10 July 2014 @ 11:55 am
I've been thinking: How can we better help newcomers to this list and to cup usage in general?

It seems that the same questions come up time after time, and many of us repeat the same advice in the same words in post after post after post.  Many of us tell newcomers to read the replies under the (insertion, cleaning, leakage, whatever) tags but as the thread progresses, it becomes clear that they haven't.  Similarly with posts at the FAQ.  Even when told to read specific posts, it soon becomes apparent that many haven't.

Similarly, how can we undo the "damage" that the instructions that come with cups do?  The illustrations showing a cup-length or more between the rim and the cervix are WAAAAY out of proportion.  No wonder so many newbies struggle while trying to follow "impossible" directions!


What we're doing here is good but it must not be that effective because we are repeating ourselves over and over.  How can we make it easier for newbies?  How can we head off most of these issues before they happen?  How can we get our good advice and information out there?
For reference, I'm the person who tried a dry run and couldn't get the cup out for two days (thread here.)

Trying to remove the cup put huge suction on my cervix, to the point of pain/discomfort when pulling. When I finally got the cup out, there was some blood, but I figured it was just a one-time tissue trauma thing. However, since then, I've noticed blood on the tissue paper a few times when I wiped after using the toilet. My period isn't supposed to arrive yet, and I don't normally spot in between. Should I be concerned about this?
My info: I'm 29 have had kids. I would say medium to higher cervix as in hard time reaching with fingers when I try.

I've tried diva size 2, sckoon size 2 and Mooncup size A basically the sizes for women who have had kids.

Every time I use a cup it leaks. I know the rim is all the way open as I can feel it and also hear it Pop. The moon cup says to place low in the vagina same with diva as in not up around cervix though honestly I've tried low and high and kegels to place it with No luck. I'm desperate to ditch tampons and love the idea of the cup I just wish it worked.

So I want to try one more cup but Not sure which was thinking wider might Be better so maybe the ladycup large, my reasons being The mooncup A moves to much inside me like I can easily pull it out with little effort and it's 4.4 cms wide I think, the diva doesn't move so much but I've never had any luck getting that to work. I have no issues with the firmness or length or stem of any of the 3 cups I've tried basically my
Only issue is the leaking. Also what positioning is better? Around cervix, by cervix or low by vaginal opening? If my cervix tilts left or right could that cause the leaking? Sometimes the cup barely had anything in it but tons on my pad.

I'm desperate! Please anyone guide me! I just want a cup that doesn't leak. Oh and they all leak no matter my flow wether it's light medium or heavy every single time.
08 July 2014 @ 01:52 pm
I am on vacation in Florida right now, and supposed to take scuba diving lessons starting on Wednesday.  I just started pre-period spotting, so I know I am going to have the awful fortune of being on my period while on vacation.

I am worried about the air pressure in my menstrual cup while I scuba dive.  Has anyone else ever scuba dived while wearing a menstrual cup? I have a feeling the scuba instructor won't have any idea what a cup is. let alone how the air pressure might affect it.

Thanks :D 
07 July 2014 @ 02:24 am
Hi again! Thank you for all the encouragement and support. Have you guys considered creating a numeric system for the stiffness of cups? Like, ranging from 1-10? It could be something even menstrual cup manufacturers may start using on a whole, so as to let their customers know the firmness of their cups, in relation to other cups. It also makes it easier for some1 who may not have a perfect cup (but it's almost perfect) in terms of stiffness, to decide on their Goldilocks cup.
06 July 2014 @ 09:20 pm
Please help with suggestions...
I am 25 and I have a 1 year old and am still bf so I have no idea when my period will return, but I really want to try a cup! But I'm very confused, there are so many options. I'm little (5'1) and my daughter was born naturally. Also, I'm allergic to latex and I can barely touch my cervix with my middle finger, not sure about during my period though. TIA!
06 July 2014 @ 12:54 pm
I've been looking into menstrual cups and I am rather frustrated. I'm young (under 20 but over 17), a virgin, have never used a tampon or had anything up my vagina. I don't think I have my hymen anymore (incident). I have noticed that women who laud menstrual cups have had to try different ones before getting them to work (way expensive), and those who are trying are constantly dealing with leaks and troublesome/painful insertion or removal or both. This is despite all the research they have done. It's not like they are cheap, or there is a one size/stiffness/length fits all. But I really liked the idea. Honestly, looking back at ur menstrual cup experience, or going thru it now, was it really worth it?
I came across this community on my search. I am grateful to have, I never knew there were some many options. Along the way, reading through posts I noticed a lot of women liked the UK moon cup but said it was not available in the US. naturally i was curious and looked it up. I may not have seen a later post that said other wise but I did find that they are now selling to the US.its called MCUK. I ordered one and anxious to see how well it works. I am currently using the instead cup ( I am new to the cup use only my 2nd time) and while they are better than tampons, the leak and slip. I see a lot of post from younger girls and the suggested cups but not much for 33 with 2 vaginal births. along with the moon cup UK, I ordered a sckoon and ruby cup. I have a high cervix and heavy flow. Are these any that you would recommend?
below is the link for the moon cup UK

