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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!
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.
30 June 2018 @ 06:09 pm
Im a 20 year old virgin who is using a mooncup uk size B which is the smaller one. my issue is that the stem is bugging me despite the fact that I've cut it almost all the way off. theres about 5mm left, that i need to grab the cup for removal. its a very stiff cup on the bottom and i have problems getting it out even with the stem. i really cant grab it if i turn it inside out.
i live in south africa so my cup options are fairly limited unless i want to pay a fortune in shipping costs. does anyone have recommendations for cup brands available in South Africa? alternatively, any recommendations for what to do about this stem issue? i need a cup thats softer on the base to remove OR one with a slightly shorter body (like even just a few mm shorter) so i have space in there for the stem to sit comfortably

Hi all,

I've got a little problem with my Lunette. After every cycle I soak it in a small jar filled with water with a little splash of Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid of the stains. It usually sits in there for about 2 or 3 days, but this month it probably sat in there for more like 4 or 5 because I've been so busy.

I did notice when I took it out and rinsed it off that the texture seemed to feel different, kind of powdery? Anyway, here's a pic of what it looks like now having air-dried. https://i.imgur.com/2n91vBp.jpg

Shall I just try giving it a thorough wash with my usual soap (Dr. Bronner's Baby Soap, the liquid version) and see how it comes up? I really hope I don't have to replace it! :/

 
22 June 2018 @ 09:31 am
Hi everyone! I have been using my cup for over three years now and I love it, but it doesn't always work the same. Sometimes, I put it in and it's like magic, I won't see a drop of blood until I take it out. Other times (like right now) it leaks constantly, now, I believe I use the cup the exact same way every single month, so if I'm not doing anything different, what could possibly be happening here? Does anyone else have this problem?
ps: I haven't been here in a long long time and it is lovely to read here and see again this community of women supporting each other
19 June 2018 @ 12:12 pm
Hello, y’all! So today is my very first time to ever use a menstrual cup. I am 35, have never had kids, and am somewhat sexually active. I have a light flow due to birth control pills. I have felt for my cervix and I believe it is about average height...I think. I’m not very familiar with myself, sad to say, and feeling around blind is a little tricky. When checking today, on the first day of my period, I felt a bumpy surface up where I think my pubic bone or bladder is and then past that a ways was something that felt like the tip of my nose. So I’m assuming that is my cervix. Anyway, I’m using a Lena Cup Sensitive Small. I picked this one because I am super sensitive just about everywhere in my body and was hoping this one would be a good choice.

Ok, on to today. Inserting the cup for the first time was super difficult. It was very hard to get it in and then get it to open. I tried the punch down, the 7 fold, and finally the C fold. The only one I’ve gotten it to open with is the C fold. To get it to open, I insert and then have to pull the stem and pull it a bit out of my vagina to get it to pop open and then I have to attempt to push the cup back in. I’m having issues getting the cup very far in. The base is sitting right at my vaginal opening which is great for removal but it is causing discomfort with the cup. I can feel the cup inside me at all times. It’s like this uncomfortable pressure all around. I’ve tried squatting and pushing and hoping to suck the cup up a little. I’ve tried pushing the cup up with my fingers and it just won’t go any farther. I’ve never used tampons before or any kind of insertable keagel things and I’m wondering if maybe it’s just that I’m super unused to having any kind of object in my vagina for any length of time. It’s uncomfortable to sit or walk or anything. I’m super discouraged. I really want this to work. I did leave the cup in for about two hours and the feeling never went away. I removed the cup and reinserted and the feeling is the same. The cup does seem to be working though. I dunno. Will I eventually adjust to this feeling or what?
16 June 2018 @ 11:52 pm

