personal blogging

Hello, community!

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!
  • shgi

Can't figure out my RubyCup

Hi everyone!
I've been using my RubyCup for 4 cycles now, and I just can't figure it out. The first try was amazing - no leaks, comfortable and easy. But after that I just can't understand how to use it. I always feel like it fully opened (when I check the rim it seems sealed) but there are leaks all of the time. I've tried different folds method, putting it higher or lower, but it seems like nothing changing. In order to understand my body better I tried to find my cervix - but I can't! I don't know if it's too high or maybe I just don't know how to find it. Either way, I'm not sure I'm placing the cup correctly because of that. On top of that - it seems like some part of my vagina is pushing the cup a little bit and creating a dent, I don't know if it's normal or an issue (and how to fix it).
Please, if anyone has an advice for me I'll be more than greatful! I really need this cup to work for me since we don't not have lots of other brands here in Israel and they're quite expensive. I read every article I could find about it, tried all the tricks and I hope you could give me some new ones.
Today I tried to flip it inside out for the first time - hopefully it will change something.

Wish you all an amazing day in those crazy times :)

(P.S - English is not my first language (nor my second) so I'm sorry about it)

MeLuna Soft variances

Hello everyone,

I am in need of a new cup and am happy with Meluna but considering going back to the soft version. I had a pink small but need a medium now, so I have 2 questions:

1. Is the Soft Medium less or more firm then the Soft Small?

2. Is there a difference in firmness between the Cyan and Pink (in same size)?

If anyone is able to help it is much appreciated :-)

The cup will not go in

Hello everyone, I'm a 19 year-old girl who has never used tampons or menstrual cups before (have never had sex either). I just bought organicup mini size (44mm without stem) for 2-3 weeks ago, and I have been trying it out almost everyday, both dry run and during menstruation. But the thing is I can never get the cup in fully, it doesn't hurt when I push it in, it's just that it will not go in fully, only a half. 

I tried many different folds, different poses, right angle, etc. but there is always like a blockage there. I thought of having really low cervix (I measured my cervix during period and my finger won't go in further than 1 inch-ish, but still I'm not really sure if it really is the cervix or the hymen) so I searched for information online and there are women that have really low cervix but still be able to insert 47mm cups (without stem) without having any problem. It is frustrating not knowing where the problem is, I don't know what to do :((. Please help me if you can. Thank you very much!


cup use with genital warts

Hallo cuppers!

I've had HPV caused genital warts in my vaginal passage and at the entry of my vagina for the last 2 months. I want to know if it is okay to use my menstrual cup on my period with the genital warts. The cup will definitely brush against the warts and be in contact with the warts when it is being inserted and removed. The last 2 months, I used pads but I dislike using pads. But I am not sure if using the menstrual cup will aggravate the warts or cause them to spread more. Would it slow down the healing? I would hate it if any of that happens. If anyone has any suggestions or tips or experiences to share, I would love to hear them. 

Thank you!

bobby

Colibri

Choosing between Merula and Meluna Shorty? Asking for advice

A few months ago, I bought a Diva 2, which resulted too long for me. I was debating between it being too long or weak pelvic floor, as I am 45 and had a twin pregnancy 14 year ago. I have been using the Diva inside out and still, the bottom is a little bit out of my body.  This and the fact that it overflows even without being full, makes me think about a dangly and very low cervix. I can touch my cervix inserting just to the first knuckle of my middle finger, but the last day of my period is even lower. I can feel the string of my IUD poking my labia even after I’ve gotten the string trimmed shorter. 

The only cup approved in my country is the Diva, so buying any other is expensive, and the shipping costs made it even more expensive. I can’t afford trying a cup that might not work as happened with the Diva. 

I asked for advice in some forum and I got the suggestion to get a cheap cup from China to test the size. So, I did. The cup took 3 months to arrive. It is shorter than Diva, with 37 mm long without the stem and the same width than Diva. I can’t tell if it is softer. I’m not confident on using this cup form more than one or two days, so I waited for the heaviest day of my period and yes!!! It is perfect in size and shape. It has a U shape and even in my heaviest day I had no leaks at all. And I barely felt it, just the lump left after cutting the stem irritated me a little, but for a while, I even forgot I was with my period.  

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  • kcamm

My cup won’t seal???

I’ve been using my lena cup for a couple cycles and I have had no problem with getting the cup inside my body. I quickly realized that I have a low cervix and the stem was really bothering me so I chopped as much as I can off without completely getting rid of it. Now, I just can’t seem to get the cup to “pop open” and seal. It only seals super low, so my stem is sticking out of my cervix, and I can feel it and it’s just not super comfortable. I’ve tried to stick my cup further into the uterus, but it doesn’t seal. I always feel around it to make sure the seal’s good, but most of the time there’s zero seal and my finger can go right between the cup. It’s super frustrating and I just really don’t know what to do at this point. Any advice?

Pain from cup opening?

Hello everyone, I've been using a lunette small for some months now and it does its job pretty well,but there's a problem.

Sometimes, a couple of minutes to an hour after I first insert the cup (after I've been moving around a while) I get a sharp pain when the cup pops open/lets out an air bubble. That's the explanation I've seen people give. Most of the time I shrug it off and go on my way but yesterday after that happened I got a sharp pain in the left side of my pelvis and just felt pretty nauseous. I took the cup out and decided to sleep with a pad but the sharp pain wouldn't go away throughout the night. I took painkillers and a hot water bottle and the pain lessened a lot but I can still feel it's there and moving is a bit uncomfortable.

I will go do a check up at a gynecologist when I can but I wanted to ask if anyone has had a similar experience? I don't know if the "air bubble" could have somehow moved through my cervix and is causing problems there? I don't even know if that's possible. It could be unrelated menstrual pain that started at the same time (I've felt it once before but I can't remember if I had my menstrual cup in there or not)

I'm sorry if it's getting rambly but I really like using a menstrual cup and I'm hoping it's not damaging me. Please let me know if you've had a similar experience, I couldn't find anything like this on the forums.

My vagina keeps swallowing my cup?!

I couldn’t find a better way to describe what is going on, so sorry.

I’m 23, a virgin and I’m trying a cup for the first time. I bought an Athena cup size small and a Pixie cup size small.

I’ve had issues with inserting for almost my entire cycle. I tried different positions, different folds and lube. I can usually get half of the Athena cup in before I start feeling pain and can’t push it in more without it hurting.

After getting extremely lubed up, I’ve managed to get it in once, but it went so far up I could barely feel the stem, let alone check if it had opened. I didn’t feel anything when I walked around, which is what they say it’s supposed to feel like, but I couldn’t tell if it was open.

I tried taking it out, but I had to push really hard and catch the cup in time, because as soon as I stopped pushing, my vagina would swallow it back up.

So my question is, did I get a cup that’s too small? I’ll be honest, I did put my finger in to measure my cervix, but I couldn’t figure out if I was able to touch it or not.

Please, I really need help!! I don’t want to give up on using the cup, I’m so over using pads and tampons and always worrying I’m leaking.