I successfully wore a cup for 15 years (the Keeper). After I had my first child it kept slipping down and rubbing my labia. It was very uncomfortable. I switched to the after birth size but the same thing happened. I then tried using tampons of various sizes and the same thing happened. I realized that I now have a weak pelvic floor. I now have 3 children so it is even worse. Exercise causes me to leak urine.
2 questions: 1) has anyone been able to find a brand that works for weak pelvic floor issues?
2) I recently discovered (on facebook) a reusable menstrual disk. It covers the cervix, like a diaphragm would. I am hoping that because it sits under the cervix versus in the vaginal canal like a cup does that I will be able to use it. Has anyone used a menstrual disk and had success?
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I find that firm cups with a rounder body stay in place better when my pelvic floor is fatigued. A firmer cup is less likely to collapse when I bear down. A rounder body helps keep the cup in place better as well as not having a pointed base that can be uncomfortable if it pokes when I bear down.
The Keeper isn’t really a soft cup, but it does have a narrow body that tapers to a point quickly.
Saalt original (not the soft version) large
Korui large (if you’re in Brasil)
Venus Cup large
These are listed in no particular order.
If you need a high capacity cup for a heavy flow, the Merula XL or the Venus Cup large are good options. However, I would only suggest the large Venus Cup if you have a medium to high cervix. It’s also not what I would consider a firm cup.
As for menstrual discs, they can also be a great option since they are positioned differently. They sit more like a hammock under the cervix and don’t need a toned pelvic floor to keep it in place. A disc is first inserted into the vaginal fornix (space around the cervix) nearest to the rectum and then tucked above the pubic bone.
I am able to use a disc at any time (weak pelvic floor or not). The only drawback for me is that even though they state that they hold a high amount of flow, they don’t for me. I have to empty them more often than using a menstrual cup if/when I have a heavier flow.
Here’s some info about the Menstrual Discs on the market:
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