banana_slugs
12 March 2010 @ 02:43 pm

I just finished my first cycle with my brand new Fleurcup and thought I would do a review and share my experiences, since mad150n asked for one

Background: I’m 18 years old, sexually active, no kids yet. Because of my heavy flow I decided to get the large size.
Why did I get a cup? Well, though I indeed felt comfortable with tampons (at least to the extend where you feel comfortable when sticking something inside of you to prevent menstrual blood leaking all over your clothes), I know that they are bad for the flora down there; also, I hate the strings, it just doesn’t feel right (my boyfriend always calls me a jumping-jack during those days XD). And I never was a fan of pads except if used for back-up; I don’t like feeling the warm blood run down onto the pad (if you’re lucky). But anyway, let’s get on with it:


Basically I didn’t have any time for dry-runs because my cup came exactly on the first day of my period – but whatever, lurking around here prepared me fairly well, I thought.
 

So after boiling my cup and rinsing it with cold water, I inserted it straight away and was surprised how comfortable it was!
I tried the punch-down-fold and 7-fold, but discovered that they wouldn’t pop open! So then I did the C-fold and had no problems with insertion, popping open and staying in place.
After 3 hours I went to check on everything, got it out by grabbing the stem and pulling till I could grab the base of the cup (the grip rings were very helpful!). I actually was a little concerned because I had absolutely no idea about the capacity, as I was always confident that I have a heavy flow (I filled a super tampon in about two ½ hours). So when I pulled the cup out, I laughed at how little fluid there was! It was not even ¼ full!

I then went to rinse it out with water; and one of the main reasons why I wanted to get a Fleurcup was actually that the holes are slightly bigger, so figured they would be easier to clean. Lucky me, my theory was true; I just filled the cup with water and squeezed it, which made the water push all the gooey stuff out of the holes. No inconvenience at all. I then dried it off with a towel and reinserted again.

Second check was about four hours later; again, lo leaks, no uncomfortable feeling, I felt like this was the best thing that happened to me in my whole life (apart from my boyfriend of course which had to be said in case I forget to close the internet again and he stumbles across this post, lol)
This time the cup was about ¼ full; I rinsed, reinserted and went to bed after that. I didn’t leak during the night and what mattered to me the most – I never had to worry about changing every eight hours like I had to with a tampon.

Day 2, however, didn’t go as smoothly as day 1. My cup leaked two times which I thought was odd, because I didn’t do anything different than before. After cleaning all the mess (I looked like I had slaughtered someone), I put in a tampon and wanted to leave it for tomorrow, but got uncomfortable with it, so I put the cup in for the night (was prepared with 2 extra blankets and a high absorbency pad).

After waking up, I was happy I hadn’t leaked during the night, but after checking I discovered that I surely would have; I had just started leaking when reached the bathroom. Since I had to go out after an hour or two, I decided to try those soft-tampons I came across a few weeks before. I don’t really like them, I always felt like I was leaking when I didn’t, but that could have been from not shoving it up high enough. I mainly used because they don’t have a string; I hate those strings on the normal tampons, they always get in the way!

Anyway, when I came home three hours later I decided to give Fleurcup another chance, put it in again and wiggled it in position. Six hours later I still had no leaks and was almost jubilant because I thought I had finally figured it out – when I discovered that I had stopped bleeding altogether! No wonder I didn’t leak  -___-
After rinsing it again, I couldn’t put it back in because I was too dry and just shoved another light-flow tampon up there (a normal one with a string that my gyno recommended; they contain some lactic acid bacteria which should support the vaginal flora or something like that. All I can say about them is that they are freaking pricey).

After waking up this morning I went to change the tampon, but it wasn’t even remotely full, so I’m back to pads for the day. I didn’t expect to stop bleeding after 2 ½ days, I think that may be my new NuvaRing that I just started using this cycle.
But does anyone have an idea what could have been causing leakage? I felt up there and the cup was fully popped; I’d even heard it pop open and there was suction. I thought maybe my NuvaRing could be the culprit? I tried shoving it further up there, but that didn’t work. Now, I don’t know if it’s possible, but could the ring have broken the seal?



Before I settled for the Fleurcup, I watched all of Melissa’s Videos and read her reviews on her blog, they were so helpful!

I live in Austria, so I didn’t have problems with shipping at all. In the package I found (in a plastic bag) the pouch, Fleurcup itself and a paper pamphlet in various languages.

