My cup doesn’t collect blood inside (but doesn’t leak!)
Hello! I’m on my first cycle using a cup. It’s my third day, right when my flow gets heavy. What I’ve noticed is when I remove the cup, not a lot of blood is in there. That’s a non-issue, I get that the volume of blood is actually much less than what it would seem like on a pad or tampon. But my issue is right after removing the cup, lots – and I mean lots – of blood comes pouring out after it. Why doesn’t that blood collect *inside* the cup? The cup obviously wasn’t full or overflowing yet, it barely had anything in there (mostly mucus-like stuff that I’m guessing is discharge and some blood clumps). My cup experience would’ve been great otherwise because it’s never leaked, but the mess that comes with the removal is stressing me out. I just expected it to work like a… well like a cup that collects the liquid inside of it, but right now it’s more like a plug, and when I remove it I unleash the red sea between my legs. Does this mean it’s inserted or positioned wrong? I assumed it’s not since I don’t get leaks.
This is a strange one. The only time that I’ve heard of something similar happening is with menstrual discs and not cups.
Can you tell me what cup you’re using that this is happening with? Maybe it’s the shape or size. But even then, I would think that if the cup filled to the brim, it would start to leak and not just plug up only to gush when released.
Try this to make sure you’re placing the cup correctly….
In a squatting position, aim the folded cup down and back towards your tailbone. The cervix isn’t normally located straight up into the vaginal canal. Inserting it straight up can cause the cervix to block the cup from expanding or result in leaking, shifting or rotating, and/or discomfort and pressure.
If you’re already doing this and if it’s not leaking and you’re confident while using it, then maybe empty the cup while you’re in the shower. At least clean up will be a lot easier.
I’m sorry that I really don’t have an answer or any other advice for you, but I hope that it works out.
Good Luck <3