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Hi everyone!

First of all, I would like to thank this community for all the help and support! After half a year of research and lurking on this site I decided to give menstrual cups a try. I recently bought a Lunette model 1, it is now my second cycle with it and I love using it instead of disposable pads (bleh)!

I am 17, a virgin with no previous experience with internal menstrual products. I have a high cervix on normal days (approx. 7-8cm) that drops to like 4cm during menstruation (quite a difference, I guess). After some issues with leaking on my first cycle, I learned how to position it so that my cervix hangs into the cup. I now have absolutely no problems with any leaking or spotting (when my cup is not full yet)! However, my problem now is that, because my cervix hangs so low into the cup (I think the term is "dangly cervix"), the most blood the cup can hold is only around 13.5ml (top line), as opposed to 25ml which apparently is the capacity of the smaller Lunette. It's really frustrating, because on my heaviest days I fill it up within like 4 hours. (Kind of TMI): I don't think that I have such a heavy flow, the problem is that my flow is not constant (I'm not sure if that is normal), rather there are periods of time in between little bleeding when there is a huge volume of blood released. Unaware of it, I fill up the cup, my seal breaks and BOOM! huge leakage occurs. As a result I already had two horrific experiences where I had to change the cup a public toilet in school. I found the whole thing slightly unhygienic and potentially very embarrassing.

I would like to ask for any suggestions on how to avoid the "low capacity due to dangly cervix" problem. I would love to not have to change my cup in public places on heavier days and keep it in for those 12 hours (seems kind of impossible) since I have a busy schedule during the week. I leave at 6am and return home at round 6 pm. I am debating whether to consider getting a different cup... but besides the small capacity I love my Lunette because it fits in very comfortably. It is just the perfect length (I cut off most of the stem), the base always sits next to the opening so I never have to search for it. I also have no problems at all with insertion or removal, the cup is the perfect resistance - I can get it to open up and fold in with no pain or struggle at all.

Thanks in advance for your help!
 
 
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 24th, 2016 09:03 pm (UTC)
12 hours is the maximum amount of time you should leave it in without attending to it. That doesn't mean it should or will hold 12 hours of flow. Yes, a dangly cervix takes up room and reduces capacity. Empty your cup more often.

Wash your hands before using the toilet. Bring some damp paper towels into the stall with you. They're for your hands so you don't leave fingerprints on your clothes. It's perfectly OK to just dump the cup and put it back in without rinsing or wiping it. Those few drops that remain won't make any difference. Grit your teeth and get used to doing it "not at home."
disney330disney330 on March 25th, 2016 07:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your advice, I think that I will try and make sure to empty it an extra time my heaviest days. I pushed myself and changed it today during school, even though it was hardly full because I'm at the end of my period. I used a pre-opened water bottle and washed the cup in the toilet. Only used one hand to handle the cup, I even managed to fold it with one and then used the other for everything else. I found that it was less messy than the incidents I've had before when I just wiped the blood off and re-inserted it.

I like the damp paper towels idea for your fingers! I will use it in situations when the cup overflows and there's fluid on the outside!
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Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 24th, 2016 11:23 pm (UTC)
At 20-25ml, the small Lunette is one of the highest capacity cups for its dimensions. Others with similar dimensions are either the same or lower. If you want higher capacity, you'll need to go to a larger cup. Or just empty yours more often.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on March 25th, 2016 02:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I agree that a larger cup is probably the OP's best bet. (I actually just ordered one of those not-quite-Yuuki heart-on-the-side ones since it's nice and long and my iCare/MamiCup stems are bothering me. I will report back with a review)
disney330disney330 on March 25th, 2016 08:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your comments!

I am debating whether to try a larger cup, but I'm concerned about the size (diameter, length) of the larger cups. It seems a little intimidating still...

Thanks for the large Lena offer, unfortunately I don't think it I'm going to go for it because as it seems to be quite a lot firmer and being bell-shaped, the rim could potentially restrict my urination. I'm also not sure if the length would fit during the heaviest days for which I would've used it for.

I will, however, do some more research on the larger cups which, as of yet, I haven't really looked into much. I might be brave and purchase one in the future. For now I will stick to emptying my Lunette more often.
Serpent: suomiserpent_849 on March 26th, 2016 04:09 am (UTC)
i'm also a virgin, switched to cups at 20. was reluctant to try a large size but found wide cups pretty comfortable. i have a small lunette too and it's not even that soft. a large fleurcup or sckoon is worth a try imo :)
but yeah my cervix is extremely low and i can only fill any cup by 1/3 or so. a large meluna has a somewhat lower capacity but it's 44 mm wide rather than 46.
bell-shaped cups are the standard choice for a dangly cervix. for me they only prevent urination if they stick out, and even then not always. the rim seems to be too deep to affect it.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on March 26th, 2016 04:56 am (UTC)
also, in public restrooms i find it much more convenient to switch to a clean cup.
as for the length, if you kept some of the stem intact, it should be fine. a wide cup will also sit deeper - my small lunette sticks out more than my large ladycup, for example. you can also turn a cup inside out to shorten it (no change with the large fleurcup though)
disney330disney330 on March 26th, 2016 01:18 pm (UTC)
Good to know the bell-shaped rim doesn't cause problems with urination! I'll look into cups with wider base.

If I turn my Lunette inside-out, do you think my cervix would hang less into the to part of the cup? I'll have to try that out next time.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on March 26th, 2016 04:08 pm (UTC)
nope, this will just further reduce the capacity :( it's a tradeoff some have to make if a cup is too long. for me basically any cup is.
bell-shaped refers to the body and base, really. as for the rim, sometimes it looks really rigid in photos.
yayforcupsyayforcups on March 26th, 2016 08:17 am (UTC)
You can buy another lunette and just put the fresh one in, wrap the other in tissue and pop it in a bag till you have chance to clean it, saves on time. Carry a contact lense case with coconut oil in for lube as its small and doesn't leak.
The largest small cup thought for dangly cervixes is the Luv Ur Body small, boasts 30ml like a large but its small 👍🏼
disney330disney330 on March 26th, 2016 01:11 pm (UTC)
I like the idea of having 2 cups, not sure if it's most convenient for me though. I would like to handle as less as possible as I'm changing the cup with my hands (like opening bags, cases, ect.). When I think about it, I'm not that uncomfortable with sticking a semi-clean cup back in and I've never needed lube before (water is fine), it is more the fact that I have to use my hands down there in public toilets... I think I just have to get used to it :)

What kind of bag would you use to store the soiled cup though? Also, is coconut oil a good lube to use, I've heard oil-based lubricants decrease the life span of the cup.

Thank you for ideas and suggestions!
yayforcupsyayforcups on March 27th, 2016 05:05 pm (UTC)
Coconut oil is fine tho, many use it with the cup, it's not a type of oil that affects silicone and as its a food product (and anti-yeast) many find it less embarrassing to buy as a lubricant especially school age people. I think theres a tag about it on here....
yayforcupsyayforcups on March 27th, 2016 05:08 pm (UTC)
Also, cleaned with tissue and wrapped a little, you can put the cup in its original cloth bag it came with or anywhere really. The blood just wipes off the cup mostly, it's just the holes that may be blocked.