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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!
01 July 2016 @ 11:33 pm
I'm a new cup user, 2nd cycle. I have 5 kids all delivered vaginally and a low cervix. Last cycle went as well as expected- some leakage, some discomfort, mostly going ok. Except this super weird thing where I would occasionally go to remove it and find it way up in my vagina, UPSIDE DOWN. has anyone else ever experienced this?! I'm pretty active but this happens randomly, can't tie it to my yoga of anything.
01 July 2016 @ 11:52 pm
Hi Everyone,

So I have had a cup for close to 7 years now and have lurked but never posted here during that time. For the first time ever I accidentally dropped my diva cup into the toilet- after I pooped. I have washed it with hot water and soap, but don't feel like that is sufficient to sanitize it and use it again. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do to make it more usable? I am traveling and have access to a microwave, but that is about it. I can also go to a store to buy something basic, but don't have access to many things currently. Any suggestions will be appreciated!

Thanks all!
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30 June 2016 @ 01:51 am
Hi All!

I often have heavy and prolonged periods, I am thinking about an alternative to menstrual pads because I've become allergic to it for some reason. I came across Anigan Evacup and I am getting a lot of positive reviews about it. It is most suggested specially for heavy bleeders like me.

I read that probably I won't be able to use a cup for the first week or so, is that for real? but I feel like it's a much easier alternative to pads/tampons. Right now still trying to get a few insights about menstrual cups before buying it.
About three months ago I decided to make the switch from pads to menstrual cups, I purchased a soft meluna and a compact lily cup. I watched every youtube video on the face of the planet on menstrual cups and read hundreds of blogs but I still can't insert my cup. I spent a whole period trying to get it in by I failed every single time. I begun my period again yesterday and decided to give it another go but I still can't get it right. I am a virgin and I did read the virgins guide to cups but I still can't get it. I've used lube, I've tried lying down, squating and standing. I get about a quarter of the cup in before I either can't get any more in or it pops open and falls out.

Someone please tell me what I'm doing wrong??!!
27 June 2016 @ 02:21 am
Hey everyone,
I've recently started using a cup, Mooncup UK, bought at a Boots store.
I love it so much and been using it for my last 6 maybe 7 cycles and have not had any problems until my last 2 cycles. On my first day when my period started, no problems but then a short time later I was leaking a bit, did the usual checks throughout the day while trying to fix this, such as making sure it was fully open, creating a seal and not full. The leaks continued until the next day where they completely stopped for the rest of my period. Now this has happened again this period, just leaks on the first day only, the rest of the days are not a problem.
I'm finding this hard to understand as I was fine for all my other cycles.
My flow is light to medium so It's not an overfilling issue and it hasn't changed since and stays consistent like that throughout, I have located my cervix and it's quite high, took my entire index finger to find it, I'm aware its position can change but on my first day it was very high, the rest of the days I never checked because I had no leaks. I make sure the cup is open by feeling the perimeter of the rim and that it has created a seal. When I do remove it, there is blood collected so I do know some of it is filling into the cup, some is slightly on the rim, but I'm experiencing leakage on literally the first day only! I was wondering if it's the "residue slobber" people talk about on here but wouldn't that surely still leak away throughout my period?
It's quite annoying as all my other experiences were fine, even when starting out I didn't leak and was thrilled, but now this issue has me quite confused as I've grown comfortable with using a cup and was most afraid of accidents while I was beginning to use one.
If anyone can shed some light/similar experiences on this I'd be grateful! Thanks!
26 June 2016 @ 12:50 pm
I am posting this as a last cry for help from anyone who might have any insight on this issue. Now I have been using menstrual cups for about 3 years at this point, I am no stranger to them. Ive been using a DivaCup for the past three years and I absolutely love them... Except I have an issue. Before I get into the issue, I have some vital background information. I am a circus artist/student who's main discipline is hand balancing. This involves me doing about 4 hours a day of handstand training and more hours in various other acrobatic classes. The issue I am having is with leaking.