http://www.mooncup.co.uk/how-to-order/mcuk-online-shop.html?tags=US
03 July 2014 @ 11:34 pm
Hello, everyone! I've been perusing this community for a while, but haven't ever had a reason to post. Now I do.
About me:
25 years old; sexually active; no children; have been using my divacup (small) successfully for many, many years. A year ago I got a copper IUD fitted, and I absolutely love it. However, I've just noticed that I haven't been using my cup as regularly since I got the IUD (opting instead for cloth pads), and I finally figured out why: I feel like the divacup is quite lengthy, and to get it to "pop" open and create suction, I need to place it fairly high in my vagina (very close to my cervix. Which is fine; it's comfy that way and it works).
I know this doesn't happen often, but I am nervous about tugging on my strings and accidentally dislodging my IUD (placing it was painful to a traumatic degree, and I'm not eager to repeat that experience any sooner than I have to).
I guess my questions are these:

1. My OBGYN has told me that I have a high cervix (quote: "Huh... It's really far up there, isn't it?), but menstrual cups shouldn't have to sit so high up, should they? That being said, when I try to position the cup away from my cervix lower down in the vagina, it cannot fully pop open, I can't get a good seal, and it peeks out of my vagina (even with the stem trimmed). I've tried many folds and running it under cold water, but no dice. My divacup and my cervix are BFFs and will not be separated without a fight. I have tried many different folds, and I have always run it under cold water. Like I said if I shove it way up there it works like a dream, but I'm hoping there's a way I can avoid placing it so high up.

2. Has anyone here run into similar issues? Should I be looking for a different cup with a shorter length? My periods were very heavy for a few months post IUD insertion, but they've mellowed out a lot recently and the divacup's capacity is more than adequate. Should I perhaps be looking for a firmer cup?

I just feel a little stumped. Does anyone have any insight about IUDs/menstrual cup placement/both of these things together?

I appreciate any insight any of you might have, and I thank you in advance!

EDIT: I do understand that shorter cups tend to "ride up with wear", so I realize that may not be the solution. I already have to essentially reach up near my cervix to break the seal if I insert my divacup comfortably. It just seems like with a long cup (the one I have) it sits at my cervix, and with a short cup it would float up toward my cervix. Is this just the way it is? The instructions for most cups say they should sit past the pubic bone but not all the way up there, but this has not been my experience.
03 July 2014 @ 04:41 pm
I need help figuring out a new cup that will work for me. Yes I have done lost of reading on the charts and previous posts and am still confused.

About me: I started off with a Diva Cup about 5 years ago (I also use cloth pads as back or sometimes when not using a cup). I had a baby naturally in dec 2012 and am 30 years old now. I have only have two cycles since having my son and I had bought through a coop a no name menstrual cup size 2 and used it my first cycle back the whole way but found it super uncomfortable. This past cycle I attempted to use it the first couple of days but my cervix was unusually high at that point and it was in a weird spot and i couldnt get the cup to pop open so gave up and used the cloth pads. I then used it for the next two days because i was horse riding and then out at party. My cervix was really low which is common. It was rubbing at the vaginal enterance and really irritating me so i went back to cloth pads. The rim also felt uncomfortable. (I cut of the stem completely from this one as well as on my diva.

I think i need a shoter cup or something a different shape. I am in Canada. I am also petite (5'1") 125lbs. Any and all suggestions welcome. Thanks.
I have a menstrual cup stuck inside my vagina; I repeat, I have a menstrual cup STUCK inside my vagina!

