22 November 2014 @ 02:17 pm
So, I'm pretty sure it's cheaper to order straight from Germany, because they take off the 19% VAT tax if you're out of Europe... I calculate it would be about $22.69 including shipping with today's exchange rate. Has anyone else noticed how ridiculous that seems? Also, when I ordered my MeLunas (from Germany) they came really fast, I was impressed. So the MeLuna USA store really seems quite pointless, especially if you want a colored cup. However, I did sign up for their newsletter because they claim that it has coupon codes. I really want to get an XL shorty before my next cycle, is it worth waiting for the newsletter or should I just order from Europe? I haven't gotten anything yet, so I'm sort of thinking it might come December 1st, but maybe it's less frequent... does anyone else signed up for the newsletter have any idea how often it comes out (and if the coupons are worth waiting for...for example, a 10% off coupon is still more expensive than Germany) Thanks!!
21 November 2014 @ 11:11 am
I have been using the Ladycup for a few cycles now and its great!! I do have issues with heaviness though vitamin E has helped a lot. But for 1-2 days each cycle, I have to empty the cup every hour sometimes. Its not the most comfortable thing to do, to say the least lol but better than going broke with pads. My question is.. can constantly putting it in and out cause any damage or stretching? I have had 1 child so I think its comparably not a worry haha but I did notice a bruised feeling sometimes. I don't really want a bigger cup because this one is already a bit long.
21 November 2014 @ 02:54 pm
I am trying to get back into using my menstrual cup. I was uncomfortable with using my menstrual cup while my IUD was in place as I'd previously accidentally sucked one out with a cup (a Mooncup UK).

I love the shape of the Skooncup. But it is just too soft. I'm 30 and have had two children (one vaginal birth) but my muscles are still way too tight down there. *Nothing* I can do will coax the cup to open. It actually still seems to catch the blood, but obviously where it doesn't open properly the capacity is not going to be good. It's only lasting an hour or so before it leaks. As I said, the blood is definitely going in there so I know it's not because it's missing my cervix. I bleed very heavily (I use about 12-14 maxi pads in a day on my heaviest day).

I'd like a cup that's a similar shape but stiffer. It either needs to have a soft stem, or a base that I'll be able to grip and remove without a stem. I have a sensitive bladder and the steam always seems to irritate it until I cut it completely off.

I was wondering if the Fleurcup would be good idea as its stiffer and has the same sort of bell shape.

Or are there any Melunas (the options for the stems appeal to me) that have a similar shape?
20 November 2014 @ 09:18 pm
I'm wondering because the Lily Cup has no holes, some cups have two or tiny holes.

Are the holes to help make a suction seal?

Or are they there to help release the suction?

I feel silly for asking after all this time.
20 November 2014 @ 04:52 pm
I wanted to wait until after my third cycle with the cup (since I'm a brand new cup user) but since I'm happily awaiting its arrival, it's nowhere to be found.

I got the light blue one on amazon (they've since added more colors) in the smaller size. My cup matches up to the measurements found here: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3329369.html I think the silicone is on the stiffer side, when I pinch the base right above the stem the rim doesn't move. I also feel a little bit of pressure on my bladder when I wear it. I've never had a issue keeping a grip on the stem, but I have found that it's really difficult to clean thoroughly. I've had some trouble getting it to pop open, but this might be due to the two stuction holes, or just my greenness. Also after two cycles my cup is stained.    
20 November 2014 @ 09:26 am
I hope this will display properly on phones and tablets as well as desk and laptops.

The dimensions are rim width x length (not including any type of stem.)

Regular Mini Shorty
Small 38x45 - 23ml 40x40 - 10ml 38x35 - 15ml
Medium 41x48 - 28ml 45x45 - 15ml 41x38 - 18ml
Large 44x51 - 34ml 44x41 - 22ml
X-Large 47x56 - 42ml 47x44 - 27ml
ball, ring, stem or none
Sport, Classic or Soft
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replaced by Shorty
ball, ring or stem
Sport, Classic or Soft
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Okay, this is my third period with my Lunette Model 2 (my first Menstrual Cup) and my cervix was low like this last period as well, but this period seems a bit lower. It The tiny stub of a stem I left on the cup is still irritating my vaginal opening much of the time. There is no comfortable sitting position while using this cup. I'm not sure what to do other than possibly remove the stem completely.

