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Hali Rose
23 November 2016 @ 11:43 pm
Hi all! I'm new here and just started trying to use menstrual cups (I've got the Lunette model 1) and like any newbie, I've run into frustrating problems. Reading the tagged entries for my specific issues has been very helpful! I still have a couple questions that remain unanswered, however. Wondering if you can help!

1) If you have a high cervix, will cups made for low cervixes still work well?

I ask because for the life of me, I can't find my cervix so am unsure whether my leaks are due to dangly cervix or something else, entirely. Sometimes I think i maybe found it low, but then can still reach my fingers extremely high up there without resistance which makes me wonder if it's actually really high and what I thought I felt down low is some other mysterious part of my anatomy. I'm trying to understand how someone can "go past" their cervix and it's making my mental picture of what's going on down there ten times more confusing, especially when I'm trying to understand positioning.

2) Is letting your cup open as soon as it's inserted fool proof whether your cervix is high or low, in keeping it from leaking? Does the cup naturally rise to hug your cervix even if you didn't position it any specific way? And if so, does it matter how you've positioned it if it's supposed to naturally hug it?

3) Did you all who have figured out the details of your cervical anatomy do that on your own, or did you get some of the info from your gynecologist? Are things like knowing you've got a tilted cervix information you can only acquire from a doctor?

I REALLY want this cup to work. There's just so many factors that it's making my head spin. I don't want to go back to tampons! They're just tempting because they're so much easier to use.

Thanks everyone!
 
rebecca2525rebecca2525 on November 24th, 2016 08:44 am (UTC)
Does the leaking happen pretty immediately or only after a couple of hours with the cup not being full? If it's the latter, your cup probably sits correctly, but your cervix is dangly and takes up some of the capacity of the cup, meaning your cup will start overflowing earlier than usual (e.g. when it's only half full instead of full).

If the leaking starts pretty immediately, your cup doesn't sit correctly. What can happen is that your cervix is tilted so much that it sits on the side of the vaginal canal, so that a.) you haven't found it since you weren't searching that much to the side and b.) the cervix will sit outside of the rim of the cup, hence leaking, when you don't take extra care to prevent that. My cervix is very tilted during the middle of my cycle, and just letting the cup open early and ride up doesn't work on those days. It will ride up, but past my cervix. Try feeling with your finger around the rim of the inserted cup and see if you can feel anything poking around the rim. Without the cup in, try searching the sides of the vaginal canal as well and see if you find your cervix there. You really can reach past your cervix, and shove the cup past your cervix as well, because it's not that the vagina is a simple tube and the cervix is sitting smack at the end of it.

See for example here, there's some pictures that I hope explain this better: http://periodhacks.com/menstrual-cup-leaking/

Personally, I have both of those issues, but I was able to figure them out on my own.
Hali Rose: me and my wedding shoesearn_my_wings on November 27th, 2016 07:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! This was helpful and answered my questions. I managed to finally figure out how to use my cup properly for my body. I appreciate it!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 26th, 2016 02:08 am (UTC)
If you haven't already, skim/read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ especially the parts about sizing and leakage. I hope it will answer some of your questions and concerns.
Hali Rose: me and my wedding shoesearn_my_wings on November 27th, 2016 07:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks, yes I've read through it before. I figured out my cup :)