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02 June 2018 @ 09:10 pm
Hi all,

I’m definitely relatively new. I’ve been thinking of making the switch to cups for a while since tampons have started to cause me irritation. After extensive research, I decided to purchase a MeLuna classic small. My first use was my last period (~6 weeks ago). Besides the original first fitting/getting comfortable, that period went so perfectly. It went in and was in place every time, I avoided messes... I was so grateful for my new cup and on my first uses!

Flash forward to my current period (ok, this is the second one using cup). First day went fine and normal as I was used to. The next day is when things went awry. I desperately needed a wax (brazilian) and didn’t want to wait until my period was over to get it, so I went in with my cup and didn’t mention it to my waxer, thinking things were in place and one. For those of you that get them, you know that they do a butt strip at the end for which you have to put your legs up. I think upon doing this, I opened myself to getting air inside me which somehow dislodged my cup. Returned to work after feeling a little leaky, find that it’s no longer in place. I try to put it back as I normally do — no more than a two minute process — but it will not get in place. I spent probably 20 minutes in the bathroom trying to get my cup to suction and stay put, and it refused to unfold fully. I tried different folds, and nothing. I eventually gave up and just chose to rely on a panty liner for any leaking the rest of the day. Next two days... same thing. Spending 20+ minutes on the toilet trying to get it to fully unfold and it refuses to do so, and I end up with leaks throughout the day. I just cannot for the life of me figure out what I’m now doing wrong that went fine my first cycle with the cup. I’ve tried putting pressure on my back wall to try and get air inside, I’ve been looking for tips and can’t figure out why it now won’t unfold. Some suggested that maybe after my first time boiling it, it got too soft and won’t open fully now. I would consider that, except for the fact that my first day of this period it stayed in place. I’m so confused and don’t know if it’s my body to blame or my cup to blame and just want help and my happy comfortable leak-free period again!!!

Thank you all for this wonderful community and your help!!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 3rd, 2018 06:54 pm (UTC)
I think Melunas only have 2 anti-suction holes. Other brands have 4 or even 6. It might help to enlarge them or add holes. If you don't want to modify your cup, try positioning them for maximum air flow for the fold that you use. On the folds, between the folds, etc. Another thing to try is facing the fold the other way. So if you normally hold it so the fold faces forward, hold it the other way so the fold faces back. Sometimes turning it around makes a big difference.

As for leakage, the small Meluna is one of the tiniest and lowest capacity cups. You might need one that holds more. There are many size/capacity comparison charts online, including this out of date one: https://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
Luceafara: pic#121468314luceafara on June 11th, 2018 11:07 am (UTC)
When I was using Melunas, it helped to hold them under cold water for a few seconds to harden them up before insertion. Also, like Kuradi mentioned, where the hole is in your fold matters a but: make sure the holes are outside the fold you are doing. Once inserted, check around the cup with your finger to make sure the cervix sits IN it and not next to it (can cause leakage), and do a tiny pull down to increase the suction for good measure. Always make sure the holes are completely free - easiets way to do this, under a faucet running cold water, place your palm at the opening and create a suction as you rinse out the cup.

Hope this helps.

Love the Meluna shapes and sizes so much! This is the closest I have managed to find to it in silicone, so if shape/length works for you most days but some days you need to go larger, keep this set in mind: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XPDTBQ4/
Made in Korea, nicest silicone I have ever seen on a menstrual cup.

However, I hope that the cup you already have works for you. Good luck!!!