Honestly now that this is my third period with this cup it feels as though it is too firm of a cup for me as it seems to partially block my bladder from being able to empty completely without forcing the urine flow or removing the cup to urinate.

And just laying here on my bed I feel the pressure on my bladder from the cup.

I am considering the FemmyCycle Low Cervix cup. I will also look to find that chart of sizes of cups for cervix types and heights. I think Meluna classic may have been one for lower cervices but I do tend to need a higher capacity cup as my flow can be crazy high for several days in a row, such as filling it up to the air holes in 4 hours or less.

I hate menstruation, but even though this is annoying my vagina and bladder, it is definitely a much better option than disposable paper products that cause me severe itching, burning, blistering, etc. Ha!
 
 
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18 November 2014 @ 11:15 pm
Let me first say I'm so glad I discovered cups. Tampons don't hold enough for me on heavy days no matter which size. They dry me out on less heavy days too. I don't like pads but always had to wear them as backup. Despite the diva cup not being very popular, I love mine. I must have an extremely high cervix because I have to bear down to be able to reach the diva stem most days. This isn't an issue, but does give me the ability to accommodate long cups. The length is great for me. For reference, I'm in my early 20's, over 1.7m tall (this was a question from the meluna calculator), and have no children.


I love my cup but I have a few issues with it. The capacity isn't enough and it seems to get squished by my muscles. Slightly, but it happens. I think I have strong PC (?) muscles despite not being very active in general.


I have the size 1 but the size 2 isn't much bigger. The holes are kind of low and the capacity to the holes of my cup is a little over 20ml, maybe up to 25ml. I sometimes fill this in 2 hours. My flow seemed heavier my last 4 cycles when I've been using my cup. This might just be me not being able to gauge my flow well. Other than when I fill the cup I never leak.


The squishing doesn't seem to affect capacity too much if at all but I do notice it's more flattened and oval shaped inside me than round like when it's out. I find it can be hard to get it to pop open. I've tried the c fold, punch down, origami (this is the most successful), and the 7 fold.


Based on everything I'm considering ordering 2 meluna sport cups, in XL and L sizes with ball stems. The L is only 1mm more in diameter than my size 1 diva and the XL only 4mm more. Both are shorter than the diva. Both should give me more capacity than my diva.


I would like to try a firmer cup because of the squishing and popping issues, but do you think the meluna sports will be TOO firm? Classic melunas look to be about the same firmness as the diva, and the sport is only 25% more firm.


My only other concern is size. I really don't have any issue with the diva width but is 4mm extra to the diameter going to be way too much coupled with the firmness? I'm also worried about ball stems being too short. I can bear down well and the ball stems look easiest to grip but I would be willing to try the regular stems or rings if the ball will probably be too short.


I've been searching and reading for hours but haven't been able to figure out what I should do. I want to love my cup even more but I'm not always able to empty my cup often enough to keep up with my flow.
18 November 2014 @ 03:53 pm
I'm 27, sexually active, and have never been pregnant. This is like the 3rd or 4th cycle I have used my diva cup. I love that it is a natural option for what is usually a miserable week for me. I love that I don't have to buy pads or tampons anymore. I DON'T love that I am still struggling with leaks on my heavier days. Today, I have already had to change it three times. This last time I just took it out completely and put on a pad. Ugh!! I have read about "finding my cervix" so, I'm gonna try that, but I am thinking I need to try the larger size. My question is, should I get another Diva, or should I try another brand? I want so desperately to make this work! Help!!
I want so badly to be able to switch to cups. I hate tampons, hate the toxicity of them etc.
My story, 33 years old, 3 kids, a bit on the heavier side etc. I am moderately familiar with my cervix, though I can never touch it more than barely with the tips of my finger, so it must be pretty deep.

