Originally Posted by boricuaqueen327
i just bought a box of Instead to try. If I like them I will probably buy a menstrual cup to use along with my cloth pads. however i am having a hard time getting it not to leak. anyone know how to prevent that?
I used them for about 10 years (and still have some left over for those times where intimacy won't interfere w/ bleeding, or to give to someone to try cups). I am now a Diva, and would NEVER go back. Insteads served me well, VERY well for 10 years, but Diva reigns (Mooncup is nice too, and has Diva's back). You have to make sure that the rim of your Instead is up above your vag wall. When you remove it, you should almost have to "hook" the rim and pull down from your vag wall. Leakage will also happen if it's too full (you have so much more "storage" in a real cup), or if you cough or use kegels or poop, because it will kinda dip forward past your wall and empty. This is a handy technique on the potty, when you want to empty it out a bit before removing though!
I used one Instead for the whole week, for 10 years, regardless of the recommendations. I never had a problem!
Keep practicing, and if you take the Diva/Moon/Keeper plunge, you'll have to get used to a whole new insertion technique, so be aware of that.
You are welcome to pm me if you need any other help w/ your Instead issues. My DD used it on her first cycle, while practicing inserting and familiarizing herself w/ her vag for the first time, before succeeding w/ Diva. It's frustrating, but WELL worth the effort!