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alittlebithippy
28 September 2015 @ 05:02 pm
Hi everyone,

So here's my situation:
I currently use a MeLuna Small soft cup and I'm wanting to purchase a Medium MeLuna and can't decide if I should stick with soft or get classic.

I have no prob getting the soft to open but as my cervix is low & dangly it fills about 1/3 of the cup so when the cup is full I get a lot of leaking when its due to be emptied. Do you think this would happen less with a classic MeLuna or do all cups leak a lot once completely full? Or could it be just that the Small size is too small?

To clarify, on light days I have no leaks so it's not a constant problem of leaking, just once full after a few hours on heavier days, sometimes at night too as I toss & turn a bit.

The reason I'm unsure is I have a sensitive urethra, pressure from cups restricts urine flow & sometimes making me feel like I need to pee more frequently then I actually do which is why I use the soft version.

Thanks for any advice :-)
 
yayforcupsyayforcups on September 28th, 2015 06:59 am (UTC)
I think on your heavy day you just need it a little wider as heavy flow makes you more flexible down there, if soft opens, try another soft
alittlebithippy: pic#125440158alittlebithippy on September 29th, 2015 01:36 am (UTC)
Wow, I didn't know that, I knew the cervix can move lower but didn't think about the walls changing. Thanks for that :-)

Edited at 2015-09-29 01:38 am (UTC)
margalee on September 28th, 2015 02:07 pm (UTC)
I just did a run down of my various cup experiences, and I'm noticing that the softer cups actually gave me a LOWER leakage rate. I am athletic and have a strong pelvic floor, but that hasn't stopped me from being able to open softer cups.

Cups that leaked for me: Yuuki classic (very stiff!), Diva (also stiff), Ladycup (stiff rim, soft body).

Cups that leaked less: Fleur (squishy), Sckoon (squishy), Meluna classic (squishy), Luv Ur Body medium (very soft, and almost no leaks ever).

I tended to chock up good cup experiences to the shape/capacity rather than stiffness. I definitely notice less cramping with softer cups, as they irritate the cervix a lot less.

I think soft is more likely to "move" with your body for better comfort and fewer leaks. If you can get the soft cups open, probably a safe bet, no?
alittlebithippy: pic#125440158alittlebithippy on September 29th, 2015 01:38 am (UTC)
That's very interesting, I thought it would be the other way around but now you point it out that does make sense, softer ones can adjust more as you move it seems. Thanks!
m03m on September 28th, 2015 09:32 pm (UTC)
A cup that's full will generally overflow. That's not really a flaw of the cup, that's just physics.
So yes, if you want to go longer between emptying on heavier days, a larger cup should do the trick. Meluna's small runs pretty small!
alittlebithippy: pic#125440158alittlebithippy on September 29th, 2015 01:46 am (UTC)
Yea they are pretty small! I started on Mooncup which was uncomfortable so then went completely opposite with one of the smallest cups I could find lol, which was fine for a while till my flow got heavier after getting an IUD.
I thought it was prob normal but I wondered since it overflowed SO much, I guess it's just because of the heaviness. Hopefully the Medium will improve things :-)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 28th, 2015 09:58 pm (UTC)
"...do all cups leak a lot once completely full?" Yeah. It's like over-filling any glass, cup or mug. ;o)

It sounds like you need a higher capacity cup for your heavy days. Check the size charts to see what you think would fit you and then compare the capacities of those that you think will. http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ There are other size charts at the Community FAQ if you don't like that one.
alittlebithippy: pic#125440158alittlebithippy on September 29th, 2015 01:54 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'll check out the chart!
Maybe a soft large for the heaviest day will work too but be more comfortable then the Femmycycle.
It's tricky with a low cervix, higher capacity often means a longer cup that doesn't fit, I'll find my goldilocks one day lol 😊
margalee on September 29th, 2015 09:01 am (UTC)
Sckoon?
The large Sckoon has some pretty amazing capacity for its size. It is very squishy and quite short as cups go, which suits a lower cervix.. I briefly used a small Sckoon. I was happy with it-- but the capacity was not enough for me. It's more expensive than MeLuna, and is a lot easier to obtain in US/Canada. But it has a great combination of capacity, softness, and small size/shortness! Also great selection of colors. :P
alittlebithippy: pic#125440158alittlebithippy on September 29th, 2015 10:26 pm (UTC)
RE: Sckoon?
Thanks, I had a look at YouTube vids of sckoon cups, I can see why the capacity is so good, the suction release holes look the best out of all brands! I'm surprised other brands haven't caught on to this!

Unfortunately they are a little firmer then classic MeLuna, so although soft probably a bit too firm for me. I might try to experiment with adding my own suction release holes to a MeLuna cup 😀
m03m on September 29th, 2015 11:00 am (UTC)
On the other hand, a larger cup may also fit around the cervix more easily, instead of sitting on top of it like a too-small hat. So it can sit deeper. My cervix is pretty low too, and the large Fleurcup and the large Sckoon* are cups that work well for me. Of these two, the Fleurcup has the softer rim.

*In all honestly I use a Sckoon knockoff I got from AliExpress. It was very cheap and it does the job.
alittlebithippy: pic#125440158alittlebithippy on September 29th, 2015 10:27 pm (UTC)
Yes I can see your logic, that's a very good point! Thanks!
tkamockingbird on September 29th, 2015 06:56 am (UTC)
I have a small, medium and large soft Meluna. I will say, large is my favorite and I find the small and medium to be way to small for how soft the cup is. Plus you get a higher capacity! I do find more residual slobber on my soft Meluna compared to my other cups. But i have never leaked with it :)
alittlebithippy: pic#125440158alittlebithippy on September 29th, 2015 10:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the advice everyone! 😊
I've ordered a soft Medium MeLuna, I'll see if I can also get a Large MeLuna without suction holes so I can try add my own like those on Sckoon cups to increase capacity 😀
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on December 1st, 2015 11:09 pm (UTC)
just saw this post... a few years ago i did a poll on stiffness and leaks http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2717255.html