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07 October 2015 @ 06:05 pm
Hi all!

I recently discovered menstrual cups and I am ALL IN on the idea! I did some research, purchased a Lunette size 2 (the larger), and waited for my period to come with a lot more excitement than usual! I'm now on day 3 of my period and am having all sorts of issues with leakage.  I've read entries on this and other blogs, watched videos, looked at diagrams, and I can't seem to figure out what is going on.

About me: I'm 42, never had kids, not a virgin but haven't been sexually active in a while. I think I have a high cervix, based on descriptions I've read here and elsewhere. My periods are typically 2 heavy days, followed by a couple of lighter days and then several days of spotting.

About my issues:  I have tried the punch-down and seven folds, both with success on insertion.  Best I can tell, the thing is popping open.  When I try to run my finger around it, I'm not feeling any dents, but I can't get my finger all the way up to the rim.  I definitely have to squeeze it a few times and wiggle it around to get it to release the seal for removal.  Once I insert it, sometimes leakage will start immediately, other times it will feel dry for an hour or two before I get a gush.  When I remove it, there is usually a little blood in the cup (about a thimble size, or just higher than the grip rings), so I don't think I am pushing past my cervix completely.  It's not so full that I think I am having dangling cervix issues displacing blood from a full cup, based on what I have read. I have tried leaving the cup lower, sitting with the rim just inside my pelvic bone, or higher with the same issues.  I don't really feel the cup inside me.  When it sits lower, the grip rings are a little irritating to my the opening of my V.  I have noticed that I can pee with it in, but I can't pee hard (if that makes sense), just a steady stream.

I'm wondering...do I need a cup with a wider opening?  Am a crushing it and need a firmer cup?  Is it a positioning issue?

I know it can take some time to get the hang of this, but so far I've not had success with any troubleshooting and I don't know what the problem is.  I REALLY want this to work, so any guidance would be so appreciated.
 
ysalkeld on October 8th, 2015 12:38 am (UTC)
and you dont think that it might be residual slobber? (what's already in the chamber when you insert)? i also use a lunette 2 and the only spotting i have seems to be attributed to that. i try to finger swipe after i insert but there are def occasions where i just dont get it all and will have a little spotting but that is usually it:) (and compared to what i had with tampons, virtually nothing:) good luck, i am just a few months ahead of you:)
megsh19 on October 8th, 2015 12:43 am (UTC)

No, this is WAY more volume than slobber. It's also bright fresh red, not darker red like spotting usually is.  I've never collected more than a thimble full in the actual cup.

Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 8th, 2015 02:25 am (UTC)
If you haven't already, skim/read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ Since you are only collecting a little into your cup, my guess is that you are missing your cervix. Try aiming the opening of your cup in another direction. As it says, your cervix might be closer to your belly button than your tailbone. Or maybe it's to the left or right??? Keep trying until you are successful. There is a link to a drawing at the paragraph called "Missed My Cervix."

Your large Lunette is already one of the wide cups and it also happens to be one of the stiff-bodied ones. So yes, I think it's a positioning issue. Another factor might be the stem. Because it pokes through your PC and toward your vaginal opening, it might be knocking the cup off-kilter. Your cup might sit better (be aimed better) if the base of the cup were allowed to be somewhere other than at the "drain point" of your vag. Flipping the Lunette inside out might be an easy way to test that. Be proficient at removal before trying that. ;o)
newconvert on October 8th, 2015 12:02 pm (UTC)
You might also try a U/C fold; I'm also a new user of cups (4 cycles) and I feel like that fold makes it easy to tell if the cup is in position -- at least for me. :) Sometimes it takes a couple of tries to get it open, but my experience has been that I either get it open in the right place or it won't open because it's not quite in place.

There's definitely a learning curve, but I'm so glad I kept with it!