19 August 2014 @ 09:04 pm
So tonight marks the end of my second full day wearing my diva cup (I've worn it for a few hours at a time, but never this long.) Removal has been hard but this evening I was able to remove the cup in about one minute and didn't need to squat! And inserting is now no big deal as long as I use a tiny bit of lube, I found inserting it with the curve down (with 7 fold) is much easier.

My issue is that sometimes I can feel the cup, like a pressure or fullness near the opening of my vagina, especially when I'm running. I can't push the cup up any farther. I've removed most of the stem, there's just a little knub left, but every once in a while if I move the right way I can feel it stabbing. it feels like its cocked off to the left side a little bit too, but the cup isn't leaking so I think it's in fine.

I don't think I have a low cervix, when I felt for it I could reach it but not super easily. I'm not fully on my period at the moment, however. I'm on birth control and have been taking it continually (ie skipping the sugar pills so I don't get my period) for over 6 months now under my gynecologist. I think my body really wants to have a period though, and I've been heavily spotting all month so I'm using the cup to take care of that, so this isn't a total dry run or anything. After about 12 hours it was less than 1/4 full. Once my period is set to fully start on Sunday I'll check my cervix again, but I don't think that is the reason I can feel my cup.

I'm an 18 year old virgin, by the way. With very little experience putting things up there, as I've only used tampons with sporadic success.

Does anyone have any ideas?
19 August 2014 @ 10:25 pm
Hello ladies.

I would really appreciate some council on an issue I'm having I'm a 26 year old virgin (not sure it matters but everyone else is saying it, so why not). I have used my keeper mooncup a few times with mixed results. Still going through the learning curve. I've been able to mostly resolve my insertion/removal issues with perusing these and other forums. But there are a couple of issues I'd like some personalized advice for.

I can't really tell how high/low my cervix is. There have been a couple of times that removal was very easy and painless, once I figured out how to break the seal. I can't pinch the base (suction doesn't break for some reason) and I can't really fit more than one finger in comfortably, so I typically have to go in kinda deep and push the rim in to break the suction. One time, though, it was so high up that I had my finger in to the knuckle and I could just play at the stem. I had to learn some things about birth to push it down low enough to get it out. It was an all day process as it would get too frustrating for me to continue. I'm really frightened of that happening again. I have a really heavy three day flow. So if I don't empty it every 4-5 hours, it overflows. But it hasn't always been that high up, so I'm not sure what that means or how I should approach the cup most effectively.

My biggest problem though is releasing. The problem is twofold I have trouble getting it to open. I have to finagle it a lot to get it to open. My shortest time doing this has been 5 minutes, but it's taken up to 30. Pushing on it, turning, pulling down, pushing up, wiggling, angling, jiggling, singing Patsy Cline songs. Then, once it does finally open up, oh my god does it hurt. It pulls on my cervix like I stuck a vacuum cleaner against it. It also feels like I have really bad gas and pressure. Usually it subsides after 20 minutes or so, and I kinda took it as a part of mooncuping. But today it was too much and it wouldn't go away, so I took it out. It occurred to me that I may be doing something wrong, or not understanding my anatomy enough to do it right? Anyways, I would love it if I could get some advice. Thank you so much in advance!
18 August 2014 @ 08:57 pm
Awright, first go with my Divacup! (I did try last month, but only for a few hours, so it didn't really count) :)

I think I have a low-ish cervix - just about to the second joint on my middle finger. I got the cup in, pulled it out after about 2 hours and had a nice little puddle in the bottom, nothing on the outside, so I'm pretty sure I got it in the right place.

The stem was really pokey - stuck out my opening and poked my peehole. Ow. I trimmed the stem almost all the way off and put it back in.

I can still kind of feel it, and I can see it poking its little head out when i look at it with a mirror.

What do all you experienced users think? Should I trim the rest? Do I need to push it in further? (It doesn't seem to go, but maybe I'm not pushing hard enough?) Should I try a shorter cup? This is a Diva size 1.

thank you thank yoU!
Hi everyone, I've been lurking for a while and wanted to say thanks for all the helpful information. I had my DivaCup (the smaller size) for about 2 years and couldn't figure it out before I found this community. When I finally was able to start using it last month, I fell in love.

