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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!
24 September 2019 @ 10:50 pm

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!

11 August 2019 @ 08:10 pm

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!


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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20 June 2019 @ 11:20 am

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?

17 June 2019 @ 11:35 am
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.
10 June 2019 @ 08:19 pm
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.
01 June 2019 @ 10:28 pm
Hi everybody,
I am seeking some advice and help. I am a 23 years old girl.Today I noticed that some skin is sticking out of my vaginal hole. It is of crimson color and feels smooth. It is circular in shape and size a little smaller than a coin.

I have been experiencing spotting prior to my periods from last 3-4 months. I thought it is normal. And this time also I experienced spotting and that too around my period days. I noticed spotting for 3 days and today this skin was popping out of vagina which whenever I wipe leaves little blood on tissue.

I am afraid that this skin might block vaginal discharge. I never had sex.

Please suggest what this can be.

I am very worried.
01 June 2019 @ 10:27 pm
Hi everybody,
I am seeking some advice and help. I am a 23 years old girl.Today I noticed that some skin is sticking out of my vaginal hole. It is of crimson color and feels smooth. It is circular in shape and size a little smaller than a coin.

I have been experiencing spotting prior to my periods from last 3-4 months. I thought it is normal. And this time also I experienced spotting and that too around my period days. I noticed spotting for 3 days and today this skin was popping out of vagina which whenever I wipe leaves little blood on tissue.

I am afraid that this skin might block vaginal discharge. I never had sex.

Please suggest what this can be.

25 May 2019 @ 03:57 pm

I would like to purchase a Merula cup and saw a seller on EBay sells them for $40. Has anyone purchased a name brand cup from EBay? The seller seems to have good review(s) and has sold quite a few.  I would prefer not to have to purchase it from Feminine Wear.

Hi, hello, I am 15 and a virgin. I bought a menstrual cup with my mom because its more environmentally. However, i have tried to insert it about 3 times now and have failed. I have used water based lube, sat in all the positions people told me to sit in, I've pushed a little to open up my pelvic region and nothing has helped. When i try to insert it i can get it a little ways up but its poking what i assume to be my urethra and it hurts so much! From what i can see using a mirror and just plain looking down, is that my urethra takes up half of my vaginal opening. Is that normal? Or am i looking at something different? I know its not my hymen because when i stick a finger up in there, its thick and rigged and goes up with the shape of the "canal". Anyone know how to combat this? I would very much like to try and use a menstrual cup but it keeps hitting this mass and i don't know what to do.


06 May 2019 @ 09:50 pm
Hi all!

I would like to ask if anyone else has similar problems than I do. I have used my Lunette 1 and 2 (nowadays only the size 1) for 7 years now and been having the same problem for a while now. My cervix is extremely low and it takes about half of the space of the cup. When I'm on my period, my cervix is right there when I put my finger inside. If I squat all the way down, the cervix almost comes out. My vaginal opening gets pretty sore because the cup keeps it a bit open and the tip scratches the lips sometimes. I also have to empty it pretty often because there isn't that much room for blood.

I've recently read about Merula and Femmycycle (low-cervix or teen) and other shorter cups and will most definitely try either one of the mentioned, propably Meruna because it's easier to get.

Another thing that I would really need help for, is how to solve the problem of going upside down while wearing a cup on my period. I do handstands, acroyoga and partner acrobatics and I have to use a tampon on those days, because the cup leaks. I am an experienced user with my Lunette so it's not possible it isn't put there properly. I also empty it right before I train. In every position with a possibility for vagina farts, there is also a possibility for blood catastrophe after I come back to standing. I don't now if it is the vaginal muscles that push the cup to fold or what happens, but all the blood runs out and I'm in trouble. Has anyone found a solution (cup) for this problem?

Otherwise I've had no problems with cups. Sometimes it feels like I had to pee but that's not a big problem. I am quite sensitive but it's been alright with Lunette even though it's quite firm.
Hey everyone,
I've been using a large Yuuki cup successfully for the past 9 years now, always been very happy with it, but the silicone is starting to degrade (or something...?) so I need to get a new one.
Wanted to get the same one again (I want a big capacity cup) but obviously they changed the firmness of the Yuuki cups/expanded their selection.