Its always fine when I'm not training, which is like less than half the day. But more so on day 2 and 3 of my period(not as bad on other days), I am leaking consistently through my training. Its not the amount to which I bleed, because half the time when I go to the bathroom to empty my cup its like not even half full. Yet I can feel a steady stream just trickling into my underwear! Its almost like every time I come down from a handstand and place myself right side up I feel it leaking. And I just don't understand because trust me, I make sure that damn thing is fully opened and suction cupped to my cervix every time I insert it!

Ive purchased a harder yuuki cup in the past to see if maybe my vaginal muscles squeeze the cup when I am doing my handstand training and that is causing the leakage, but I still leak the same way with the yuuki cup as well. I am very distraught over this issue, because I hate the idea of stuffing cotton up there for a couple hours and allowing bacteria to grow within my vagina. I won't use pads either. I doubt it, but does anyone have any insight on this issue? I know you're technically able to use menstrual cups during physical activity, but I don't think the kind of intense physical activity I do was put to the test. I really really want to keep using menstrual cups because I absolutely adore the idea of them, but I can not keep leaving my coaches periodically (haha) through training to change my cup. Especially because it definitely is not as quick as inserting a tampon.

If anyone has any insight, it would be much appreciated.
 
 
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26 June 2016 @ 11:54 am
I have pain/irritation with both normal and organic tampons which I believe is because my flow is light and wanted some advice about whether or not a menstrual cup would work (since they can be lubricated) before I splurge and spend the money on one.
I am also living on campus and was wondering if anyone had suggestions for cleaning rumps when I only have access to combined/coed bathroom and laundry facilities.

Actually if anyone had advice for good companies/brands for period undies, cloth pads or menstrual cups in Australia, that would be awesome since the only company that seems decent that I've come across is Moon Pads.
I'm sorry if this question has been asked before, I've been searching on here for a few hours and haven't found any problems quite like mine!

So this is my 4th cycle trying a menstrual cup, my second using my Meluna classic small with the ring-style handle. I'm 23, never been pregnant, and have a fairly small stature. I also have mild vaginismus, which I've had for my entire sex life. I say mild because I can have sex, although not without pain. It's still fun so I bear through it, and within a day or 2 any soreness I've had is gone.

For whatever reason, fingers hurt me way more than much-larger male parts. I think it's the nails that hurt so much (even though mine are quite short.) Because of this, removal is a bit difficult, because trying to insert multiple fingers up around the side of the cup pinches and hurts wayyy too much. My removal method involves wiggle-walking the cup down and then when it starts to feel like it's ripping me in half I have to try to reach in as best I can and fold the cup. It's not as bad as it sounds. I feel confident about removing it, but I'm worried that it's partially responsible for the soreness/burning I feel while wearing the cup.

So here's my actual question: why am I feeling a burning/soreness sensation that seems to get worse the longer I wear the cup? It feels the same as that burning sensation that is common with vaginismus. I had to remove the cup earlier because of it, and I'm wondering if it's from the trauma of insertion/removal or if my muscles tensing around the cup could cause it? If so, why does no one else seem to have this problem?

One other thing I've noticed is that my cup tends to sit at quite a tilt, with the ring stem digging into the left wall of my vagina. My doctor did comment before that I have a tilted cervix, so I'm sure that's why. However, it does make that area especially sore and I was wondering if maybe I should try a different style of stem? I read somewhere on here that the ball stem version of a Meluna is more comfortable than the common style of stem. I've also seen that people turn their cups inside out but there is NO WAY I could get that back out considering my issue with fingers.

