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 March 2015 @ 05:37 pm
I just started using a diva cup, new to cups but have used tampons for years with no issues. Starting to figure it out now, thanks to your lovely community I've realized I have a very low cervix and am looking into a smaller cup for next month. But over the last few days its been a trial with some major shoving pushing and pulling.... leading to my current problem.

I noticed this morning when reinserting this morning that there is now a pea sized lump next to the opening to my vagina, on the outside slightly behind the opening, towards the back of the labia majora. Fairly certain this was not there before. It feels like a swollen bruise & is dark red, has anyone else managed in injure themselves inserting a diva cup in this way? Or am I just uniquely accident prone? I've switched back to pads for now to see if it goes away on its own. Some initial research indicated it might be a cyst, but upon more digging determined that it was not in the right place for one.

Thanks for your help :)
03 March 2015 @ 05:08 pm
Hey y'all,

I would just like to thank everyone that replied to my previous post and ask a follow up question. When I was looking for my cervix, I don't really know if what I found was it or not. Everywhere I read said it would feel like a little round nub and be circular.

What I found was just like a wall, except when you touched it it was large and felt like jellied cranberry sauce (if you don't know what that is, look up a pic; i'm sorry if this is tmi). And when I touched it, it moved deep in me, it didn't hurt, but it didn't feel good or anything. Near it I found my pubic bone.

I just need to know if what I found was my cervix or not that way I can choose a good menstrual cup for my first time.

Thanks in advance!

P.S.
Sorry, I am new to all of this. I have never been intimately familiar with myself or sexually active or anything, so I am in need of a lot of educating about this whole subject.
My update! I have three cups: meluna classic med, fleurcup small, and the naturcup 1 (middle size)
Also, I've included a warning about an eBay listing.
I've been using the naturcup exclusively!
Pros: thick rim = no/less leakage, resistant material, less frequent changing, usually reachable!
Cons: having to use the C fold, slight pain with insertion and removal. removal pain is due to the size of the rim.
I don't use the other 2 cups because they leak.. A lot. (They feel more malleable in comparison.)
*If anyone wants to see specific cup comparisons, just let me know.
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I am wondering why some menstrual cup companies don't sell cups in different sizes for different cervix lengths. Granted, some companies do, but it baffles me why others don't. Isn't the purpose of the different brands of cups to offer other cup dimensions (and, in the case of the LilyCup Compact and Femmycycle, features)? By pandering to the "one size fits all" mindset, a company will be missing out on potential profit if customers decide to get another company's cup because that cup actually fits their cervix. I've never understood why companies offer multiple sizes with different diameters, but not multiple sizes with different lengths. Can anyone explain this?
01 March 2015 @ 08:26 pm
Hey everyone. You might know me as the 13-year-old with a Divacup. The learning curve has been going pretty badly so far, with the main issue being my Divacup leaking around the sides. I use the punch-down fold and feel around with my finger to check that the shape of the cup is round with no dents, but sure enough, around 30 minutes later, there are smears of blood down the walls of my labia because my Divacup is leaking around the sides, even though some blood is being caught in the cup itself as it should be. What could possibly be going on here?

p.s. my cervix is really high
28 February 2015 @ 10:51 am
Hello all,
I've been lurking on this community for a while now but am finally posting and am in need of some advice.
I'm 27, been using the diva cup for about a year now, generally with no problems.
I usually remove by grasping on the stem and tugging it down until it's low enough to grab at the base. This morning, though, when I went to take it out, I couldn't grab the stem at all. Had a horrible time removing it, but eventually managed to get the darn thing out. Now it's out and I can see what happened - the cup has actually shredded along the stem. So it longer has the raised grippy ring at the bottom of the stem but is just sort of rough silicone. I guess I have been digging in too hard to the stem and it has worn out?
Kinda worried I have a random piece of silicone inside me now, since I didn't see it come out with the cup.
Has anyone ever experienced this? Help!
26 February 2015 @ 05:57 pm
New cup user here(Lunette) and I'm posting because I haven't seen any posts that address this in the last few months of reading while I decided on getting a cup. Now that I'm actually using the cup and trying different folds I notice that the 360 degree turn is vital to some of the folds(punchdown for me) but completely unnecessary in others(C fold and S fold for me). Has anyone noticed anything similar?
Does anyone know of formal scientific studies or journal articles about the safety/general health of using a cup that stays in place using suction? I couldn't find anything in PubMed but given the proliferation of cups in the past few years it seems like there must be some research on this.

