What to do if Your Libby Cup is Leaking
Your Libby Cup should not leak if it's the right size and shape for you. If you're trying to find the perfect menstrual cup, remember, every-BODY is different! Be patient and persevere. Libby Cup have a range of shapes and sizes for you to try. When you're trying to choose the right fit, consider the following:
ARE YOU USING THE RIGHT SIZE LIBBY CUP?
There is no one-cup-fits-all solution. Start by checking to see where your cervix is.
You can find out by inserting your finger inside your vagina and lightly feeling where your cervix is. If your finger is all the way inside your vagina, then your cervix is ‘high’. If the opening of your vagina is at your middle knuckle, then your cervix is ‘average’ and, if the first knuckle is at the opening of your vagina, then your cervix is ‘low’.
Make sure you have a Libby Cup that is easy to remove. It will be uncomfortable if the cup is too long or big for the position of your cervix.
ARE YOU EMPTYING YOUR MENSTRUAL CUP REGULARLY ENOUGH?
You shouldn't have to empty your Libby Cup as often as you change a tampon, but you might not be empyting it often enough. Try emptying it more often and see if that does the trick.
ARE YOU USING THE RIGHT FOLDING TECHNIQUE?
Just like choosing the right size Libby Cup, it helps to figure out what folding technique is perfect for you. There are three possibilities:
1. The C Fold:
Fold the cup in half creating a ‘C’ or ‘U’ shape, insert it into your vagina, and then allow the cup to pop open.
2. The Seven-Fold:
Flatten the cup and fold the right-side corner of the cup all the way down creating a ‘7’ shape from the flattened rim.
3. The Push-Down-Fold:
Push down one side of the cup, folding the cup in on itself. This will create a sort of ‘point’ to insert. I find this is the easiest technique.
HAS THE RIM OF THE CUP POPPED OPEN?
Once you've inserted your Libby Cup, check that the rim is fully open and sealed by pinching the base or holding the stem and slowly rotating it around. Run your finger around the edge of the cup to check it has ‘popped’ open. The rim will create a seal against the vaginal wall.
You should now be able to do handstands and swim if everything's in place!
Written by Heather Sanderson and edited by Nina Giblinwright.