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Hi all! I posted here once before and talked about my experience with my first period after having a baby. I've had two more cycles since posting. The first one, I didn't get the hang of using my large fleur cup until my period was ending. I didn't get another period for 2 months. I had never been so dissapointed to skip a period!

When I did get it again, my fleur cup worked perfectly! I had no leaks at all and only minor residual slobber. I got a third period exactly 28 days after that second one started so I'm pretty sure my period is regular again. The first period, I had some problems with leakage and determined that I have a dangly cervix that's tilted to the left. After inserting my cup, I run a finger around the rim and make sure my cervix is inside. I haven't had a leak since I figured that out. My cup has filled up 3/4 without leaking but I think I caught it just in time. I felt a weird bubbling sensation and ran to the bathroom to empty it. I'm pretty sure it was about to overflow.

It seems like my period is so much lighter since using a cup. It's still not super light but I would describe it as medium-heavy now. Either my cycle has changed since having a baby or it just doesn't seem like as much blood since I'm not changing a tampon every 4 hours. On my lighter days, (4 and 5) I emptied it once in the morning and once before bed. On my heavy days, I emptied it after 5-6 hours. I think I could have gone longer but I was at work and wanted to be sure I wasn't going to leak. How long did it take you guys to get the hang of knowing when to empty? I get light brown spotting for a couple days after and I'm not sure if I should use the cup or just a panty liner.

My fleur cup is clear and the holes are brown now - after only 3 cycles. I boiled it tonight for the first time and it looks cleaner but the holes are still stained. Any tips on removing the stains? I want to get a colored cup next for that reason. Any suggestions on a future cup? I would prefer it to be soft like the fleur and have a high capacity. Also, how do you know when to empty your cup? Do you just know your body and your cycle or do you feel it when it's full? I know this is long and riddle with questions. Thanks for reading and commenting!
 
Stefaninastefanina on October 30th, 2016 02:48 am (UTC)
I took one of my narrow interdental brushes to clean out the holes in my cups. They're soft so you don't damage your teeth, so they won't rip the holes.
rebecca2525rebecca2525 on October 30th, 2016 08:13 am (UTC)
Since a cup doesn't dry you out like a tampon does, you can use it for spotting, if you like. I do.

I'm still sort of new-ish to cups (4 cycles now), but for me, it seems like I can't feel when I need to change the cup. I just go by the clock, which works pretty well now that I've had a couple of cycles to observe my flow.
elisamba on October 30th, 2016 09:02 pm (UTC)
The large Fleur is one of my favourite cups, too :-)

To answer your questions:

1) How long did it take you guys to get the hang of knowing when to empty?
I was ok with only morning and night for about two years then my periods started getting heavier (ie I had a surprise leak). Taking maca my cycles have lightened again so I'm back to empyting twice a day.

2) Fine for spotting. You might want to get a smaller cup just for this purpose. I use my small Organicup for light days and spotting - since there's less volume, there's less suction.

3) Hole stains: scrub with those fuzzy toothpicks. Try baking soda and vinegar or hydrogen peroxide, then rinse well and soak overnight in half hydrogen peroxide, half water.

4) Other soft high capacity cups I own and like: small Gaia, large Lunéale (only available in France so far) but they are both colourless. I'm trying a purple Lunette but it's small, I believe the large one is firmer.

5) How do you know when to empty your cup? I'm one of the lucky ones who can go pretty much twelve hours but since my one scare, I prefer to just empty at noon at work, in the wheelchair bathroom, and prevent problems. I have had that bubble feeling you describe, it's useful. In my case it also doesn't necessarily mean my cup is full, just that air is being displaced from it. More so on heavy flow days.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 3rd, 2016 09:57 pm (UTC)
An overnight soak in hydrogen peroxide should take care of the staining.
pufferflsh on November 5th, 2016 01:06 am (UTC)
Thank you! I will try the peroxide!