Ive tried 3 different brands of cups. various folds etc. I get the cup in there, think its great and perfect... then 5 minutes later GOOSH I feel blood coming out. My cup is always empty, and blood is coming out next to it. I thought maybe my cervix is next to it or something? But it doesnt seem to matter if I put the cup in only a tiny bit, versus way far in..... it ALWAYS leaks!!! Ive tried angling up, down, sideways, lol..... doesnt matter. :( Im so frustrated!!! I dont know what more to do.
12 November 2014 @ 09:51 pm
OK so I thought I posted this yesterday, but I still don't see it, I apologize if it appears twice. I have always used a pad as a backup (even when I used tampons before I had heard of cups) and I've recently decided that I'd like to switch to reusable cloth pads. I saw this deal in another thread: http://partypantspads.com/products/cloth-pad-curious-giveaway (the deal is, one free liner to new customers only, just pay the $3.99 shipping). I've been looking at various sellers, and it seems like most of them have deals for buying large amounts of pads, but everything I've read says don't buy a bunch from one place until you're sure you like them. So, I'm really interested in finding similar deals to the Party in My Pants one. It doesn't have to be free like that, but I'd like it to be a great deal on just one or two pads. If you know any, please share!
13 November 2014 @ 09:50 pm
Anyone tried this? Kfeng cup! How does it compare to the Victoria's love? Thanks :)

http://m.aliexpress.com/item-desc/32215460748.html

(Look past the first few ads- sorry)
15 November 2014 @ 09:56 am
Hi everyone, just received via Email, Feminine Wear UK now have the Lily cup and she's set up a giveaway.

It's the older style, not the one from the kickstarter project. Which I think lots better tbh, but then I don't know how it would compare to my current cups.

Has anyone actually tried one of these? I checked the tags, but they're isn't really anything currently being posted about them.

Anyway, just thought I'd post this here seeing as international shipping is included so its great for overseas winners :)


http://www.femininewear.co.uk/discounts-and-giveaways-105-w.asp
I used track my cycle by noting the first day of my cycle and doing the average by hand every so often, but I wouldn't always remember to write the date down. Then I tried downloading an app last spring, I don't remember what it was called but it was awful! Difficult to use and really ugly pink and purple interface. Then I found a better one that I've been using for a while, and I wanted to share here if anyone's interested: http://www.helloclue.com/app.html
I think it's pretty easy to input data and it calculates your average cycle for you. The main screen shows you at a glance where you are in your current cycle, and there's a screen for history where it shows you your past cycles. So now I don't have to awkwardly try to count back the days in my head trying to figure out when my period will show up, I can open the app and see that it's estimated for next Tuesday, which is super helpful. There's a bunch of other features like tracking PMS, family planning stuff, and a bunch of options for reminders, but I don't use most of them.
16 November 2014 @ 10:46 am
I started reading about menstrual cups online a while ago and I thought they sounded great! I hate having to change disposal products every lunch time at school and sanitary towels are quite uncomfortable. I had a few worries and questions though...

I'm a 14 year old virgin and I read that using a menstrual cup can break your hymen and I was just wondering if that was true.

