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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!
20 October 2018 @ 10:37 am
Hey theFor a long time, I've been wanting to give it a try with menstrual cups, so I bought the DivaCup. This is my first time using it, and like the third day of wearing it. I always clean my hands and the cup with the kind of soap it recommends and even boiled it for 5 minutes before usjng it. I accidentally slept in it for 14 hours, and when I took it out, it had some white stuff on the holes it has. I inmediatly cleaned it, stored it, and went back to using a pad because Im worried on what could it be. Has anyone gone through the same? What could have caused that? What do you recommend to me?

I just got my first menstrual cup (MeLuna M) and I was having awful cramps all day.

Long story short, I got the cup out to empty it but I couldn’t break the seal fully and I was panicky so I pulled it out fast the last couple of inches and it hurt a bit and I felt a suction and I was wondering if I possibly hurt myself by removing it like that.

17 October 2018 @ 04:35 pm

Hi everyone. I have already posted here about the my two meluna Ms (soft and classic) leaking and ive been reccommended a bigger cup. So thats what i did. I got the lunette 2 but it leaks during the day and night and its super firm. I have already mastered taking it out and putting it in without pain but the leaking is a problem.

Im 21 years old, really tall, really slim and a virgin. My vagina is pretty short and the opening is really small. I have a dangly cervix on the side about second knuckle deep. I usually wear cups really low (so low that the stem is poking out) but i cant wear the lunette that way because its just too uncomfortable (not because its long but because the bottom of the cup stretches me out). It gets a sunction if i put in way up but i think its too high then. I dont know if its leaking because i put it too high up or if theres another problem.

I have tried turning it inside out but it leaked immediately.

I actually dont know anything about my pelvic floor muscles but they seem to be average strenght (can hold pee while jumping, sneezing and i feel the muscles tighten when i put in one finger)

15 October 2018 @ 02:20 am
I have a Lunette Menstrual Cup and I am at my first cycle... I have almost no trouble with insertion, just takes a while to master the ability. However, when it comes to removal it's a whole different hell of an experience.

I don't know if this is what is supposed to happen, but the instruction says that the cup should be positioned in the lower part of the vaginal canal and I don't think this is happening. Once inserted it naturally goes far high and I can barely touch the stem when trying to grab it, let alone reach the bottom of the cup and squeeze it. No way.
I don't think I am doing anything wrong, it's just far too high for me to be able to reach it. I always managed these days to take it out in the end, but only because I grab the stem and pull it until the cup is almost out and at that point, I'm finally able to grab the bottom of the damn thing. The instruction says very clearly 'Do NOT pull the stem' so I guess I shouldn't do it, but there's no other way to take it out! It doesn't exactly hurt when I do it, but it's obviously not pleasant as it's still quite difficult to pull the stem cause it's slippery and if I let go the cup goes up again.
Plus -and I hope somebody experienced this as well!- I keep hurting myself with my nails. I don't have excessively long nails, they're simply three, maybe four millimetres up my fingertip but I keep ending up pinching myself while trying to grab the damn thing.

I doubt it should be this amount of stress, so I really hope I am doing something wrong here that I can change, cause the whole idea of having the cup sounds like heaven to me (once in I can barely feel it, it's amazing!). So... is there a way to prevent the cup from going up?
Hope that someone can help! Thank you!
 
12 October 2018 @ 05:48 am

I'm just wondering if I've a normal height cervix, but my lily cup compact size A without the stem is poking me from inside when I sit down( but the Ruby Cup small fit me perfectly without the stem), is it a good idea to get a Lena Cup large or Lunette Cup Large(since I've a heavy flow)? Will a rounded bottom cup like the Lena Cup help? And how to know if the cup is too large or firm for you before buying and is Lena Cup vegan?

07 October 2018 @ 11:42 am
Hey everyone! Been away nearly a year due to pregnancy and now that my little guy is nearly 3 months I want to be ready for needing my cup again! I have two questions:

1. I'm going to wash and boil my cup to make sure it's clean after sitting in it's pouch for a year, anything specific other than that you'd recommend to make sure it's properly clean?

2. It's pretty discolored (I guess it was a lot less obvious when I was seeing it regularly!) so I want to sun it. I have no window sill but could put it out on the patio. If I put a completely clear glass over the cup will the sun's magic still work?
Thanks in advance 😊
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27 September 2018 @ 10:59 pm

Hello everyone,

I've been researching menstrual cups and watching the community for a while now, and last month I got to try out my first cup but had a bit of a problem.