I just recently heard about Divacups and thought they sounded like a great alternative to the pads I usually use. I hardly ever use tampons, because my period tends to leak right past them, plus the risk of toxic shock, PLUS it always feels like I have to give painful, scratchy BIRTH to get them out. So I ordered a couple size 1 Divacups in the mail and just got them today and decided to try a dry run while not on my period.

I’m a 24-year-old virgin, and my gynecologist said I have an especially tight hymen. I also have weak, short fingers, and short little t-rex arms. And now I have discovered I apparently have a high cervix. The perfect storm.

It was really difficult getting it in; it felt more like stuffing it in. I felt it pop once I finally managed to fit it in, but I wasn’t sure it sealed right. The stem was off to one side awkwardly. I tried pushing it in a little further, to try to get it to be in right. Tried twisting it like it recommends, but there’s no way I can budge that thing! So I skipped that. I left it in for a few minutes just to get used to it. It gave me some little cramps, and occasionally, I felt the stem, but otherwise, it was fine. It feels almost invisible inside me now (which only further negates my motivation to keep trying to get it out).

However, when I tried to get it out, I couldn’t. Can’t. It’s been four hours, and I’ve been trying on and off. I’ve tried nearly everything I can think of… I’ve read up a lot, and I know my goal should be to break the suction before trying to pull it out. From what I’ve read, I think it has a suction grip on my cervix.

I’ve tried sticking my longest finger in and trying to press the bulb against my vaginal wall to break the seal, but no dice. I’ve tried two fingers, but no dice. I’ve tried finger and thumb, but my fingers/arm are too short to reach properly, and it’s a tight fit. I can’t even get a good grip on the stem, let alone the bulb. I’ve tried inserting two clean highlighter pens to chopstick it out. Nope. I’ve even tried a spoon, which actually WENT IN, to my surprise. But still can’t break the seal.

I’ve tried sitting on the toilet, lying down, squatting, putting one foot on the toilet, curling up like a roly poly head-down on my bed. Tried bearing down and relaxing, and I can tell all these thing make some sort of difference, but none have gotten it OUT. Each time, I try until it gets to the point where I can’t fit anything in without pain or irritation, and I have to take a break. I’m just so tired of trying.

My best (male) friend has been insisting I go to the hospital this whole time, and I DON’T WANT TO. I don’t care about embarrassment, but I don’t have the money or effort for that crap. Not for something like this. Not only would I have wasted 40 bucks on my Divacup kit, but I would also have an ER bill AND would have to be social. Screw that. I want to get this fixed in a way that will allow me to try this again, while on my period!

HOW DO I GET IT OUT WITHOUT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL OR DAMAGING THE CUP?

EDIT: PROBLEM RESOLVED.
Hey guys. I'm new here. I actually only heard of menstrual cups 2 days ago and today is my first day trying too. I'm in love so far, aside from a couple of irritating things I've come across, and hope someone may be able to shed some light on my issues.

Well, I've heard countless people on here saying things like "twist/turn the cup until it pops open" and "run your finger around the rim to check to make sure it opened" and "when removing it, grab the bottom to release suction"...

All those things sound great in theory, with one problem...there is literally no room up there for anything else aside from the cup. Every time I try to reach a finger in to slide it farther up, I can't get past the stem because of all the fleshy-ness around it. I'm not sure why it's so difficult, but it really hurts when I try and get a finger in between the cup and my vaginal walls. Like the worst burning I've ever felt, along with pinching my skin against the darn cup. This also happens when I'm removing it, I cannot grab the bottom of the cup. Thank God I left some of the stem on because I would still be in the bathroom right now! I grab the stem best I can with my fingernails and try to rock it down as far as possible, all while pushing like I'm giving birth (which I never have by the way), and even then it won't go too far before being sucked right back up. I just cannot get my finger in there to break the suction without pinching the living crap out of my lady parts. :( This part is very frustrating and takes forever.

So I guess my question is, does anyone else have trouble grabbing the thing? I've read a lot on here and haven't heard anyone mention it.

Twisting it is out of the question, I can barely grab the stem much less the base to turn it. Also my fingernails are sore from grabbing the stem and pulling with them. I'm glad I do have them because I wouldn't be able to grab it if I cut them, however I'm pinching myself! My nails aren't even that long. Just barely over my fingertips.