However: I got scared today. I kept my DivaCup in for the week following my period because I was having that white, mucous-y discharge. Today I noticed some minor discomfort in my belly and the area where my cup was seemed to feel tight. I thought it might be cup-related. I removed the cup, and my fingers came out bloodstained and there was blood when I wiped. My period ended a week ago and I haven't ever spotted this far afterward. I did notice the cup was kind of high. Is this normal? I'm scared that something could be wrong. My mom recently passed away from colon cancer that spread to her ovaries and she had a lot of female problems before the diagnosis, so my mind immediately jumps there. I have a doctor appointment (not related, just for a checkup) next week but I'm wondering if it's something I need to get checked out sooner, or if it's not really a concern at all.

In case it helps, I'm 27, not a virgin, never had kids. Thanks.
I think I have now made ​​some very perfect suction holes. - See http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3315785.html?thread=36388937#t36388937

After the first attempt, where I was completely unprepared (did a dry run and then couldn't get the cup out again and had to go to my doctor...), I now have respect for it, and I have read everything I could find in order to become a "cup-expert".

I planned to try my JuJu cup again, but this time during my period, and when the day came, I tried a few times to place it relatively low in the vagina and then take it out again. It went fine. I could push the cup out until I could squeeze the base of the cup to break the suction seal, and I could really feel a difference with the new holes in the cup.

However letting it ride all the way up was another thing. - I spent a whole hour staring at the cup with utmost respect, and unfortunately I ended up not having the guts to let it ride up. I think it's extra embarrassing to ask my doctor to remove it during menstruation.

I really want to try again one day where I don't have my period. I've read several post advising against dry-runs, but on the other hand, if the cup can only be removed during heavy menstruation, what should I then do at the beginning or end of my period where I don't bleed much?

My questions are:
1) Are there any experienced cup users out there who also have a high cervix and do dry runs? What is your experience?
2) Will I be able to push the cup some of the way out, when it is placed high in the vagina? Or will I have to tug on the stem until I can reach the base of the cup - with the risk of increasing the suction seal?
3) JuJu is a very comfortable cup, but it is very slippery. Do you think it is too advanced for a beginner like me with a high cervix?
Thanks in advance ;-)

Edited:
I am not a virgin, but I haven't had children.

Hi everyone.

I have found that my cup takes on sea water when I dive and surf. It won't be full but I will get leakage of watered down blood, and when I empty my cup it is half full of blood and seawater mixed together. It never leaks when I am not in the water.
It may be relevant that I have a low cervix and short vaginal canal - my small ladycups have their stems cut off and they couldn't fit inside if they were any longer. My cervix sits in the cup. My cups have never created a "suction" seal, although they do seal. And, maybe relevant, I also always had the bottoms of tampons take on water when swimming/diving.


I'd like to hear from those of you who have had the same thing happen (cup leaking and taking on water when swimming). And to know:
(1) if you have a low cervix / short vaginal canal,
(2) if your cup creates a suction type seal,
(3) if you have had any luck switching to a firmer or softer cup. (i'm thinking of next trying a soft small sckoon)
(4) anything else you think is relevant
These are 3 things that i thought might be contributing to this happening.

17 August 2014 @ 03:54 pm
This is my third cycle with diva cups. I seem to not be leaking but have residule blood from changing my cup. I don't know how to stop this. Should I cut my stem so the cup sits lower. Do I have to "wipe" inside after reinsertion of the cup to stop the residule blood. Help.
17 August 2014 @ 09:02 am
So I've had my menstrual cup in twice in a row after removal, and each time I've noticed discomfort. I'm pretty sure it's not just the cramping I'd normally get. It almost feels like I have to pee. It's a little painful, but mostly just uncomfortable, like when you haven't peed for a while but have to.

I didn't know I had a sensitive bladder, Idek if I do now, but I was originally worried that my muscles would crunch the cup. I am using a Divacup. Idk if I should go too much softer or not... And is TPE a reliable material? I mean, sanitarily, safe for your body...

I wonder if I keep having this discomfort, will it effect my bladder? But I still can't exactly tell if it's just cramps or the cup pushing on my bladder...

Hi everyone,

Thought you might be interested to hear what happened to my mini meluna (clear with blue glitter). I'd had it for only a year. I only used it for 2 or 3 periods. I used to clean it by tipping boiling water over it, and also by dunking it in a 1:10 bleach:water solution and rinsing (meluna says not to use bleach. I did anyway. If i can't bleach it, I don't want it! Edit: as someone who works in science and Chem, I am suspicious of the claim not to use bleach).