I bought a Lena cup small, since I have a medium cervix. I experienced leaking from the second day of my period and I couldn't solve it until the end. I checked the rim, it was fine, but a felt something outside of the cup which could have been my cervix. I'm not sure about it because while using the cup it seemed like half of the blood ends up in the cup and the other half leaks. I might also have a problem with the seal becasue I can't go to the toilet with my cup in, it would slip down. 

I read that I should rotate the cup, I tried that a few times and didn't help, but will try again during my next period. Could you give some tips on how to do that, because I can't get a hold of the cup when it's fully inserted.

Is it possible that my cervix is outside of the cup but blood still gets in there? 

Thank you for your help in advance! I really hope it'll work!

17 September 2018 @ 11:50 pm

Hi, I'm a newbie! I have an issue with my menstrual cup and my cervix. So first of all, I've just started using my first branded cup (the Lena cup, large size) and I've been having problems with it. It's also my first time using such a big cup because I have a heavy flow. Long story short, I've using it to see how it's like before I start my period and I noticed that when it is in, after a few minutes, I feel pelvic cramps (mild ones though) that have never been there with any of the other cups I've used ( which are small size). I've read many articles online about it and it seems like the reason of the suction being too strong is the rightest explanation, but I'm not entirely sure.

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11 September 2018 @ 02:37 pm
I've used Meluna XL and all the super big menstrual cups, since I had horrible heavy flow with fibroids.
Now I have an IUD, so I just have a few light days where I'll wear a panty liner. I'd rather not wear panty liners if I don't have to.
So, I'm wondering what cups I should try now, since I don't need high capacity?
Might seem silly but I'm concerned a smaller cup might be harder to reach or shimmy out of place during the day.
 
10 September 2018 @ 06:09 pm
Hi everybody. I am new in this community although I have read it for a while.

I need some low key urgent help.

I have a mini menstrual cup, and it is the first cycle I am using the cup. Insertion was always tough, with removal being worse (I guess I have a tilted cervix or smth but it hasn't been smooth riding - although I suppose it never is on the first go).

I emptied the cup out last night at around 10pm and slept with it in. Now, it is almost 24 hours later and I can still not get the thing out. I have tried all day, with breaks in between. I have tried showering, squatting, taking breaks, slowly pulling, doing the "hot dog in a bun" method, masturbating, trying to get my finger over the rim of the cup, squeezing the bottom, I ALWAYS BEAR DOWN, and girl ain't NOTHING WORKING. Currently my whole existence seems to just not want me cause now I can't even hardly reach the cup and everything is low key feeling swollen and ok. Please someone hmu cause I just can't even work. Like I can't access my vagina from squatting or any position really (even if I am fully relaxed).

I can't currently go to a doctor cause REASONS (nothing major) and my partner is currently overseas (and is so for the next few weeks whoop) and I ain't askin' no family member because they can't even and they ain't around at the minute so like PLEASE HELP IF POSSIBLE.

I don't want to like cut the whole thing out cause I ain't no surgeon and I don't want to ruin a perfectly good product but like I don't even know.
06 September 2018 @ 07:47 pm

Hi everyone!
I've been using the Diva for 7 years now. I didn't have any menstruation for 4 years  because of the pills I was on, but I recently got an IUD and it has come back. I'm just realizing that my cup is 7 years old and should probably be replaced!
The only cup available in Canada is the Diva cup, but I'm finding now that it's just too long for me and I want to try something else.
I was all set and ready to order the Lena but then the shipping prices slapped me in the face!
Anyone have any ideas of cups I can purchase that won't kill me with shipping fees to Canada??
Thank you :) 

26 August 2018 @ 07:49 am

I'm using Ruby Cup small and I get overflow in my heavy day in 6 to 7 hours(which is not enough for sleeping overnight). However, I'm still a virgin and have a low cervix. Should I get a Ruby Cup medium?

24 August 2018 @ 11:07 am
To preface this, I am 14 year old virgin trans man on testosterone. I have extremely heavy flow and so I decided to try a diva cup. It was mildly paonful to insert, but once I got it in, all seemed well. But, when I sat down to try and remove it, I was in a world of pain. It took me a total of an hour to get it unstuck, and I found it extremely blindingly painful to try and get the rim out. Does anyone have any tips as to how to get it out faster or less painfully, specifically the rim?
22 August 2018 @ 10:22 pm