Does anyone on here, by any chance, happen to know how their old model compares to the soft and classic versions ones that are available nowadays?

I am open to suggestions of course, just know this/some additional info:

- I also tried a large Lunette back then, which didn't work for me, its stiffness caused it to 'dislocate' and leak when I did certain movements, the large Yuuki, which was softer, solved that problem back then, so I don't think I'd be happy with the new, firm, Yuuki that is available nowadays.

- I recently had the chance to try the large Ladycup and the large libimed cup. Both were a nightmare to get out, because when I squeezed the bottom of those cups, their rims would not collapse. And keep in mind that I'm an experienced cup user who has inserted and removed large (old) Yuuki, small and large Lunette all three successfully on first try and never struggled with it. But now I am scared the new, soft Yuuki will be similar to the Lady and libimed cup :(.

So I guess I'm looking for a rather soft, high capacity cup, whose rim collapses nicely when I squeeze the bottom, despite its softness

Sorry this got so long.
I'd be very grateful if someone could offer me some input :)

I've had my merula for 2 years already. At first I was very satisfied with it and it worked great... I even posted a detailed review on it! But my opinion changed a bit. I've realised I rarely use it, because I almost always still use my lunette model 1.
I bought the merula in hope to have higher capacity for busy days. However, when I overflow my merula, and pour the blood into lunette to compare the level at which they overflow on my heaviest day, I realise that merula collects either the same amount or less blood with my particular anatomy. I have a cervix that hangs very low, however, the length of my vaginal canal (so, the fornices) are relatively long(er)
While Lunette, has smaller diameter and under less suction (because of the holes), when it fills up and gets heavier, it slides more towards opening, allowing also allowing for additional space in the cup which the cervix occupied beforehand.
In merula however (and this, I think is because of strong suction), the cup does not descend ever, and engulfs much of the cervix, therefore occupying more of its capacity.

Merula is a perfect cup for people with low cervix and a shorter vaginal canal, I guess. I really wanted to like it in the long-term... but I'm my case, I don't get the benefit of the capacity, therefore I don't think I'll ever fully be satisfied with this cup :(

If anyone has any advice for me though, I'd be happy to hear.
02 May 2019 @ 10:50 am
Hi, I’ve been using a keeper moon cup off and on for years but always gave up because of leakage. My cervix seems medium-high, I’m 40 and have had two kids. I put the cup in, no problems, can spin it, can’t feel my cervix on the side, and it almost always leaks right away. There’s often barely anything in the cup but occasionally I get it right and it all goes in there. So gratifying when it works but definitely not reliable. Sometimes it feels too low. I am overwhelmed with the number of cups and suggestions. Any ideas why I’m having such trouble or what different cup might be better? I know sometimes I’m missing my cervix but I don’t know how to get the cup to stay in a particular place. I have read Kuradi08’s FAQ and it was helpful but alas I’m still leaking all over.
01 May 2019 @ 10:14 am
Help! I dropped my menstrual cup in my dorm’s bathtub (shared by 4 people), but I don’t have gentle soap so I just rinsed it off with cold and warm water and put it back in. Am I at risk of infection? I’m a huge worrywart!
21 April 2019 @ 09:56 pm
Hi, I live in high rise condo where dust is everywhere. Although I rarely open the window, and clean my room daily, the dust still exist in every corner. I just used my first menstrual cup during the first week of April. After I finished using menstrual cup, I thoroughly washed it with soap, boiled it for 5 minutes, then stored it in cotton pouch so that it’s breathable. When I open the pouch to see if the dust get inside the pouch, I found out that my menstrual cup is full of dust, when I rub against the cup, the dust is still on there. I’m quite concerned about this dirty dust on my cup, and would like to know if it’s normal for the dust to stick on the cup. Will it be safe to use my cup on period again if I thoroughly clean it before use? Or is there any other way to store the cup dust-free? I would like to keep it in air-tight container if possible to prevent the dust, but I know that it will increase the chance of bacteria growth, so I really don’t know what to do.

