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21 February 2015 @ 07:36 pm
Hey, menstrual cuppers! It's a new year (sorta) and we've got new members! It's really nice to see the community acting as a fresh resource for new and existing cup users.

If I could just ask everyone to take a look at the rules, that would be excellent. That includes new and old members. I've been observing some slippage on related topics and gender-neutral language on the part of both new and old members. The main thing is to keep this a civil and welcoming place for all cup users, so thanks for helping with that!
27 November 2015 @ 12:25 am
Okay so I've been using the diva cup for about a year now... in fact just that exactly. I've always experienced some leakage on my heavier days, but the last 3 periods have been really bad about it. as in, sometimes I don't even think the cup is working... usually the cup isn't that full when I empty it when this happens. This makes me think that my cervix is going into my cup... which would make sense as it does hang low during my period. I've begun wearing pads on the heavier days to help but... that makes me wonder what the point is of using a cup at all if I have to wear a pad anyway. And they're so itchy. x.x

Because of the leakage I've been paying extra special attention to my cervix and I've noticed at times it's at a weird angle. It like doesn't follow the flow of my vagina if that makes sense. It's been causing me problems because every time I insert the cup it ends up along side the cervix. Just now I had to insert and reinsert almost 10 times to get it right .

I know there are cups for people with low cervix's but... will this help my weird angle problem. I really don't want to have to go back to pads and the reusable ones don't seem appealing to me. I'm also looking at the Luv ur Body cup as it has really good reviews... their small is almost the same size as the small diva cup which is what i use.. so that's what I'm considering. If anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear it.
24 November 2015 @ 03:02 pm
Please help. I started my cup journey almost a year back.I started with diva - too long, hard then Lunette small- ok but felt small for me but large seems to be hard so after research I went for soft cup sckoon it was ok but the floor pattern was not comfortable. Now from past 6 months I am using si bell large and meluna short soft ( large).

The problem is my cervix seems to be low each day of my period. First day si bell works, next day meluna short with stem, next day meluna stem is poking last day meluna is completely fine and after periods si bell works perfectly.

My question will femmycycle low cervix will work for me. Be coz I went spending so much money again $40 and not sure it will work. Need help please
23 November 2015 @ 02:11 pm
Just a heads up. I got an email from fleurcup that 2 Fleurcup = 21,99€ through November 30th.
19 November 2015 @ 09:47 am
Hi there. I just got a meluna cup and have been trying it out. I tried the Diva cup before, but couldn't grip the stem to get it out. I ended up having to get a doctor's help. A little embarrassing. So anyway, I got the meluna because with the ring, I figured I could tie a string around it to help get it out. It does serve that purpose. But now I'm discovering a new issue. I can't seem to get it far enough in, and be able to reach it. The two times I've tried it, it's uncomfortable when I sit, so I assume it's not in far enough. But I can barely reach the tip of it. So firstly, how to get it further in. Secondly, even as far in as it already is, I can't reach it to see if it is even unfolding or positioning correctly. Since, I can barely reach the tip, I can't twist it, like suggested, or feel around the rim. Is everyone just longer fingered than me? How do you get it far enough in but then still be able to reach it and adjust it?
18 November 2015 @ 08:50 am
Hello all! I got my first MC yesterday - Diva Cup size 2. I was very excited because I've always had "heavy" periods where I have to change a super tampon every couple of hours for the first two days. I've tried the Insteads Soft Cup and while they worked, I did have some trouble pulling them from behind my pubic bone.

Some background: I'm 39 and a virgin (Yes, my doctor was amazed). I've used super tampons since college with pads as backup. When I'm not on my period I can't feel my cervix with my fingers. Haven't tried feeling for it at other times.

So inserting the Diva Cup was painful and I think maybe I tore a bit? I didn't think I have a hymen any more after years of horseback riding but maybe so. Anyway, there was a sharp sting and bright red blood. Since my period hasn't really gotten going I figured that's what happened. But I got the cup inserted and the stem sat just where it's supposed to with easy reach.

When I went to remove it, I could reach the stem but couldn't get my fingers high enough to pinch the base of the cup. I could get two fingers in, but not three. I was freaking out and in tears thinking I'd have to have a doctor remove it! But after a lot of stretching and tugging it came out with a pop leaving me very sore.