Hello! I was wondering if you guys could help me? I've started using menstrual cups about 5 months ago and I absolutely love them except for one thing — the leaking. I started off with the mooncup size b (smaller size?) and it worked on the first day.However, soon the leaking started (random times). I tried everything from always checking if it popped open, running a finger around the rim, wearing it high, low, inside out etc. Still leaking. So I bought the lunette (bigger size), which is made from a harder material (thought it could be because my muscles were bearing down, squeezing the cup and causing an overflow). It all became a bit better and has now settled down to this: I can wear the lunette on the first day, the third, fourth, fifth and 6th and 7th day (If I have a 6th and 7th day). On the second day the blood is bright red and very liquid, on the other days darker and with a higher viscosity. The bleeding is also very strong on the second day, with the first and the other days being very light. (When it leaks, the cup isn't full). However, the lunette should work no matter what. Again I tried all the 'basic' tipps I could find in the internet, so I would really appreciate it if one of you could help me! I have contacted lunette and mooncup but both just gave me the 'basic' tipps such as: make sure the cup is unfolded etc. Does anyone know why, or is experiencing the same? Thank you in advance!

 
20 August 2018 @ 11:12 pm
I'm really struggling with the cups at the moment, things are not going well!
I'm 34 & have had 2 children naturally. I've been using menstrual cups for around 5 months now (since my periods returned after my 2nd baby) and I'm finding it very hit and miss!
I started off with the tulip cup - larger size but still a small cup, very soft & hard to get it to open. So after a bit more research i tried the lunette large, much firmer & easier to open, but sometimes feels too big and i can feel it moves down gradually & it can irritate.
So then i tried the Meluna shorty in both large and extra large, as my cervix can seem to be v.low during my period. The large seemed small with very limited capacity but extra large seemed better.
Still getting leaks though, tried c fold and punch fold, inserts ok and seems to open fine. I can rotate it round fully & try to check round the edges.
I keep reading different things though, if its up too high your cervix goes right inside the cup so less capacity as it displaces the blood so leaks. Too low and there's not enough suction & it feels like its falling out and gets uncomfortable.
I don't think I'm having trouble with positioning or size but something isn't working right. Im now feeling sore from all the rummaging & poking about. I've tried tugging it down a bit once it's in place, tried every suggestion i can find but its very inconsistent. I'm emptying every few hours as paranoid & leaky, its only ever half full at most.
Any suggestions? Do i keep trying different cups to find the perfect one or do you think its maybe technique? I just can't figure out why its leaking all the time! I had a major leak in bed all over the sheets last night which hasn't happened in years so very despondent.
Any help much appreciated.
 
 
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19 August 2018 @ 01:46 pm

Hello! First time posting and I've looked everywhere for an answer but struggled to get the advice I need. I've been using my cup (a mooncup) for three days now and while the first day was a total disaster (I spent so long on the toilet trying to figure things out that someone started worrying I'd knocked myself unconscious) day two was better! I'd got a good seal, didn't leak at all the whole day (even after taking it out and reinserting) but I felt as if the cup just hung too low? The stem was almost completely out and it wasn't painful but just felt weird/uncomfortable like it was ready to drop out. I could feel the cup sitting there if that makes sense. Today however, I've made an effort to push the cup up higher so only a very small bit of the stem is out and I can't feel anything at all...and I've leaked. Twice.

I know it's only day three and I gotta just stick with it but any advice or tips would be really helpful right now because I'm not so sure what I'm doing wrong. Thank you!

17 August 2018 @ 02:48 pm
Okay, here's the deal: I'm 26 and I'm not a virgin so I don't understand why I find it so hard to put the cup in. I've tried folds aplenty but whenever I try to push it in, it either (1) pops open prematurely, or (2) it kinda hits a wall (also an issue when having sex?) inside and it hurts so badly. It might just be the angle of how I'm positioned (kinda squatting but not really) but I just don't understand how the hell is it taking me too long. Or maybe I'm putting it in the wrong hole (lol I'm kidding). But seriously, any tips? Or should I lube it up because perhaps I'm too *dry* down below?

Thank you! This is really embarrassing but I have no one to share this struggles with 😭
15 August 2018 @ 09:20 am
So I’ve been using the Diva Cup a little over a year now and the last 4 months my blood has gone from thick and stringy (which I know is normal) to basically water. It’s still dark red and I have very small clots, almost none. I was just wondering if this could be because of the cup? Anyone else experience this? I’m not sure if I just need a break from it or what. I’ve also noticed at least the last month or two my cervical discharge (ovulation discharge) has only been watery rather than thick like usual... hmm. Calling my gyno today just to be sure. Just thought I’d post here as well.

Hi, I'm a 22 yr old virgin with a heavy flow and low cervix, looking to convert from cloth pads (which are great) to menstrual cups. About 4 months ago, I purchased the Lena Cup in Small. I made the mistake of purchasing based on the height of my cervix on dry days. It's high according to Intimina's diagrams. 

