Been troubleshooting for months. Every cup leaks. So frustrated.
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.
Please don’t worry about not replying quickly, I really appreciate you taking the time to be thoughtful and all of your hard work here in answering my questions. I feel like I should be paying you! (Do you have Venmo??)
In response to your suggestion of the large Venus cup and switching back to Lalli when my cervix is low, the problem is that the Lalli or any other cup don’t seem to work when my cervix is low. The cup seems to sit high but the cervix is still low, so I thought the cervix taking up all the space was the reason for the leakage. I checked out the website for Venus and they recommend the large size for a medium to high cervix, which I’m not sure is applicable. I don’t know, it seems like my cervix goes from high to low to medium but the days when I have the most problems are day 1 and 2 and it seems lower on those days so I think that is what I need to solve for.
I have tried disposable menstrual discs a few times. I have had some success with them during lighter days of my period but have also had one leak on me. I’ve never used it as a primary method, I actually just got them for sexual purposes. I can give it another go next month and see how long it holds up.