I'm curious about this because I have generally found the suction to be somewhat painful, and to me pain (even mild) indicates that something is not as it should be. Also, given that extended amounts of suction on other parts of the body can cause changes/problems (think of hickeys - those are due to broken blood vessels), it makes sense to me that strong suction on the cervix could do the same. I'm looking for answers grounded in science rather than random conjecture.

Background: I tried The Keeper years and years ago when I was 18 without much success, but my vagina was also not very used to having things in it at that point. Years later I tried a Divacup, and while insertion was fine, I remember feeling like having it in was painful - not for the space it was taking up, since other penetration is fine, but presumably due to the suction. Instead cups are fine, and are my current prefered menstrual product, but I'd prefer something reusable and would generally like to explore other options again.
25 February 2015 @ 11:30 pm
Hi all,
First, thank you to everyone who helped me choose my first cup. I have used the Si-bell for 2 and a half cycles (the half being five days of weird spotting in place of my period the second month). For the most part, the cup is great and I am 100% happy I took this step.

There's just one thing that's really bothering me. When I have the cup in I feel almost constant rectal pressure. It's not painful, just really annoying. Has anyone had a similar experience? Might the pressure be due to the bell shape of the Si-bell and might a straighter cup be better for me (not sure how else to describe it, but maybe v-shaped)?
25 February 2015 @ 06:30 pm
Hi all,

Long-time lurker here. I used and loved a Keeper Moon Cup size B for many years until I had to get rid of it as part of diagnosing repeated yeast infections. (Result: not the menstrual cup, but the condom brand. My vagina apparently hates Durex. The more you know...) Anyway, now that that experiment is over, I decided to get a new cup. Since I have heavy enough flow that I would overtop the Moon Cup in two hours at the start of my periods, I thought I would get a cup with a bit more capacity, and I so I bought a large Fleurcup. Never had children, cervix height varies from period to period, etc.

I never got my Moon Cup to rotate after insertion, but I could tell when it was properly open by running my finger around the outside of it. Same issue with the Fleurcup, except I can't get it to fully open... ever. I am not really sure what the problem is here. I have tried a couple different folds but I end up with the same result - a third of the cup is still indented in at the front. After exploring a little I'm starting to suspect that my pubic bone is keeping it from opening fully, since the indented bit is always in the front, pushing up against the back of my pubic bone. I never had this problem with the Moon Cup. I ignorantly hoped that this was just the way the Fleurcup sits, but the resultant gorefest in my underwear confirmed that the cup definitely isn't sealed properly.

Any recommendations? Is the cup simply too big for me?
24 February 2015 @ 11:44 pm
Hi All,

First-time user here. I bought a small Eva Cup and started using it on a period. Insertion hasn't been a problem (using punch-down fold) but removing the darn thing is kind of excruciating. It's not an issue of suction; I can get it to release and form into a C-shaped fold as I pull it out. Getting the wider half of the cup out is very painful; it just feels like I'm tearing myself or stretching something past capacity. I have never had sex and have never been able to get more than two fingers up there. A punch-down fold essentially gets the diameter of the cup down to two-fingers size, whereas a C fold is bigger. I can't get it in folded into a C, thus pulling it out in that shape...doesn't feel so great. Wondering if there is a way to work around this, or if I should try a different cup. I've worn and removed it three times now over two days. The most recent time I used the cup, I felt a dull discomfort deeper in as well as some sharp, burn-y pain closer to the vaginal opening. Is my issue just the firmness of the cup?

I know there is a ton of misinformation about hymens out there and I'm hesitant to even mention them. My doctor tried a pelvic exam a few years ago and had to stop because I was so tense and it was too painful. I don't know how to gauge my pelvic floor muscles; I've had smaller tampons basically fall out so it's not like I'm that tense all the time. The issue really seems to be around the opening, and I'm wondering if the pain should be cause for concern.

