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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!
29 August 2015 @ 10:27 pm
I'm trying to decide between buying a Sckoon cup and a Lena cup. I haven't seen much information on the Lena online, I'm wondering if it's new. It seems to be a similar shape, but perhaps a little wider, than the Sckoon. I am looking at the large in both brands. I have a Diva Cup now and it's too long, it hangs out and is uncomfortable. I am almost 30 and have vaginally birthed 2 babies.

I'm new here and this is my first post! I looked around and didn't see an answer to my question, so hopefully I'm not posting something that's already been discussed. Thanks!
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27 August 2015 @ 08:59 pm
Soo... This is my first post on here. I formerly asked this question on Yahoo:

"Soo this is only my 2nd day with my brand new Diva Cup.

Um... I always bleed PAST my tampon, like there will be some on the tampon but it will always be on the string as well.

Now... I just assumed that if I used the Diva Cup maybe it'll help. Like I said this is only my 2nd day... And I've checked, the cup is open (felt all around, even rotated it) and there is still leakage. I wore a pad with it when I slept and there was still blood on the pad and the cup was barely full... SO I'm a little confused... Help?

I'm 20 years old, never had a kid so I have the Type 1 cup
Update: Cup was not even full
Update 2: Oh, and not a virgin "

I reallly realllly need help understanding haha

This was the first answer I've gotten so far:

"You've only been using the cup for two days, also bare in mind that Divacup is a long cup and given your issues with tampons you may have a shorter vaginal canal so it may not be the best brand for you. It sounds like your cup isn't directly under the cervix: check it's in position and make sure there's a seal, if you still struggle then try groups on Facebook or the menstrual cup community on Livejournal for more help."

And so I joined. Okay, I know where my cervix is located. And considering I'm on period, erm, it feels swollen and I guess open?? It feels like a triangle. I thought I knew what I was doing with the cup but apparently I don't, if it's supposd to sit directly underneath my cervix... And what seal? lol I have no idea what that means! I feel so out of touch with my personal area.. So yes, I need help!
I have a Lily Cup Compact Sz2. I really like it. This cycle I discovered it had a smell, so while I am trying to address that I went back to my Sckoon cup size 2 and as much as I want to love it, it just doesn't work for me. But I really want two cups that work well for me.

I have a very low cervix the first day or two of my period and than a very high cervix the middle to the end. I am postmenopausal so my flow varies greatly from period to period so I am not that concerned with capacity, I just empty it a lot if needed.

At the beginning of my cycle the Sckoon sits so low that it is too wide at the bottom and I don't like the feel of the texture. Later in my cycle I have hard time getting it to open and have trouble getting it out. I don't have any of these issues with the Lily Cup Compact I think because of it's shape & design. So I want to get another cup what would you suggest. Thanks
I've tried a moon cup in the past and pretty much had exactly the same problem, it felt too big, leaked constantly and was very difficult to remove.

I have a tilted cervix, have had a baby by emergency c-section, am over thirty, but very small in stature so this time have opted for a diva cup size 1, though I seem to have a particularly heavy flow. It leaks, I cannot turn it once it's in at all, and once it's in, it seems to travel upwards and to the side, so that I can barely grasp the stem at all, and, frankly, getting it out feels like a horror show.

I really want this to work.

What am I doing wrong? Is it my cervix? is it the size? am i not getting the seal right?
Hello.

I need help I am now back to wearing tampons. BOO. I have had two babies pretty much one after the other they are 16 months apart. I am now back to getting my friend every month and it's super heavy. I have the diva cup 2 now and have turned inside out to get it to feel comfortable. But the thing is it sit really low like almost to the point it might fall out but doesn't. It's been 8 months since I had my last child. Do I need to strength up my muscles or do I need a shorter cup. Please can someone help I really don't want to use tampons anymore. I would also like to try a different brand any recommendations. Thanks to all the cupper's out there.
This is my very first entry.
Hi guys! My periods started again 3 months ago after having my second baby, and unfortunately the arrival of said baby seems to have resulted in everything going south, my cervix is only about 4cm in now and my trusty old mooncup gets pushed out when I walk anywhere :-(

After doing a bit of research I found q couple of other cups to try this cycle, and opted for the small fleurcup and large meluna shorty.

