I Can Feel My Libby Cup
One of the best things about using a Libby Cup is the comfort; you shouldn't be able to feel your cup at all. If you can feel your menstrual cup when you're standing up, sitting down, or walking around, then let's do some troubleshooting ...
Is Your Libby Cup in the Correct Position?
The Libby Cup sits much lower than a tampon. A tampon will sit right up there, pushed against the cervix. This can cause rubbing, dryness, and general irritation. Your Libby Cup, however, will sit as low as possible, without showing outside of the vaginal opening. You should be able to just touch either the base of the cup or the stem.
Has Your Libby Cup ‘Popped’ Open Properly?
Libby Cups are made from soft, matted silicone to help reduce the chance of it sticking to itself instead of popping open. Still, sometimes your menstrual cup might stay folded after insertion. This will not only be uncomfortable, but it will also cause issues with leaking.
To check that the rim of the cup has opened properly, hold it by the base and gently rotate it. Run your finger along the side of the cup to make sure that the edge is open and sealed along the vaginal wall.
Give it a wiggle! Try pulling it down a little and pushing it at an angle, imagining the opening of the cup is facing your belly. Your vaginal canal is at an angle towards your tummy.
If you're having problems with a leaky cup, you might find this article useful: What to do if Your Libby Cup is Leaking
Have You Got the Correct Shape and Size Libby Cup for Your Body?
Everybody is different. You wouldn't wear shoes that rub or aren't just right for you. So, don't use a menstrual cup that doesn't feel comfortable! There are 3 models of Libby Cup. We call them Cups A, B and C.
Some people keep a collection of menstrual cups. You might find that the menstrual cup you use for the gym is different to the one you use at work or in bed. Other people might use just one cup for every event.
To figure out which cup is most suited to you, start by checking to see where your cervix is.
The cervix sits at the top of your vaginal canal, at the entrance to your uterus. Put your finger in your vagina and gently feel for your cervix. There are 3 positions for the cervix:
- High - Your cervix might be high if your finger is all the way inside your vagina.
- Average - If the opening of your vagina lines up with the middle knuckle of your finger, then your cervix is average.
- Low - If your first knuckle is at the opening of your vagina, then you have a low cervix.
Make sure your Libby Cup is easy to remove. It will be uncomfortable if the cup is too long or big for the position of your cervix. Check out the table below; it explains the sizes of each type of Libby Cup.
|Cup Model||Full Length of Cup||Length of Cup Without Stem||Length of Stem||Rim Diameter||Blood Capacity|
|Cup A||8.3 cm||4.6 cm||3.7 cm||4.5 cm||29 ml|
|Cup B||7.7 cm||4.0 cm||3.7 cm||4.0 cm||20 ml|
|Cup C||6.8 cm||3.2 cm||3.6 cm||3.7 cm||14 ml|
Are You Using the Right Folding Technique When You Insert Your Cup?
There are 3 main ways to fold your Libby Cup for insertion. Everyone prefers a different fold and it's a matter of trying out each one to find out which works for you.
- The C-Fold: fold the cup in half lengthwise creating a 'C' shape.
- The Seven-Fold: Flatten the cup and fold the right-side corner across the cup and all the way down to the stem. This will create a '7' shape from the flattened rim.
- The Push-Down-Fold: Push down one side of the cup, folding it in on itself. This will create a sort of 'point' for insertion.
If, after 3 cycles, your Libby Cup still isn't working for you, then please contact us.
Written by Heather Sanderson and edited by Nina Giblinwright.