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How to Stop Leaking! ***WARNING*** This is a TMI post...I mean, we're talking about menstrual cups here
on June 13, 2015
I'm on my 6th cycle with this thing and I will admit, there is a learning curve. I was dedicated to learning how to use this though because pads and tampons are gross and a hassle. At first, so was this cup. I was going to throw in the towel but I recently figured out the trick to making the leaks stop.
First, let me say that I was putting it in "correctly" according to most directions. The cup was not empty nor was it overflowing when I had major leaks. Furthermore, my leaks seemed to only occur on my heavy days. I never had any problems at all on the first or last days of my period. The cup was opening and there was definite suction. I could hear the suction break when I removed it (see, I told you this was a TMI post). So why was it leaking?
Here's the trick ladies, FIND YOUR CERVIX. It's gross to do, especially while you're having your period but hey, in for a penny, in for a pound right? I already committed to this cup and dropped $40 on the thing and damnit, I'm not a quitter. So sit on the toilet, put your middle finger in there and bear down a little. There, you will find a small dimple. That, my friend, is your cervix. Aim the cup at your cervix. You may find that your cervix is not dead center, but off to one side. You might also find that your cervix is high or maybe it's low. All these things matter because it turns out that the suction you need must be around your cervix, not just to your vaginal walls. I now use a C-fold, insert the cup, and gently push it up angled toward my lower back while using Kegels to give a boost if necessary (my cervix is high) then let it "pop open" and tilt it toward my left hip (my cervix is slightly off to the left). BAM! Leaks have stopped completely (unless my cup gets too full). Now, instead of some getting into the cup and some running down the side of the cup, it goes directly into the cup because the cup is aimed at the source (the cervix). I don't need a backup pad anymore, not even at night!
I know this was a lot but it really helped me figure this thing out and not go back to toxic, smelly, irritating pads and tampons. I hope it helps someone!