I've never used tampons because putting things inside my vagina is a really scary thought. Is there anyone else who has this fear? Am I just being silly? I also heard that you should find your cervix so that you buy the right size, but I'm also a bit worried about "feeling around" for it.
13 November 2014 @ 06:31 pm
I knew I had a high cervix because my fingers were never long enough to actually reach it, but I’d only ever searched for it when I was off my period. A lot of people talk about how their cervixes get lower during their period, so I figured I should check it, but I never got around to it. It’s not that I’m squeamish, I mean, I use a cup! I got through the learning curve, which at one point involved me accidentally flinging the cup’s contents across my bathroom, which was gross, but I kept going. I just… never felt like putting my fingers all the way up there during my period. But today is the second say of my cycle, and I could reach it with just my thumb. At first I didn’t know what I was feeling, and then I froze and realized “wait, there’s something here.” Low enough (dangly enough?) that it must sit in the cup little bit, at least at this point in my cycle. The experience was weird, and actually really disconcerting. I’m used to thinking of my cervix as something remote, above it all, outside the range of any kind of influence I could have on it. Now I know it’s actually right there, within reach, gently nestled into my diva cup size 1. How did I not know this? How is it that at 22, there was this really basic thing about my body that I was completely wrong about? It really does dangle, which is weird as hell. And I’m a little worried about it too, probably irrationally. All those times I just pulled down on the cup stem rather than bothering to get my fingers up high enough to break the seal, was I pulling on my cervix? Is that even something I should worry about? And this morning, when I just kind of shoved it up there, and ended up with a huge leak later, I’m guessing my cervix was outside of the cup. Which isn’t something I thought could happen to me. And I've been assuming the diva cup worked well for me because I have a high cervix, but I guess that's not true at the beginning of my cycle. Basically I’m just still recovering from this revelation.
13 November 2014 @ 11:13 am
I didn't know where else to post this, because I'm actually a little shocked at the discovery.

I had essure placed about 10 years ago, which is permanent sterilization. For the last few years I've been really irritated to have to still deal with my cycle, it serves no purpose. And it's a real pain in the ass. I decided I wanted ablation as well, which is to cauterize the uterine lining to reduce how much it develops each month.

Insurance will only cover ablation if it is medically necessary, which is generally for menorrhagia (heavy flow). So on my last cycle I kept track of what cup I was using and how full it was each time I cleared it.

I feel so vindicated. I always felt like my cycle was a bit heavy, interrupting my social life and causing clothing and bedding issues, even with the largest volume cups I could comfortably wear... but I had no idea I was so far out of the realm of "normal".

Turns out normal is 30mL to 80mL per cycle. I rocked in at 185mL.

No guessing how much was in each sanitary napkin or tampon, I MEASURED damn it.

I've been using cups for years, but never thought to do this before. I'm going to do it again this month to compare.
12 November 2014 @ 09:05 pm
I know there are may posts regarding bad odors when using cups, but none of them seem quite like what I am experiencing. Heres my story:

I have been using DivaCups for about 2.5 years. I had my first cup for a year and a half, and towards the end it started to get a very strong rotting flesh smell that most people seem to comment on in the majority of the "bad smell" posts. I believe this happened after I cleaned it with strong/abrasive cleansers which compromised the silicone, causing the bad smell. So, I bought a new one, which I am using now and have had for about a year. I clean this one by boiling it every month and washing it with the DivaCup Wash during use. This is the third month that I have used my newer cup and experienced a different, but equally disgusting smell as the rotting flesh smell. After only an hour or 2 of wearing my cup, when I go the restroom and pull down my undies, I instantly smell a VERY strong odor. I can only describe it as smelling like vagina skin body odor. Like, if you a couple days without showering, the skin outside your inner lips (outside of the vagina itself) gets that funky, body-odor smell that goes away after a good wash. Or if you have a really long, hard workout, at the end of it you get that funky sweaty body odor smell down there. Except the smell I am experiencing is 10x stronger when I have the cup in. The cup itself does not smell and the inside of my vagina does not smell like this either. But, this is only happening WHILE I wear my DivaCup, and only within the last three months. I dont understand the correlation between the smell and wearing the DivaCup, especially since the cup itself smell fine, but this is only happening during my period, when I have the cup in.

Has anyone else experienced this? Is this cup just old and in need of replacement? Any suggestions/ideas/snide remarks?
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10 November 2014 @ 07:27 pm
Anyone shopped for a Fleurcup lately and noticed how few colors/sizes they have left?  I've tried contacting them to inquire if they'll be restocking or offering new colors, but didn't get any information.  Anyone have any thoughts/knowledge about the situation? 
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10 November 2014 @ 06:10 pm
I have an Eva cup that I've been using for two cycles, and thus far I love it. I want to get a second one to toss in my purse, but I have two problems with this. 1) My cervix travels alot during my cycle, on the first few days I really need the stem to get that sucker out, but on my last days it's so low that I can't get the Eva cup in there at all. 2) I also want to use this cup on the first day of my cycle (if needed) and I tend to be rather heavy on those day.