I really like the cup itself, it kind of has a velvety texture in- and outside, really smooth, and as I said above, the holes are a little bigger and slanted (I hope you can see that on the photos).
Since my cervix is way up there, I had to wiggle it all the way up and basically had to rely on the grip rings of the stem and base for removal.
The stem itself is not hollow (which was something I was looking for because I figured that, again, it would be easier to clean) but didn’t poke me, so I had no problems with that at all.
This is my very first cup, so I didn’t have any other cups for comparison on stiffness and so on, but I found the material quite firm, which I liked because it made popping open (with the right fold) really easy.
The rim is kind of flared out; I had the impression that it adjusts well and bends into shape with the vaginal walls.

As for the pouch, Fleurcup comes with a black satin pouch that I found very pretty, only thing that bothered me was that I had so sew the sides again because they weren’t sewed very well and there were some strings sticking out.

I only used it for two days, but I’m already in love! There aren’t really any things that I didn’t like about it and I’m determined to solve my little leakage-problem next cycle! ^^

So this is the large version in pink:

 

I absolutely adore the pouch!


 



The slanted holes.


I don't know why it looks so big in this picture o.O When I opened the package, I thought it was really small (I was put right then when I actually tried inserting it - it's not too small at all, lol).





I hope this was helpful in any way!

Also, I would appreciate some answers on my leakage problem? Because I really don't have a clue what might have been wrong?

 

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fireaphidfireaphid on March 12th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
Congrats on a (mostly) successful first cycle!

As for the leaking, what kind of leaking was it? Was it just a little the entire time the cup was in? Was it a lot all at once? Was it something else?
banana_slugsbanana_slugs on March 12th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks ^^ I'll definitely keep working on it!

At first I thought it was just some "residual slobber" and didn't think much of it, but then there was a huge gush! The cup was sealed properly, but I came to the conclusion that maybe my vagina has a strange form? It's like it goes up for a few inches and then slants back, do you think it could be that the cup was just right at the angle and suctioned to the upper wall, letting all the blood just flow past it?
Or it could really be my Nuvaring...
fireaphidfireaphid on March 12th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
Did the cup catch any of that big gush? Maybe there was residual slobber, and then the cup overflowed because it was in correctly.

If you're worried that the Nuvaring might be affecting your cup's placement, you might want to remove the ring when you remove and reinsert your cup, and then put the ring back in when you're sure the cup's in place.
banana_slugsbanana_slugs on March 12th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
Not really, the cup wasn't even 1/4 full, it's like everything flowed straight past it.
I already tried that, but I couldn't make the ring stay in place .__. it would slip out and be uncomfortable.
banana_slugsbanana_slugs on March 12th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, I forgot; I hope it won't be like that next cycle anyway, since I take the ring out after 3 weeks and have my period in the ring free week, so hopefully my period and the insertion-date of the new ring won't overlap much.
fireaphidfireaphid on March 13th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, that should help. I'd be inclined to think that maybe having the cup and the ring in there at the same time caused you to lose the seal, so the cup slipped off from around your cervix suddenly and stayed suctioned to a vaginal wall that one time.
banana_slugsbanana_slugs on March 13th, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah that could be it. Although I don't really know if my cervix sits directly in the cup; it's pretty far up there.
Also, I realized today that when I used the cup the first day, it would sit lower than on day two & three when it had leaked on me. I don't know if the Fleurcup is particularly a low or high riding cup, it just always stays in the same position when it's put in, regardless if inserted high or low.
Lol, maybe my anatomy is just not compatible with high riding cups and I should go for the low riding ones.
fireaphidfireaphid on March 13th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
There are no "low-riding" or "high-riding" cups, because cups that ride low for one person may ride high for another, and it can be different for you on different days of your cycle. It's common for your cervix to change position throughout your cycle, usually reaching its lowest descent sometime during you period.
elizabby: ACup iconelizabby on March 12th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested to know in a few months if the "velvety texture" makes it hard to keep clean. I find the LadyCup (smooth) easier to clean than the Lunette. Other than that, this looks like a very similar design to the Lunette/Yuuki - would be interested in direct comparisons if anyone else has a Fleurcup! Then again, beingin Australia I don't think I can get a FleurCup anyway... Looks good though! Thanks for pics!
banana_slugsbanana_slugs on March 12th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
I hope cleaning won't be too much of a hassle ^^" I just rinsed it like 3-4 times, but till now the water always flushed away all the goo and you just have to give it a gentle scrub.
But yeah, the cups are quite similar in texture, shape and so on, I'll keep a record of it ^___^
I'm actually waiting for the Lunette Diana to come out and had my eye on the Naturecup for quite a while; I heard it is said to be coming out in April 2010?
vesta1975 on March 13th, 2010 01:49 am (UTC)
I'm glad you had some success, your first cycle with it.