Now, I'm scared to try again for fear the same thing will happen. Do you think enlarging the air holes will help? I can barely see them. But it almost felt like the rim was lodged behind my pelvic bone just like the Soft Cup did (and I think that's where it's supposed to go), making the cup harder to remove.
17 November 2015 @ 10:39 pm
I hope you guys can help me out, I'm kind of nervous and a little scared.

About three months ago, I got an IUD (the Mirena) inserted. It was a horribly painful experience that I tried to walk home after, and couldn't move for a couple days from the cramps and pain. Anyway, eventually the pain went away and I've been mostly symptom free for a while. Unfortunately, my periods haven't stopped.

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Current Mood: distresseddistressed
16 November 2015 @ 03:11 pm
Hi everyone! It's been a while, but I'm getting back into using my cup and am having some sizing issues.

About 6 years ago, I started using a menstrual cup. Started with the DivaCup, but it was a little too hard, so I researched and ended up going with a small LadyCup. Loved it. Used it for about a year with no issues (I also cut off the stem because it poked me since my cervix is tilted a little.

Then I got an IUD and didn't have a period for over 5 years.

I recently got my IUD out and went back to my LadyCup. The small still worked fine (I've never had a super heavy flow) but I am having issues getting it out. I can't seem to get a grip on it and it's getting sucked up too high in there to grab since I cut the stem off years ago.

So I figured maybe I needed to try a large since I just turned 30 (although I do not have kids). So I bought a large but it's super uncomfortable. I can feel it in there and it presses on my bladder. So that's a no-go.

Any suggestions? I tried looking at the sizing chart, but I'm still at a loss. Should I try a new LadyCup and leave the stem? Or try a longer cup?

Thanks so much for any help!!!
16 November 2015 @ 03:23 pm
So I received my Yukki cups (large and small) "THE ROCK". And put in the large Yukki and I can't even feel it! (geez do I have a monstrous vagina?). That's not my main question, my main question is: I now have a collection of cups and need to decide which ones to get rid of throughout the months (stay tuned in menstrual cup sales). Besides the down side of getting it in and out (if you let go of it too soon before it's in, ouch! and taking it out, it's hard to pinch the base of the cup), I thought the biggest down side of a firm cup would be comfort. But I figured the biggest advantage is, it's sure to open and I would think it would fit the best no matter your shape, it's so firm I figure it is sure to create a nice O around the inside of your vagina. Right? Oh, and it seems it's the only one I've been able to do that elusive "spin" maneuver on. So if one can not even feel it, wouldn't firmer be better?
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Hi, I am just beginning to explore the world of MCs.

I have a fairly high cervix which is placed at the far left of my vagina, not centered at all.

I am 40yrs old and have had two babies.

Any suggestions as to which cup might best suit me and any other tips for using etc are very much appreciated!

Thank you!
13 November 2015 @ 02:43 am
No matter what I do my diva cup leaks I make sure I am putting it in horizontally and turning it 360 degrees I have tried putting it in high and low and it still leaks it catches some flow but not for long I suspect that me moving around is flattening the cup. My vagina is pretty small and I am starting to give up hope that I can use a menstrual cup. I trace my finger around it to make sure it popped open and it is but some how it still leaks I don't know what to do.
12 November 2015 @ 09:09 am
Ironically, I was in the comm last night reading success stories because I had been feeling such cup love. And then this morning happened. (I STILL love my cup regardless of what you're about to read.)

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08 November 2015 @ 01:18 am
Hi all. I'm a new menstrual cup user. I've been using my small Fleurcup for 2 cycles. I love using it but I've found that it starts leaking every time when it's about only 2/3 full. The blood level is nowhere near the air holes when I take it out. When it's 1/3 full, it doesn't leak at all and it works perfectly. Anyone knows what the problem might be? Low cervix? Because the cup moves slightly upward? I've no idea. Thank you. :)
Hi all! I've been a lurker on the community for a long time and I've learned so much. You all have made the transition from disposables to cups so much easier for me, and I've finally worked up the nerve to post for myself.

My cup sizing story...Collapse )

Also, has anyone ever had leaking that occured only on the toilet paper when wiping? As in, every time I wipe I see blood, a fair amount even when I know my cervix is in the cup, but I rarely end up with a mess in my undies. Maybe a few spots in anything.