I'm just wondering because I haven't heard anyone else mention pinching their fleshy skin in there, everyone is talking about sticking fingers up there and twisting or pulling the base or squeezing the base and I'm over here like..owie! Haha.

Some general info for reference: I'm 23, married, no kids, Diva Cup small size, no leaking or other issues once inserted.


TL;DR Pinching myself during removal, fleshy skin in the way.
02 July 2014 @ 10:07 pm
Hello all!

I am a 17 year old virgin and I recently purchased a small lunette. I like the feel of it but I have realized that my cervix drops low (two knuckles in) during the first few days of my period. Additionally, the cup feels as though it is riding up when I wear it. I have tried to wear it inside out but this does not seem to help either problem. Does this mean I should get a bigger cup? I have been reading other posts and some have said that people with low cervixes sometimes find success with wider cups? I was looking at a small Meluna, mostly because it is shorter than the lunette, but I am very unsure as to what to do. I am going abroad next year and would love to be able to use a cup throughout my period without incident. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
The good news includes the fact that I snipped the first ball-thingy off my stem and felt instant improvement at the beginning. Also, that I didn’t have any real leaks except for the start of my second day, which was heavier than my last heavy day (roughly 25ml to last times’ 16mL/24hour). But I did manage to empty my cup and reinsert it twice at work, so I only need to do so in a public restroom (where the sink is separate from the toilet) to feel fully accomplished ;) Had a nice time at a party without a worry about having to change a pad or leaking from getting up and down and fidgeting in chairs too! I could appreciate only wearing pantiliners (even disposable ones) compared to pads because the one time I did use a pad (heavy day before I realized what was going on) I could just FEEL how sweaty it made me, yuck! No wonder I used to have a problem with a cystic pimple or two on my thigh crease that almost always flared up around my period. Snipped the stem another notch about 3 days in, and actually got the “wait, am I wearing my cup? I really can’t tell!” feeling. And no cramps at this point too. Woo!

But the first two days were rather unpleasant in comparison to the last couple days. I had that odd cramping that comes from the cup, but I think my normal period cramps were acting up and making it extra bothersome. I only had a few hints of that awkward uncomfortable ‘possible over suction’ or maybe it nudged my cervix, I’m still not too sure about which it is. However, because it is unpleasant enough that it made me consider switching back to pads just for that first couple of days, I want to fix it.

I’m wondering if maybe I still need to find a goldilocks cup that will not give me extra pain, as this part only got a bit worse from my first period (that time only lasted for like half an hour twice, not hours on end like this time). I’m wondering if it’s not inserted high enough perhaps? I cannot feel my cervix when I check for it, yet the barely clipped stem is not that high up. As I saw on the size charts, my small Si Bell is on the shorter and less wide groupings, so I was thinking to get something longer (to better fit my rather high cervix?) and wider (to avoid bumping my possibly oversensitive cervix? See, it doesn’t feel like it makes sense for both!).

The question is, am I right on my assumptions of what I need? I was thinking that two possible cups I could consider, following my suspicions, would be either a large Meluna or large Sckoon. Or should I actually just try a different cup with more similar dimensions, such as small Lunette or small FleurCup? I considered a midway difference, but it looks like the small Yuuki and small Mooncup UK are both not-so-very-soft, which I am honestly not sure if that would be a problem, or maybe the actual solution? Or is the fact that I did OK the last few days just mean my body is just having a harder time getting used to the cup on my crampier days? I am in doubt mainly because normally I only cramp every other month, and only every few months is it severe. But still, it doesn't normally last as long as it did this time :/
01 July 2014 @ 05:00 pm
I have been trying out my meluna small mini(soft) for two cycles and have done many dry run but every time I get it in it slips out does that mean its to small on the rim or what? I need the small legnth though.
01 July 2014 @ 01:34 am
Okay so quick info on me: 20, virgin, cervix is kinda low (it's 2 knuckles in), have moderate flow, and I'm somewhat physically active (trying to run/exercise more). I've been reading everything I could about menstrual cups for the past month or two, and I also ordered a small sckoon cup based on it's size and it's availability to me.

