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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!
05 May 2016 @ 12:50 pm
Hi Everyone!

I stopped using my DC because I had several years of really heavy periods and enormous blood clots. I would have to empty my cup after 2 hours so I just switched back to ultra tampons and doubled up with diaper-like maxi pads. I recently got the clotting and heavy flow under control so want to try my DC again, only I know I have an allergy to silicon grips. The kind that keep knees highs from falling down or cycling sleeves staying up. After wearing those my skin swells then develops a light scar. I've read that the silicon(e) in commercial products is of lower quality so I hope the DC will be fine to resume using.

Now onto my experience with finally lessening my heavy periods, though it may still be too soon to say it's for sure. Next week I will see my gyno so I will ask her several questions and update. To help myself out I changed my diet to semi paleo; less sugar more healthy fats and fiber. Plus because I had become severely anemic, I started taking 1TBS of chlorophyll a day mixed with a teaspoon of maca and raw green powder. Since I've added the maca powder my periods have been lighter with less clots and 3-4 days as opposed to 5-8 days. Took ten weeks.

I know people here have shared having trouble with heavy bleeding and wonder if anyone else has tried maca powder with similar results?

Im just happy to be able to use my cup again or to try a new one, Keeper. Happy to be on the way back to health without anemia and happy to have energy. I also apologize inadvance for not having documentation especially about the maca and only anecdotal evidence for the efficacy of chlorophyll. The last bout I had with anemia was in 2011, I didnt tell my GP that I was taking chlorophyll and she was amazed at how quickly my hemoglobin numbers normalized. After I told her she said to keep doing what I doing.
04 May 2016 @ 11:19 pm
Got an email this week from feminine wear with a promotion for a super Jennie giveaway.

It is now available to buy from them in the uk for £23 in clear or blue.

I would like to try this cup - I like the idea of getting a bit longer between emptying with the much higher capacity although I have no issues with my large fleur and I experienced less capacity with the luv ur body I think because it was longer and took up more space? I have a low dangly cervix.

My question (to those who have this cup) is about the stem. I don't have room for the stem - is it soft enough that it could fold in or can it be removed? The website says it can't be removed but I'm not sure about this.
04 May 2016 @ 05:47 pm
Hello all! I have just recently bought a MeLuna Classic Medium and have been using it on a dry run for a couple weeks. Throughout the whole process, I have yet to get the cup to pop open. I have read through all the different tips and tricks and liked to think I tried almost all of them, but the cup just will not open up for me. I have tried the origami fold, the 7 fold, and the punch down fold as these are the ones I can get in with the most ease, but none of them seem to open once they are inside of me. My cervix is super high, I can not reach it unless I am squatting down. This causes a problem when I try to turn or push the lid of the cup up manually because most times I can not feel the top of the cup or reach two fingers in far enough to rotate the cup. I am at a loss to what to do. I really want to master popping the cup open so that I can use it when my menstrual cycle comes, which should be in a week. Does anyone have any other suggestions???
03 May 2016 @ 04:19 pm
I've been curious about menstrual cups for a few months now but held out on buying one because I had tons of tampons left. Just yesterday I was at Target and actually saw the Diva Cup, Size 1, which was a miracle, because I've never seen it in the store before. So I bought it to finally try it and luckily I am on my period so I can really test drive it. So here is my experience so far.

When I got home I immediately opened the box and read the instructions. They seemed simple enough, so I put the cup in boiling was for 5 min to get all of the factory dust off of it. When it was time to change my tampon I decided to kneel over a towel for my first time inserting it. I tried the punch fold and the origami fold but couldn't quite hold the folds to insert it all the way. I gave up for my first attempt and decided to try it again next time I needed to change my tampon. I got the towel back out and went into position but with the 7 fold this times which was MUCH more successful.

I was honestly surprised it didn't take more tries since it seems people have a hard time getting used to it. It might be because I've only been using tampons for the last 5 years (has my period for 14 years) and had to train myself to relax to use those. I wore the cup over night and there was no leaks or anything. Taking it out is a hassle but I'm sure it'll get easier over time and now can change it over the toilet instead of kneeling over a towel.

For people who want to try the cup just go for it. Remember to relax and have patience because you might get it right away or it'll take you several attempts to feel comfortable with it.
03 May 2016 @ 10:33 pm
Hiya,

I just started using the Organicup on Sunday, and I'm quite happy overall. but I have two issues.


1. It doesn't leak at all during the day, I've worn it to work, for dance class and during workouts, all fine, the longest was 9.5h, no problemo. But I've woken up twice at night now to find my panties looking like a slaughterhouse and the cup not quite full.