Anyway, thanks for reading; any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.
24 February 2015 @ 09:03 pm
Hey, all.
As I was about to put in my Fleurcup, I noticed one of the ridges on the stem was peeling off (images below). I put it in and, so far in its use this month, the ridge hasn't fallen off completely. There was some out-of character cramping beginning upon insertion and, after taking out the cup later that day, continued for hours after removal. (This cramping might have been caused by my body's eternal hatred of me, 'cause you know how it is. ;D) I didn't use the cup for the rest of the week just to be safe.

What should I do about this? Has any of this stem trickery happened to you?

I'm guessing I could peel off that half-ridge and just file it down.

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Thanks in advance!
22 February 2015 @ 05:07 pm
Hello all,

I need help looking for a soft cup. I've narrowed it down to Meluna soft (medium), Bella cup, Si-bell and Lily cup (all small). Can you help me rank the softness or at least tell me the cup that is much softer than a small Lunette or compares to a Sckoon?

I have a dangly cervix on two days of the my five-six day period. On these days I cannot insert my Lunette because it's too firm. My small Sckoon cup can be inserted but my I'm looking for a better cup as the Sckoon does not always want to work for me.

Capacity isn't a huge factor as in the cup just needs to hold a minimum of 20mL (not a the rim). I own a large Si-bell but the diameter, 46mm, does not suit me one bit as the cup placed pressure on my rectum and made emptying problematic. I don't use it anymore.

I'm really interested in the Bella cup but I want to know how soft it is.
How would you compare the softness of a classic Meluna? I've seen Bree from Precious Stars Pads compare the Classic Meluna to a Lunette but I could not tell the difference.

Thank you.

Long time lurker :)
22 February 2015 @ 12:52 pm
Hi, I am new to the community. I am a new (kind of) to using cups. Once about 15 years ago I tried an Instead Softcup. It went well until I had an accident and that was the end of that. And there wasn't any forums like this to help me along.
I recently ordered an large EvaCup ($22), I used it on my last period. It was pretty easy-to-use & comfortable. I can't wait to try it again. I've also ordered a yuuki & a cuplee to tryout. The cuplee is only $10. So I figured why not. I've been reading posts for a few weeks and I figured its time to join the community. I suggest if you haven't already, try a menstrual cup. I love it already and can't wait for my next period (how weird is that). Thanks to everyone for the knowledge you share on this forum. I might have never tried a cup again if I wouldn't have read this forum. ;-)
22 February 2015 @ 10:56 am
I have searched the web and this forum and I can't seem to find a good, detailed comparison of the Ruby Cup vs. the Diva Cup. I'm thinking I might have more success with a slightly shorter, wider cup, but I can't find many "user experience" type reviews that compare the two. I would love some feedback from people who have used both. (Especially if you also have a dangly/lower cervix.) I'd also settle for a few more reviews of the Ruby Cup.
21 February 2015 @ 09:32 pm
I have the regular Lilycup and noticed there are no holes to help release the suction. I had a hard time removing the cup when I used it last because I had a hard time releasing the suction. I have a small-hole puncher that I could use but wondered if anyone had ever tried punching holes into the Lilycup with good results. I know there are other ways to release the suction without holes, but I want to make the process as easy as possible for me.
21 February 2015 @ 11:28 pm
New
Hey community,

I am new to LiveJournal as well as new to the idea of menstrual cups. I live in America and only just today did I find out that there is an alternative to pads and tampons. Of course I have many, many questions about menstrual cups, but I think I would like to try them. I started searching and I am finding out that there are several different ones out there, and I would like to know how to figure out which one to pick. I am almost 17, I am currently on my period right now so now would be a great time to get all this sorted out.

I have read a lot about them and I am finding that the Lily Cup, Diva Cup, and Lunette are some of the most popular, but I just wanted to ask some questions and figure out how all of this works.
21 February 2015 @ 10:17 pm
Okay, So I am BRAND NEW(currently still on the first cycle) to menstrual cups. I just got the Lily cup (classic) size 2, I am 28 and I have had one child, and a supremely high cervix (no idea where that thing is). Insertion- was super easy the first day, no leaks, no trouble getting it out. Then overnight it was a blood bath and so was day two. I got the hang of it again on day three but throughout this experience I've been having an uncomfortable pressure, similar to light cramping, right on my uterus/bladder. I have taken the cup out for the end of my cycle (it had become very light) and I STILL have that same pressure/pain sensation as if the cup were still there. It almost feels like gas, and there is a very faint pulsing feeling. The sensation is not debilitating but it is uncomfortable. I've read a few other posts, Some people said it may be the length of the cup or the pressure from the suction or air inside, or no air inside. I'm wondering if anyone has had this issue and found a solution to it. Do I need another cup? Is it something that will go away? Do I need a less suction-y cup? The lily cup classic does form a very strong seal (no suction release holes). I'll include dimensions incase that helps with my question. Oh one more thing the cramping sensation becomes worst when laying down or sitting slouched, almost disappears while I'm standing.
Diameter: 43.5 mm
Length: 78 mm
Capacity: 28 ml

Thank you!!!!! and HELP!!!!
 