It does have a soft, smoothe texture. I think it feels kind of...more plastic-like than the slightly rubbery Lunette or Mooncup.

I like the stem, but wish I knew how to shave off the grip rings. I don't need them, and they're just in the way when I grasp the base of the cup, and end up pinching my skin. Not nice, but compared to how much I like this cup, not a huge complaint.

banana_slugsbanana_slugs on March 13th, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
Did you try using a nail file? I heard that usually works quite well.
And about pinching - I know what you mean; I pinched myself at least 2 times the 3 days when I was using the cup -.- But I guess it's just me getting used to it ^^"
vesta1975 on March 14th, 2010 07:46 am (UTC)
Ah, a nail file. Thanks. I was afraid that I'd ruin it if I tried anything, and I can't easily replace my Fleurcup if I need to--I'm in the U.S., so had to have help acquiring it in the first place--but surely, can't cause much damage with a nail file. :)
clawsish on March 13th, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
The cup looks so cute! I'll get my small purple Fleurcup (it was really hard to decide between pink & purple) on Monday and I'm very excited. (It arrived yesterday at the post office, but they don't work on weekends. The delivery was really fast though, I was surprised! )

banana_slugsbanana_slugs on March 13th, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
I know! It's just so hard to choose from all the pretty colours -^.^- I think, though, I'll order a small one in black for my lighter days and I already made a "future cup purchases" list because I'm becoming an obsessive cup-freak XD"
How long did you have to wait? I ordered mine from a retailer in Germany and had to wait a little more than a week (I would have ordered directly from the company, but I don't have PayPay or a credit card __.__).
clawsish on March 13th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
I'm from Bulgaria, and the delivery took only 3 days! And it says 4 to 6 days on their website, plus, usually when I order stuff online, they are always late. xD

The pink one looks so cute that I'm tempted to start my own 'future cup purchases' list lol!!
banana_slugsbanana_slugs on March 13th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
3 days is almost unbelievable! When I order something over the internet it's usually always late, too.
Coincidence? I don't think so *looks around in james bond manner*

Lol, I always have to make lists about everything, otherwise I'll forget it ">__>
Oh, and I find it cool that you're from Bulgaria, my mothers comes from Bulgaria, too, and my grandparents live there :)

Oh, and I thought I would ask. Did you hear if the issue with the LadyCup trials was solved? I hear they mixed up trial & full-price cups and I was wondering if this is still going on because I'm going to order a LadyCup in a few months.
clawsish on March 13th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
Aww so cool, what a coincidence. :P

I don't know anything about the LadyCups though, sorry, I never thought of getting one of those, because I read they are very sleek & a little hard to remove. But their colors are too pretty. (I have awful priorities, my cup HAD to be a pretty color lol!)
banana_slugsbanana_slugs on March 15th, 2010 08:38 am (UTC)
That's right, they're said to be very slippery, but... look at all the pretty colours! (Guess you're not the only one with awful priotities - what a shame, but hey, if they didn't want us to notice all the colours, they wouldn't produce them!)
clawsish on March 15th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
And I got my Fleurcup from the post office today! It's sooo cute, I'm excited. I made a quick dry-run and I agree that the C-fold is the easiest to pop open!
But I had some troubles removing the cup - I can't really get hold of the base and squeeze it, my skin is always in the way lol :D
mad150n on March 23rd, 2010 09:25 am (UTC)
Awwww thank you for the review, and the lovely pics!! I am definitely going to buy a large fleur when I have some cash, now i just have to decide between pink and purple!! uh oooh I think Im starting to have a cup obsession as well, either that or i am on the quest to find the perfect match! Luckily, although i am in Canada I have a friend in the military who's living in Germany so I am not so limited in the cups I acquire ;)
mad150n on June 12th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
GUESS WHAT?? I got the exact same one, (Large Pink) as you, I also got a small purple to ensure I get a good fit either way! I cant wait to put them to the real test!!
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