What could be the reason that it stays in place with all that activity but doesn't seem to hold at all when I'm asleep?


2. Also, I'm still having trouble with getting the cup out. My vaginal muscles squeeze it quite a bit on the way down, so it goes plop! open when it reaches the outside, and gets blood everywhere, OR to prevent the sudden plop I squeeze it too hard and make it overflow that way.

Any tips on these two things?
03 May 2016 @ 02:50 pm
Hi. I'm new to menstrual cups and recently purchased as smaller size evacup. Almost everything is fine, I love it. Insertion goes well. My issue is that the rim hurts when I remove it. It's better if I stick my fingers up there and kind of c-fold it to make it smaller to remove, but then It spills. I've been looking at the lily cup because it looks like it folds small, the rim looks soft, and it has that spill proof rim. I'm not worried about the length because without the stem it should be just a few millimeters longer than my evacup with the stem, which doesn't bother me. Does this sound like a good troubleshoot?

clarification- It doesn't feel like there's a suction problem, but the popped open rim is to wide and stretches the entrance to my vagina untill it's painful.
01 May 2016 @ 03:12 am
Hello there everyone, I'm a long time lurker but a first time poster. Here's a little background just in case it helps. I'm 25, no children, and I've got PCOS with a heavy period that lasts anywhere from 8-12 days. I've read all of the FAQs and beginner posts like gospel, but I still am having a bit of trouble with a particular aspect. My issue is that my cervix is very high. As in I can't reach it at all normally and can only occasionally just barely touch it (with a LOT of effort) during my period. I also think it moves around, as I've noticed the different angles my cup settles at sometimes when it is working for me. I'm on my third cycle with my large iCare (which has been quite comfortable as far as the stiffness, width, length, and stem go) and while I've mostly gotten the hang of it, I've noticed that there are some days where I must be getting the cup stuck next to my cervix instead of around it. I say that because there will be copious amounts of leakage with little or no blood in the cup. I run my finger around the cup and give it a little half twist to make sure everything is open the best I can, but is there any way I can help to make sure I get my cervix in the cup as well since I can't reach it? Or any pointers to help make sure I'm orienting it right? Or is this just something I'll eventually get the hang of? Thanks in advance for any help!
 
 
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Hi just have a quick question...

Bought a Lena L 2 months ago and it works good, the last 3 days.  But it's as though during the first 3-days my vag becomes so loose and/or slippery that there is like, no "wall friction" to hold the seal or something?  During the first 3-days it shifts all over the place, even to the point that it literally flipped upside down one time when I was chasing my 2 and 1/2-year old.  I knew something was "off", so I went to remove it, try to figure out what was going on... and realized I was feeling the lip of the cup instead of the base.

I thought I was just having insertion problems the first day, till it flipped upside down... then I started really wondering if I was "weird" or something.  I figured "This has a huge learning curve right? Cut yourself some slack" so I changed positions for insertion, fold methods, tried going way deep till I felt like I was gonna lose a hand (ha ha), mid-way deep, way shallow (base of cup & tab hanging out side)... but it always ends up tipping sidewise, dumping the contents (because it works for awhile (10-minutes or so) till it goes side wise)...

I'm just wondering if this is normal?? Am I just dealing with residual slobber?  Possibly missing my cervix or partially missing it and there's just so much flow it's allowing things to slip?

I had read through the size charts and other information that kuradi8 has posted a couple times now.  I know that there are larger cup widths, and softer too... am not sure if I should be going bigger, or softer or give it another month or two or doing something different or what??  I like the Lena for the last couple days but its the first ones that are challenging...

Hi all,

I have tried a variety of cups (Mooncup S, MeLuna sport XL, Lena cup S & L, LUB M), but all leak during my period! I am sure I can get a seal, although they do move up in my vagina.

This weekend, while not on my period, I did a small test. I basically took a bath and put the cups in while I was lying in the bath. This way quite some water would be captured by the cups, and I could test whether they were leaking when not on my period. I was amazed to see that all cups (except for the Meluna, which I had sold) performed a great seal. I decided to wear the Lena small for a couple of hours. It sat very low in my vagina, but did not move up at all during those hrs! Also, I experienced no leaks at all! When I removed the cup, it was filled with water to about 2/3rds.

My question is: why do my cups leak, and why do they move up? During my heavy days all cups leak within 5 minutes, and leak badly. It might be my cervix is filling the cup during my period, but I have tried huge cups (I am slim and the MeLuna XL was really too big for me). Or do the cups move past my cervix? My cervix is usually located to the side of my vaginal wall, could this be the issue? And if so, how can I make the cups work?

