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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?

not_a_leaf on March 31st, 2016 09:03 pm (UTC)
I don't know much about stems, but I know the Fleur stem is very irritating. I love the cup, but I wouldn't use it if I needed the stem.

You might like a longer cup so you can cut the stem if it is irritating. Or you could look at a cup with a flexible stem. A lot of people who cut stems can keep them on the Juju and SuperJennie. But the SJ might be too soft for your liking. There are probably other cups with nice stems. Best to look at comparison pics/videos and reviews.