The fleurcup didn't leak, but still felt like it was being pushed down a bit when walking and I could still feel it, even with the stem trimmed off.

Next on the list was the Meluna shorty, which is super comfy and I can't feel it when walking, but the capacity isn't great and I needed to empty it every 3 hours on a heavy day, and then today (day 4) with a lighter flow, it decided to take a trip upwards and then leaked, which was a bit annoying!!

Does anyone have any suggestions on what to try next?? I'm tempted by an XL Meluna shorty, but after today's leaky experience I'm not sure??

Please help me as I can't stand tampons and am not a fan of sanitary towels as I have an outdoor job which I'm returning to part time in November.

Thanks in advance!!
So this is my third cycle trying this damn thing, lol. Right now I have the Rainbow cup, pre-childbirth. I will also add I normally use S+ tampons and have to change them every 3-4 hours. I guess I have a wide-set vagina and a heavy flow?

I've tried every fold. I've tried inserting with the fold facing every direction and rotating it towards the back. 70% of the time it creates a seal flat, I've pressed on the walls to try and get it to open. I've pinched the bottom and bear down. It doesn't open or stays sealed flat, so I have to remove it and start again. Sometimes I think I have it perfect, it appears to be totally opened but lo and behold, 1 hour later I am leaking. And it's not left over slobber, it's bright red period blood.

Should I try a larger/wider cup? I've looked at all the cups and comparison charts and I still don't know what the hell to do. It's frustrating the hell out of me. Today I just used a tampon after 30 minutes of fucking with it. I want to like it so badly :(
21 August 2015 @ 08:45 pm
I have been using my Meluna Classic Medium-sized cup for about four periods now. It´s my first one. But it´s leaking almost all the time, mostly the first days with the heavy flow. I´m always using pantyliners, except for maybe the last day of the period.

The cup is unfolded properly as far as I know. So I don't understand why it leaks! I´ve been thinking about possible reasons (this is where I need your help):

- Too big cup? Meluna Medium is 41 mm (1,6 inches) in diameter. Its impossible to make it unfold just inside the vagina, my muscles are too tight. The cup unfolds only when it´s just by the cervix.

- Too small airholes? Meluna seems to have smaller airholes than the other cups I´ve seen. Maybe it´s leaking because the airholes cannot push air out when new blood comes out of the cervix?

- Too soft cup? From what I´ve read on different sites it seems that Meluna is overall firmer than other, so I don´t know if this is relevant.

- Bad material? TPE that Meluna´s made of might be wrong for me? Maybe silicone just works better for some people?


I want to find a better cup, since this one isn´t working out. Do you have any suggestions on what cup I might need?
18 August 2015 @ 11:54 am
Hey everyone. I'm glad I was able to find a community that provides a lot of information on menstrual cups. Okay I'm going to get straight to the point. I just started using the diva cup this week but it hasn't been comfortable so I haven't had the cup in for more than 2hrs. The first day of my period, I was able to get it in using the punch down fold since that works best for me but it would cause cramping feeling which I aside it was too high. Then, on day 3 of my period, I made sure that I didn't insert it too high but it then it felt like the cup was on my bladder but then the feeling of peeing went away but then the cup was irritating me including the stem. Idk what I am doing wrong, I'm able to get the cup in and even though I've only kept it in for 2hrs because the cup was uncomfortable, I at least was able to see that the cup was opened since I didn't have any leakage. I'm just so sad that I wasn't able to get it in a comfortable position. I use Diva Cup size 1. Any advice for a comfortable feel when inserting would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 
 
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17 August 2015 @ 05:40 pm
Hello everyone!

I am new to menstrual cup and I just received my first menstrual cup in mail yesterday. I came across on social media and found EvaCup and I ordered it on anigan website and shipping was super fast. The cup looks really high quality and comes with cute pouch. I can't wait to try it! Just wondering anyone has tried it before and any comments?

So excited to find this group!

Thank you,
Susan
I have used my lunette for two cycles now and I LOVE it! I do have a little residual leakage which seems to just be from what is "already in the chamber" once I insert the cup. Do any of you have any tips for this? (like a little peri-cleanse etc). Really has changed my life! Live in an area where even if you could flush a tampon, you shouldn't because of our antiquated sewerage systems (I used a former diaper pale:) Thanks for any input!
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16 August 2015 @ 09:11 am
Hi all, new, here, and just wanted to share my feelings about menstrual cups.