I was really amazed that none of my cups leaked when I tried them with water this way. I wonder if anyone else has tried the same, and if you have any ideas on how I can stop my cups from leaking during my period.

Thanks!
25 April 2016 @ 10:17 pm
Hello everyone!

New member here, although I've been a lurker for quite a while.

I'm on a quest, as I've said, for my Goldlilocks cup. My first cup was a Lunette Model 1, and while it was a good cup to start with, I found it slightly painful to fold and remove. It also caused my pee stream to be severely weakened, to the point where I had to remove my cup if I wanted to pee properly (which was inconvenient in a public toilet). I then went on to get a Si-Belle Small, in the hopes of lessening my urinary incontinence and have a generally more comfortable time with inserting/removing. I must say the Si-Belle was a big jump in comfort, and I would have called it my Goldlilocks if not for its stem.

I have a low cervix, so I had to cut off both stems for the Lunette and the Si-Belle in order not to feel any discomfort. The Lunette was fine as it has amazing grip rings, but I had to leave the Si-Belle one with its last rung/grip on in order to remove it. It's still manageable, but it's there and I can occasionally feel it shifting around when I cross my legs etc. Do any of you lovely people know of a cup that is as soft as the Si-Belle, with its bell shape and less prominent rim, and yet has the amazing grip rings of a Lunette? That would probably be the perfect cup for me ...

Thanks! 
20 April 2016 @ 11:03 am
I am trying to get some help troubleshooting my diva cup. I am on my second month of epic failing! I am going to make sure this post goes where I expect it too, then get to the nitty gritty of my issues!
Thanks for having me.
I bought my first cup (LadyCup S) when I was 18 and it worked perfectly for the first year and a half then I started getting leaks in the mornings after getting out of bed. Gradually the leaks became more frequent and random. I thought that maybe my body had changed during this period and the cup had become too small for me (I could rotate it very easily inside) so I switched to Meluna Classic M.
After using it for a year I've began having the same issues - now it leaks every time I change my position from lying down to standing up and when I urinate (with M size I have to really push to get the urine out).
I don't know if these problems are due to the limited durability of cups' material and I should expect to change my cup every year (in this case I would be looking for cheaper brands) or it's because I need a model of a different firmness or size.
Does anyone have any advice?
I've been using a cup for about 5 years now. I've been pretty satisfied with my small Lunette, which I use whenever I have a period, which, due to birth control, hasn't been very much.

Within the last year or 2, I had problems with the Lunette slipping down toward the entrance of my vagina. Every time I sneezed or coughed too hard, the cup would slip down. It also slipped whenever I did a lot of running or walking. I don't play sports or anything like that, but I don't have a car, so I have to walk longish distances all the time.

My question, mainly, is this: Has anyone else had a cup that fit them just fine and then all of a sudden it felt like it wouldn't stay up where it was supposed to? Has anyone else had problems with it slipping down toward the entrance of the vagina?

I do have a very low cervix. I bought a shorty XL sport Meluna and HOLY COW is this thing ever hard. Like, way harder than I'm used to. Insertion was very difficult but I managed it. Getting it out was also painful.

When I get the Meluna in, I can't tell when it opens. With my Lunette, I'd stick it in there and it would be a little painful (but not enough for me to care). I'd kind of pinch the end a little bit if it wasn't cooperating, and then I'd feel it pop open and it wouldn't hurt anymore and that was how I knew it was in right.

Getting it out was also really difficult. Not just painful, but it felt really hard to break the seal. It took multiple tries and I'm not sure I can stick my fingers far enough up there to get to the rim every time. There's just no room up there.

I don't feel the Meluna pop open. Is this related to the fact that it's TPE instead of Silicon?

Did I mention that I'm a virgin? I feel like half my problems are because that goddamned hymen is in the way. I read The Virgin's Guide to Cups, and found it semi helpful, but not really. Is there a way to like, stretch out your hymen?

