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23 July 2015 @ 12:24 am
If you read my previous post, you know that I recently bought a small MeLuna classic for myself.

Well, I must say I'm pretty happy with it! The first day of my dry run was a disaster -- I mean, learning experience. It wasn't because I was doing a dry run, it was just because I had no idea what I was doing. Heh. In any event, I'm very glad I did a dry run. It made me a lot more comfortable with inserting and removing the cup.

Yesterday, I got the opportunity to try the real thing! My period started, and I was prepared. I inserted my cup and put a pantiliner on just in case. I didn't notice any leakage, but I did get some pretty heavy-ish spotting.

I noticed the same thing today. It definitely isn't the cup leaking -- it had an excellent capacity, and had no problem holding my heavy-day flow. But I still noticed that spotting problem.

I think it's because of the fluid that is around the cup...but I'm not sure.

Has anyone else experienced this problem? Any solutions? I might be able to use cloth pantiliners if needed*, but I don't really want to use disposable liners if I can avoid it. If the problem persists, I might be able to dedicate a few pairs of panties to wear during my period, and ignore any spotting stains.


*My mom was a tiny bit hesitant to let me use the cup, so I don't really want to ask to use another "alternative" thing. However, she cloth diapered at least one of my siblings, and it's pretty much the same concept, so maybe.
 
★  ★regulusarcturus on July 23rd, 2015 08:24 am (UTC)
Yeah I have this too. It's normally a bit of pink in my panties and normally not too much. It's like you said - from some of the blood on the vaginal walls after you remove it and while you're cleaning it and preparing to reinsert. I find it's more noticeable on my heavy days when I have to empty the cup more often. On light days I don't notice any.

I use cloth pads as backup so you could definitely do that.

Edited at 2015-07-23 08:25 am (UTC)
Auraaraminya on July 23rd, 2015 08:43 am (UTC)
Can you sew? Can a friend of yours sew? You can make clothpads yourself! There are lots of tutorials out there. The last few ones I made I made out of old cotton socks - using the foot part on the inside and the ankle part as a liner. Ugly but functional and basically for free!

Yes, I have the same problem, and figured out it was because of the same reason you thought of. I just wear old, ugly undies during my period, with sock clothpads during heavy days. :P
kenna18155 on July 23rd, 2015 11:37 pm (UTC)
The problem isn't that I couldn't make them (I can sew a bit or buy them myself), but more of a washing thing. I'm not sure how my mom would react to me needing to wash them, but maybe since it's just a bit of spotting and not a fully-used pad she might be more open to the idea.

The sock idea sounds...interesting. Might give that a try :)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 23rd, 2015 01:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that fluid around the cup is what we (ahem) affectionately call "residual slobber." There are many good helpful hints in the replies under the leakage and spotting tag. Keep trying different things until you find something that works for you. On the other hand, there are others like me who never got it to stop. I figure that a liner or two per day is a small price to pay for all of the other benefits of cups. If you don't like disposable liners then look into getting a few cloth ones. There are many different styles of cloth liners, shields and pads on Etsy.
Kathlynekathlyne on July 23rd, 2015 04:14 pm (UTC)
I change my cup in the shower in the morning and try to wash away any residual blood. I also wipe like crazy any other time I empty the cup. Still, sometimes there is a bit of slobber. If all else fails---black underwear.
trejoytrejoy on July 23rd, 2015 05:23 pm (UTC)
Yep, dark undies are my solution to spotting.
yayforcupsyayforcups on July 23rd, 2015 08:17 pm (UTC)
The LUB got rid of my slobber problems- nothing can get past that not even on my gushy heavy days, not one spot!! Must be the shape or something. I even got spotting with the large fleur and thats the same width!
kenna18155 on July 23rd, 2015 11:50 pm (UTC)
I don't think that's gonna happen. That cup looks way too big for me! I don't think I'm ready to graduate past my MeLuna yet, haha.