Background: 13, virgin, pad-user (until I got my cup!)used tampons like, twice with discomfort. I had known about cups since before I got my period, and I was prepared to try "alternative" menstrual care options.

I was considering getting a cup, after reading about the Ruby Cup back in February. I thought the idea of menstrual cups was so cool! I especially liked the good for the enviroment part, also that I could go swimming without a white cactus inside of me. Fast-forward to July. After thinking on and off about cups for six or so months, I dove in and did some research online (and here on LiveJournal, of course!!) about different cup models, reviews, etc. I was looking for something cheaper...but with good reviews and quality. I settled on the Blossom Cup. The reviews sounded great, so I decided to buy it.(Well, I'm only a teen, so I asked my Mom to buy it.) Anyways, my cup arrived on Wednesday, and I did a dry-run on Thursday. At first, I thought "How am I going to get this...up there" xD. So I tried several folds, and after several trial-and error inserts, I was amazed when it just "went in". I was amazed again when it came out easily (minus some suction)! So I have yet to see my cup's performance during that time of the month, but I have a hunch it will do great!

I am interested to hear your stories about first-time use of a menstrual cup, what model you have, etc. Hope you enjoyed my post. :)

Cheers!


Edit: Finished my cycle with the cup, it was amazing! Although I noticed that the stem was kind of leaning to one side, and poking me a bit. So I cut it off, and wore the cup w/out the stem. It worked great! I actually forgot it was in there!
16 August 2015 @ 04:50 pm
I have just checked the Luv Ur Body menstrual cup capacity again. These are my measurements:
Small 25ml to the holes, 30ml to the rim
Medium 38ml to the holes, 45ml to the rim
Large 39ml to the holes, 46ml to the rim
Please note that this differs to the measurements on the Luv Ur Body website

Hello everyone! It's been a really long time since I posted on this live journal. Hi! I don't know if any of the same people are still here.

I made a blog post recently to talk about my experience with the mirena IUD as well as how using a cup was with it. After several months on the mirena however, I no longer have a period! It's kinda strange, but anyways I don't use cups anymore (obviously). Saving them for a rainy day. Hope to hang around here a bit more to talk cups still. Although there is a really lovely facebook group now too.

Here's the post:
http://vagmonologues.blogspot.ae/2015/07/mirena-iud-review.html

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07 July 2015 @ 03:44 am
I've never used a tampon. Ever.

I switched to cups in 2010, at the age of 20. It was no big deal, actually. I soon found out that many of my friends were still using pads (I somehow assumed that everyone else uses tampons). I also found out that it's absolutely not uncommon to switch directly from pads to cups.

In fact, tampon users have to unlearn some habits when switching. Specifically, cups don't need to be inserted as deep as possible, and they're generally a little more hands-on. You can't really just shove them "up the black hole", which is why all the attempts to create a cup with an applicator haven't had much/any success. Honestly, cuppers generally agree that applicator is not needed for cups. It's likely to do more harm than good. (This doesn't mean that those who use applicator tampons can't use cups)

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The bottom line is that everyone's journey is unique. Apart from being able to insert 1-2 fingers into your vagina, there are no requirements for using cups. There's no need for a "transitional" method, like applicator-free tampons or Instead SoftCups. Nowadays new users are increasingly likely to get a cheap cup from e-Bay before making a more significant investment - if you do that, be sure to choose by the dimensions anyway, and bear in mind that they can have a lower quality, be too soft etc. Consider trying out a relatively cheap cup like the Fleurcup, Meluna, CupLee or Yuuki instead.

Just remember that you can always go back. In the beginning most cuppers use cloth or disposable pads for backup, and going through the learning curve may take a few cycles. Start by reinserting the cup as often as you'd change absorbent products, and soon you'll see how long you can go without emptying. Allow yourself to alternate cups with disposables or cloth pads if needed.
20 July 2015 @ 10:05 pm
Hi friends! I'm currently on my third cycle with my cup and I've been having some trouble. I'm 22 years old, a virgin, I have a low cervix and I'm using the Ruby Cup Medium. I use the punch-down fold to get the cup in and make sure that the bottom part is fully inflated before I kegel it into place. My uterus is also slightly tilted to the left.

