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20 August 2018 @ 11:12 pm
I'm really struggling with the cups at the moment, things are not going well!
I'm 34 & have had 2 children naturally. I've been using menstrual cups for around 5 months now (since my periods returned after my 2nd baby) and I'm finding it very hit and miss!
I started off with the tulip cup - larger size but still a small cup, very soft & hard to get it to open. So after a bit more research i tried the lunette large, much firmer & easier to open, but sometimes feels too big and i can feel it moves down gradually & it can irritate.
So then i tried the Meluna shorty in both large and extra large, as my cervix can seem to be v.low during my period. The large seemed small with very limited capacity but extra large seemed better.
Still getting leaks though, tried c fold and punch fold, inserts ok and seems to open fine. I can rotate it round fully & try to check round the edges.
I keep reading different things though, if its up too high your cervix goes right inside the cup so less capacity as it displaces the blood so leaks. Too low and there's not enough suction & it feels like its falling out and gets uncomfortable.
I don't think I'm having trouble with positioning or size but something isn't working right. Im now feeling sore from all the rummaging & poking about. I've tried tugging it down a bit once it's in place, tried every suggestion i can find but its very inconsistent. I'm emptying every few hours as paranoid & leaky, its only ever half full at most.
Any suggestions? Do i keep trying different cups to find the perfect one or do you think its maybe technique? I just can't figure out why its leaking all the time! I had a major leak in bed all over the sheets last night which hasn't happened in years so very despondent.
Any help much appreciated.
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 21st, 2018 02:35 pm (UTC)
I think you might benefit from a wide and blunt cup. Something with a bulbous shape like a Femmycycle might work. [FYI, the difference between a regular and a "low cervix" is just the shape of the stem. The cup itself is identical for both models.] There are other blunt and bulbous cups that might appeal to you as well. Compare photos for shape, and dimensions for fit.

Edited at 2018-08-21 02:36 pm (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 21st, 2018 02:41 pm (UTC)
There are many videos comparing Femmycycles and Merula cups to each other and to other brands on You Tube. This one drones on a bit but gives a good comparison of them.
an idea is bulletproofelizalavelle on August 22nd, 2018 06:15 pm (UTC)
I always find that the pictures show the cup sitting low and nowhere near the cervix and that's just not how I find they sit at all. For me they sit right around the cervix so you do lose capacity as your cervix is in there, but that also means it's sealed up so there's less leaking.

If it's sliding down while you're wearing it maybe try doing some pelvic floor exercises as well to strengthen those muscles up a bit.

The cup suggestions above look spot on for you :)