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16 December 2015 @ 11:50 am
I recently found your community and joined because it was so helpful. Thank you.
I went through all the "Leaking & Spotting" posts to look for answers but I'm still not sure.

I'm 32, never had kids, and a ballet dancer (recreational). I've been using the Lunette Model 1 for the past 6 months, and every month I have a decent amount of leakage. The leakage can occur either within the first hour its inserted or after a few hours (and cup won't be full). I can feel air bubbles when I sit and move around a lot, and always seems to result in leaking.

I believe I have a normal hanging cervix, and medium-heavy flow for the first 2 days, then light. I've tested several different folds, and no difference on the amount of leakage. I've confirmed my cervix is inside or aligned above the cup. And it's definitely more leakage than residual or air hole leakage.

When I'm testing the rim seal with my finger, I can feel the cup spinning with my finger. So I don't believe it's making a proper/strong seal. I've tried pushing it higher and keeping it lower, and no change to the suction feeling. I feel the cup pop open and there are no dents. However, when I go to take the cup out, it does feel a little collapsed.

Based on all the research I've done tonight, I believe my muscles might be squishing the cup and it loses it's suction. My main question is, which would be better: a harder cup, a different shape cup, or a larger cup?
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 16th, 2015 07:15 pm (UTC)
It sounds like a combination of residual slobber and a dangly cervix. It could also be the cup shifting off target.

A wider cup might suit you better. So might a blunt based U-shaped one (versus pointy V-shaped.) But only you could know for sure using what you know and like/dislike about the cup that you already have.

Skim/Read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ and follow the link the the guidelines and charts. If you don't like those charts, there are several other sets at the Community FAQ.
perideaux on December 16th, 2015 09:35 pm (UTC)
My vaginal canal has a narrow horizontal width so my cups have to withstand a lot of pressure from all directions, even though I'm very inactive and my pelvic floor muscles are not very strong. I crush all my cups except for the very firm ones. When I insert a cup and get it to open, it forms a very good seal and does not move much at all. If your cup is not sealing properly it could mean you need a wider cup, but the cup spinning inside you does not always indicate a poor seal.

I've had the bubbling and leaking feeling when my cups overflow and the seal breaks, usually when I stand up after waking up in the morning. If this is happening to you it could mean your cervix is dangling into the cup and causing an early overflow. A lot of people with dangly cervixes recommend the Fleurcup because it provides more capacity at the base of the cup and allows more flow to be collected before the cervix "dips in" and takes up room. It is also similar to the Lunette 1 in firmness.