05 November 2015 @ 07:57 pm
So, I'm fairly used to the cramps I get on my period. This is the first time I've used my Lena cup during my cycle, and I've noticed that when I'm sitting or lying down, I get some cramps.

I tried removing the cup and sitting down, and there was no cramps but as soon as it was back in place and I was sitting on the toilet, the cramps were back. However, when i stand up the cramps are gone.

Any ideas about what I can do for these cramps?
03 November 2015 @ 03:34 am
Hey there cup enthusiasts!
I am looking to join the ranks and was hoping for some recommendations on reliable cups/bands. I am shopping for something between 50 and 60 mm, preferrably more bell shaped, a large or decent capacity to handle my heavy flow, and on the slightly softer side (though I think I could handle a medium firmness). I was originally looking at a large Sckoon, but was kinda discouraged by the strechtiness of the stem and grips. The I was looking at the Lunette, but I've heard that's kind of firm sooo... I dunno. Any suggestions or tips you lovely folks might have would be absolutely appreciated! Thanks in advanced. :D
01 November 2015 @ 01:16 pm
I'm just starting my second cycle using a menstrual cup. I chose the Lunette size 2 (larger size). I am not having any trouble inserting or removing, but cannot seem to figure out leakage. I have a pretty heavy flow the first few days of my cycle. Sometimes there is a little in the cup, other times none. After posting on this forum last month, I figured out that my cervix is high and off to the right. I've tried turning my cup inside out and angling it or trying to place it over more to the right, but that hasn't worked yet. There just doesn't seem to be that much room to maneuver in there, if you know what I mean. Does anyone have any suggestions about what I'm doing wrong?
29 October 2015 @ 10:22 pm
I'm recovering from a motor vehicle accident, and thus am on crutches at the moment. (nothing serious, just lots and lots of soft tissue damage that means I can't put much weight on my left leg.) Just to make things more interesting, my period started this morning (less than three weeks after the last one, peri-menopause irregularities can suck it), and today I have run into the same problem three times. I get to the toilet, and no matter how hard I try and hold it, i start urinating before I can get my pants off. This has happened intermittently before, but today was awful - not to mention damned embarrassing when you can't change your pants without help :( Just occurred to me now to wonder if maybe the reason I can't cinch down on my bladder sphincter is because my Diva (size 2, used for nine years) is in the way. I've tried going to the bathroom sooner than I think I need to in case my bladder was just over-full, but that lead to the biggest miss (and mess) yet.

Now granted, I probably am not using the Diva properly, as I understand it from this group. I wear it quite low because that's what the instructions said to do when I bought the thing - the stem-entirely-removed base is one index-knuckle-length in from my pubic bone. Any higher and my flow misses the cup entirely. I am NOT interested in being lectured or retrained to use it differently - I don't have the spoons or wherewithal for that. If people think that yes it's the problem, I'll just switch to tampons for the rest of this cycle.

Anyone have any thoughts?
Current Mood: grumpygrumpy
I'm not actually all that worried yet, but thought I'd jump in and document it in the name of research, plus it's pretty funny.

It's the 5th day of my period so my flow is light & it's been in there for 12 hours at this point. It's only my second time wearing it overnight (omg, so good,) so there's likely hardly anything in it besides my low, dangly cervix. It's a small Si-bell if that helps. I can reach the rim fine but I can't for the life of me exert enough force on it to break the seal & push my cervix out of the cup. I can actually feel it through the bell of the cup whilst I'm trying but when I push on the rim the little devil just slides up away from me so I'm pushing on the bell of the cup below my cervix, which is no help.

I just need to be able to crook my finger hard enough to push that rim beyond my lump of a cervix, but when I try that my ring finger starts to slide up my asshole, aha. Try to touch the heel of your thumb with your middle finger. See what I mean? I mean, I could do that, but I'd rather not tear up my anus needlessly. Try anal, they said, it'll be fun, they s- ANYWAY...

