Leaking more than gets in cup
So I’ve been using the menstrual cup for maybe close to 6 months now. At first, I used a very cheap cup and barely any blood got in the cup. So I thought, it was just because it wasnt a well made cup so I bought a Lena cup. It seemed work better. At least sometimes it would work, it would fill up properly. But sometimes I would have issues. On and off. Started my period yesterday. And the cup hasnt caught almost any blood. I have tried different folds. I have done my best to make sure it has popped. I’ve read that you need to find your cervix. I’ve looked up how to find it and watched videos. I still cant find it. But it doesnt matter. I can put it up high, or low and it would catch blood. I’m getting so frustrated. I thought it was such a great thing when it worked. But now in 2 days it hasnt caught more than a few small drops of blood. I’m tired of wearing pads with it and I’m so close to going back to tampons. I was super excited for this but I dont know what else I can do to make it work. Any advice would be amazing.
I’m so sorry to hear that you’re not having any luck with the Lena Cup 🙁 I can hear your frustration.
I hope that I can shed some light on what might be causing your issues.
Not being able to locate your cervix makes it really hard to know if the cup is positioned correctly. If the cup is not right under or right around the cervix, blood will not be collected. It is possible (and common) that the rim of the cup is inserted past the cervix or has pushed the cervix to the side. The body of the cup can still open and the rim may be slightly, but it will not be collecting the flow.
You mentioned not being able to locate your cervix and that is often common, too. I know it may seem redundant, but have you tried locating your cervix a couple of days before your period or a couple of days into your period? According to fertility specialists, this is when the cervix is normally at its lowest point. It may be easier to locate it at that time.
If you already tried this and still can’t find it, I would suggest a cup that has a wider diameter. This may take the guesswork out of placement as the opening of the cup is wider and will cover more area. Something like the Super Jennie, Merula XL, or Tampax Cup.
I would also suggest inserting the cup 1/2 way and then allow it to open before pushing it upward. This will ensure that the cup opened completely before it is fully inserted. You can try this with the Lena to see if it helps.
Do you have a hard time reaching the Lena Cup when it’s time to remove it?