I just started my period Sunday and this is my first try using it. Ahah wow yea the first day was...interesting. It hurt going in but I managed to get it up there ok, but the rest of the time it was very uncomfortable/awkward sitting and I was very aware of it. Then came the removal. Hooolyyy mothER that thing hurt like nothing I have ever experienced before!!! I was so sore from that whole ordeal and cramping really bad that I didn't try again until the next evening.
Thankfully inserting was easier but I have trouble turning it or being able to check to feel if it's sealed properly. Also as I was washing my hands I felt a really weird feeling like it had just popped open but not sure if that's what it was or not. (Has anyone had something similar ??) When standing or sitting the stem almost pokes out, and is pretty irritating, so I am thinking of trimming it but am a little afraid of not being able to get it out after it's trimmed. Removing tonight was better than before but still difficult/messy. (I'm guessing it's b/c I just haven't quite mastered it yet.)

I plan on continuing to use it the rest of my period but I am questioning if it is the right cup for me. When I wear it I can really feel it and get odd cramps from it. I have been leaking some but figured it's because I'm still new to this. Also I watched a youtube video where one girl said she thought the sckoon cup felt cheap and this made me nervous so not sure about that. I was thinking of maybe trying the ladycup, si-bell, or lunnette but I'm not sure yet. Basically I really love the idea of using a cup but I want to find my goldilocks one and can't wait to get past the learning curve!
30 June 2014 @ 10:16 pm
Hi everyone,

I've been interested in using menstrual cups for a while now and I'm quite indecisive about which cup to purchase. I'm fourteen (and a virgin) and I can't decide between the Lunette Model 1 and the MeLuna Classic, Small, Stem. Any advice? Anyone had any experience with either and can share? Please let me know!

Also, are there and websites anyone might know of to purchase the cups online, and ships to Canada (preferably without paying too much for shipping and duty)?

Thanks (:
30 June 2014 @ 03:18 pm
... But use cups about 2 years ago :) and I love them! I'm from Puerto Rico, so those who talk Spanish, or English too, can go to see mi blog. It's still under construction, but I'm excited and happy to share all my experiences in eco-alternatives... Question: What's your favorite cup?
Greetings all!

I recently switched from pads to the Diva Cup size 2. I'm 37, no kids. I am currently on my third cycle with it, and I'm generally pleased, however...few questions...

I imagine the bubbly sensation I occasionally get is normal? It makes me wonder if it's bubbles or it's leaking.

I don't really know how high my cervix is. I have long fingers since I'm 6'1" but I know it's higher up than two knuckles worth. I also have a bit of fleshy (don't know what else to call it) mound before my pubic bone, so I that may be squeezing the cup too... I haven't had any problems with the cup sticking out so I'm sure it's not too long.
edit: I did figure out that my cervix is about the length of my index finger high, but I do have to reach around the pubic bone to feel it. I compared the Diva cup to my index finger and my finger is a little bit larger, so maybe I need a shorter cup? IDK...help.

I've found the punch-fold method works best for me. I rotate it a few times too just to make sure there's a seal and whatnot, but should it turn smoothly? Doesn't seem like there would be a seal if I can turn it easily. Should it be easily to rotate?

Honestly I'm most frustrated about still having to wear pads as a backup. Granted, I'm not going through as many as I used to. I started using the cup to get away from pads since I have a skin condition that makes wearing pads a tad rough. I understand wearing backup on the heavier days, but dang, I'd like a bit more than two days reprieve from pads during my period.

I don't know if I need a stiffer cup...a bigger circumference cup...

I've found that when I'm doing physical activity is when I have the least amount of problems.

How high up should I be inserting this thing? I've been putting it in according to the directions and I was wondering if it should go up higher...since I've been reading in other posts about it going close to my cervix.

Oh and is residual slobber a common thing? Since some flow does still come down the vagina when I'm in the process of changing it. If only there was a way to make it stay up there while I'm changing the cup, that would be fabulous.