This ended up being quite long, so I'll summarize:
Why does my cup feel like its tearing up my vagina when it's just sitting in there?
Does my removal method have something to do with it?
Is the combination of a tilted cervix and a sharp ring stem the cherry on top?
23 June 2016 @ 09:51 pm
Hi All!
I started last month using a diva cup for the first time. I had a pretty good time with it but ran into a few issues. The first couple of days I used it I got it in and open with no problem. The more I used it though the harder it seems to be to get it in place. This month is my second time using it. Yesterday I put it in and got it past my pubic bone but I can't seem to get it any higher no matter what I do. It's sitting really low, like half an inch of the cup plus the stem are hanging outside of my vagina. It's really uncomfortable. I don't think my cervix hangs low because I've never been able to reach it/feel it. So I'm not sure what I can do to boost it higher so it's more comfortable. Do I need a shorter cup? I know the diva cups tend to be on the long side. Help please!!!

Thanks!
21 June 2016 @ 12:47 pm
Hello! I am trying the menstrual cup for the first time (I bought the small IrisCup) and am having lots of trouble inserting it. Specifically, I can't tell if it is my cervix or my pubic bone that is blocking it. If it's my pubic bone, I know I should try to push past it if comfortable; but if it is my cervix, I know the cup should lie below it. But it is super low! Like my first knuckle low. How can I tell the difference between the two? Thanks!

Hi everyone!

This is my second period with my DivaCup, and so far so good.

I am having the issue of understanding if it's open all the way or not though - I insert it with the push down fold, it goes in, and then when it's in, I go to feel if it's open.

The cup doesn't feel round, it feel "flat" to the touch. I tried feeling the rim and having that to pop, but I don't feel anything changing.

What I do is I insert the cup all the way, and the feel around, should I just insert it halfway?

It's been about three years since I purchased my first cup, I visited this community quite a few times during then asking for advice, which helped a lot, thanks :)

But in the end I never got the hang of using a cup (I purchased two, a Lunette, and a Sckoon). Every time I tried it took me so long to remove it that it wasn't practical for me to try use during my period and instead I turned to using reusable pads. The pads are great and i'm never going back to disposables, but I still think a lot about trying to use a cup instead. Today was the latest in my attempts and this time was actually even worse than usual - insertion is now much smoother than it used to be, which is something (altho, note, this time the cup nearly oriented itself sideways until I managed to maneuver the stem back down - but that's a different issue) but removal is a complete pain the ass. It took me about two hours of trying/resting/retrying before I finally got it out. I can stick my finger in to press on the side of the cup but it never breaks the seal, and I never seem to be able to get my index finger and thumb far enough in for me to grab the base - its always me constantly wrestling to grip the stem and tug on it until I can get the cup out by sheer strength alone. This concerns me as I'm afraid one day I'm going to break the stem and then I'll have no way of getting it out. My pubic bone always feels like its in the way of my fingers trying to get in or grip anything - I often end up chafing/irritating myself faster than getting anywhere and i have to rest before trying again. Does anyone else have this problem? It's honestly frustrating and discouraging that I cannot seem to use these cups.
I've used a softcup for a really long time and thought I would rather have a reusable cup, and making this switch may have been a big mistake on my part. I'm currently on day 3 of not being able to remove this thing, it's vacuum sealed itself to my cervix and apparently I have a long, long vagina because I can get half my hand in my junk and still just barely graze the very tippy end of the cup. Also, I appear to have a very pliable, welcoming cervix, because I'm pretty sure at least half of the cup is full of it, not just the offending liquids it's supposed to hold. I can't break the seal and am not able to see a medical professional because the two GYN professionals in the town I live in who have even heard of this product don't have appointments open until NEXT MONTH. One of these clowns is actually my provider but apparently that doesn't matter? Before I either go to an ER, local BDSM fisting expert, or accept that it's never coming out and I eventually fill my uterus with old blood until it explodes, I thought I'd turn to y'all.