I haven't done any physical activity today except biking, so I don't even know if the Meluna will serve its intended purpose. Has anyone else tried to sport models?
13 April 2016 @ 10:28 pm
Does anyone with soft cup experience in general, or Super Jennie experience specifically, have issues with the cup not opening to its full cup shape and therefore losing some capacity? I was happy with my ruby cup but wanted a bit more capacity, so I got a SJ large. I can get it open, but the softer bottom half of the cup seems to collapse in a bit and I'm actually having to empty it more often than my ruby. (although I technically should be getting about 7.5 more MLs)
10 April 2016 @ 07:04 pm
Hi. I brought my first cup (Lunette model 1), but I haven't been able to insert it for the past two cycles. I was only able to insert part of it with the bottom and stem sticking out using coconut oil and water. After getting it halfway in, it starts to hurt. It wasn't as bad as it was during my first few tries, but it's still uncomfortable. I also can't push it in any further without the cup unfolding and slipping out. If if helps, I'm a virgin and have a high cervix. Thanks!
As I've stated above, I want to go into using cups, and I'd love to hear recommendations based on people in a similar situation, with two children and around the age of 23. I love the idea of cups, and how much more cost efficient it is than the alternatives. I will, however, be getting the mirena about six weeks after giving birth to my second child. Dont know if it's going to be a (major) factor, but my children are going to be about 13 months apart. Price is no problem, as this is an investment in myself, hehe. :) also, I'm not sure if this has been asked, but thank you in advance!
Have you used 'soft tampons'?

I've come across 3 brands: Beppy, Gynotex (both from Netherlands) & Joy Division (from Germany). I've used sea sponge tampons & LOVE them. They are more comfortable than cups for me, especially the first day, but they are challenging to manage away from home on the first few days. They also have more maintenance than cups & I have to be diligent about washing well & fully drying. I don't regularly sanitize or sterilize my cups, but with the sponges I feel the need to keep them super clean.
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So, I'm wondering if anyone has experience using soft tampons; Did you like it? Was it worth the cost? Anything you didn't like? Do you know of some way to get some that won't cost $5+ per sponge?
08 April 2016 @ 10:56 pm
Hello cuppers. So, I am looking into buying a couple of MeLuna's (I love my current one but it is slightly misshapen/oval now) and have a question about purchasing/shipping. I love the color options from the German site. I have never bought from the German site, though. I live in the US. Would shipping be too expensive/not worth it? If the shipping is not outrageous, I honestly do not care, but if it is going to cost more than the cup, then I can just suck it up and buy from the US site.
07 April 2016 @ 01:24 pm
Hi I'm new to this so I'm sorry if this is repetitive.

I'm looking for a new menstrual cup I have the Divacup but it won't fit I've tried the virgins guide to cups, all the different folds, using lube,etc. but none of it is working. I can't even get it in but when I sort of do it feels really... thick/hard and uncomfortable (almost painful) is it possible for a menstrual cup to be too hard? I have a high cervix but I'm very narrow. I'm leaning towards the Lilycup, Lilycup compact or the Lunette but I don't really know what I'm looking for I'd just like some help, I'll even take tips about the Divacup I just hate pads and never want to use tampons.

Again I'm really sorry if this is repetitive and you've seen it too many times I just need help.

Thank you.
 
 
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06 April 2016 @ 03:30 pm
Hi All!

I am a senior industrial design student at Georgia Tech and have used a divacup, mooncup and have recently tried the femmycycle! I'm loving my cups, but I think they could be improved. I am currently working on a project to design a new menstrual cup. My design involves a valve at the base of the cup, so you could empty it without removing it during the day ie when you are in a public space without access to a sink (this would be particularly helpful for women with a heavy flow like me). I'm working on making the design SUPER secure, so no worries about leaks from the bottom etc.

What do y'all think? Is this something that cup users would find useful? Any feedback would be super appreciated!

-Sonia
05 April 2016 @ 03:55 am
Hi, I'm a 21 years old and I just got my first cup. I got a Mooncup because a friend suggested it so bad, she was so happy I couldn't wait to be that much happy.
Anyways, as always, I had a little trouble putting the cup in and removing it, just because I was being a little naive and I thought it wouldn't hurt at all.
So after I panicked a bit and re-calm myself, I started to feel worried about the fold. I use a tulip fold because I'm very tight at the opening, and the U fold just hurts too bad. The fact is that I insert it very slowly to avoid the pain, but doing so I can't hear it "pop". I read somewhere that one should twist the cup to ensure it's really open, but I can't reach enough to twist the cup without hurting. So the "pop" is really necessary? If I don't hear it, does it mean my cup is closed? I'm keeping a pad on just in case, but I would like to know if you have tips about making sure that the cup is open.