I'm going to leave it until shower time tonight (which would make it 24 hours,) which is funny because before I got up I was actually thinking about leaving it for 24 hours & did a search on my phone and apparently a lot of you ladies do that but I said, 'No, take it out and see how much you actually bleed overnight at the end of your period, if at all.' And then I tried to take it out and it was like, 'I'm right actually, I think I'll stay for a bit.'

Hopefully by shower time it'll be a little fuller and more inclined to let go and it'll also be easier to manage various bodily fluids in regards to that butthole issue. o_O But anyway, if anyone has some tips for when that time comes let me know & I'll update afterwards.
29 October 2015 @ 12:12 pm
i'm 13 and looking into getting a menstrual cup for when i go back to school next year (i do online school right now) and i really need help? i don't have really heavy flow i guess but. just average
29 October 2015 @ 11:05 am

I was looking into a Mamicup, a small though, and ran into a little problem. The measurements for the body of the cups seem to differ on various sites that sell the cup. Can anyone verify the measurements of either size?

Discrepancies in body length:
Small: 50mm v 46mm
Large: 57mm v 53mm

Thank you.

I've seen some comparison pictures and I feel that the measurements for both cup bodies is 46 (medium) and 53 (large).
Hi everyone,

I am thinking of purchasing a menstrual cup, but before I buy, is there any increased risk of contracting a yeast infection from it? Has anybody gotten a yeast infection after beginning to use their cup? If so, how commonly does it happen? I have never gotten a yeast infection before, but I am afraid of getting one if I decide to use a cup for my periods. I appreciate any answers ^^
28 October 2015 @ 10:01 am
Hi all -

I just got a Meluna, medium, classic sport...Well, it's supposed to be a sport, but I'm almost wondering if they sent me the wrong one. It seems too soft. When I hadn't used it yet, it was a nice, round shape - and now it's kind of an oval after only using it a few days. Is that normal? It also doesn't seem to pop open very easily - when I have it out of my body and I squeeze it together then let my fingers go really quickly, it kind of pops...But weakly. I have watched a lot of videos about menstrual cups, and whenever people are demonstrating, it seems like the cups really pop open with force, whereas mine seems to kinda just...weakly pop. And I'm having a hell of a time getting it to pop open inside of me, too. I've watched videos with tips on how to get it open, but I haven't really tried the tips yet.

My pelvic floor muscles are strong from lots of walking and horseback riding and yoga, and my vagina is pretty narrow, which is why I got the sport so that it would pop open easier. But now I'm wondering if they sent me the wrong one or something, because the one I have just seems to be wimpy.

I also have a super low cervix.

I've also been using it while I don't have a full fledged period. I know people say not to do that, but I'm just trying to figure out how to use this particular cup before I start bleeding all over the place.

SO FRUSTRATED. I don't get it - I was using a Diva cup for a while and it was going great, and then suddenly it wouldn't pop open anymore and it felt way too long, which is why I changed to the Meluna so that I could have something shorter and stronger. I'm ready to give up on this menstrual cup thing all together because as much as I hate pads and tampons, they're way easier.

EDIT: Ok, I tried a different fold and it is in there now and it's open, BUT when I stick my finger up in there it feels like it's squeezed together, probably because my vagina is fairly narrow. I guess that's why it's now an oval shape instead of a circle? But should it stay in that oval shape? Is it going to work properly if it's open but squished?
27 October 2015 @ 03:06 pm
So I've only used cups for one and a half cycles and I'm still not sure about these things (about to buy a yuuki cup). When I've had them in while sitting or really just "being" I feel air escape. Like it feels like blood escaping but I check and there is none so it's air. So.. what does that mean? Is this supposed to happen? Does it mean it is being crushed? Does it mean it is the wrong size?
Current Mood: confusedconfused
27 October 2015 @ 12:59 pm
Hey friends,

So I've been having some issues with trying to figure out menstrual cups. I first started out with the size 1 Diva Cup because I've never had sex and I am 22 years old. I always felt like the Diva Cup moved around a lot and I would get leakage on my heavy days. So I bought a lunette size 2 cup to see if that would fix the issue. My thought was that the wider rim and bigger holes on the lunette cup would help with the leakage. And while I have found that the lunette cup suctions better, I'm still getting leakage, mainly when I stand up after I have been sitting awhile. I can feel the seal break and suddenly I have leakage.
Does anyone know why this is happening? Any advice?