Current list of failed techniques:
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Relaxing, Breathing - X
Bearing Down in all recommended positions - X
Keigels - X
Warm Bath - X
Spoons - X
Crochet Hooks - X
Booze and Relaxing Music - X

I would just wait for it to fill up and break it's own seal but it leaks out blood every time I pee so that doesn't seem to be the progress I'd want to be making. Besides, the stem is lodged into my pubic bone. And apparently I have my own gravity, because over the last few days it's only made its way UP, not down. This is NOT a "dry run," (not sure why anyone would try that, honestly) I am not shy around my lady parts, I've used pretty much everything else with fine results.

This is probably the most ridiculous thing I've ever written.

UPDATE: It's OUT! My gynecologist finally seemed to get the message and had me come in today so he could extract the offending interloper. Even with those long long clippy/forceps-y things, a speculum and an assistant, it was an effort. His opinion is that it would have been nearly impossible for me to get this out on my own. Here's what happened: In his opinion, the model 2 size was too big. Even though I've had a kid, my parts are pretty small and long (knowing this, I had an instinct to get the smaller size, but didn't listen to my inner voice) so I didn't really have the inner capacity for the top of the ring to fully open in my vagina. It worked its way up to above my pubic bone, where it had more room to expand. Then, it filled like a balloon. In my understanding, it expanded to the full capacity of the wider area above my pubic bone to my cervix. That, in cooperation with a fairly decently suctioned death grip on my aforementioned cervix, was what caused the problem.
Probably, with a REALLY tight grip on the stem and a fair amount of lubrication, I may have had a shot, but doing this on my own with my limited range of reach made it pretty unlikely I'd have succeeded solo.

So here's the lesson (because I did want to learn from it so that one day I can try again): Research the options, specs and features between the different cups and try to match as best as one can based on what we know about our own bodies.

Thanks for being there, folks, it was a comfort in a weird and difficult time.
 
 
13 June 2016 @ 01:03 pm
I am a relatively new cup user. I have been happy with my current cup but am pretty sure there is something better out there for me! I currently use a large Menstrocup.

I am 46 with children. My flow is normal/heavy, and my cervix is high with a tendency to sit to the side during my period. I am able to insert the cup and get it open with no problem (usually) but find that it leaks on my heavier days. I'm wondering if a firmer cup with a larger diameter would work better? I think upon research that the menstrocup is on the softer side. I also feel like that at times my cervix wants to sit to the outside of the cup. On the leaky days, the cup is not overfull.

Any suggestions? I have been researching the super jennie, meluna classic xl, and yuuki.
13 June 2016 @ 12:59 am
Hi everyone! Now so long ago, I asked for any happy FemmyCycle users here. I did not get many answers, but I read a lot of positive reviews on Amazon and decided to try it anyway. I was really annoyed with leaks and running to the shower every couple of hours with my LadyCup. Every time it leaked I did not know whether the cup was full, or my cervix was dangly and took some space in the cup, or I inserted it wrong, or I was just too wide after giving birth...

So far, I've been using my new FemmyCycle Low Cervix for three days, and I'm really satisfied with it! I had a couple of incidents, but they clearly meant something went wrong upon insertion. After that, I reinserted the cup and wore it without any leaks for the rest of the day. I also slept through two nights without any leaks.

I expected some learning curve with this cup due to its unusual shape and absence of holes. My first attempts were ridiculous: I could not make the cup unfold inside me! I tried to insert it a few times using the C-fold, and then just put it off in frustration. Later, I read some more reviews and tips and tried the punch-down fold. This worked better. With some more practice, I got to inserting the FemmyCycle as quickly as the LadyCup. I stick with the punch-down fold with the opening of the fold towards my rectum. With this, it opens fairly well and catches enough air inside, so even though the cup is not fully open, I don't feel any suction.

I hope I'll stay as happy with my new cup as I am now. I'll post an update if something changes.
12 June 2016 @ 09:36 am
Hi all,
I've been using the divacup size 1 for a little less than a year. I'm 31, of average height, and obese.

