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01 April 2016 @ 11:12 am
Hi everyone!

I've started using menstrual cups last September. While my first menstruation with the Mooncup S was leak free, since then my cups leak all the time. I am 34, 5 ft 7, 115 lbs, and very active (classical ballet), so I believe my pelvic muscles must be strong. I am sexualy active but haven't had any pregnancies. Sometimes during my period my cervix sits very high and I can barely touch it, but today I felt it was sitting very low in my vagina, at about 1-1.5 inch. It is definitely tilted and usually sits somewhere on the side of my vaginal wall. Sometimes I have trouble finding it.

So far, I've tried the following cups:
Mooncup S
Lena cup L
Lena cup S
MeLuna XL Sporty

All except the MeLuna cup move up in my vagina. I'm afraid the cups move up, past my cervix, and therefore cause leaks to happen. During heavy days, I experience immediate leaks (like 5 minutes after I insert the cup). I don't think my cervix sits inside the cup, causing it to overflow. I am make sure the cups are popped open when I use them. The Mooncup and large Lena don't seem to form a seal, but I think I can get a seal with the small Lena cup: I can twist it a little and at some point it seems fixed and stops turning. It does move up, however, after some time. The MeLuna seems to have formed a seal too. It certainly doesn't move up and is very wide and, because it is too large, it is a little flattened when I remove it. I bought it because I thought that the firmest, largest cup would work. Although it causes me no discomfort, leaking is even worse with this cup. I've tried to direct the cups towards my cervix, and to wear them inside out, but nothing worked.

I am now thinking of getting a MeLuna M (recommended for me on the MeLuna website) in Sporty, Short, because I think I need the sporty strength, and I hope a short cup would work when my cervix hangs low and the longer cups move past the cervical opening. What I really want to know is: the cups shouldn't move up at all, right? Can people with a high cervix use a short menstrual cup without having it moving up? Do you have any recommendations for me?

I'd really appreciate any thoughts on this. Thanks!
 
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on April 1st, 2016 03:26 pm (UTC)
I can't wear firm cups at all because of my bladder, but I've actually seen reports from users saying they get better seals with SOFTER cups because the cups move with them--they don't shift around like a rock inside you (like the Keeper, Mooncup, etc). Since you're moving around so much for ballet, you may actually appreciate a squishier cup that can flex without being knocked out of place.

The only suggestion I'd have right away for a shifty cervix is a wider cup (it leaves less room for you to miss your cervix!)--though it seems like you've tried that. I wonder if wider and softer--or even those Instead cups, which are more like a drawer inside you (and they're totally reusable as long as you rinse them off)--would help. With the reusable/standard cup, they WILL ride up as much as they physically can, unlike what most cup manufacturers' directions indicate. You can't place the cup low or something. So if you have a high cervix, you just need a longer cup+stem total length. (I feel your pain though--I have a very high and twisty cervix myself)
marar105 on April 1st, 2016 03:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your reply! I didn't know the cups will move up no matter what, I really thought I was doing something wrong with getting the seal right. But then I think this is what may cause the leaks, because with my anatomy the cups can move beyond my cervix. I'll check out some wider and softer cups, thanks!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on April 2nd, 2016 01:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, for super-shifty days I wonder if the Instead-style drawer-cup would be a better fit. The LUB is an option I didn't think of (and since I always need the stem for removal I didn't think to wear it inside out either but if you don't need that stem for removal why not try it?)
marar105 on April 2nd, 2016 06:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's a pity the Instead cups are disposable, but on the other hand, I'm now buying all these menstrual cups that don't work for me... I'll see if I can buy a small pack of softcups.

I hadn't head of LUB cups before. They look very pretty! Are they much softer than, for example, Lena cups?
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on April 3rd, 2016 08:52 pm (UTC)
I haven't gotten a LUB because I can't do a flat tab stem, but by all accounts they are a good bit softer than the Lena. :)
yayforcupsyayforcups on April 1st, 2016 04:44 pm (UTC)
Try a longer cup and on low cervix days flip it inside out. My favorite for my high cervix is LUB cup and now they do a small too, I've been interested in Gaia too. The LUB doesn't shift as much and inside out is awesome
margalee on April 2nd, 2016 05:36 pm (UTC)
LUB (large, so the longest one) totally solved my leakage issues. I wear it inside out most days. It's very wide, but also very soft. Convinced the softness is what maintains the seal and prevents leaks. Struggled with leakage with Diva, Yuuki and Fleur.
marar105 on April 20th, 2016 03:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you all for your help with this! I just purchased a medium LUB cup, it's supposed to be the longest and to work with a dangling cervix, although I'm not sure if I have one, I think it'll be good to try it, also because the rim looks very wide. I hope it's going to work!
mossmorton on April 3rd, 2016 04:42 pm (UTC)
The Organicup has a very soft body and a firmer rim, so it's got the best of both worlds: opens easily & seals well yet is comfortable and doesn't increase cramps or have strong bladder pressure.

I think a wider cup could help you with making it easier to catch your cervix, and it sounds like a shorter cup would not be good, as your cervix can be high. Maybe you have a dangly cervix? The cup will usually nest just around the cervix, so if it's high the cup will be high.

You can adjust the air pocket above the cup to give it more or less headspace & change how high or low it sits.

The Super Jennie is a wider cup. It's size 1 is more like a 1.5 compared to other brands small size, and same with the larger being like a 2.5. It is also not short, yet not a longer cup. It has a slightly firmer rim and softer body, but the Organicup definitely has a softer body & more of a resistance difference between the rim and body.