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31 March 2016 @ 10:16 am

For context, I am 32, and have had a c-section but no vaginal births. I've been lurking here for a while, and have tried to trouble shoot on my own.

I've been using a Lunette Size 1 cup for a few month now pretty successfully (after removing the very pokey stem on day 2 - ouch!). There have been some issues with getting it to open properly. It just feels too soft inside, and even by pushing on the back of my wall and using the 7 and origami folds; it never felt truly open and round, but seemed to work.

However, I went off of birth control this month to prep for pregnancy soon, so my cycle is much heavier this month. I'm thinking that maybe the popping problems I was having never really resolved and now that the flow is heavier it is no longer working. I'm getting major gushes, but the cup is still partially full when I pull it out to reinsert.

Complicating this problem is that I must have a very high cervix - the cup naturally goes very far up, to the point that I have to really bear down to get ahold of it for removal, and sometimes it takes a while to grab enough of the bottom to get it. This also makes it difficult to check for a good seal because it's really hard to reach in there and I feel like I'm going to dislocate a finger or wrist trying to reach so far.

Is it the cup size? Technique? Any ideas?

seaweed88: pic#126028927seaweed88 on March 31st, 2016 07:53 pm (UTC)
I have a high cervix (cannot reach) and heavy flow and the ruby size medium (it's their biggest size) works well for me. It's on the softer side though...nearly a medium resistence, but not quite. I could never reach the rim to make sure it's open either. But I use the punch down fold and make sure to pop it open once it's inside (since I can still reach the bottom when it's in). I'll link a video that explains how to do this with the punch down fold.

Since my cup goes so high, I do have to bear down a lot in order to reach it and be able to break suction.

Edited at 2016-03-31 07:54 pm (UTC)