Thanks for looking and any insight you can give would be awesome!
27 June 2014 @ 11:51 am
I purchased a Luv Ur. Body cup several months back. I got the cup due to I was attracted to the fact that it was designed with those in mind who have uterine fibroid's. I got the large size as that was recommended not to mention I thought the medium would be to long. The large size Luv Ur Body is a large cup. I love the capacity but find that because of it's large size I am unable to wear it all the time. When I was able to wear it, it was comfortable for the whole cycle and never leaked! That was always a plus, no back up needed with the Luv Ur Body.
But Now I wish I had left it on the internet store shelf! Here is the TMI part, if I have any fecal matter in the intestine that is not ready to come down; this cup is so large and bulky that it is just no room on the inside and the cup will not go all the way in, it just pushes back out. I would have to strain to have a bowel movement if it is not ready which is not a option. If the bowels are not ready they are not ready. So the dilemma is trouble wearing it during those moments. So the past three months I have reached for my two faithful and favorite Goldilocks cups my MiaCup or the MCUK! When I did my last review on the Luv Ur Body on youtube I bragged about how lovely the cup was and I had found my new trusty favorite. Not anymore it is just to large and bulky. So this is just another cup to look at with the other collection of cups in my not so favorite stash.
26 June 2014 @ 04:26 pm
Hey everyone. I'm a first time cup user and friend I went to beauty school with inspired me to give these a try. So far so good I'm experiencing some leakage but that's mainly do to needing to learn more about my anatomy and the learning curve that comes with these cups. I'm using the diva 1 and the Lunette 1. I was scared the diva would be too. But it seemed to go in just fine on now my second day. But I was wondering am I supposed to feel the stem on them. I'm a little terrified of cutting them off. I'm scared that I won't be able to find it or have anything to grab on to. But the stem while not causing me pain it is annoying because I feel it when I move. Am I placing the cup in far enough or what? Right now the cup is sitting pretty close to being flush with my pelvic bone, I think. Any advice would be great. And sorry of this has been asked before I've read through most of the posts over the last few weeks but I can't remember seeing something about the stem.
26 June 2014 @ 02:23 pm
Hi -

I am using a diva cup for the first time this cycle. I am 28 years old and have 3 kids. This is my first postpartum period after my 2nd and 3rd babies (I got pregnant my first cycle after baby 2, so I never had a period). My problem is this: the DivaCup keeps sliding out. I cut the stem, but I could still feel it, so I flipped it inside out and it's a lot better. It doesn't leak, it just slides down so I can feel it there all the time.

I have successfully gotten it to stay "up" 2 times. The first time was after I sat for awhile, and the second time was overnight (before I went to bed, it was sliding down, but when I got up it didn't). All the other times, it just slides down and I can feel it. I've come to the conclusion that the cup might be too long? So, do I stick it out for a few more cycles and keep flipping it inside out? Or, do I buy a shorter cup? Which cup would you recommend?

When I was pregnant, the midwives would always comment about how far back my cervix was, so I'm somewhat surprised.
Hi :-)
I started out with the small OrganiCup and tried for 2 periods with very little success and much frustration (never unfolded, difficult to grasp, turned upside down, etc.), and then bought the small Divacup, which seems to fit me well. I have much more success with the Divacup, both last month and now, but I still have some questions. Please help me beat the learning curve, I am so close! ;-) (please answer the questions you feel like)

1. A few times I have succeded getting the cup inside with no pain and easy pop open and make a vacuum. But for the next hours, there's a little bit pink on the toiletpaper (after peeing) and sometimes a single drop in the pad. I guess it is the remaining blood below the cup, that has to come out, but what do you do? Should I wash myself with water after inserting the cup?

2. Yesterday it was easy to insert the cup (no pain) and it unfolded easily when I pushed the vagina wall with a finger. The cup seemed to be in the right position, but it leaked all day (maybe 10% of the blood). It was very easy to remove (too easy), so I guess the problem was, that it never made a vacuum? What should I do to create a vacuum, if it doesnt come by itself?

3. Sometimes it is very hard for me to insert the cup, because I can't relax the muscles and make the opening bigger. Then it hurts a lot when I try, and it gets even smaller. Sometimes it helps to turn myself a little bit on, and I can easier slide the cup in, without hurting myself. But what about the fluids? I mean, I guess they come from the vagina wall, meaning it will go in the cup too? Is that a problem?

