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24 September 2017 @ 02:20 pm
Hi guys,
I'm new here but have been using a mens cup for about 3 years.
I have quite a heavy flow and low cervix, so I got a meluna shorty size L, but it always leaked on my heavy days and actually just almost always leaked, except for my last two days of mens. I had to empty it every two hours and even then I could get caught before time and again leak. I never could get the hang of it and although it leaks and that's so annoying, I just love using a cup so much that I just managed tolerating the leaking part. Until I thought I just had to find another cup for myself, because it's too unpractical at work when I have to use public toilets...

So I went on the search again and the huge amount of different cups and reviews is really confusing but I finally made the choice to get a quite new cup on the market, Merula cup from Germany. Most of you must already know what is this cup and many loved it and I did too in the sense that it doesn't leak at all and I go at least 6h without a leak even on my heavy days so that's so much of a relief!
But the thing that made me write here is that I wanted to know if some of you out there who are using this cup are having issue with cramps because since I'm using it I'm having cramps everyday and I think it is because the succion is so strong... It's quite painful and it gets on my mood... )
Wanted your feedback and maybe some of you found a way around that?
Thanks a lot to you all...
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 28th, 2017 08:19 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's the cup's fault, maybe not. Maybe you just had a bad period. Try drinking more water before and during your period next time.
Mallika Ji on September 29th, 2017 08:01 am (UTC)
Thanks for taking the time to reply. :) I'll try to practice that as well, more water is never a wrong decision to make... :)
I did a lot of research, watched a lot of reviews and even wrote to the cup's company, and something came up out of that.
I think that if I share this experience it might help someone out there who is trying to look for answers like I was.

The lady who created this cup answered me personally when I wrote to the address given on their site. I don't use Facebook so that's the only way I thought of to contact them so I was pleasurably surprised when I got an answer from her.

She and another review I watched kind of gave me the answer I was looking for, of course that will have to be confirmed during my next periods. (You might note that the answers I got were for a low cervix, because medium to high cervix won't face the problems low cervixes will face, since it implies that the cup touches or be around the cervix... I might be mistaken here, I'm not an expert...)

First of all she said that if positioned incorrectly the rim of the cup might cause some pressure either on the cervix or the urethra and that might be the cause of cramping, not necessarily the suction. So the insertion should be done properly. But it might be interelated, and she also said that if I was feeling too much pressure I had to let more air enter the cup before it sealed. I saw one review where the person was saying she was letting it open before completely inserted and then pushing it up and I guess that will allow it to fully open before it seals to the cervix, which I guess will end up in more air, so less suction so less pressure, and less cramps... )

Another point is that it is actually a not very wide cup, and that might be the issue as well. One review, who described almost all the symptoms I had, shared that thought and it made sense to me, and on top of that that gentle lady from Merula company said they are working on a wider version of this cup (meaning wider rim diameter) probably because this issue came up often enough to make a point of this necessity.

Another good thing to note is that I mentioned I was thinking to make anti suction holes in the cup as I heard some were doing but she said it was better not doing that because it might end up in leakage and the cup might not seal as well.

So if anyone out there is going through the same thing, maybe that can answer your questions... I will see on my next periods in about a month. Hopefully everything works out, I was so happy to have leak free periods...
I'm still open if anyone has experiences and realisations on this topic... :)

Edited at 2017-09-29 08:22 am (UTC)
ipkissblack on December 1st, 2017 07:06 pm (UTC)
Ooh, thank you for this!
I’m new here, too. I’ve been reading for a while, but have just started using menstrual cups (first cycle), and while I’m super pleased with no leaking (very little of slobber if anything), the cramping seems to be a lot worse than usual. And it is the cup as the pain is gone the instant the cup is out... I’ve tried Diva first (didn’t like it), then Femmycycle and Merula. Femmycycle is my favourite so far (because of no spills on removal and no leaking whatsoever), Merula very similar. However, the cramps...
I think it’s actually suction it creates, not only a seal, and that causes the cramping. I can get them in place pretty easily, 7 fold, tug a bit in all directions to get some more air in and to prevent the suction budge straight over the cervical ostium (there were some very helpful diagrams here about that - thank you!). As for actually creating an air channel with my finger, I can’t reach that far, to hook my finger over the rim after it’s in place. I can reach so far to establish that cervix is in the cup. Have tried the low cervix Femmycycle too (to try the official Femmycycle position, the cup lower down the vagina, not touching the cervix, but it slides up), but it’s a bit too short.

My concerns now are the cramping (even with the Femmycycle fully opened, not collapsed at all), and that all this actual suction (not just seal) pulls and tugs on the cervix too much, eventually causing prolapse... I really like the no leaks character of Femmycycle, but I wonder how healthy in the long run this is. I may be overthinking it... But it does sometime come out with the rim unfolded out, which would support the suction instead of seal.
Any thoughts? Thank you!!