Anyway, it got stained and started to have strange smell. This hasn't happened to any of my other cups (silicone). Not long afterwards it got a strange texture to it, as well. It felt kind of sticky/tacky as if the cup was melting, like the plastic was disintergrating! It was sort of coming off as i rubbed the cup.

I can't've melted it during cleaning because i never actually boiled the cup, I only rinsed/soaked it in boiled water. I don't know how to describe the texture. it was most bizarre. Needless to say, I freaked out and threw it out. I should've taken photos or video to share. it was the strangest texture to it.  This has put me off Meluna. I think i'll stick with silicone rather than plastic cups.

Anyone else had this happen? To their meluna or some other cup?

EDIT: Just to clarify, I'm not asking for advice on choosing a new cup, and I'm not asking for advice on cleaning. I'm asking people to share their experiences of cups disintergrating, for whatever reason.

15 August 2014 @ 10:52 pm
Hi Ladies,

How do I know when my cup is full? Does it leak? I'm a bit paranoid because my tampons always did.

Thank you
15 August 2014 @ 06:31 am
I ended up deciding to get a Meluna, and as a result I found that they've finished getting FDA approval in the US for the clear cups and have opened a US webstore! :) Mine just arrived in the mail, but my period just finished, so I'll have to wait til next month to try it out.

It's so nice not having to wait forever for/pay out the nose for shipping, so if you're in the US, remember to order through the us page.

Also,they're running a Facebook promotion, so you can enter to win a cup or cup cleansing kit. And there's a coupon code there too, if you want to buy one.
Hope my discovery helps :)
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15 August 2014 @ 01:21 pm
I've been using a small Lunette for some time, but I want to buy a larger cup for those first very heavy days and nights. I want a really soft cup, because my cup has been a bit uncomfortable on my very tender/crampy days, and I'm hoping a softer cup will help.

I've been leaning towards getting a Si-Bell, but the measuring lines on the new Natu cup got me interested in that one too. Can anyone compare the softness of the Si-Bell (large) with the new Natu (large)? And the silicone, does it feel very different? How is the new Natu to get to pop open?

The non-spill rim makes me very interested in the FemmyCycle too, but I'm afraid it's going to be too noticable on my crampy days - anyone have any experience with using the FemmyCycle on sensitive days?

I'm really hoping to just buy one more cup, so I want to get it right!
13 August 2014 @ 10:35 pm
Hi :D

Another brand?
The cup has a different stem.
Two sizes.
Five colours.
http://anigan.hostedbywebstore.com/EvaCup/b/9842749011?ie=UTF8&title=EvaCup
10 August 2014 @ 06:59 pm
Hi :D

A fresh French cup, lol?
Two sizes.
Can be worn for up to 8 hours.

I do like its name!
It looks the same as the actual Natu..
http://www.parapharmadirect.com/catalog/trademark/ageti
13 August 2014 @ 08:39 pm
Hi everyone! It's my second period using my diva cup, but my first time using it throughout my entire period (I was halfway through my period when I received my diva cup the first time I used it). I've noticed that once my flow stops being heavy that I leak more on to my back up pad/underwear. Does this happen to anyone else? Any idea as to why this happens? I've tried pulling my cup lower but it ends up riding up anyways. Sometimes I've noticed that the holes will get blocked by that more stringy type period blood towards the end of my period, could that have anything to do with it? Any advice on how to avoid this leaking? I use a triangle/seven fold if that's relevant in any way (I find it to much easier to make sure the cup is open using this fold). I really want to stop having to use pads now that I have the cup, so I'd really like to control this leaking a bit more. I'm also considering cloth pads but I'm not totally into the idea.
12 August 2014 @ 09:57 pm
Hello!

I am switching to a reusable menstrual cup, and have a Keeper Moon Cup, size B (the smaller one) on order right now.

As my post suggests, I need size and brand advice. I have yet to find a post that addresses my exact concerns, so I was hoping one of you "trail blazers" could give me advice.

I ordered a Moon Cup because 1: It's made in the U.S., 2: It was a brand I had heard of and 3: it seemed smaller than the DivaCup. I have not tried the DivaCup, but prior to a few days ago, was the only other cup I had ever heard of. In retrospect, I should have done research BEFORE buying, but I was so darned eager to switch!