The problem? My cervix drops for my entire period to approximately 1.5-1.7 inches in length  (definitely less than 2 inches). Consistently *sigh*. I've read countless articles in this online community — including kuradi8's post — from people who have had success inserting their cups with even lower cervixes than mine, so I know I'm doing something wrong. 

Right now, I have to use a hybrid of the punch down and labia folds to both create a tiny entry point and reduce the entire width of the cup — no other fold works for me unfortunately. This fold "lengthens" the cup at the diagonal and causes my cup to hit my cervix before the base can be fully inserted. I feel like the C-Fold would be great, it's just too big. Despite, or perhaps, because the Lena cup is quite firm, it won't open against my pubic bone (?), but will pop open immediately (and a bit painfully) once I remove it from my body. And honestly,  the cup is so firm, I'm afraid to let it go.

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11 August 2018 @ 11:20 am

Finally found a long enough menstrual cup, 85 mm, and am just curious about the firmness and the large suction holes on the So'Cup. How did the cup work/feel for you? Was it similar in firmness comparison to any other cups you might have? I have the Divacup as well, and from the 3 videos I could find involving the So'Cup it looks like it would be similar to that firmness, but I haven't found anything else about the cup...

08 August 2018 @ 09:56 am
Been lurking the community to see if anyone's ever tried out the LaliCup from Slovenia. I've been curious about it ever since I discovered that it has a medium size, as well as the fact that it comes in black. What has your experience with the LaliCup been like, if you've used one?
27 July 2018 @ 05:03 pm

Hello! I've been lurking this community for a long time, since I decided to get my cup, about four years ago. This is my first time posting, I tried searching for someone with similar problems, but couldn't find it.

I had been using pads, until I tried a tampon, and decided that I loved how less messy it was, but absolutely hated they way it felt coming out. So after a lot of research, I got an Inciclo cup (I guess it used to be called Misscup before), since I can get it easily on Brazil.

I used to have really bad cramps, and I had hoped a cup would help with them, but it didn't make any difference. I still loved it, and had absolutely no problem with it, I just had to cut the stem.

However, about two years later, I decided to get a Mirena IUD, and after a hellish week of cramps and spotting my periods stopped for a while, and I retired my cup. But they came back, much lighter and much less painful, and not that frequent. I spoke to my doctor, and she says that's ok.

I tried to go back to using my menstrual cup, but I found that when I wear it, my cramps get so much worse, even after wearing them for a long time.

My cervix is pretty high up, and I have to make an effort to touch it with my longest finger. My cup sits around it perfectly, and it feels like all of it is inside the cup (I think that's what it means to "O" around the cervix?). When I take it out, however, it feels like it has changed shape, like it got longer inside the cup, like it has been sucked in.

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25 July 2018 @ 11:42 pm

first time using menstrual cup, doesnt feel right

I ordered my menstrual cup, a ViiNA Menstrual Cup with Valve Discharge and i want to learn to love it but i can really feel it when its in, its really soft but i managed to inserts it folded in half quite easily, it didn't feel to bad at first till i tried t sit down and for wan of a better expression i feel like someone poking my back passage with a poker and its like i can feel the suction at the bottom of  my tummy/cervix. I tried to remove it earlier to empty it and it felt like i was giving birth to it, i pushed it up first but as its that soft it wasn't easy, i tried rotating it , nope, so i had to just try and get a finger up and round to break seal which worked eventually.

i want to love it so much as i hate the thought of being reliant on tampons and pads all my life but not sure i can cope with that feeling, its not the length i can't feel the stem its further up than that, i feel like im constipated and something poking up there (obviously its not lol) has anyone else had this? is it just my body adjusting to it, im going to try sleeping in it as its bedtime anyway. any advice grateful 

24 July 2018 @ 02:17 pm
Hello community
Does anyone faced this problem?
When the cup is sitting inside I start to feel really anxious almost to tears, feels _somewhat_ like panic attack.
I am getting really anxious and shaky.
So it happens pretty often. Need to mention that I've had some successful attempts to wear menstrual cup and I felt ok. I can't tell the difference in insertion process etc.
Same symptoms happened to me when I was using tampons too.

Did anyone experience something like that? What it could be?

2. another question,
I use soft menstrual cups, because I am very sensitive etc. but vaginal walls squeeze it, so it leaks sometimes.
Is it ok? I don't think I can use harder cups though.

I am sorry for any spelling and grammar mistakes.