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06 January 2016 @ 09:55 am
Hi all.

I have a dangly cervix and been using a small and a large Super Jennie. During the heavy days, the large Super Jennie can hold my flow up to about 6 hours. The cup is usually only 2/3 full when I have to empty it because of my dangly cervix.

I'm thinking if the Femmycycle low cervix model will work better for me so that I don't need to get up during sleep to empty the cup or wear a backup pad.

Any thoughts?

Kathlynekathlyne on January 6th, 2016 02:34 am (UTC)
I'm not sure how the low cervix femmycycle be better--it has a capacity of 30ml and the large super jennie has a capacity of 41ml. I guess it all depends on the shape/dangliness of your cervix. I don't see it making that big of a difference.
titantitan on January 6th, 2016 04:10 am (UTC)
When the large Super Jennie is 2/3 full, there's around 20-25ml of fluid. The height of low cervix Femmycycle without the removal ring is 43mm while the height of large Super Jennie without the stem is 52mm. So I thought it could give more room for my flow at the bottom without having my dangly cervix really sitting inside the cup. But maybe I wasn't right... :)
Kathlynekathlyne on January 7th, 2016 01:04 am (UTC)
Okay, now i get what you are thinking. It wouldn't give me any more time, due to the shape of my cervix, but maybe it will work for you. Still, doing the math I think you'd only get maybe an extra hour. I've never had the experience where a cup seals and the flow backs up--but maybe that's because I don't use the femmycycle.
titantitan on January 7th, 2016 04:18 am (UTC)
Thank you. I will think about whether I should buy it for only an extra hour.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 7th, 2016 08:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I wouldn't necessarily recommend trying to see if it'll back up rather than leak out--but I found this out accidentally when I was too wickedly hungover from a wedding to deal with it for 24 hours. lol. I think I unwittingly did that a couple more times while on my cruise ship work (sharing a bathroom with my colleague = I didn't always have 100% consistent access to the shower)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 6th, 2016 06:50 pm (UTC)
I think the OP's line of thought is that the Femmy's opening is so small (with the funnel) that the cervix couldn't actually dangle inside it and steal capacity. Now, my own cervix isn't that dangly (it might be slightly dangly) but when I was using the regular Femmy I found that rather than leaking, extra blood would just back up into my uterus if I got a really good seal, so that might buy the OP extra time between changes. Since there are a decent number of Femmys on mc-sales at any given time I think it'd be worth a shot!
elisamba on January 6th, 2016 07:53 pm (UTC)
This ^^
titantitan on January 7th, 2016 03:39 am (UTC)
Thank you. I will check out mc sales.
Tdoriswebb on January 6th, 2016 03:00 am (UTC)
If I remember correctly, the only design difference between the 'regular' and 'low cervix' Femmycycle is the size of the removal loop on the bottom. Makes it a shorter cup overall, but there isn't any other advantage over the Jennie - which is one of the highest capacity cups available. Six hours is pretty good, and it may be the best you can get for now.
alyndra: Elizabeth Swannalyndra on January 6th, 2016 04:38 am (UTC)
No, I believe the low cervix one is actually shorter, not just the ring is shorter.

I'd think it would be worth trying!
titantitan on January 6th, 2016 05:02 am (UTC)
Doriswebb is right. I've checked out the website of Femmycycle and it says without the ring the height of both regular and low cervix is 43mm.
alyndra: let me readalyndra on January 7th, 2016 02:45 am (UTC)
I had just watched this: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wL01pdUeG_Q and I watched it again just now to be sure, but it really looks like there is a difference in the shape of the cup, it's not just the ring on the bottom.

I don't have a scientific measurement for you, though.
titantitan on January 7th, 2016 03:34 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link. The shape does look a bit different.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 6th, 2016 03:51 pm (UTC)
The Super Jennie is a high capacity cup. 6 hours on a heavy day is a decent amount of time.

I hope you are using a toilet more than once every 6 hours. Why don't you just empty your cup each time you do? I recognize your username. You've been a cupper for quite a while. You should be adept at insertion and removal by now. It shouldn't add more than a minute or two to your normal bathroom routine.
m03m on January 6th, 2016 08:10 pm (UTC)
Not everyone gets up to use the toilet during the night, though.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 6th, 2016 08:29 pm (UTC)
Ya know, if I don't think I'm going to make it through the night without overflowing, I'll set my alarm for half-way. Just sayin'.
citrinesunset: Fountain pencitrinesunset on January 7th, 2016 02:34 pm (UTC)
I'm sure some people are fine with this, but personally, part of why I switched to cups is so I could sleep through the night without a pad overflowing or a tampon putting me at risk of toxic shock. For me, setting my alarm to empty my cup would really mess up my sleep.

Yes, this is an option, but I can understand why the OP may not prefer to do this. Obviously, if you think you're at tisk of overflowing, getting up is better than letting it happen. But it's not ideal.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 7th, 2016 08:11 pm (UTC)
Yup, this. If I get up in the middle of the night due to an alarm it's so jarring that I can't get back to bed. Plus if you sleep with someone else (your SO, kids who co-sleep, etc) it can wake them up as well. I only need to get up to pee if I've been drinking alcohol right before bed.
titantitan on January 7th, 2016 03:30 am (UTC)
Yea I started using menstrual cups in around last September. Now it doesn't take long for me to insert and remove. It's just that I don't fall asleep easily so I'm thinking if another cup can give me an extra hour then I don't really have to set an alarm. But I might just have to if other cups don't work. ;)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 7th, 2016 09:31 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I thought you'd been around longer. I thought you were also trying to extend your daytime wearings.

As others have said, the Super Jennie has one of the highest capacities without getting significantly longer in length (like the Luv Ur Body cups) so that might be as good as it's going to get. Rather than wait all of 6 out of 7+ hours and risk not falling back to sleep, how about a trip down the hall after about 4, after which you'd be more likely to fall back asleep easily. It's only a night or two a month.
titantitan on January 8th, 2016 03:52 am (UTC)
It's okay.

I could try that. Thank you. If I struggle to get up, I'll just stick with wearing a back up pad.
yayforcupsyayforcups on January 7th, 2016 06:47 pm (UTC)
If youre only THAT heavy for a night or two why not add 1 or 2 lovely cloth pads to ur stash to give you peace of mind. Theyre usually supersoft and as comfy as a pair of knickers, many cup people like them as back up. :)
titantitan on January 8th, 2016 03:58 am (UTC)
Yea it looks like 6 or 7 hours is the maximum even if I get a Femmycycle... I will get some cloth pads. Thanks.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 7th, 2016 08:13 pm (UTC)
Another idea that others haven't mentioned yet--natural Vitamin E (D-Alpha Tocopherol, not DL-Alpha, which is synthetic) seems to slow down bleeding in users who've tried it. I started taking 2 capsules a day (800 IU) for an unrelated reason and have noticed that my periods are a bit lighter than they were before I started taking it. If you are bleeding 25ml in 6 hours that more than qualifies for menorrhagia/clinically heavy periods.
titantitan on January 8th, 2016 04:17 am (UTC)
That's usually for one night only. During other times my flow is quite normal, like 10-15ml in 24 hours. I didn't know Vitamin E could do that. Thank you. I might try it.