I am 31, have had three c-sections, and no vaginal births. I've noticed that some manufacturers suggest the larger size after 35, after 30, and one was after 25. Others don't suggest the larger size unless you have delivered vaginally, and others recommend the larger size if you've EVER had a child, regardless of delivery type. So I am very confused about the correct size for me.

I have also seen so many posts about finding your cervix. I cannot find mine! Everything past my pubic bone feels like the tip of my nose. Although, my pubic bone is almost as far as I can reach. A few years ago, I had a uterine biopsy, and my gyno couldn't expand my cervix open, so she had to punch a hole in it. She said it was nearly scarred shut from my c-section scars. I had never heard of such a thing. Obviously, it isn't completely closed, as I still bleed, and have discharge. So, I'm guessing my cervix either feels weird, or is very high.

I've been using the Instead Softcup for several months now. I hate it the first two days of my period, and love it the last four days. I hate it the first two days because I am very swollen, and bleed very heavily. On those first two days, I have to dump my cup nearly every hour, have TONS of that "residual slobber", and because it collapses inside of you while you take it out, I get a nice gush of bloody mess all over my hand and vagina. I've heard this isn't an issue with other cups, since they don't collapse on their way out. I also hear that people can "kegal" some of the blood out into the toilet, so they don't have to dump the Softcup as often. I have to be very careful when I urinate, because even without pushing very hard, I spill A LOT of blood. I also HAVE to pass gas only on the toilet, cough on the toilet, run to the toilet after laughing, etc. My pelvic floor may or may not be strong, or tight, or whatever, but when my PC muscles flex, they REALLY flex. Also, those first two days, my vagina is so shallow, I have trouble getting the rim to go behind my pubic bone, instead of on top of it. Leak city!

This is why I chose a small size instead of a larger one, even though I'm over thirty, and have had children.

Then, on the last four days, my vagina goes through a "Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde" transformation. Suddenly, my flow goes from super de duper heavy, to regular, or even light. Also, my canal gets much longer, and even with pushing, I have to reach with all my might to reach the edge of my cup, to fish it out. And if I've had sex with it in (one thing I'll miss about the Softcup), I have to wait a little while, until I've "calmed down" a bit, before I can even reach my Softcup.

So, I ordered a small sized Moon Cup, for those first couple days, and will quite likely need to trim the stem (I WILL try it out before cutting it) since my vagina is so swollen and shallow those first couple days.

For the other four, I'm afraid I might need a larger cup, or at least a longer one, so I'll be successful.

I know it'll be harder for you guys to answer my questions since I don't know where my cervix is, have not tried a reusable cup before, so have no specific issues, and am a tricky age for cup suggestions. But, I'd love to have some of your expert feedback while I wait for my new cup. I'll update once my package has arrived, and I've had a chance to play with it.

Thank you, in advance!
12 August 2014 @ 05:47 pm
Hi, i googled and googled and i couldn`t find any explanation to my problem. I've been using Mooncup since March. on the second period after beginning to use it, I noticed brown spotting for 5 days before my period. I've never spotted before. Since then, I've continued using the cup and I have brown spotting for 5 days to a week before the beginning of each period. It now happens at every period and I have never experienced it before using the cup. I have no problems inserting or removing and I love it.

I have decided to go back to pads and see if the spotting goes away. I hate going back to pads but I need to see if the two are or are not connected. Anyone has experienced pre-menstrual spotting after menstrual cup? I Know it can be old blood, and it may be normal, but not at EVERY period and for almost a WEEK before the period, when I've never experienced it before.
Hello all! I just recently started using the model one Lunette cup but I'm having some problems and I'm not sure how to fix them. I've done a lot of research about cups and the learning curve but I still can't seem to find anything that matches my scenario so here goes! I have a long vagina (I recently learned this when researching cups) I can't even reach my cervix with my middle finger fully extended, which isn't a problem except that the stem of my cup seems to be pinching/poking me inside.

Most of the posts I've read about this say to trim the stem to make it shorter and more comfortable because the stem tends to poke outside on the labia. For me however, when the cup is inserted into the most comfortable place the stem is completely inside me by almost the length of my finger to the first knuckle (1.5 cm give or take) which makes me think it isn't necessarily the stem that I'm feeling. I'm afraid if I cut the stem I won't be able to reach the cup because at this point I need the stem to pull it the cup down enough to even think about grabbing the bottom of the actual cup...