Here are some of my cup woes:

1. On my first/second day, I get intense cramps. I do get cramps on tampons and pads as well but I hoped that the cup could help eliminate the cramps altogether. They aren't that much lighter and still leave me weak and lying in bed the whole day. Does anyone know any natural remedies to get rid of the pain? I'm currently using a heat pack which helps a little, but it would be great to get rid of the cramps altogether.

2. I have to empty my cup every one hour over the entire day. My periods have always been heavy but not this much when I was on tampons (I'd change a super plus tampon once every 2 hours for the first few changes, then I can go 4-5 hours between changes). It's not too bad when I'm at home the whole day but can be an inconvenience when I have to go out. I suspect that it could be because of other gunk (e.g. uterus lining, clots) that take up space in the cup and cause it to overflow so quickly. Should I invest in a bigger cup? I'm eyeing the new Super Jennie cup which is pretty huge (41ml) but I'm afraid it won't make much difference considering I'm already using a Ruby Cup Medium (34ml to the rim).

On my other days the cup is fine but it's just the first 2-3 days that are the worst!! I would really appreciate some help please :-( :-( thank you!!
22 July 2015 @ 05:19 pm
First time poster...I read a lot of posts, but still wanted to ask my questions directly.
And I have already read the FAQ at
http://kuradi8.livejournal.com

Background:

34-year old first time user after 22 years of first pads, then tampon use.
Bought Diva cup size 1, since I figured my age was less important than my size. I bought it close to the end of my period, so fairly low flow at the moment.
Although average height, it's all in my legs and I am super compact from my shoulders to my hips and have tiny hands....my longest finger is 2.75 inches/7cm, my thumb is only 2 inches/5cm, so manipulating ANYTHING inside is quite difficult.
I *think* my cervix is about 3 inches in at the moment (end of period), pretty much as far as I can push my finger in. Which I read is low....don't know how people with a high cervix can possibly reach, but then again not everyone has such short fingers.


I'm not looking for a different model, as the comfort when wearing seems good. Rather looking for solutions to my short little fingers!

Although it was somewhat painful getting it in initially, I soon managed to figure out how to do it with minimal to no pain.
The first couple removals I *thought* I had broken the seal, since I followed the instructions to a T, but it caused horrible pain for a couple days, so I'm guessing I didn't. I gave my body a bit to recover, but am trying again. The problem is I can't get my finger to the top of the rim when inside to force the seal to break/make sure it really is broken.
This morning, I did get the seal to break, heard the noise, but it was SOOOO hard to manage. Manipulating it is nearly impossible and simply squishing the base DOES NOT break the seal. I'm really reluctant to actually take it out until I hear that noise now, since I know the pain when the seal is not broken, pre-removal.

I read that enlarging the holes in a diva cup helps create the seal AND in other places that it helps with removal/breaking the seal. Am I misunderstanding, or is this the case, and should help make breaking the seal easier for me?
The cups are expensive, so I don't want to make an adjustment that could potentionally worsen my issue. For example, making the seal even tighter.

Anyone with short fingers have any tricks to make sure the seal really is broken?
I have no issues getting the tip/base in a good position for removal by bearing down. It's more that pinching the base isn't enough to break the seal and I can't get my finger easily far enough up to force the seal to break. Or at least is takes A LOT of tusseling with the cup to get the noise.

Finger advice?
Hole advice?

Thanks in advance!
31 July 2015 @ 10:33 am
Hi everyone,

I just posted about being frustrated and confused about all the different cups out there. I discovered this website which has a really cool feature - if you scroll down, you will find "cup comparison tools," and two scrollable pictures side by side, so you can compare two cup sizes. For example, I have a Diva cup and am not very happy with it, so I kept one picture on "Diva Cup 1" and used the other picture to scroll through and see other cups as they would compare to the Diva cup 1. Very cool. This has put my mind so much more at ease. If you would like more of a visual comparison to go along with the charts out there that just show numbers, this might really help you.

http://theecofriendlyfamily.com/2012/04/what-menstrual-cup-is-right-for-you/

Cheers!
12 August 2015 @ 10:08 pm
I searched through and couldn't find the answer to my question. If I missed it and someone could redirect me, I would appreciate it.

