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Hi all,

I think this has probably been discussed but I still haven't found a cup that works for me, and would love your suggestions. My issue is that on my heaviest days (1-3) of my period, my cup leaks a lot, suddenly, after about 2 hours (but it's not always predictable). When I remove/empty it, it's only half full. This happens with every cup I've tried - see below for the list. It's too short a time for me to even remember to change the cup because I don't even have to go to the bathroom that often, and because it's sudden 'big' leakage it's hard to predict. It's inconvenient when travelling or doing sports or I don't have access to a toilet right away. So anyway, I assume it's because I have a dangly cervix.

Here are the cups I've tried so far and how I found the firmness:

Diva Model 1: good firmness
Lunette Model 1: too soft to open easily
Lena Small: too firm to be comfortable - or maybe it was the rim/shape
Organicup large: too soft to open easily
Yuuki small: good firmness

Now my question is, to mitigate this problem, do you think that using a larger model would help? I don't know if using a larger model means that if the cup is longer, the cup will be harder to insert. I can usually get all cups in eventually, sometimes with a little effort, but once they're in it's fine and comfortable and I always leave on about 1cm of stem. Never has a cup gotten lost in me.

On the other hand, if I choose a shorter cup, the capacity will generally be less, but perhaps my cervix will take up less room?

I'm trying to figure out the logic behind it, lol

I should add that i in my 20s, virgin, never given birth. flow seems heavy in the first few days, but this might just be due to all the leakage!!

Any suggestions are welcome!!!!

Thank you, awesome community!
 
gepunktetrock on March 2nd, 2017 08:28 am (UTC)
I am having a similar problem. I started with a Lena large and small and then bought a large super Jennie in order to get more capacity. My lena would leak if full to the brim (obviously) but sometimes when it was just near the airholes. Despite the super Jennie having larger capacity, it leaks on me when it gets not even 3/4 full. (Just below the name, if you have seen one in pictures.) I think I may have a dangly cervix that causes the cups to leak when they are near full. However, it seems to me that I get more capacity with the Lena because it leaks when it is closer to full whereas the super Jennie is emptier when it leaks. I am starting to think that maybe because the super Jennie is much softer, I may be squeezing it causing more fluid to be displaced.

Another thing to try is something very large at the bottom like Lena, skoon, or Xo flo. Perhaps the capacity is more in the bottom here resulting in less leaking from displacement by the cervix.

Maybe try a larger cup. I actually find the small Lena painful but the large is quite comfy as in I don't feel anything at all when placed right. But, I usually hear the reverse from most people.

Also are you sure the cup is fully open or that your cervix is not to the side of the cup?
ohelloflo on March 2nd, 2017 12:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your advice! I hope you can solve the issue as well :)

I've heard Lena is good for this issue, but for some reason I just found it really uncomfortable and leaky. The small one, at least.

I *think* the cervix is not to the side of the cup because it only leaks after it's about half full and not before. If it were outside the cup, would it leak right away?

I was actually thinking about Sckoon because of it's round bottom and Super Jennie because of the higher capacity actually, but Sckoon's pretty expensive and the Super Jennie shipping to Europe is really high. However, now that you mentioned the Super Jennie is pretty soft, I might not be so keen to try it out. I have a feeling some of the softer cups were getting crushed or not opening totally.

I found even the Lunette small to be way too soft. Now I am thinking I should try a Lunette large, since it's firmer and higher capacity.

I have not heard of xo flo, so I'm going to look up that one!

rebecca2525rebecca2525 on March 2nd, 2017 11:47 am (UTC)
Unless they are very weak, your pelvic floor muscles will usually make any cup ride upwards so that it sits around your cervix, so I don't think a smaller cup will help, on the contrary. I'd be inclined to think that a bigger capacity is the way to go. Length of the cup vs capacity varies from brand to brand, depending on the shape of the cup. Bell-shaped cups like the Fleur or Lena have a bit more capacity for their length in comparison to others.
ohelloflo on March 2nd, 2017 12:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I think I will try a large size cup next, maybe Lunette large since Lena I found too firm, and I've heard Fleur is really soft.
rebecca2525rebecca2525 on March 2nd, 2017 12:17 pm (UTC)
The large Lunette is firmer than the small Lunette. I'm not sure how it compares to the Lena, but somehow I had in mind that they were similar? It's probably best to try to find a comparison video on Youtube where they press the two cups against each other.
ohelloflo on March 2nd, 2017 12:26 pm (UTC)
Yep, I watched one and it does seem firmer than the small one, and I also read it can be flipped inside out to make it shorter/smaller. So seems like a reversible cup that could fit what I need. Fingers crossed! I should check how it compares with Lena though.

Edited at 2017-03-02 12:27 pm (UTC)