 
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22 February 2015 @ 10:00 am
So I had an embarrassing fail yesterday, and I need to tell someone.
I didn't make sure my cup popped open after I emptied it yesterday morning, and then I got dressed and went out shopping. I felt a bit damp, but I thought it was sweat (I'm Australian, so it's summer here). Got home, and realised I'd had a massive 'leak' that had gone right through my jeans.
21 February 2015 @ 12:39 pm
I've been using the Diva Cup model 1 for a little over a year. Overall, I've been really happy with it. It's the first menstrual cup I've ever used, and I'm a believer!

However, I do wonder if it's the best option for me. I've always experienced a little leaking/spotting with it - usually just a little, but enough that I feel I have to wear liners. Lately, it's been quicker to leak, and "slipping out" a little easier, too - I don't feel quite as secure with it as I did a year ago.

I'm turning 30 this year, so I don't know if I should a) get a new Diva Cup model 1, b) switch to Diva Cup model 2, or c) try a new cup altogether. I'm hoping you more experienced users can offer some insight.

Thanks in advance!
21 February 2015 @ 10:06 am
Hi all, I'm new and thought I would jump right in with a new post. I've been using my Diva Cup for about half a year now and I love it. My sister really wants to go the menstrual cup route but has some concerns I was hoping you all could help me with since I have only ever used the Diva Cup. So she is apprehensive on one front, she doesn't like the idea of reaching up inside herself to get the cup out. I explained to her you have to reach in there a little to pull it out and then to break the seal. She doesn't like this idea at all and is pretty much grossed out at the though of reaching in there (even just near the opening of her vagina).

Is there a way around this with cups or are they all the same in having to put your fingers a little inside yourself? I know some have longer stems but I don't understand how that works as I'm sure everyone here knows the Diva Cup has a short stem. If anyone can give me any ideas on which one might be good for her to try then I would be most grateful.
20 February 2015 @ 01:30 am
I've been using a larger sized uk Mooncup (well several) for over 8 years. I've recently converted a few friends to cups and have realised my experience of monthly leaks isn't typical. I have some small leakage most days in the first half of the period dealt with by panty liner and on heavier nights have to wear a full sized pad too/instead. Generally on heavy days (1-3) I have to empty it every 2 hrs. By day 5+ I can last 8+ hrs.

I've done some reading on here and had a check and am pretty sure I have a low cervix. Its easily reachable and I can squeeze the end of the cup and feel my cervix sat inside it. (I have no stem whatsoever on it as it rubbed). I can leak with a sharp cough or as I sit sometimes yet when I empty the cup its only full a third of the way up. Also sometimes it feels like the cup is falling out and I can feel it just by parting the labia - usually a couple of days into my period. I have no trouble inserting/removing it and am ok about firmess etc.

Ideas please what I should look for in another cup - shorter than the 50mm? wider than the 46mm? bigger capacity? all 3?
19 February 2015 @ 01:40 pm
So I got my diva cup and i cant seem to get it in. Im a size 22 and cant get the right position. If i feel like its going in seems to pop open early or wont open at all. Ive tried spinning it around and it still didnt open. Any suggestions. I really want this to work.
18 February 2015 @ 05:42 pm
Hi everyone,

I'm a young teen with a medium cervix. My school is going to be taking a trip to Disneylad soon and I am going to be on my period at that time. I looking to find another cup because we spend the entire day out and about from about 7 in the morning to around 10 at night. I know that cups should not be kept in for more than twelve hours, but I would rather not remove my menstrual cup in one of the bathrooms in Disneyland. I already have a small Lunette which I love, but after about eight hours on my heavy days it starts to leak. What are some higher capacity cups that you would recommend?