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04 June 2016 @ 10:28 pm
Hey all, I'm quite a new menstrual cup user, currently on my 3rd cycle and I'm having the common problem of near constant leaking. It's not so bad as to need anything more than a pantyliner but it is still annoying. I feel like I'm at a loss. I've tried big, small, soft and hard cups I've tried every fold under the sun, and I know that the cups are opening, but regardless i can not stop the leaking. Additionally, when i then try to remove the cup i find that blood gets everywhere... I've read that it could be that my the cup isn't suctioning to my cervix but rather past my cervix - the problem is, I have a combination of stubby fingers and a very high cervix, so I've no real idea where my cervix is or how to coax it into my cup.

Meanwhile my cup - regardless of which one - does collect a lot of blood, (though I've never seen it more than half full), so i know I'm doing something right - but clearly something wrong too...

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Edit:Also i find every cup i wear has a tendency to create air bubbles... is this normal?

Second edit: OK, so I've just started my 4th cycle and this time tried a yuuki classic for the first time - I had absolutely no leaks! I guess that means the other cups were too soft for me and my muscles were crushing them when i moved around, even if they opened originally. Anyway, thanks for the help! Thought I'd share my joy at finding a cup that works for me haha.
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 5th, 2016 11:20 am (UTC)
If flow is getting into your cup, then no, you have not missed or inserted past your cervix. The leaking that you are experiencing is what we call "residual slobber." You said it yourself, when you remove your cup, blood gets everywhere, including the nooks and crannies in the walls of your vag. That's what's leaking out -- because it's alongside your cup.

You might want to empty your cup more often so that it doesn't make such an internal mess when you take it out. You might want to adjust your removal technique to minimize internal spillage as well. You might want to minimize the amount of time it takes to dump, rinse and re-insert your cup so that you don't bleed into your vag while there isn't a cup to catch it.

As for bubbles, yes that's normal. The air that's in the cup has to go someplace when it's displaced by flow. Depending on your cup, enlarging the anti-suction holes might help.

Skim/Read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ to see if there are other helpful hints there.
hellocatkin on June 5th, 2016 06:55 pm (UTC)
Hey,

Thanks for your reply but I know it isn't just "residual slobber" (haha) as it gets heavier rather than lighter as the hours go on, and it's fresh blood rather than spotting. Additionally, I've done an experiment (liberal use of the word) and worn a tampon for an hour beforehand to "clean everything out" and still had the same problem. Also, every so often, i go 12 or so hours with absolutely no leaks, then do exactly the same thing as before and ruin a good pair of underwear...

Somethings definitely amiss.

Edited at 2016-06-05 07:04 pm (UTC)
curlydevacurlydeva on June 5th, 2016 10:20 pm (UTC)
I agree with the previous post. Sounds like the cup is working fine you just need to empty more often. Also when you break the seal are you still pinching the base as you pull down? If so that will make a medium high full cup run over causing blood to go everywhere. Once seal is broken no need to keep pinching just pull down and once you are back at your opening careful pull out so there are no spills. Residual slobber is normal and sometimes it can take a year to master wearing cups before you have no leaks and no slobber. Just saying. Good luck.
NineThumbsUpfreedomliberty on June 10th, 2016 01:40 am (UTC)
Have you run your finger around the entire rim after inserting, a rim sweep? I have this issue, and it's an odd wrinkle of extra skin behind my uterus at the base that was trying to get inside my cup. I've used cups for about 15 years now, and had two kids since. After I had my second kid and got my period back, I was hit or miss on leaking and later discovered that wrinkle was there after doing the rim sweep.
jacintaw12 on January 4th, 2017 02:56 am (UTC)
Do you mind if I ask you what cups you have used previously?

I have been going through the exact same problem as you did, and I've also been looking into trying the Yuuki Classic...

I've used the Juju Cup and the Lunette Cup (both in the smaller size), but they seem to be hard-ish cups anyway, so I'm not sure if them crushing up is the source of the problem for me...

Have you tried these two cups before? If you have, how do they compare to the Yuuki Classic in terms of soft/hardness? Would you recommend the Yuuki Classic over them?

If you haven't used either of those cups, all good! I'd still love to know some of the other cups you have used in the past anyway, because maybe that will help me compare to my situation.

Thanks so much for your time!