I’ve been using menstrual cups for almost 5 years total. The first one I used was the Diva cup size 1. It worked mostly well for me, but would leak on the first day or two and sometimes at night. After having had that for a while, I decided to replace it with a different kind of cup to try to find a more perfect fit. Unfortunately I threw the Diva Cup away, big regret now. I haven’t had a cup work consistently for me in the first 2 days of my period since.
The next cup I tried is the Pixie Cup in Large. I thought if I got large it might fix the leakage issue but this did not work. It leaked more than the Diva cup ever did. Sometimes I felt like I was unable to get the cup to open, it would feel completely crushed inside of my body. This led me to think maybe bigger wasn’t the way to go. So next I tried the Pixie cup in small. I also identified at that time, that I think my cervix might be off to the side a bit, or move often during my period. In the past I couldn’t find it at all, but now it feels fairly low and off to the side.
The next cup I tried is Pixie sent me their Luxe Large to try. However I think the material is too soft, as I can’t get it to open up inside me at all. It just stays crushed and kind of flat.
I also tried the Lily cup in size large. With this cup, I did feel like I was able to get it open and that it had a good seal, as it was tough to pull down on. A couple of the times on day 1 of my cycle I felt like it really worked, but I would still get some leakage down the sides. And then at night it has gone horribly and leaked a lot even when it felt like the seal was good.
I’ve tried the U fold (what I always used to use with the Diva), the 7 fold, and the punch down fold.
I’m really at a loss and I feel like I’ll never get this to work again. I don’t know what to do because I’m suffering but I really hate tampons and don’t want to go back. I have tried softcups and they also leak for me.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Still having issues. That’s a bummer. I’m sorry that the LaliCup didn’t do as well as I hoped it would for your situation. You mentioned that the cup winds up sitting up high, which would make me want to suggest a longer Cup like the large Venus Cup, but I still worry about when your cervix drops back down. However, you can switch over to the shorter LaliCup at that time.
A little about the Venus Cup – It’s longer than the LaliCup and still has a rounded base. It’s a high capacity cup that holds 47ml to the rim and is of medium firmness but might be a little softer than the Diva Cup. A longer cup might help keep your cervix from dipping in too low and taking up the capacity.
You can try the Merula or the Merula XL. The XL is the highest capacity cup at 50ml (Venus Cup is 2nd), but the wide body and firm silicone may be a concern for your IBD. The Merula original is a shorter cup and if you’re having leaking issues because the cup rides up and allows your cervix to sit inside of it, you might have the same outcome with this cup.
I’m sorry for taking some time to answer. I’m trying to be really careful in not suggesting a whole bunch of cups that don’t fit your situation.
Have you ever considered menstrual discs? I don’t care to use them as an every day – all day cup, but they have held up for me during the night. Check them out and see if it’s something that would interest you.
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