SOOO I'm at a loss as to what to do. I really want to love my cup but it always seems to be poking or prodding me in some way, is it something that I'm not doing right or do you think it really is the stem that I'm struggling with? Any advice would be lovely especially from those of you with cervix's that are wayyy up there! Thanks ladies!
09 August 2014 @ 10:05 am
Buongiorno :D

This Italian cup will be launched in September - info coming from an Italian forum : http://lacoppettamestruale.forumattivo.com/t5042-info-amycup-italia-nasce-la-prima-coppetta-mestruale-al-mondo-autoloubrificata-e-con-applicatore

So... An auto-lubrication cup and an applicator, in particular!!
Aah, can't wait to see photos ;).
09 August 2014 @ 08:32 pm
I've checked everywhere and haven't found a post to help me! Hope you all can lend some advice.

I'm 16, virgin, medium (I believe?) cervix, never used a cup before. Purchased diva cup 1 today and decided to try it... Hours later I'm extremely upset with no success.

I'm on my second day of my period and I have spent the whole day trying every fold, technique and sitting position I can find and I still can't get it past half way in. I have been very relaxed each time, until about my 5th try where I just burst out in tears (I cry a lot, I guess) and gave up. I really want this to work for me as I'm very active with a very, very heavy flow and I've never been able to get tampons in comfortably. In fact they usually slide out or I can feel them, even though I've tried wearing them countless times. I've about given up hope on the Diva cup. Anyone have advice on this? I really want it to work.
08 August 2014 @ 01:29 pm
Hello everyone, I am very happy I came across this little gem of a page. I have heard about cups in the past and have always been curious so today, as I sit here on my period using a disgusting tampon because I'm out of disgusting pads, I decided to order my first menstrual cup. I've read over a few posts, looked over some pictures and did some digging just to find myself a bit overwhelmed with all of the options, sizes, numbers, etc.
I need some help in deciding which cup to choose as my first.
I am 24 years old, married, with one child. This is my second period since I gave birth 11 months ago.
I'm not really sure how long my vagina is or how high my cervix sits.
Before baby, my flow was normal (as far as I know), lasting 5-7 days with small clotting during heavy days. My first period postpartum was nothing out of the ordinary and this one seems the same just more crampy.
Basically, I'm sure this has been asked by many before me but I would like advice on which cup is recommended for first time users.

Thank you so much, I appreciate any replies!
08 August 2014 @ 09:17 pm
Hi all,
So I'm on my second cycle on the shecup.
The first time was pretty uneventful, and rather thrilling and over-all too good to be true.
I guess I was right about that cuz this time around, the stem has been either hitting my pubic bone or pushing hard against one side.
The pain is pretty bad and it's also giving me the worst lower back ache ever.
My period this time around has been rather cruel. Lot of cramps and heavy flow.
Any suggestions about the stem though?
I don't know much about other cups, as this was my first, but I think the stem is pretty short already. So I don't think there's much scope of trimming it
08 August 2014 @ 08:19 am
Hi!
I've been using an organicup for a while now but I keep having problems.

I have a very low cervix, so I had to experiment with insertion methods until I got it to work. I use the 7-fold, I let it open pretty early and then I have to kinda push my cervix up so it goes inside the cup and that seems to work. The stem is almost always outside. After this I twirl it and check that it's fully opened. But there are always leaks even when the cup is only a quarter full.

It seems to me this is one of the smallest cups out there so I thought it would work for me. It also seems to be very soft, although this is the only cup I've ever used so I have nothing to compare it to.

Could you recommend some other cup brand or maybe another insertion method to fix this problem?

Thanks!
Hi
feeling a bit down - just got my period 10 months after my VBAC and still not right down below... I am beginning to realise it may NEVER be right down there but I am shocked at how baggy my vagina is :( I think I probably have a slight prolapse and have an appointment booked with the GP to ask for some Oestrogen pessaries but i don't think my oestrogen will be that low now i have had a period? Which means I am stuck with a v baggy fanny...

Anyway my cup question - I used to use a UK Mooncup in the bigger size for over 30s/ post childbirth. my cervix was high and it was a bit of a struggle to get it in but it worked well.
Now I have no trouble getting it in but it begins to slide out immediately and it feels too long, even if i cut the stem off completely and if it would stay in. My cervix now feels low - 2nd knuckle and wow, there is just soo much room!
Is there another cup I could try that is wider and shorter than a UK Mooncup? Don't think a mooncup would turn inside out?

Thanks