Although I'm not having any problems insertion or removal, I am frustrated with the amount of time it takes me to do personal clean up. After I empty the diva cup I have to do an extensive amount of wiping to clean myself up before I re-insert. This can take a lot of time (which is in short supply) and toilet paper (which is just wasteful and annoying, as my house's plumbing is old). I have no notion if this is normal or not, as my other friends don't have as heavy a flow as I do (most of them use hormonal BC). I have a pretty heavy flow due to a copper IUD (need to empty the diva cup every 8-9 hours the first 2 days of my period) but I'm not sure that's the issue. Also I very rarely suffer leaks (unless I don't empty it frequently enough on heavy days) so I don't think size is the issue either. When I use tampons it is not at all a problem.

Is this a common issue? Would bumping up a size help in avoiding it? Any advice would be appreciated!
11 June 2016 @ 08:57 pm
Hi everyone!

Recently I've been thinking about switching over to menstrual cups. However there is one thing I'm kind of confused about. I'm under 30 and don't have any children, in that aspect most companies suggest a size 1. However I have a moderate to heavy flow, need to change super tampons every hour and a half to two hours on my heaviest days, so I was wondering whether I'd have to stick to size one or would a size two be a better option considering capacity? I'm 5'7, 150lbs, average build, with a average cervix, nothing too high and not low either.

Basically I'm just confused about the sizing? Should I strictly look at size 1 or consider different options?
11 June 2016 @ 06:42 pm
My period started today, and lucky me is also supposed to go to a wedding tomorrow, and I got ready to try out my Divacup for the first time. I used the punchdown fold because I felt it'd be easier for me. But I couldn't seem to get anything right... every time the cup was around halfway in, I couldn't seem to properly hold onto it anymore (like, the cup felt like it was slipping off my hand sorta) and I would end up having to start over to prevent it from slipping out of my hand altogether. In the end though, after 3 failed insertion attempts, I just gave up and decided to wear pads for now. Is there a certain way to hold it to prevent it from slipping out my hands when I'm trying to insert it? (Or is it just me...)
10 June 2016 @ 06:10 pm
So I've been using my cup for over a year now. Its a Lunette size 1. I love it for all my cycle except the first 1-2 days. It used to be excellent for all six days but for some reason the first two days I'm very uncomfortable when I insert my cup. The discomforr is so much I typically choose to leave it out.

I am fairly sure the firmness of the cup is the issue...what cup can I get that is the same size/shape as my Lunette but softer.
Hi everyone !

This website has been very useful, I have learned quite a lot but I am still confused about the information I'm reading on all the different threads. My menstrual cup sorta saved my self esteem last year when I finally stopped staining my clothes and my bedding but after 4 months of using it, I started getting consistent vaginal infection, only I couldn't tell what kind it was.

The first time it happened (last september) my vulva was itching a lot, my vagina was burning pretty badly and I had whitish small "thingies" with a solid consistency, if I rubbed them they would coat my fingers thickly. Some were bigger than others. I went to the ER because it hurt a lot and a gynecologist told me it was yeast infection and that I had to take medication and it would go away.

Every period now since september, I either get a greyish/whitish layer that coats my vaginal walls and feels uncomfortable or I get this "thingies" that can be spread into a thick coating layer. My vagina used to smell quite nice before and my discharge was usually transparent and elastic, which it hasn't been once in a year. I know it has to be my cup because I had never suffered through that before, I'm sexually inactive and my diet has stayed the same.

I believe using my cup has changed my vaginal flora. Here's the deal, I love my cup, I really do. My period used to make me feel so self-conscious because I was staining absolutely everything all the time, it was a mess. I would love to keep using it but honestly, if I can't get to make my cup work with my flora then I'll have to abandon it.

Here is my cleanup:
- period starts => wash it with water => insert right after
- flush period out at night before bed => wash with water => insert right after
- flush period out in the morning => wash with water => insert right after
- flush period out once during the day (usually when I feel pain because the cup is sucking too hard on my cervix) => wash with water => insert right after
- at the end of my period => wash with water => put in my divacup bag

Today I put my divacup in a mug of hot boiling water for 15-20 minutes and took it out afterwards. How should I clean my divacup to avoid this? Did anyone get this problem and got rid of it?

