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Jenny
I've been using a cup for about 5 years now. I've been pretty satisfied with my small Lunette, which I use whenever I have a period, which, due to birth control, hasn't been very much.

Within the last year or 2, I had problems with the Lunette slipping down toward the entrance of my vagina. Every time I sneezed or coughed too hard, the cup would slip down. It also slipped whenever I did a lot of running or walking. I don't play sports or anything like that, but I don't have a car, so I have to walk longish distances all the time.

My question, mainly, is this: Has anyone else had a cup that fit them just fine and then all of a sudden it felt like it wouldn't stay up where it was supposed to? Has anyone else had problems with it slipping down toward the entrance of the vagina?

I do have a very low cervix. I bought a shorty XL sport Meluna and HOLY COW is this thing ever hard. Like, way harder than I'm used to. Insertion was very difficult but I managed it. Getting it out was also painful.

When I get the Meluna in, I can't tell when it opens. With my Lunette, I'd stick it in there and it would be a little painful (but not enough for me to care). I'd kind of pinch the end a little bit if it wasn't cooperating, and then I'd feel it pop open and it wouldn't hurt anymore and that was how I knew it was in right.

Getting it out was also really difficult. Not just painful, but it felt really hard to break the seal. It took multiple tries and I'm not sure I can stick my fingers far enough up there to get to the rim every time. There's just no room up there.

I don't feel the Meluna pop open. Is this related to the fact that it's TPE instead of Silicon?

Did I mention that I'm a virgin? I feel like half my problems are because that goddamned hymen is in the way. I read The Virgin's Guide to Cups, and found it semi helpful, but not really. Is there a way to like, stretch out your hymen?

I haven't done any physical activity today except biking, so I don't even know if the Meluna will serve its intended purpose. Has anyone else tried to sport models?
 
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on April 17th, 2016 02:08 pm (UTC)
The slipping down towards your entrance implies that your pelvic floor might be weakening with age even if you haven't had a baby. Or else you were just having a REALLY low cervix day...

If you think it might be cervix height, you may actually get a better fit with a wider cup that will sit up and around your cervix rather than below it. You will lose capacity if your cervix dangles into the cup (which I suspect may be happening) but at least it won't feel like it's falling out all the time.

For the hymen being in the way, try a little bit of Orajel or something similar (the stuff they use on teething babies) around the entrance before insertion/removal. Make sure it doesn't have petrolatum/Vaseline or any "-icone" ingredients in it. It'll take the edge off the pain when your hymen gets caught in things.
Jennythepickle07 on April 17th, 2016 07:25 pm (UTC)
The slipping down happens every day I wear the Lunette, unless I'm particularly sedentary, so I'm guessing you're right about it being my pelvic muscles.

I do have a low cervix, but the cup never slipped before I gained all this weight and hit about the age 25 or so.
I actually was wondering if it could be that I am just getting older and exercising less, so my muscles are just weakening with age/due to lack of use?

I have had a pelvic exam within the last month, so I know it's not a sign of an actual problem.

I don't actually have that heavy a flow, so capacity isn't too much of an issue for me. Worst case scenario I just empty it more often, which is no big deal.

Huh. I may have to try the orajel. That may really help.I've used it for a toothache before and it really helped. are you sure it's ok to put on the vaginal area?
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on April 17th, 2016 11:39 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, depending on the amount of weight you gained or lost--that could maybe affect your pelvic floor. I know a lot of professional singers who have said that losing too much weight (or gaining too much too quickly) causes weakness and that Pavarotti avoided really slimming down quickly for that reason, because it started to wreck his voice losing even 40 pounds. So changing weight either way could cause you to lose support (which is provided by the PC muscles mostly)

I never had a problem with the Orajel--I just said be careful with the ingredients because petrolatum and dimethicone/cyclomethicone/other -icone compounds have been known to degrade silicone. I used nystatin ointment to kill a particularly stubborn yeast infection (which you aren't supposed to get while bleeding but this was a particularly bad one) and it cost me half the stem on my Si-Bell--had to sell it afterwards because I really NEED all that stem length!
Jennythepickle07 on April 18th, 2016 06:34 am (UTC)
I over the course of 2 years I went from being 93-95 to being 130 pounds (american). I outgrew all my clothes, and it's just been a very significant change. You have no idea how much I want to lose it all.... Well, one thing at a time.

..::bella vita::..por_que_no on April 19th, 2016 01:31 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'd love to be 130! I'm sure you still look great. Sucks to have to buy a new wardrobe though (at least 130 is one of those sizes for which it's really easy to find clothes? My friends who are in the 90-something range either have to settle for kids' clothes or Japanese market designer clothes off the internet)
devaughn_wifeydevaughn_wifey on April 22nd, 2016 03:31 pm (UTC)
"I went from being 93-95 to being 130 pounds"

I'd kill to weigh that little. It's possible you're having pelvic floor issues, but if it is, there are things you can do to help with the muscle tone down there...