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30 December 2016 @ 11:19 am
This is my second cycle using the mooncup. My first cycle I used it on my lighter days to get used to it and this cycle used it right from the start since I figured I'd got the technique right and knew what I was doing. Wrong! My first light day was great, and I used it overnight with success. However, I used it yesterday on a heavy day and had a nightmare. I felt like I was in the bathroom every hour emptying the damn thing. I gave up in the end and used a tampon. I'm trying again today and after only having it in for an hour and a half it had started leaking. When I took it out it was just over half full. I can't understand why it doesn't leak from the beginning. I've checked the direction my cervix is pointing in to make sure I've not got the cup angled so it completely misses the cervix and I'm making sure I angle the cup correctly. My cervix is usually quite high, but during my period its more of a medium height. The cup is opening and it has a good seal. Could it be that my cervix is sitting in the cup and taking up some room?
My periods are quite heavy anyway on the second and maybe third day, but by the fourth it's light and usually stops by the evening of the fourth day. I do have a copper iud but I wouldn't say it's increased my flow massively. I'm also under 30 and haven't had any children.
Are there any suggestions of cups that would suit me better? I've looked at the meluna large but don't want to spend the money if it's just going to be the same as the mooncup.
 
 
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rebecca2525rebecca2525 on December 30th, 2016 02:22 pm (UTC)
It sounds as if your cervix is taking up space in your cup so that you can't use the full capacity. I can only ever get my large Lunette about half full before it starts leaking.

The Meluna XL is the cup with the highest capactiy out there, I think. Since you say your cervix is medium to high, it might fit you.

Trying to do a little calculation, decide for yourself if it sounds reasonable:

The large Moon cup has 15 ml to air holes, 25 ml to rim. If you only get your cup half full to the rim, your cervix takes up about 12 ml of that capacity, leaving you about 12 ml capacity of the cup.

The Meluna XL has 30 ml to air holes, 42 ml to rim. Substract the 12 ml room that your cervix needs from the 42 ml, that should leave you with 30 ml capacity, which is 2.5 times the capacity of what you get with the Moon cup.

Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 30th, 2016 02:33 pm (UTC)
The UK Mooncup has a low capacity and your cervix is "dangly" (perfectly normal) so it's taking up room in the cup, reducing the cup's capacity even more. Compare the cup that you have to other brands using any of the size and capacity charts found online. This one http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ also has a link to Answers to Common Questions that might prove to be helpful.

Keep your Mooncup as a light days cup and consider a second higher capacity cup for the heavy ones. Only you know how much shorter/longer, wider/narrower you'd like your next cup to be. Also consider shape -- pointy, blunt, bulbous, etc.

This post http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3473209.html has good comparison pictures of 3 popular high capacity cups. Maybe one of them would suit you?

Edited to add: My user-pic shows an old (yellow) Mooncup next to a large Lunette, which is one of the cups in the comparison.

Edited at 2016-12-30 02:34 pm (UTC)
Ashleykitegirl24 on December 30th, 2016 04:54 pm (UTC)
this is pretty much what I was going to recommend - but with more, detail, which actually helped me figure out my own recent issues too lol :) thanks!

I got a size 1 Eva Cup last year, but then had trouble getting my cycle back after hormonal birth control, so I didn't use it for a while. When I started trying to use it in anticipation of a cycle starting, I realized it was too big, and was sticking out, so I got a MeLuna shorty. the shorty fits great, but now that I have my cycle back and am actually using it, I'm finding that it's too small capacity-wise... and I think in my case, it may actually be too small (since I went with the Shorty size) to properly fit over my cervix, which does get kinda dangly... so it's probably not properly sealing, so in my case it's having some leaking issues constantly, and significant leaking after it's been in for a while. so, I'm thinking I'll keep both, and have a 2-cup arsenal... one for heavy days, and one for light days / spotting (or if the MeLuna Shorty is still a bit small on those days, I'll sell it and upgrade my "small" cup to something slightly bigger).

Definitely is an interesting-but-frustrating game / science figuring these things out lol... but I think the benefits are so totally worth it :)
merlinkitten on December 30th, 2016 03:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks, good to know that it's most likely my cervix stealing the room in the cup! What would I do without this community?
I've had a look at the super jennie and the meluna xl and notice both the large SJ and the meluna xl mention its for women who have given birth or with a heavy flow, but the smaller ones say for women who have a light to medium flow. Would you recommend the xl even for women who haven't given birth? Thanks!
rebecca2525rebecca2525 on December 30th, 2016 07:12 pm (UTC)
The "have given birth" is a bit weird as a criterium, I don't know why all the makers insist on it.

Fact is: you need a higher capacity. The question is if a longer and wider cup is going to fit you. You say you have a medium to high cervix so the length of a bigger cup is probably not going to be a problem. And unless you have the feeling that the cup you have now is already a tight fit, or that you have very strong pelvic muscles that are prone to crushing the cup, a wider cup isn't going to be a problem either, usually, because the vagina is very flexible. Especially since you already know how to use a cup and don't mention any troubles getting it in and out. (Unless it turns out a bigger cup is pressing on your bladder etc, but that's something you can't know in advance, birth or not.)

Since you already have a cup, you can better guess how the measurements of other cups may work out for you, just compare them to your cup.
merlinkitten on December 31st, 2016 08:27 am (UTC)
Thanks, I think I'm going to give the super jennie large or the fleurcup a go on my next cycle. The mooncup fit okay, I had to trim most of the stem because it was irritating but I do struggle to reach it sometimes due to it migrating upwards so I think a larger cup won't be an issue.
merlinkitten on December 30th, 2016 03:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks, good to know that it's most likely my cervix stealing the room in the cup! What would I do without this community?
I've had a look at the super jennie and the meluna xl and notice both the large SJ and the meluna xl mention its for women who have given birth or with a heavy flow, but the smaller ones say for women who have a light to medium flow. Would you recommend the xl even for women who haven't given birth? Thanks!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 31st, 2016 03:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, their dimensions make them some of the larger ones. If you think they'll be "too big," then go with your gut and pick something a little physically smaller. If you think you like the pointy shape, then a large Lunette has a high capacity for a medium length cup. The large Lunette happens to be a fairly stiff bodied cup. From personal experience, I can tell you that it pops easily and seals securely, but it can also feel like it's "there" on sensitive BLECH days. The large Fleur has very similar dimensions and has just a couple more ml of capacity. It is blunt based and is noticeably softer. I've never tried one but I wonder if the softness wouldn't make it more comfortable. Would its wider shape also feel like it's "there?" I don't know. But so can a full tampon.

TL;DR -- Jumping from one end of the spectrum to the other far end doesn't always work out.