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02 October 2015 @ 11:26 am
Hello everyone,
I'm currently in my first cycle of using a cup and so far mostly so good. I'm using a large Lena and have now cut off all the stem (I'm 34. have vaginally birthed one child and I'd say I have medium-heavy flow). Using the cup does seem to have calmed some of my cramps which is a massive bonus to me. I'm getting better at the getting it in and out thing, although still need a bit of practice. I do have a couple of questions.
When I take the cup out, I sometimes then get a gush of blood come out afterwards. I don't think I'm spilling the cup. Is this usual, or am I removing the cup incorrectly? I'm definitely breaking the seal because I can hear it break when I squeeze the base of the cup.
I seem to be getting a lot of residual 'slobber' (if that is the right terminolgy?). I'm cleaning up as well as I can after insertion, but still each time I wipe there seems to be a fair amount of blood on the tissue each time. Is it possible that blood is getting pushed past the cup when I urinate, or do I have a leak?
The cup seems to feel pretty good most of the time, although it does seem to press on my bladder a bit or something and does sometimes feel like it is being pushed down too far (feels like a full tampon). Do you think it might be worth trying something softer or shorter?
Thank you everyone for your help :)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 2nd, 2015 01:24 pm (UTC)
The large Lena seems to be nearly identical to the large Fleur. Same shape, same dimensions. When you squeeze the base, you are probably squeezing its contents up into your vag. Most of it falls back into the cup when you remove it but that gush is the remnants of the blood that got pushed up. If it's not leaking while you're wearing it, then no, that's not residual slobber. Just wipe away as much as you can and don't worry about it. Wear a liner if you get a little slobber. :o) Perfectly normal.

As for it pressing on your bladder, it might be because everything is more sensitive down there. Bear with it and see if it gets better. I think I've seen comparison photos of the Lena getting squished and they have shown that it's already quite soft and squishy. If you get a cup with a narrower rim, it might not seal as well. If you get a cup with a narrower body, you'll give up capacity. Stick with what you've got for a little while longer.

As for it being pushed down too far, the Lena is already a blunt-based cup. Some say that pointier cups are more likely to feel like they're trying to escape. If you don't need the stem, maybe removing it completely will allow the base to rest off-center from the (how do I phrase this?) "drain" in your PC pelvic floor. There's a section about strengthening your pelvic floor at the end of http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ and strengthening yours would probably alleviate that sensation.
perideaux on October 3rd, 2015 06:22 am (UTC)
The less the cup compresses when you remove it, the less of a "gush" you'll get. You can also try emptying your cup more frequently so the cup can withstand more of a squeeze without overflowing. I also get this gush and can only avoid it if I empty my cup when it's 1/3 full, because I need to fold the cup in half inside me to remove it. Totally normal.

Try getting in the shower after inserting the cup and swirling a finger around the cup until you're sure all the blood around the cup is gone. If you're getting the same amount of residual slobber, it may be a leak. It doesn't sound like a whole lot of blood, so it should be fine either way. :)
erikarzj on October 3rd, 2015 10:18 am (UTC)
Thank you both. I think after using it for another day it is almost certainly a minor leak. I inserted the cup during my shower, cleaned up really well and was still getting some blood. It's a really minor amount and I guess with practice I might be able to eliminate it. I do struggle to manoeuvre the cup as it is quite stiff. It often pops open early before fully inserted which can be a bit ouchy.

Anyway, it's all still so better then using tampons, so I shall keep practising.
perideaux on October 6th, 2015 03:52 am (UTC)
I know that some people can leak a small amount through the suction release holes of their cups. If you pass a lot of small/stringy clots, it's possible they can clog and pass through a suction release hole, which leads to some spotting (this has only happened to me once, though). A lot of folks never find a solution to residual slobber, but once you're used to cups you really won't mind at all.

Either way, a cup you like a lot that only produces a small amount of leakage sounds like a great deal to me!
m03m on October 4th, 2015 01:55 pm (UTC)
With regards to minor leaks / residual slobber: one possible solution is to wear black underwear and stop worrying about it.