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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!
18 March 2019 @ 02:16 pm
Hello!

I am a new cup user, this is my second cycle with my Lily Cup One, I cup the ring off to a nub for comfort reasons, however the cup shifts to the right side of my vag and ends up stabbing me causing a far amount of pain.


Any causes or ways to fix this?
20 February 2019 @ 04:59 pm
Hello, I'm new here! It's my second cycle with my cup (a Lena in Small) and it has been a breeze!

Just wanted to ask, during insertion does the cup have to be necessarily dry? This is more on during reinsertion, after washing the cup. I personally just wash it and then just reinsert it as is, no care about the small water droplets around and in the cup. I know wetting it makes it easier to insert, too, but I'm more concerned if there are any risks to having some water inside the cup. I've noticed that the smell of blood clings to the cup more when it has water inside than when its dry, and I've read that it shouldn't smell at all unless there's bacteria. So I'm concerned. Does water invite bacteria to grow?

Thank you for anyone who has answers!

Basically I'm 21 years old virgin and I can't even use tampons because inserting them hurts- just like inserting a menstrual cup. I just can't do that. And as much as I would want to listen to some advices I'm not comfortable enough with my body, especially putting anything up my vagina... When I used it for the first time I almost cried and definitely panicked and now I'm just unable to insert it again. I also have awful period cramps and when I inserted the cup for the first time I just made those cramps worse and now I'm basically scared it will hurt again so my cup just sits in the drawer since last year's summer.

I saw many people talking about buying lube or what not but I just don't feel comfortable doing that... Not to mention I don't even touch myself. The most comfortable thing for me are pads.

The problem is I'm now mad at myself for wasting money, because it wasn't cheap so I want to SOMEHOW go back to trying.

I've basically traumatized myself if you can call it like that... And that's why I want some advices or something to make me want to use it again... I'm also not psychically active unless I'm at work.


About the cup: I'm 100% sure they aren't sold outside of my country, it's called "Selenacup" and I have it in size S, bought in Rossmann, I'm sure it's not the way it's made since the silicone is very firm and soft and when put under warm water it becomes even more soft.


15 February 2019 @ 09:20 pm
Hello, I've been lurking on here for a while but I need advice so I thought I'd make an account. I really want to use cups regularly and I've bought two cups so far but both of them had issues.
The short version is: I started with MeLuna M Classic and after a tough learning experience the first period it became easier, until two months later it got deformed and wouldn't open up. Then I got a Lunette size 2 because it's firmer, but this one is big and uncomfortable. I want to buy a new one but I'm not sure what to go with, please help.

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15 February 2019 @ 01:41 am
Hello, this is my first entry. I just don't know where else to go. So I'm 17, a virgin and I've never used even tampons before, only pads.
Around 6 months ago I stumbled across a post for menstrual cups and after much hesitation decided to give them a go. I order one ( wow freedom cup, indian brand) from amazon.
I got my period today and decided to use the cup I bought. I sterilized the cup and went into my bathroom. I was pretty nervous as I'd never put anything in my vagina before this. I tried the 7 fold and took a leap of faith. I could get the cup in,not even a little bit. It hurt like hell and when stick my finger in my vagina felt too narrow. Then I realized I was doing the wrong angle. This time I tried the punch down fold and aimed for the tailbone. I could only get half of it in and it just popped out of my vagina. After struggling for 2 HOURS I did somewhat get the cup in but I could feel it inside me and it felt really uncomfortable. I couldn't even tell if it opened because I didn't hear the pop. Moreover the stem was sticking out. And I could see I was leaking. So I tried to get it out and alas. It was stuck. I literally started crying. Then I beared down and tried everything to get hold of the base and after 20 minutes got it out. Everything around me was extremely messy and my vagina was hurting too. I cleaned everything up and put on my pad. After the end of the day I again thought of trying it. This once I took two three tries to get it in but it was still the same case. I could feel the cup, the stem was sticking out and It hurt to also again I didn't hear the pop and could see blood dropping out of me. Again struggled to get it out. Took 5 minutes to get it out cleaned the mess and put on another pad. I also think I have a sensitive urethra.
Please tell me what to do? I'm really tired of using pads and want to cup-vert. But how do I do that?
I am failing miserably. I feel like I'm not normal. Help.
22 January 2019 @ 11:18 am

Finally, I bought a cup!! For years I’ve been wanting one, but I couldn’t afford the cost of the cup plus the international shipping costs as I don’t live in the US. Besides, I am not very comfortable with online purchases. So, recently I found the Diva cup in a local supermarket and without thinking much about it, I got size 2, as I am 45 and I had a twin pregnancy delivered by C-section 13 years ago.  

Surprise!! I have a low cervix. I think I knew that before, as I’ve touched it several times when checking the strings of my IUD, but I didn’t think about it when buying the cup.  I cut the stem almost completely, but I still felt it chaffing the outside of my vagina, so I am wearing it inside out, but I believe it still is long. 

