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26 June 2016 @ 12:50 pm
I am posting this as a last cry for help from anyone who might have any insight on this issue. Now I have been using menstrual cups for about 3 years at this point, I am no stranger to them. Ive been using a DivaCup for the past three years and I absolutely love them... Except I have an issue. Before I get into the issue, I have some vital background information. I am a circus artist/student who's main discipline is hand balancing. This involves me doing about 4 hours a day of handstand training and more hours in various other acrobatic classes. The issue I am having is with leaking.

Its always fine when I'm not training, which is like less than half the day. But more so on day 2 and 3 of my period(not as bad on other days), I am leaking consistently through my training. Its not the amount to which I bleed, because half the time when I go to the bathroom to empty my cup its like not even half full. Yet I can feel a steady stream just trickling into my underwear! Its almost like every time I come down from a handstand and place myself right side up I feel it leaking. And I just don't understand because trust me, I make sure that damn thing is fully opened and suction cupped to my cervix every time I insert it!

Ive purchased a harder yuuki cup in the past to see if maybe my vaginal muscles squeeze the cup when I am doing my handstand training and that is causing the leakage, but I still leak the same way with the yuuki cup as well. I am very distraught over this issue, because I hate the idea of stuffing cotton up there for a couple hours and allowing bacteria to grow within my vagina. I won't use pads either. I doubt it, but does anyone have any insight on this issue? I know you're technically able to use menstrual cups during physical activity, but I don't think the kind of intense physical activity I do was put to the test. I really really want to keep using menstrual cups because I absolutely adore the idea of them, but I can not keep leaving my coaches periodically (haha) through training to change my cup. Especially because it definitely is not as quick as inserting a tampon.

If anyone has any insight, it would be much appreciated.
 
 
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
 
negas0nic on June 26th, 2016 05:14 pm (UTC)
Do you think it's possible that the continuous motion could be breaking the seal and causing the leaks? You could try a wider cup and see if it makes a difference.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on June 27th, 2016 07:07 am (UTC)
It is possible that the amount and type of exercise you're doing when training is beyond the tolerances of the cup, especially if it has a lot of pelvic floor involvement. You can definitely try a firmer cup, perhaps the Meluna Sport. However, I do want to reassure you that using tampons is perfectly safe, it really is. The most important thing is that you're comfortable, not leaking, and able to focus on your training.
mariesa1 on June 29th, 2016 03:00 pm (UTC)
I know, and if nothing works I'll return to tampons. But I don't like them, I find I occaisionally get yeast infections when I use them so I prefer not to.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on June 29th, 2016 03:13 pm (UTC)
I understand completely. Limiting them to training time only should help with that. You could maybe also try period panties? They're underpants with some built-in padding like washable pads, which might be less annoying. Depends on what you train in though.
mariesa1 on July 24th, 2016 08:19 pm (UTC)
Out of curiosity, do you know how stiff a meluna sport is? because I also use a yuuki cup, which is pretty stiff and I still leak with that
djehutys_wisdom on June 29th, 2016 02:08 pm (UTC)
leaking
As an athlete, you may have very strong pelvic floor muscles. So do I. I found that when I used a firm cup, it leaked, but when I use a softer cup, I don't. My guess is that if your pelvic floor is strong enough and the cup is stiff enough, your muscles actually break the seal of the cup. I use a large Sckooncup on days when my flow is heavy or I really really need to not leak, and a small Lunette other times. The large Lunette (which is stiffer) always leaked a bit for me.

mariesa1 on June 29th, 2016 02:59 pm (UTC)
Re: leaking
Oh thank you! This is really helpful, I will try a softer cup!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on July 3rd, 2016 10:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, as others have said, a soft cup is more likely to "move with you" rather than shift out of place and leak--some have reported the same when they go to the bathroom. A soft cup is more likely to stay in place. I have to wear extremely soft ones due to my bladder/anatomy anyway but I've never felt it shift out of place specifically due to my pc muscles.

Since your cervix is on the high side if a Diva is comfortable for you, how about a Fleur or Si-Bell? or the SuperJennie?