Dear Anakalia ??
Thank you so much for all your wonderful and excellent guidance. I’ve really appreciated watching several of you video guides on how to find the best menstrual cup for my different anatomies and flows.
I’m still wondering if I can ask your advice in which cup you would recommend for me? My first cup didn’t go very well with me.
I choose the Lena Sensitive Small, cause of my sensitive bladder and medium- light flow. I believe my pelvic muscles are normal strength, just sensitive bladder after 2 previous pyelitis infections (bladder infection spread to pelvic and kidney) several year ago. I’m 32 years and no children, yet 🙂
The first problem I’ve had with the Lena Sensitive Small has been that it often doesn’t open completely right away, I can feel a dent on the cup body next to the pubic bone. I have to move the cup a little bit around sometimes before the dent is gone, or reinsert it. The other problem besides opening and sealing is that it has been leaking. Not a lot, but enough that I have to wear liners. The leaking will find place at any time the cup is inside, the first few hours and also after many hours, even though the cup has never reached more than half full top. I don’t know if this is just the blood that is already on the vaginal walls when inserted, that comes out slowly little by little, or if it’s a leak due to lack of suction seal. I don’t know if the suction seal has popped itself due to the soft cup, or if it was never sealed, and the cup just resting in the vagina. I honestly have felt it very hard to understand if there has been made a suction or not when inserting, cause when I check it I feel like I’m breaking the potentially suction that might have already occurred. And when I’ve removed the cup I’ve pinched the base of the cup body, and heard the sound of suction breaking.
I’ve tried all the different folds, and tried to wear the cup further down. I’ve found it less leaking when positioned further down, and also more comfortable wearing. But I had to cut the steam almost completely down since it was irritating the vagina opening. The base of the Lena Sensitive Small is about 2-2,5cm up from the opening. I’ve been finding it most comfortable to insert the cup when squatting, but I’m open to try insert when placing one leg on a chair instead if this might be better.
Here are some info for selecting a cup:
?Cervix – medium height during menstruation, middle knuckle, (slighter on lower side if I have to choose low or high). Tilted more to left body side during menstruation. Measured when squatting position.
?Flow – Medium – light
?Anatomy – sensitive bladder, more sensitive during menstruation, probably cause of higher osmosis then, more swollen in the womb and lower region of belly when bleeding, pushing the bladder, and maybe some endometriosis. Believe pelvic muscles are normal strength.
?Activity – medium, or high ?
? Age 32, none childbirths yet, no IUD
I’m a little bit afraid of trying out the stiffer cups,
due to the bladder sensitivity. I’m medium to high active, doing ashtanga yoga, where the pelvic muscles are being tightened.
I’ve been wondering if should try the
Lunette model 1. Trying out a small cup that has a medium firmness. Do you think this would be a good one for me to try out now?? ? Or do you have any other cups in mind you would recommend for me? ????
Forgot to say,
I’ve spent many periods (6 I believe) getting to know and figure out the Lena Sensitive Small. I told the Lena company about my difficulties and experience, and they were very kind at the customer service, giving good advices and quick response. They offered my a complimentary cup, the Lena classic small. I’m a little intimidated with this one, since it’s supposed to be one of the firmer cups (?).
Sorry this letter got so long ? felt there was a lot of information to consider before choosing a cup ????
Thank you so much for your guidance ????
- Astrid ?
I’m so happy to hear that you found something helpful in my videos 🙂 If I didn’t feel like they helped someone, I wouldn’t continue to do them.
First off, go ahead and try the Lena original Cup. It might surprise you and not apply extra pressure to your urethra/bladder. The large Lena Original caused me some pain and cramps, the small original and both sizes of the sensitive did not.
I can use firm cups, small or large cups, bell-shaped cups, and flared rims, but for some reason, the combo of the large original Lena just didn’t feel comfortable to me.
Changing the shape or size of a cup might make a huge difference. It can apply the pressure to a different area that’s not as sensitive. For example, if a rim is very firm on a small cup, the large size might relocate the firmness higher so that’s it’s not resting on your urethra.
Most bell-shaped cups with flared rims have a rim that softer than the rest of the body. That’s true with the Lena Cups. This might have been giving you the difficulties with getting the cup to open. With the Lena original, the rim is still softer but might have that firmness that you need to open right away.
Not all cups will create a seal for everyone. I have found that cups that create a tight seal for me, doesn’t for others and vise-versa. As long as the cup doesn’t slide down easily when you give a gentle tug on the stem, it should have created a slight seal.
If you’re leaking a bit, it may be just some residual blood that’s coating the vaginal walls. After you insert the cup, squat, bear down and use a wet wipe/cloth to clean the grip rings and/or stem if it’s still intact of any excess blood. This will help eliminate any spotting. I’ve made this a habit each time I insert my cup. I haven’t had any troubles with the stem of my cup “stamping” blooding onto my undies, since! 😀
I prefer squatting when I insert my cups. It brings my cervix down a bit and gives me a better reach. Do you feel like the Lena small is too long?
As for the small Lunette, I would say that it couldn’t hurt to hurt a different design. The Lunette is “V”-shaped cup and hopefully won’t ride up or sit as high as the Lena Cup since it has a regular style rim and secondary rim. The regular and secondary rim may likely help you get this cup to open easily as well.
Another cup you might want to check out is the Casco Cup “Mini”. It’s similar in shape and size as the Lunette, but softer. It also has the regular and secondary rim to help the mouth of the cup to open.
The Lena Team is awesome. They’re almost always quick to reply and very helpful. That makes a great company! You can tell that they care about their product and the people <3
I hope that I covered everything that you had concerns about 🙂 If not, let me know.
One last thing….as much as I appreciate that you addressed me by name, I don’t own this site 😛