Thank you in advance,
Laura :)
03 April 2016 @ 11:54 am
Hello all. I am a new user to menstrual cups and decided to go with the Diva cup as it was in my local co-op. Anyway, I began using it yesterday and all was well until I read on their site that using any topical creams for yeast infections while using the Diva cup may compromise the silicone and to replace it. I JUST bought this and prior to getting my period I was prescribed an ointment for a minor yeast infection. I had the cup in and just put a small amount on and not really touching the cup.
Has anyone experienced problems while using a menstrual cup and using an ointment/topical cream? As soon as I read about that I took it out and washed it and discontinued use for now. I guess I am just finding it hard to believe my brand new cup is ruined because it *possibly* got some ointment on it at its base. How would I be able to see if it was compromised? It looks and feels  perfectly fine to me. Any advice or insight is appreciated, thanks :)
02 April 2016 @ 05:37 pm
After about a year of trying out several cups, I think I have found my Goldilocks.

YAY!

And it is ...

(Drum roll)

The large Super Jennie.

The cup and I have the same name, but we are not related.  ;-)

I have been using the Super Jennie exclusively for three cycles and it is my go-to cup now. (Background: I'm 38, high cervix/no kids.)

When I started out, I tried a couple of small-sized soft cups. They were fine for light days, but they didn't seem to hold up on heavier days. Then I tried some large-sized cups, some soft, some firmer. After some trial-and-error, I discovered that I seem to do better with larger, wider cups. And I had a couple of cups that I liked for different reasons, but I hadn't found that one perfect cup.

I have a large classic Yuuki, which is super-firm, and I love it for exercising and for heavier days. But on lighter days and overnight, I would usually switch to something softer, and I wish now that I had bought a large soft Yuuki, too. I have a large Sckoon cup and I like it okay, but it is really soft and a bit fiddly to open. Plus, it is a shorter cup and with my high cervix it would sometimes ride up quite high, making removal challenging, especially since the stem on the Sckoon really isn't very useful. But I did okay with it for a while, although I prefer the Yuuki for exercising. So I was switching between at least two cups at various points.

Then I heard some good things about the Super Jennie and decided to give it a try. I worried, though, that the softness might make the cup difficult to open. I haven't had any problems getting it to open, though. The cup is pretty squishy, but it seems slightly firmer around the rim, which probably helps it to pop open. And I have found that once I let go of the cup and it starts to open, it helps to wiggle the bottom of the cup slightly to encourage it to pop all the way open. Another cool thing is that, in my experience, this cup immediately settles itself where it needs to be. Once it's in, I just run my finger along the rim to make sure that the cup is open and that everything feels right, and I'm good to go.

And the best part is no leaks so far! The Super Jennie holds up fabulously through spin class, 6-mile runs, kickboxing, yoga, and weight training. No slippage, no leaking. No leaks overnight, either.

The Super Jennie is the first cup I’ve tried that combines all of the features of my favorite cups. It pops open easily like a firm cup, but it is soft enough to wear comfortably anytime. No more needing different cups for different situations. This is very nice because now when I travel I can take only one cup with me instead of two. It is easy to insert, easy to remove, holds up exceptionally well during physical activity, and it doesn’t leak. I couldn’t ask for more.

I ordered a couple of spares so that I always have one around. I hope that I will be set for a while now!
Fair warning this is a gross/embarrassing/complicated story that I'm mainly posting for awareness. I've been a long time cup user with an IUD. Roughly a week ago I must have put in my cup and forgot about it. I was cleaning my apartment when I started have sharp intense abdominal pain. I thought I had expelled my IUD. I went to the bathroom to check, were, horrified, I found my cup (that had been residing up there for a week). I honestly never thought I could possibly forgot one up there (but I work 50 hours a week and go to college full time soooooo.) Anyway, after dealing with that disgusting mess I started having worse abdominal pain and a yellow discharge. With no resolution of symptoms, I decided to go the ER. It was determined that I have serious bacterial infections (both anaerobic and aerobic) and fungal infections throughout my uterus and vaginal tract. They gave me morphine for pain. I see posts all the time about people who leave their cups in for 24-36 hours, and while this may be fine for some people, my doctor said that anything longer than 24 hours may cause infections like this. I was really close to developing TSS (because old blood/discharge is breeding ground for bacteria even though the silicone isn't) and the cup essentially back washes this over your cervix/upper vagina. I'm on 3 different kinds of antibiotics, an antifungal, and received IV antibiotics at the ER. I have to follow up with my gyno to make sure I haven't developed PID. I know these things get touted as being super safe and virtually TSS risk free, but this just isn't the case. Be careful ya'll.

*Note: I'm graduating in May with a BS in Medical Biotechnology and Chemistry to attend a PhD program in Infectious disease. I'm very conservative with medical treatment and quite good at reading lab reports and my own results. I don't think my doctors over-reacted or made any poor decisions.