Well, last night, I woke up with the feeling that I needed to empty the cup, so I got out of bed, went to the bathroom, and it was about half full, but I had leaked 1 drop onto my overnight pad. I managed to empty the cup, rinse and reinsert without even my glasses on and return to bed. In the morning, the cup was half full again, but with no leaks. I decided that this cup does feel a bit stiff and remembered how with the "soft" Meluna, I couldn't even feel it, so I decided to try the "C" fold facing backwards with that and it opened right away, though it was still difficult to tell that it had opened. I find that I need to reach up a bit on the sides to feel the open top half, because the bottom half, with this one, is just so darn squishy it remains squished feeling at the bottom, even though the top is fully open. As it moves up throughout the day, we'll see if that changes, but the top is open, so I know I'm good. Also, I think the suction with the soft cup is much gentler than with the "classic," so that also feels different. It will be interesting to see what happens to my flow within the next 24 hours. As I mentioned in my mikvah post, Jewish women must allow 5 days for bleeding before they can count their "white" days. The question is, will I be done by then? Last week I certainly wasn't. Will the cup shorten my days of flow?
So far very uneventful. I am back to the soft cup...MUCH more comfortable, and I even can gage when it's open now, by using a bit of common sense and checking a bit higher up on the cup after I've inserted. I have to say that now I'm thinking that the Meluna with the ring on the bottom was actually easier to grab hold of than the one with the stem, now! lol. I like the stem, still, because it's longer... but there is less to grab on to, so that makes it more of a challenge. I'm realizing that there are so many potentials for preference. It's also really important to "size" your vagina. Some women have shorter vaginal canals than others, this will affect many factors with your cup.
I went back to wearing a liner today, but it's not necessary. I feel like taking it off. I went 4 hours without changing the cup and didn't leak even a drop. The only danger is forgetting that you have your period! Overall, that's been my biggest challenge. I realize now how much my life revolved around my menstrual flow when I was menstruating in cloth pads only. After 4 days of using the cup (only interrupted by that one night of exceptionally heavy flow where I used pads alone), I think that I might prefer to have some "breaks" from the cup, perhaps overnight, where cloth pads are still crucial. When my period begins to really taper down, maybe I'll give one of these smaller Meluna's a try...
A quick word about vaginal secretions and cervical fluid...I still get to keep tabs on this while menstruating. Yippie!
To Be Continued...