Can anyone think of a sultion other then buying two more cups?   
10 November 2014 @ 10:46 pm
Hello

To those of you who have used hydrogen peroxide to treat stains on your cup: I have a mooncup that I've used for 4 years now and it has become stained. I've heard about treating stain with hydrogen peroxide so I bought a small 100 ml bottle (approx. 0,5 US cup) with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Now I'm just wondering if I could get away with diluting it more with water so the bottle lasts longer or what do you think the percentage needs to be to effectively treat the stain? 
09 November 2014 @ 02:29 pm
I've been using the small diva cup for the last few months with limited success, I think because the cup is too long for me. I can always feel its presence towards the opening and it slides downwards. I've pretty much decided to buy the meluna medium, but I can't decide between sport and classic. I am relatively active, but not with horseback riding or pole dancing or any of the other stuff they list on their website. And I haven't always been super active, so I'm not sure how strong my PC muscles really are. The one thing that leads me to believe I need the sport is that the seal on my diva always breaks and is pushed downward when I am exercising, so I think my PC muscles might be too strong when I'm actively working out. I tried going for a run with my diva in and it practically fell out.
I need to get one pretty soon because my period is coming up in 2 weeks and I'm scheduled to be doing a ridiculously hard workout on my fitness plan AND I'm running a 5k the next day. It sounds sucky enough as it is, I really want to be confident that I'm not going to deal with any leakage.
By the way, I'm 18 and a virgin with a medium-ish I think cervix? I can reach it relatively easily but its not right by the opening or anything.
09 November 2014 @ 11:12 pm
I absolutely love my seamless sckoon, but I'm looking for a firmer cup to see if it will open better on my heavy days. Does anyone know which cups are molded from one piece of silicone or do the majority have mold lines on them? (Worried about splitting over time) Thanks!
08 November 2014 @ 12:36 pm
Okay, so I have a fear of tampons. I mean I am, really scared of those little boogers!

I got my DivaCup recently, and was so super excited to use it! So I did. It took me FOREVER to figure out how to insert the thing (like... 2-3 days!) but finally, I got it in there. It went up soooo high, and the instructions said it would sit low, so I took it out and tried again. Again, so high. So I found this website, and everyone said not to listen to those 'stupid' instructions, and that it was okay if it went up higher. So I did. I just ignored the fact it was super high and went about my day. It felt great! No leaks or discomfort! It felt a little weird because I was used to pads, but I soon got used to it.

I forgot about it and left it in all day, which I read was totally fine. So I went to remove it later. I couldn't reach it! It was wayyy too high! My finger could barely feel the stem (and believe me, I went way up there, as high as I could!) so if I can't feel the stem, how am I supposed to reach the bottom, and squeeze to break the seal?! I ended up having to grab it by the stem with two hands (I don't know how I manged that...) and yanking it out by the stem. That hurt SO bad. I was crying and I felt like my uterus was coming out with the cup. But I didn't know how else to get it out. I yanked it down until I could break the seal. But I was in pain for about an hour afterward from the yanking. I used pads the rest of that cycle, afraid to try again.

So, my problem is that, it's just way too high to even reach! I've tried all sorts of recommended things, but nothing really helped. Squatting, pushing (like you're having a bowel movement).... I'm so scared to try again, but I REALLY want this to work! I could try punching holes so that it doesn't have such a strong suction, but will that make it ride any lower?

I'm not afraid of it sitting high, just that I won't be able to remove it.

PLEASE help me!! Thank you in advance!

(I don't know if this will make a difference or help at all, but I'm a middle-aged teen. Sorry, I don't like to give my age on the internet.)