I want to know if anyone has found a phone app that has the ability to record your menstrual flow in mL or oz per se? I know I can manually write them down on paper or word doc, but I was wondering if there was an app out there. So far the period apps I found just have options for "light-heavy" flow and no where to chart amounts.
I've had a Diva cup for a couple of years now. I've never found insertion to be easy or comfortable. It's basically shape it and cram it in there forcibly, until it makes it to the cervix and can pop open. I've never been able to do a proper rotation as is recommended for a good seal, it's just too tight. Despite this, I've been using it as it's absolutely incredible at night. I've never had a leak and even go to bed with no undies in my white sheets. That's trust for you !. It didn't use to be like this with tampons.

The issue is, apart from the difficulties of inserting it, is that it's not comfortable to wear during the day. I can always feel it as it seems to be positioned too low and it irritates me. Lying down it doesn't annoy me as much and during the night it seems to migrate up a bit and when I wake up in the morning I do not feel it at all.

Removing it, is usually ok, although, I've had to struggle a few times to pull it down far enough that I could pinch it to break the seal.

So I love that it's leak free, something I cannot say about tampons. I love that I could wear it all day and not have to remove it until I get home.

So what could I do to have an easier time inserting it and insuring a good seal. And would a different brand be more comfortable during the day? Has anyone else who feels that everything is too tight have better luck with a different brand?

A little background info. I use the Diva cup 2. I've never had children, and am over 50.
12 August 2015 @ 04:48 pm
I'm not sure what the issue is - if it's my body chemistry or if it's my cup (Sckoon size 2/L).

Every month I use my cup I end up with a yeast infection. I wash it with every use. I wash my hands before I remove it. I wash my hands before I re-insert it. I have soaked the cup in peroxide. I have boiled the darned thing. Help!

I am a diabetic, so I know that can make me prone to yeast infections, but it's not anything I've had an issue with historically.

Any suggestions? I love my cup, but this is just not going to work if this is my "fate" every month.
11 August 2015 @ 04:50 pm
Hello all,

I just ordered my menstrual cup last month and used my lunette cynthia model 2 for the first time this cycle. While it worked wonderfully (ie. no leakage, was able to insert and remove no problem, trimmed to the right length), I did feel quite a bit of pressure on my vaginal walls, making it quite uncomfortable. After lurking here for some time and reading different questions and responses, I suspect that the lunette cynthia may be a little too firm for me. I'm trying to figure out what cup I should try next. Any suggestions for softer, yet similar cups?

Thanks.
11 August 2015 @ 07:36 pm
Hello,

I'm super new to menstrual cups and have been browsing on here since buying my Divacup size 1 last week! I was super excited to use it and it has been surprisingly easy! I think! So I've had no trouble with insertion and I think it's where it should be as I've had no leaking.
However since using (it's only day two) I've had sickness & awful trapped wind like pain in my stomach - it feels like I have a sickness bug! But I'm unsure if it's a coincidence and I actually do have a bug or whether it could be my cup?!
I've removed it and it's made no difference - although it's only been a couple of hours!
I really hope it's not the cup but wanted to see if anyone else has had a similar experience.
And if it's my cup, do you think a different cup could help or am I destined to use pads/tampons forever? 😫

Any help will be greatly appreciated 😊
So after 8 years of being interested in trying cups, I finally got my hands on my first menstrual cup- a DivaCup (Model 1).

I have worn the cup three times this cycle. I was honestly surprised I was able to insert it after some fiddling on my first try. It took me years to learn to use tampons! I am getting better and better at insertion. I have always leaked with tampons for some reason, even though my flow is moderate/ light, but with the cup I didn't leak at all. And after I cut off the stem, which was poking me, I couldn't feel the cup at all.

The only problem I've had with this cup is removal. The cup sits low in my vagina, so reaching it is not an issue. I have also learned to squish the cup into a U so that I can pull it down and so that it doesn't hit my urethra.

However, just as I am getting the last part of my cup out, I always feel like my cup is pinching me/ suctions onto something again. I don't know how it is doing it when I am squishing the cup near the rim and and I have already broken the seal, but it is extremely painful- I'm scared of tearing something or hurting myself. This has happened every time I tried to remove the cup and now I am hesitant to put it back in, despite all the other great things about it. Does anyone have any ideas as to why this is happening? Could it be my cervix? (I couldn't find it before buying the cup so I just assumed it was high but who knows). Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!