My period has no schedule. It won't come for four to five months and then will randomly pay me a visit with all five months worth of blood and mess with no intention of stopping until its ruined my entire month. With this problem, I am only just being able to use my Diva, and as a tiny thing who only weighs a hundred pounds and gets enough for four period cycles in one day, the cup is the greatest thing ever. The problem is, with mine being so insanley heavy, everytime i change it (which is anywhere between three and five times a day) it looks like a scene from a horror movie. With this in mind, pads arent exactly my favorite option and tampons (even the super) leak a huge mess insanley fast. The cup has been my savior. However, when I took a shower today and took it out it smelled awful. I havent had problems with smell yet as this is my first cycle with it. I tried boiling and baking soda but it still smells. It's currently air drying, as a lot of people have said it helps to have it sit in the sun or air dry for long periods of time. But thats not exactly helpful as it's night and I have no tampons and the pads are running low. Plus, i don't exactly want to wake up to the blood covered sheets. I have lots of severe allergies and super sensitive skin, so I dont exactly have all of the options i would like to. Not to mention, all of the soaps i have are natural oil based which the diva site and a lot of others have said isn't good for the cup. If I can't get the smell out before I go to sleep i'll have to use the funky smelling thing and deal with it tomorrow. Can someone please give tips or ideas or anything really? I really don't want to be walking around with a weird smell coming from down there. 

15 June 2018 @ 06:01 pm

 

I know i made a post already but i still havent solved it and had new discoveries.

For a little background: i got a Meluna M soft 2 years ago and literally crushed it (permanent dent while inside, one side got softer), so i decided to get a Meluna M classic next because the size was right and i didnt want to crush this one. Long story short this new one is giving me all kinds of problems.

Im pretty sure the new one is faulty or something. Because i literally have 2 cups of the same size and the old one is holding up a lot better than the new one. I dont know what is wrong but the new one constantly leaks (theres blood in the cup too but the other half of it always land in my pants) and voila i put in the old one and no leakage but i cant use it for long because it fills up too fast because of the pernament dent.

I enlarged the holes on both of them and guess what: old one works like nothing happened, new one still leaks (heard that would help leakage)

In my previous post i was recommended a bigger diameter in size which i could not afford so i used my old one for a bit to see what would happen and im pretty sure i dont need a bigger size because the old one still works fine (besides sleeping but that was a problem from the start).

Is it possible that it is faulty? How can it even be faulty? When i got it it looked just like my old one but it acts so differently. What do you recommend? Should i buy another Meluna M hoping it would be like my old one?

02 June 2018 @ 09:10 pm
Hi all,

I’m definitely relatively new. I’ve been thinking of making the switch to cups for a while since tampons have started to cause me irritation. After extensive research, I decided to purchase a MeLuna classic small. My first use was my last period (~6 weeks ago). Besides the original first fitting/getting comfortable, that period went so perfectly. It went in and was in place every time, I avoided messes... I was so grateful for my new cup and on my first uses!

Flash forward to my current period (ok, this is the second one using cup). First day went fine and normal as I was used to. The next day is when things went awry. I desperately needed a wax (brazilian) and didn’t want to wait until my period was over to get it, so I went in with my cup and didn’t mention it to my waxer, thinking things were in place and one. For those of you that get them, you know that they do a butt strip at the end for which you have to put your legs up. I think upon doing this, I opened myself to getting air inside me which somehow dislodged my cup. Returned to work after feeling a little leaky, find that it’s no longer in place. I try to put it back as I normally do — no more than a two minute process — but it will not get in place. I spent probably 20 minutes in the bathroom trying to get my cup to suction and stay put, and it refused to unfold fully. I tried different folds, and nothing. I eventually gave up and just chose to rely on a panty liner for any leaking the rest of the day. Next two days... same thing. Spending 20+ minutes on the toilet trying to get it to fully unfold and it refuses to do so, and I end up with leaks throughout the day. I just cannot for the life of me figure out what I’m now doing wrong that went fine my first cycle with the cup. I’ve tried putting pressure on my back wall to try and get air inside, I’ve been looking for tips and can’t figure out why it now won’t unfold. Some suggested that maybe after my first time boiling it, it got too soft and won’t open fully now. I would consider that, except for the fact that my first day of this period it stayed in place. I’m so confused and don’t know if it’s my body to blame or my cup to blame and just want help and my happy comfortable leak-free period again!!!

Thank you all for this wonderful community and your help!!