4. I use the C-fold, because I like that I can feel the bottom with a finger around the stem and if the bottom feels round, the cup must have unfolded. With the punchdown fold, I find it difficult to make sure if the cup has opened. Are there any other folds you would recommend, where I can easier get the cup in, but still get it to pop open easily and be able to feel if it has unfolded? When the cup is inserted, I can usually only let 1 finger inside and it is very difficult for me to reach all the way to the rim to make sure it is unfolded (I can't check all the way around the rim).

5. It is afternoon now and I finally got the cup in and I think it is in the perfect position with a nice vacuum. (I didn't have the time and energy to fight with the cup this morning). Now I find it very tempting to let the cup stay inside until tomorrow morning (16 hours), since I am having a very light flow today (almost finished). Yesterday I had a heavier flow, but the cup wasn't even halfway filled after 13 hours. So I know that I won't fill the cup overnight, but are there any other things to consider when leaving the cup in for more than the recommended 12 hours?

Thank you very much for your answers, I look forward to reading them and learning more! (you don't have to answer every question, just write what you feel like). I really hope that I will soon be able to do without the pads :-D
So I am nearly 21 (two weeks until my birthday, yay!) and sexually active. I got my first menstrual cup a little less than a year ago, a medium Meluna classic. I've never been able to get tampons to work because they seem to irritate my insides, so I've mostly used pads for my entire life. Anyway, I tried the classic Meluna for maybe three or four periods but never really managed to get it to properly open, no matter what fold I used. When I did get it to open it would always seem to "collapse" after a while even if I was certain that I had gotten the seal alright and everything.

A few months ago I decided to purchase a new cup, and ended up getting the Meluna sport in a size large instead. I've had much more success with it than I had with my other cup, so that's great news. Except for the fact that I pulled my copper IUD out with the cup?! That was a crazy story to tell my gyno... I'm pretty sure that the copper threads got stuck between the vaginal walls and the rim of the cup and somehow just followed along when I removed the cup. Quite traumatizing! Anyway, I am still experiencing some leakage that is most definitely not left over slobber on the vaginal walls. I think I might be missing my cervix? Because the leaks "feel" like they're just completely missing the cup altogether. I am pretty sure that I have an all over high cervix that doesn't seem to move around that much, even when I'm on my period. Off my period I can barely reach it when I push my middle finger all the way in (sitting down on the toilet). When I'm on my period it's still very high, although I can reach it much easier with my middle finger I still have to have my entire finger inside. It also seems to shift a bit to the left.

Any tips on how to make sure the cup is really around the cervix? I've been trying to feel around the base of the cup, but because my cervix seems to be so high I can't really feel anything at all. I try to aim towards where I know my cervix is, but I still seem to miss it. I also sometimes get the feeling the cup is trying to escape, if you know what I mean. Maybe the cup is a bit too long for me? I don't feel like it should be though, since my cervix is very high up? I've been trying to read through posts on here pertaining to my problem, and the FAQ but I can't really get any answers that helped me out much.

I recently got the Nexplanon bc implant in my upper arm, if that makes any difference. Hopefully it will make my period a bit lighter so maybe it will reduce leakage. I was just in no way or shape ready to go through the dreadful process of putting in another IUD after my experience!

Thanks everyone :-)
24 June 2014 @ 01:46 am
Hi all,
I bought a Divacup about... 8 years ago? Back when the only common options were Divacup, Mooncup or Keeper. This community was super helpful in working out how to use the thing (still remember my first time trying to get it out, 2 hours of trying not to freak out!) so thank you everyone who was around then :) I had a small Divacup and it worked ok, though it always spotted a bit, but nothing a cloth pantyliner & pad for overnight couldn't handle.
2 kids later and I've basically had 5 years with very few periods. Now they've come back and the small Divacup is just not handling peak flow, especially overnight. So, time to get a new cup!
Obviously I probably need a bigger one. I never really liked the length of the Divacup as it tends to tilt sideways a bit and the stem pokes. So maybe not a tube stem? Or are stems less rigid and poky when they are longer with shorter cups, as most other cups seem to have? I want something with grip though as I'm worried about not being able to get it out! I like the idea of the ring pulls on the Melunas but are they still doing those after people reported them pulling off? Also I don't have the pelvic tone that I used to have, so I'm a bit worried about a stiff cup poking me in the bladder. I think I've got insertion down pat using the origami fold and then kinda pushing the side to let air in, so I don't think I need the stiffness to make it pop out. I'm in Australia.
Suggestions?