around the ring as far as possible, then kind of poking at the bottom of it up and back, then doing several kegels.

Now for my questions...

Is this as good as it gets when my cervix is so low? Do you all know any other tricks for getting it in higher when my cervix is so low? Should I be worried that my cervix is so low? It is significantly higher when I am not on my period. By comparing sizes, it looks like the small LENA is one of the shorter cups. Have any of you who have a very low cervix had better luck with one of the cups specifically for low cervix? I looked at several online and many said they need your cervix to be at least 2 inches up. Mine is nowhere near that high during my actual period. I'm tempted to try another cup but don't want to waste the money to have the same experience, especially when this one is tolerable.
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 10th, 2015 09:17 pm (UTC)
Yes, that might be as good as it gets. ANY cup will (O) around your cervix and the base of the cup will be relative to the length of the cup and the length/height of your vag. Would a shorter blunt-based cup fit better? Maybe. Check the size charts even though I don't think many list the Lena yet.

Or maybe Instead Softcups, which are shaped kinda like diaphragms. BTW, despite what the Instead directions say, they ARE reusable for as long as you trust them... which can be many, many cycles. I find it easiest to alternate two. Take one out, pop the other in, wash the first for next time. Since I find they work better on light days than heavy for me, you might like them all the time since you have light periods.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on July 11th, 2015 03:04 am (UTC)
Yup, I just got my Lena today and it is totally blunt based--even more so than Fleur and Si-Bell if you can imagine. Will take it on a dry run shortly!

To the OP, you might like the Meluna Shorty as another poster suggested. I'm not sure if there's much else shorter than that, but you might as well check them out, since capacity isn't a huge concern for you.
chloey4 on July 11th, 2015 03:19 am (UTC)
Can you tell me if the firmness of the Lena is similar to the Meluna or the Meluna sport? I really like the firmness of the Lena, but I think I might try the Meluna to lose a little length.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on July 11th, 2015 03:34 pm (UTC)
It's been at least 2 years since I've had a Meluna in my hands but it does seem like it'd be comparable in firmness to the Classic. I've never held a Sport (I can't handle anything much firmer than the Si-Bell due to my lady equipment sitting VERY far forward and close to my bladder). Like someone else said, the rim seems just a tiny bit softer than the rest of it, but since of course the rim is thicker, that evens out and it seems to be pretty uniform, medium firmness.
durga02 on July 11th, 2015 01:09 am (UTC)
try Me luna shortly
its is good size for low cervix, since you said light flow.I guess it may work for you.
chloey4 on July 11th, 2015 03:22 am (UTC)
Another Question...
If I were to try a Meluna shorty, I'm assuming I should get the one with the stem so I can remove it. But looking at the size, the diameter of the small Lena is the same as the medium Meluna shorty. Should I go with the one with the same diameter as the Lena or try for the shortest cup? I'm not really sure how the diameter affects how it all sits!
councilwomanope on July 11th, 2015 04:49 am (UTC)
To my understanding, the height of the menstrual cup would be of utmost importance, and the other factors are secondary.

Without stems, the cup length of the cups: LENA is 46mm. MeLuna shorty small is 35mm, its medium 38mm, and its large 41mm. Hope you find one that fits great.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on July 11th, 2015 03:37 pm (UTC)
Actually if your cervix is dangly it'd be to your advantage to get something a little WIDER so it will sit around your cervix rather than purely under it. Dangly cervix users have reported that they can fit a longer cup inside them this way because the cup rim is a bit above your cervix itself, since your cervix is now inside the cup rather than above it. So if your cervix is a U and the cup is a V...a small would be like





u
v

but a large could fit the U inside the V :)

It also sounds like you won't need to worry about having a stem at all unless you'd like one at first to practice removal. Melunas offer the option of totally stemless cups and if your cervix is that easy to reach you'd probably do fine without a stem.

Edited at 2015-07-11 03:38 pm (UTC)
yayforcupsyayforcups on July 12th, 2015 09:28 pm (UTC)
If u are not having leaking issues id get the same width