Thank you all !


EDIT: So I tried to clean my diva cup bag in a mug full of boiling hot water as well, and something interesting happened. The water had an oily layer on top. I tried to touch it with the tip of my fingers and my fingers had a thin white oily film covering them. I tried washing the bag with soap but the oily feel was still there. The only thing I can think of is if one of my cosmetic creams or oils contaminated my diva cup bag and then contaminated my cup. I'll put it in the washing in a couple of days and tell you how it goes.
04 June 2016 @ 10:28 pm
Hey all, I'm quite a new menstrual cup user, currently on my 3rd cycle and I'm having the common problem of near constant leaking. It's not so bad as to need anything more than a pantyliner but it is still annoying. I feel like I'm at a loss. I've tried big, small, soft and hard cups I've tried every fold under the sun, and I know that the cups are opening, but regardless i can not stop the leaking. Additionally, when i then try to remove the cup i find that blood gets everywhere... I've read that it could be that my the cup isn't suctioning to my cervix but rather past my cervix - the problem is, I have a combination of stubby fingers and a very high cervix, so I've no real idea where my cervix is or how to coax it into my cup.

Meanwhile my cup - regardless of which one - does collect a lot of blood, (though I've never seen it more than half full), so i know I'm doing something right - but clearly something wrong too...

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Edit:Also i find every cup i wear has a tendency to create air bubbles... is this normal?

Second edit: OK, so I've just started my 4th cycle and this time tried a yuuki classic for the first time - I had absolutely no leaks! I guess that means the other cups were too soft for me and my muscles were crushing them when i moved around, even if they opened originally. Anyway, thanks for the help! Thought I'd share my joy at finding a cup that works for me haha.
03 June 2016 @ 10:46 pm
Hello everyone. This is my first post on live journals so I apologize if anything is in the wrong section.

I have had a good amount of cups. I have an extremely low cervix. I am 18 years old with no kids and still a virgin.
I currently use the large luv ur body cup and I love it. Except that I always have to pee when I wear it. I can wear it at home and at night with no problems, but I cannot wear it when I wear my jeans.

I am not sure what cup to try next. I will continue to use my large luv ur body cup for nights and at home, but I need a cup that won't make me need to use the bathroom all the time. I will admit that I always seem to need to use the bathroom around my period. I think I get paranoid about it.

I am not sure whether I need to change firmness, diameter, or what. I have looked through the softness comparisons, but I still want to see what some of you think about my situation.

Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
31 May 2016 @ 02:07 am
Hi! I've been using a menstrual cup for about 5 or 6 cycles now and on this cycle I'm using a Large LENA that I just bought because I thought a wider cup than my Lunette Model 1 would solve the spotting I have. It's not full on leaking as most of the blood is collected in the cup but it is enough to be kind of annoying because I don't particularly like having to wash and deal with stains (I'm using reusable panty liners). I feel like I've tried everything I've read; I've twisted the cup and made sure it was open. I've seen a comment from one user saying how they have never been able to stop the residual slobber, and while I'm not opposed to wearing panty liners as it's a lot better than when I used to wear pads or tampons, but I'd like to know if there was anything I haven't tried that would help me master the menstrual cup.
30 May 2016 @ 10:42 pm
I work at Target and have been seeing the DivaCup for sometime now and did some research. I started the first day of my cycle 2 days ago and decided to finally pick the cup up. I had no issue inserting the cup. I ran my finger along the rim of the cup once it was in to make sure it was completely open. It doesn't leak when I am at home, but I do have issues with some minor leaking when I'm at work. Enough that I need a pantyliner. I don't know what the issue is. I move a lot. Picking up boxes, climbing ladders, etc. Is there something I'm doing wrong? I don't know if I'm having an issue with the shape of the cup when I'm being super active.