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01 November 2015 @ 01:16 pm
I'm just starting my second cycle using a menstrual cup. I chose the Lunette size 2 (larger size). I am not having any trouble inserting or removing, but cannot seem to figure out leakage. I have a pretty heavy flow the first few days of my cycle. Sometimes there is a little in the cup, other times none. After posting on this forum last month, I figured out that my cervix is high and off to the right. I've tried turning my cup inside out and angling it or trying to place it over more to the right, but that hasn't worked yet. There just doesn't seem to be that much room to maneuver in there, if you know what I mean. Does anyone have any suggestions about what I'm doing wrong?
 
Ashatenlegspider on November 1st, 2015 09:29 pm (UTC)
I haven't had this problem myself, but mostly cups will find the right position by themselves - when that doesn't happen I believe trying different folds sometimes helps.

Also, make sure it's opening up fully. You're probably doing that already but you didn't mention it, so just in case.
megsh19 on November 2nd, 2015 12:16 am (UTC)
So, my thought was that it should naturally find the right spot, too. Everything else that I've read should happen when it is positioned right is happening...it's opening all the way, I can't feel it once it's in place, I need to partially C-fold it to break the seal to remove it, etc. I'd read on other threads about off-center cervixes that suggest trying to angle it, although I can't conceptualize exactly why that should be necessary, since to my way of thinking, if it's open, below the cervix, and sealed all the way around, it shouldn't matter if the cervix is dead center or off to one side a little.

As for insertion folds, I've used the & fold (turned all sorts of different ways) and the punch-down fold. The C-fold feels too big to get insert at the opening.
newconvert on November 2nd, 2015 01:43 am (UTC)
It is possible for a cup to be next to the cervix or only partially covering it, which will result in a lot of leaks. I've read tips on here that say after the cup is open, you should gently pull down until you feel resistance (hopefully getting the cup to be beneath your cervix, even if not directly). From there it would presumably either travel up to where it needs to be or do the job from where it's positioned.

Edited at 2015-11-02 10:28 am (UTC)
Ashatenlegspider on November 2nd, 2015 08:45 am (UTC)
I think the rim actually sits around the cervix, which is why it can be close to the vagina entrance or very high up depending on the user (and sometimes varying during a bleed) - cervix height varies a lot. I don't think knowing that will help you get yours snuggly positioned though, sorry.
Kathlynekathlyne on November 2nd, 2015 06:11 pm (UTC)
If your cervix is off to one side it is possible that the cup is going beside instead of underneath/around your cervix. Like holding a cup next to the faucet instead of underneath it. Sounds like this might be your problem if you aren't getting much flow into the cup.

I can't see how turning the cup inside out would help at all with this problem.

The tip of my dangly cervix points toward my left thigh. Most of the time I just shove the cup up there, but then I make sure that my cervix is in the cup by sweeping/stirring around the open cup with my finger. If I can feel the tip of my cervix, then I missed and I need to reposition it. To reposition it I pull the cup down slightly and aim the top of the cup more to the left, trying to scoop my cervix into the cup.

That was my huge learning curve hurdle. Once I figured that out it was smooth sailing.

Best of luck.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 5th, 2015 02:25 pm (UTC)
If your cervix is high, don't turn it inside out to shorten it. There is a section about insertion that also covers placement at http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ Skim/Read the rest for other helpful hints.