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20 October 2016 @ 06:50 pm
Hello,

I have been trying to use menstrual cups for the past 4 cycles. I have 3 different cups because of all this trial and error. I am 38, have had a baby, and have a fairly heavy flow on days 2-4.
My 1st cup was a small Blossom (soft) and have since acquired the Luna small and large, which are a bit harder silicone.
So, this seems to be the case for me every cycle.. day 1 I get a good seal and no leaks but as soon as my flow gets going, I cannot seem to get that again. I am certain that my cup is opening all the way so I have tried finding my cervix, which drops significantly and sometimes moves to the side, and then place my cup low in my vagina and tilted toward my cervix.
Every time I get excited thinking that this time I got it. Alas, no. I have been bleeding all over the place and find myself having to reposition the cup 10-15 times a day on my heavy days.
I wanted to use a cup for environmental reasons, but with the amount of pads I'm soaking, laundry I'm having to do, and rolls of TP, it's definitely the opposite.
I really want this to work but don't know what I'm doing wrong! Please help!!!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on October 21st, 2016 12:46 am (UTC)
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Since the large Luna seems to be very similar to the large Diva in dimensions, try flipping it inside out to see if it fits you better that way. It's perfectly OK to wear it that way if it works better for you.
roostercat on October 26th, 2016 05:16 am (UTC)
I'll have to try that. Thank you
rebecca2525rebecca2525 on October 21st, 2016 07:11 am (UTC)
Can you check the rim of your cup with your finger after insertion? I have a tilted cervix, too, and I have found that even when my cup already sits tilted in the right direction, sometimes my cervix still pokes out next to the rim.
roostercat on October 26th, 2016 05:09 am (UTC)
I have tried to do that but I have a hard time getting a finger past because my pelvic bone doesn't leave much room
Ashatenlegspider on October 21st, 2016 08:15 am (UTC)
Slipping and leaking sounds like a vaginal tone issue - i.e. your muscles aren't holding the cup in place. A larger cup might do better, but the main thing is probably to do pelvic floor exercises at least once a day for a while.

If you think that sounds likely to be the problem, maybe go back to disposables for a couple of months while you work on the muscles, then try again and see if the cup works better.
roostercat on October 26th, 2016 05:15 am (UTC)
This thought occurred to me but isn't the cup supposed to suction into place? Also, the cup is much bigger than a tampon and I never had one of those slip out. It just doesn't make sense to me
Ashatenlegspider on October 26th, 2016 08:11 am (UTC)
You're not supposed to have complete suction, that's why cups have holes (and when cups come with very small holes people often enlarge them to reduce suction), and low vaginal tone causing the cup to slip is definitely a thing. I don't know if people who have trouble with a cup for that reason also experience slippage with tampons, but someone may have an answer if you post again to ask.

Do you notice any improvement with the larger cup compared to the smaller one?