Checking with my finger, I can feel my cervix only introducing the first knuckle, meaning that it’s not longer than 2.4 cms (0.94 in). So even if I push the cup in, after a while, I can feel it coming down. If I go to the bathroom for a bowel movement, I have to take it off, because it comes almost completely out, although the seal doesn’t break, I believe it could get contaminated and I don’t want to push it back in without washing it first.   This low cervix thing also explains why I never felt comfortable using tampons, I always had the feeling that it will suddenly come out with any effort I did. 

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14 January 2019 @ 11:35 pm
A couple of years ago I bought my first cup to try. Mostly for swimming since my parents got a new pool. I’ve always been a pad user since my first mensuration basically due to my mom being unable to use tampons. Plus TSS is scary right?!

Anyway, I bought a LENA cup after watching countless review videos and what’s what and how to choose (soft, stiff, short) looking at the chart for seemed like an hour lol.

I am almost 40, I’ve had 6 vaginal births. So it seemed like this was a good choice. Well a couple days after using it, I got horrible (and I mean almost faint worthy) pain. Going back to using a heating pad and sleeping which I haven’t done since before having kids. And at first I didn’t tie it to the cup until 2 cycles later when I realized that was the only thing different.

So I figured maybe the cup was not soft enough for me. I have a narrow canal (even after 6!) and a very high cervix (like I’ve never touched it high...either that or it’s posterior). So next I bought the Lily. It’s definitely softer. But same issue. Pain a couple of days after using it. Around day 3-4 into a 7 day cycle. I have 1-2 heavy days, then light for a day or two, then spotting the rest. So I only use them that first couple days.

I’ve given up trying them bc I can’t keep buying and them be the cause of my paid. But I’ve now had two episodes even though it’s been months since I’ve used one. Not near as bad as with but still that pain where it’s all you can think about.

So are these cramps caused by the cup (suction, too firm?) or something else I should probably see my GYN about? If it continues if course I’ll be going in. But it’s not regular, not every cycle (or even every other)

Any advice or knowledge would be much appreciated. I’ve now gone back to disposables even though for years I used cloth. Work plus washing and carrying them hasn’t been a good fit.
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13 January 2019 @ 08:39 am
Hey everyone,

So I have been using the Mooncup for 3 years. It has always been a more or less smooth journey and I never had any stress with leaking.
Recently in the past months, it’s pretty much guaranteed that there will be leaking - enough to leak through to the clothes I’m wearing. Because I’ve used the cup for a while I am aware of the position not being too high and to rotate the cup for suction. I have rotated and made sure it’s not sitting too high. I also wear the larger size so I can’t size up.

I got a non-hormonal IUD in July and I am wondering if this has anything to do with it? Otherwise I can’t figure out why now all of a sudden I have such problems with it!?
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30 December 2018 @ 05:23 pm
Hi guys! im very confused if i should get a meluna cup or not. i have a low cervix of around 4 cm, and i guess my pelvic muscles are pretty strong(?), cuz the suction seal keeps breaking in my current cup. Everyone says that meluna cups are very hard to open inside, and they lose their firmness very quickly. Should i get it? or should i get the sports edition? i'm fairly new to the menstrual cup experience(this is my 2nd cycle to use cups), so im also not very sure about the size. What size meluna would be good? and what folds works best with meluna cups? really want some suggestions
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I also have the same experience with my super duper active vaginal discharge since when im in highschool until now, im 29. Like i need to change panties 3 to 4x a day. Because when i leave it for hour or two, it will smell. Like you will be concern that someone beside or near you might smell it too. And your shorts will smell so you need to change it too. It really sucks! I can't also go outside without wearing panty liner. And need to change it every 4hours. It also cost me alot.

I just purchased this menstrual cup this month and haven't use it yet for my period. Then i think why not use it for vaginal discharge. Now im using it for 4days, maximum of 12hrs, and taking it off at night. And it really works. No wet panties anymore. It also amaze me for the first time i used it outdoor and did not use panty liner. It was really clean and dry all day. Really a game changer for me.
Although im not sure if it is safe to use cup everyday. Just using it for my own risk. Ahahah! Does anyone here use the cup everyday for discharge?

Hello, fellow cuppers! I just wanted to gauge how people clean their cups between taking it out and reinserting it. I just rinse it out really well with hot water, but I've read that isn't enough, that you need to use feminine or unscented, gentle soap on it. I personally don't think that's necessary. Some people even recommend having two cups and actually boiling the cup between uses and inserting the clean one after you remove it, which I was like, WHAT, seriously?

So, what do you guys do? I know it's essentially my body and that bacteria can grow on the cup similar to a tampon and that I'm taking my life into my own hands by not always soaping up my cup between uses. I don't want TSS, but I haven't had any issues with smell or symptoms of TSS while using the cup while just rinsing between uses every 12 hours.

