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Jacqueline Komada
16 August 2016 @ 04:08 pm
Hey friends,

So I am this close to giving up on menstrual cups. I just can't seem to get them to work.
I started out with a Divacup size 1 and that definitely wasn't a good fit with my average-heavy period. There was constant leaking and the cup would always ride up.
I then switched to a Lunette large because of the wider rim and stiffer material, and that worked sometimes and other times it didn't.
This cycle I have been trying the Lena large and it's kind of the same as the Lunette large. Though, I do like the shape of the Lena better. BUT sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't...
AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M DOING WRONG. I've been trying these for like..a year now.
I insert the cup using the punch-down fold method. That seems to get the cup open the easiest. I rotate the cup a few times then tug the stem slightly to make sure it doesn't move easily. I also swipe my finger around it to make sure its fully open. It always is.
And then, sometimes it leaks after an hour (or less) and sometimes I can go 3-4 hours with absolutely no issue. Sometimes I feel air bubbles right before it leaks. It isn't "residual slobber" either. (Btw, I am 23 and don't have kids and have never had sex. BUT I have a heavier flow the first three days)

I'm this close to giving up on them. I've wanted them to work so badly but it seems like I'll never get the hang of it.
What I do know is that my cervix hangs a bit lower during my period. I can reach it with my finger inserted to about my first knuckle. My cervix doesn't seem tilted in any way; pretty straightforward. Is it possible that these cups I'm using are too long and I should get a shorter one? I may also be pushing it past my cervix?
I don't know. HELP! lol
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 16th, 2016 10:25 pm (UTC)
If you haven't already, skim/read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ It will probably answer some of your questions.

The Lena and Lunette have similar length and width dimensions. The difference is in the shape. The Lunette is kinda pointy; the Lena is kinda blunt based. The Diva is a bit longer.

It sounds like your initial leaking is "residual slobber." Then 3-4 hours later, you're probably overflowing. Due to a dangly cervix? Maybe. But overflowing nonetheless. Edited to add: Empty your cup more often.

Stop buying cups and learn to work the ones that you already have.

Edited at 2016-08-17 01:34 am (UTC)
citrinesunset: Fountain pencitrinesunset on August 17th, 2016 02:48 pm (UTC)
Cups will naturally ride up so that they're around your cervix. That's natural, and there's nothing wrong with a cup riding up as long as you can still reach it. If your cup is too long, the problem will be that it sticks out or can't be inserted comfortably.

It's possible you have a dangly cervix that takes up space inside the cup. If your cup is full after 3-4 hours, you might just need to empty it more often in those days.
Kathlynekathlyne on August 18th, 2016 01:52 am (UTC)
I'm going to agree with other posters. You are overflowing. I couldn't even get 1.5 hours sometimes on my heaviest day. Your cervix is probably taking up room in your cup. A bell shaped cup works better for that than a pointy one. And if your cervix dangles, then the cup could be open next to your cervix rather than under it. That could be your problem when you leak right away. Sweep/stir your finger around the cup to see if you can feel your cervix, if you can, then you need to reposition the cup.

Because your cervix takes up room in your cup it won't look full when you remove it. Frustrating when that can't get those magical/mythical 12 hours, but that's life. Just empty more often.