21 April 2019 @ 12:19 am
Hello. I recently became aware of a stemless menstrual cup called the Stone Soup menstrual cup. All the websites I've found it on seem to only ship to India. Anyone know of any other brand stemless menstrual cups that ship to the US? I know there's a stemless version of the Cuplee brand but I'm looking for more of a bell-shaped cup. Cuplee is more v-shaped. Or know of how I can get a Stone Soup stem-free menstrual cup? I'm looking for a soft firmness cup. Please, no TPE.

Hi everyone! 

I've been using a cup for almost a year now and after two cups I've decided to buy my third because I'm not quite comfortable with the ones I have. 

I have a high flow and my cervix is low, and I can't find a way to put my cup in without sticking my cervix into it, which means the cup gets filled really fast. I have a Lily cup compact that I can barely use because it gets filled almost immediately, and another cup (I don't know which brand) that collects about 27 mL. I have high leaks with both of them when they are not full (the Lily cup gets about 1/3 full and the second one half-full) because my cervix is occupying space inside the cups. I've tried to put the cup in other positions, but my cervix always gets inside of them. 

Also, I usually have really light leaks when the cup is empty, could it be because the cups are not firm enough? Though if the cervix is inside of the cup and it's not full I can't understand how there can be leaks. 

I was thinking about buying a Merula cup (due to its capacity and short length), but I don't know if that will solve my problem. Does anybody know any other brand that could work well?

If it helps, I'm 20, 1'70m and 58kg, I'm not an active person, I've never given birth and I'm not a virgin.

16 April 2019 @ 10:50 pm

Hello, everyone!

First I'd like to say thank you for this community. It's the reason why I'm trying and have continued to try to master these things.

Secondly, I'd like to say that I'm discouraged. :-\

I bought the Organicup last month and tried to use it for last month's period. I struggled getting it inside, and when I finally did get it inside it felt slightly uncomfortable. I was able to fall asleep with it one night and when I woke up the next morning it was so far inside me I had to "bear down" for so long and so hard, I peed on my hand trying to get the damn thing out (at least I know my muscles were fully relaxed, right?) It's funny now, but I was in such a freaking panic trying to get it out. Once I did get it out, my insides hurt like a m*therf*cker. Excuse my language, but I was doubled over in pain for 30 minutes cursing the organicup and every other cup I had yet to try. It was pretty bad. I was in tears. I realized later that not breaking the seal is bad. I stayed away from the cup the rest of that period.

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13 April 2019 @ 11:47 am
Hi everyone!
I’ve been using a small lunette for a couple cycles and it’s been going ok. I seem to be overflowing on my heaviest day and night which is manageable. However, on lighter nights I still seem to be leaking even when the cup is maybe 1/4 full. I do make sure that my cup is fully open and has a good seal. This works for me on my normal-light days. I also have an average cervix that dangles a bit into the cup which definitely takes up space and could explain the overflowing on heavier days. This cup could just be the wrong fit for me.. however on my first day and night, the cup was perfectly fine. It held up all night without any leaks and lasted about 8 hours during the day. So I am a bit confused as to what worked on the first night and failed on the others. I know that my leaks on lighter nights are not residual slobber, too much blood for that and they shouldn’t be overflows as my cup is really full when it does overflow on heavier days. It’s also possible that I might be sleeping in a bad position but this is really just me guessing. The cup works fine during the day, except for when it overflowed, but it’s at night when I have leaking issues. I was wondering if anyone has solutions or ideas. I am considering buying a new cup at some point.. maybe a small super Jennie or a small Lena. Thanks in advance!
12 April 2019 @ 06:20 pm

This Starbucks ad keeps showing up on my FB feed.
My first thought is NOT of a coffee cup.  ~~~Tee hee.~~~

18 March 2019 @ 02:16 pm

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.