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24 November 2018 @ 02:07 pm

Hello! So I tried Menstrual cups for the first time! I am a 25 year old virgin. I got a Fleurcup. I initially got a DivaCup, but I couldn't get it in. With the Fleurcup, it could go in. It was hard for me to take it out. I tried everything, squatting, spoon method etc. My wrist would pain. So I went to the doctor, and she removed it with surgical scissors. She said that my cup got suctioned to my cervix, and that my cup was small for it. Does that mean I should get a large cup? How do I prevent this from happening again?

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23 November 2018 @ 09:46 am

Hello! I just made a profile on here specifically to ask a quesion. I hope that is okay. I have been researching for days, and I can't find anyone talking about the exact problem I experience. I hope you can help me! At least I can't find any solution.

I use the OrganiCup size 1 and have never tried anything else. 

It is going okay, but I sometimes experience mild pain. It is as if my opening is too narrow for the cup — it does expand once it gets in, but my bone pushes on it and is making its shape weird. It feels as if the suction is too strong, so I have to pull a bit too hard for comfort. 

Important note: I have a very long cervix, so I should not get a smaller one, or it would definitely get lost. It often slides quite a long way up at night.

So, could it perhaps be about hardness? Should I get a softer cup? A harder cup? Is it not about that but instead about me being too narrow and thus I should find a long, thin cup?

I hope you can help. 

Best regards

Johanne

22 November 2018 @ 10:58 pm
I recently bought a lunette size one cup. Going on 3 days using and i absolutely love it. But..... its been riding up pretty high and i cant get it out unless i pull it out by the stem without being able to break the seal. Is doesnt exactly hurt, but i dont want to be hurting myself and me not be aware of it. Is there any harm to this? Do i need a different size or different cup? My cervix (which i can not ever seem to find) is obviously always very high. I dont feel any pain an i dont want the stem to break off. Im just scared!
07 November 2018 @ 03:02 am
Hi there!
I am a cup beginner and I'm still trying to figure out what cup would be the best for me.
I've tried the Organicup size A, I have no problems at inserting, placing or opening it
My problem is that it moves so deep that the cervix ends up sitting right inside the cup, taking space and leading to leakage.
During the day I just need to empty it more often, even though it leaks when it's just half empty. But during the night it's not reliable and I'd rather find a right cup than backing up with reusable pads.
Has anyone any idea of a slightly longer cup? Or maybe a larger one would work great?
Thank you!
30 October 2018 @ 04:32 pm
So I'm nearly 15 weeks post partum and had some spotting so thought I'd practice using my cup again. Pre baby I was using the large Fleur and it was great, but now my cervix seems a lot lower! I had already trimmed the stem almost totally off and using the cup when fully in it's almost sticking out when I sit down!

Has anyone experienced a lower cervix after having a baby and it's gone back up over time or do I need to find a shorter cup??

Also, anyone who uses a cup with an IUD, do I need to do anything other than make sure I've definitely broken the seal before I start removing the cup? Got my first IUD recently and it's making me nervous!
Hey! I have only just started a cup. I can insert no problem but it won't pop open no matter what I do and No matter the fold. I dont have a problem inserting, no pain, it slides easily but when i check it, I can feel the fold still, it doesnt budge, I have even tried pulling it open with my fingers.. I hear a lot about rotating it, but I dont think I understand this technique as I have tried and tried but there is no way mine is twisting, its jammed.. The only thing that kind of works is pulling it almost conpletely out again then inserting whole w no fold.. but even then it feels like it refolds (maybe to fit?). Pulling out is no problem (like a tampon) which makes me feel like I am not getting the suction people talk about. Despite this I wasnt too worried, my periods arent heavy and I havent really had any serious leaks (a little bit twice) and especially seems as this is my first period with it so still tryin to get used to it.. but changing it in the shower today i noticed that i now have two marble size duct cysts.. they are not painful but still.. this surely cant be a coicidence, I just wonder if it is the cup that is clearly irratating me or if it is only due to all the fingers and poking Ive been doing up there trying to get the cup to open..
 
24 October 2018 @ 09:16 pm
I'm a brand new cup user and I cannot even put the cup in past the rim without hurting or finding myself unable to insert it in further. I'm using a medium Meluna Sport (maybe I should try another?
If so, please recommend me.) I once was able to go half way, but then could not take it out without it feeling like I was tearing and there was lots of crying. (It eventually did come out.) I need serious help. I've tried different folds, positions, adding water- nothing works and I'm ready to give up. It's been 4 cycles now and to be honest, after my last attempt I am scared a bit to try again. I really want to use a cup, but it feels like everything is against me considering I can't insert it even. Is there anything I can do to make inserting easier?
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)