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EliotDorian
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So this is the second cycle where I'm trying out a menstrual cup (I asked a question about this a while ago, but it's really old by now, so I made a new thread) and new issues are popping up. So I was reading a thread on an lj community where someone said her cup leaked, and that meant she must have missed her cervix. My own diva cup leaked, and it felt like I'd put it in right - I used the punch down fold, I didn't feel it in me other than a weird sensation on the outside of my vagina, and I'm pretty sure that's just the stem and it doesn't bother me so I'm not going to bother cutting the stem. But earlier today my cup had leaked, and I think it's leaking as we speak, but I want to let it fill before I get it out. Did I miss my cervix? And how do I find my cervix? I've been told by three different gynaecs that my cervix is pretty high, and Pap smears are a hassle not because they're particularly painful but because it always takes the doc a while to find my cervix. FWIW, I've ALWAYS leaked around tampons as well. Could my leaking around the cup and leaking around the tampon be related? Like could it be a retroverted uterus or something?

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Let's leave retroverted uteri at the door for now, okay? Not only does it not likely have anything to do with this, that's always a bit of a pickle, because it's questionable if that is even meaningful. The uterus sits in ligaments so can move on its axis for all women: it's not in one static place. But like I said, I don't see how the position of your uterus would impact this, anyway.

Per how to find your cervix, have you ever done a self-exam with a speculum to see it? If not, are there times you can feel it with your fingers (it does tend to mean reaching back into the vagina, sometimes very far back)?

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I haven't done a self-exam, but the last time I had a speculum in me, I brought a mirror and asked to see all my parts. I saw the red dot of my cervix but at that point I cringed and looked away. And I just remember that it was pretty high. I could try feeling for it with my fingers, but I'm not menstruating during those times. I might just have missed my cervix, which leads me to my other question - how does a cup miss the cervix? Once it's open, it's open. Plus, it *had* collected blood, on top of the blood that leaked. I'm also wondering why I leak around tampons and if that might have something to do with my leaking around the cup?

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I don't think I'd say any of this is a matter of "missing" a cervix, so much as it is that the cup is sitting in a way where the opening of your cervix isn't missing IT, if you get me.

Can I ask how often you're changing cups or tampons? With the tampons, are you using the smallest flow size you can? Weird as it may sound, using larger flow tampons than a person needs can result in leaking.

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I put in my cup about an hour ago and it's leaking. I'm pretty sure my cervix is outright missing the cup, but my cup is collecting some blood. With pads, on a day like today, I figure I'd change twice in a day, although if I'm stepping out I put on a fresh one even if it's only half full.
With tampons I've used anything from regular to super. I normally use super, but I could try using a regular and see if that makes a difference. I take it out more often than every four hours, but only because I see it leaking, and then I look at the tampon itself, and it's only half full.

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Okay, so with the tampons, I'd try a smaller size and see if that helps.

It sounds to me like with the cup, it's likely an issue of positioning. Are you getting the rim of it far enough back in your vagina?

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I might not be. But how can I tell if it's far enough back in? And by "back" do you mean "as opposed to front" or "high" or "far inside" or all of those? But I have no idea how to reposition the cup - once it's inside my vagina, it fills it up and there's no room for me to put a finger in to check if it's positioned properly. Could it be where I aim?

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