I’ve tried multiple menstrual cups and have consistently had trouble getting a good seal. After much confusion, I realized my cervix is off center to the right, and when it’s lower (varies between average and high), the cup just slips past it.
What I’ve tried-
1. Divacup- tried for about a year, never could get a reliable seal. Often difficult to remove.
Lena- tried once, worked it’s way pretty far up so it was super hard to reach to remove. Consequently, have not tried since.
Liky- Have tried both sizes for the past 3-4 months. 60% of the time, works well, 40% either won’t open/ends up next to rather than under my cervix (presumably depending upon height any given day?)
I thought of trying discs instead, but not thrilled with how messy they are (or, at least the disposable softcups are) by comparison
any advice would be welcome. I
I’m sorry to hear that you’re having some troubles with the cups that you’ve tried so far 🙁 I know it can be frustrating, but I’m happy to hear that you’re looking for options or suggestions rather than giving up 🙂
While not all menstrual cups will create a tight seal for every single person, the cup should still not slide down easily while giving it a gentle tug. If there’s any resistance at all, the cup has a slight seal.
Is this causing an issue with leaking for you?
Most of us find that our cervix is off-centered. That’s normal, just like most of us have one eye that’s slightly larger o.O 😛
Also, our cervix moves up and down during our cycle. It’s at it’s highest point during ovulation and drops down when we begin our period (may take a few days into the period), and then back up at the middle to end.
Some people experience changes drastic enough that a shorter cup feels more comfortable during the first few days, and then switching to a longer cup during the end of the period while the cervix moves back up. A longer cup will allow an easier reach at that time.
If you’re finding that your cup ends up next to the cervix in the vaginal fornix, you might want to try to allow your cup to open up a little lower before maneuvering it into place with a finger.
DivaCup – Can you give me some info on why you had a difficult time removing this cup? Was it painful? Hard to reach?….etc.
Lena Cup – If your cervix is high, then I can see having some troubles reaching this cup. Bell-shaped cups with a flared rim like the Lena, tend to ride up and sit higher in the vaginal fornix. This will also compromise capacity as it allows the cervix to sit deeper into the cup.
Lily Cup – Again, you might want to allow this cup to open lower. It’s also something that I have to do with softer cups when they don’t want to open for me.
The fit of the Diva and the Lily are okay, otherwise? They feel comfortable?
Here are a few cups that I think might work for you. I’m basing sizing off of the Diva and Lily Cups since they are the same lengths between the small and large sizes.
In other of the softest rim to the firmest:
Yuuki Rainbow (large) – This cup is slightly longer than the Diva Cup. It’s the softest firmness that the Yuuki offers. The rim of this cup is slightly more firm than the Diva Cup.
EvaCup (USA – large) – This cup is probably the most like the Diva, but a little wider in the body. The body is soft, but the rim has some firmness to it to help it open. It also has a secondary rim that travels further down the body which gives it that extra kick to get it to open.
Yuuki Soft (large) – If you’re looking for something with a bit more firmness without going overboard, the Yuuki “Soft” is more of a medium firmness compared to other cups on the market. Most people don’t have troubles getting this cup to open. In fact, make sure that you have a good grip on it while it’s being inserted. A slip of the finger and this cup might snap open and pop you unexpectedly :O
Anyhow, check out these cups and see if they sound like something that might work. If not, I can see what else might. If you have any questions or concerns about any of these cups, feel free to reply.
Until then, happy browsing!