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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!
22 March 2018 @ 12:57 pm
Hi! I'm a new cup user, and I just got a bell shaped cup because I have a medium-low cervix. I got the small size because my vaginal opening is very tight. I'm not a virgin, I'm just small in general down there. Well yesterday I inserted the cup and it was very comfortable with the stem sticking out a little.But after about an hour, I started getting terrible cramps to the point where I felt dizzy and nauseated. When I took it out, I noticed the cup had slipped upwards to where the stem was all the way inside. I trimmed the stem about a cm and tried again. It fits comfortably with the stem fitting right at the opening, but the cup slipped upwards again and I got cramps but they weren't too bad. I can't figure out if the cup is slipping upwards naturally, and the cramps are just my body getting used to having something bigger than a tampon inside. Or maybe if I trim the stem more, it won't slip upwards... I just don't want to cut the stem to short and then have more trouble removing it than I already do... I'd love to hear your thoughts on this issue.
17 March 2018 @ 01:13 am
Hi everyone! I've been using the DivaCup for about 3 years now and am starting to look into getting a new cup.
The DivaCup has worked OK for the past few years. It hasn't been perfect but it has made my periods so much easier.

1) I had to cut off the stem and file it down as much as possible because it kept poking me. I've never been able to find my cervix- but I'm assuming it is low? Is it possible to have a high cervix with the cup so low?

2) Sometimes (not every cycle), the cup will slide down when I'm walking and I will feel the bottom.
3) On lighter days, leaking is not a problem. On my heaviest days, sometimes I leak before the cup is full.
4) I tried flipping the cup inside out but it felt more uncomfortable.

I'm in my 20s, never had children/ am a virgin, and I'm from Canada.

Based on this, any recommendations? There are so many cup options now that I feel lost! I'm thinking I need a shorter cup, but I'm not sure about shape.
Thank you!
15 March 2018 @ 09:20 pm

I was really excited to get my Lena cup in the mail today. But I am struggling big time getting it up in there. And also wondering if I broke my hymen (not a big deal if I did but would like to know) The one time I got it almost all the way up in when I pulled it out there was bright red blood. I've been kind of sore down there this evening since I did that. Did I break my hymen? Will it be easier tomorrow? I really want to use the cup but I'm struggling. 

12 March 2018 @ 03:29 pm

Hi, I'm getting a new LilyCup Compact, and I was wondering, and I apologize if this has already been asked, but can you wear it for longer than the 10 hours that the company says? My flow is really light because I take birth control for PCOS, and I'm thinking that the 10 hours is because the cup is smaller, not because of some other problem. Can I wear it for 12 hours like I do my DivaCup? Again, I apologize if someone else has already asked this question.

10 March 2018 @ 07:39 am

Hi all, I'm new to menstrual cups and have been practicing for a few months with a regular size FemmyCup. I love the cup and really want it to work for me, my only issue is with insertion, but I can't find any info on my specific issue and was hoping someone here would have insight!

My vaginal canal isn't anywhere close to straight, it curves about half a finger's length in, hooking around my pubic bone almost? It curves forward toward my stomach, not back toward my tailbone. And I can fit the cup in perfectly until I reach that curve, where then my canal becomes very small and tight, and I have no idea from there how to push the rest of the cup inside me. The cup is not at all too long for me, my canal extends far past the curve, but it's like it just won't fit no matter what I do. About 80 percent of my FemmyCup fits in with no issue, but then the last end of it is left hanging out of me (more than just the ring, a bit of the bottom too) and I can't figure out the right angle or fold or whatever to make it slide all the way in.

Does anyone have any experience with this? I have a very high cervix and have never had penetrative sex if that matters at all.

06 March 2018 @ 01:57 pm

Hello all! Been a watcher of this community and you guys have given so many helpful tips on using the menstrual cups.

However, I seem to have a weird situation that nobody else seems to be having. God I hope not and that someone can help me.

So anyway, I recently bought a Sinaya cup (local brand) size small and took it out for a test run even though I haven't started my period yet. I bought water-based lube to help with the insertion since I am not sexually active. Insertion was fine and although there was some very mild discomfort, there was hardly any pain.

However, my cup won't go further in. The stem is outside the vagina and the base is just sitting there at the opening. When I stand (because I squat when I put it in), the stem gets covered by the labia so it doesn't look like it's out. It's not uncomfortable and I don't actually feel it inside me (hurray, I guess?). But the thing is, all the other videos and instructions I saw and read say that the stem should go in. When I try to push cup further, it just kinda deforms like you're squeezing a stress ball (or something like that). It really won't budge further!

Another thing is I can't get it to fully pop open. The rim seems to have sealed off but the base is slightly dented. Since I don't have my period yet, I don't know if this will leak. It also would not turn, like the instructions said to do to get it to open.

Any tips? Is this normal?

03 March 2018 @ 09:40 pm

I am new to this community but really glad I found it. This is my second cycle using the DivaCup and I am all but ready to give up. I have not once got it to work. I always leak. I have a upside down uterus, but I don't think this should affect me. When I felt where my cervix was it was quite low, right past my pelvic bone. I have tried everything I can think of and yet I still get leaks, every single time. Does anyone have the same problems? What am I doing wrong? I have tried the U fold, the push down fold. Tried sitting, standing, squatting. I can turn it fully and it feels open but something obviously isn't right. I am tried contracting while I push it in, pushing the air in, everything.

Please help!
28 February 2018 @ 06:53 pm

Hi all! :)

It's been a while since I've posted here. I've been using a Fleurcup size Large for a few years and I love it, but on the days of heavy flow I have to empty it every two hours or it starts leaking and that's a bit stressing sometimes. A bit TMI, but I also noticed I have trouble peeing while I wear my cup, I can only pee a little and I have to remove it to really empty my bladder. Doing some research I discovered this is caused by my cup pressing on my bladder. For the above reasons I am searching for a new cup, with higher capacity, and I guess more softer to solve the bladder issue? Among the cups available here in Italy I was looking at the amycup crystal size M, which has higher capacity than the fleurcup, but I have no idea if it's softer or not. Any advice?


18 February 2018 @ 09:21 am
First post, new cup user, and my brief browsing of tags related to allergies did not bring up what is happening to me, so I hope this post doesn't aggravate anyone... I will try to be detailed, in case timing is a factor, so bear with me...

Basic info: 32, 2 kids, no BC. So, I started using the Lena cup last month, it arrived 2 days into my period, and I had done some extensive research on it before hand, so when it came I was able to insert comfortably, had no trouble with removal, and had absolutely zero leakage the couple of days I was able to use it. I was very pleased and so stoked to be done with tampons and pads for good.

In anticipation of my cycle, I was wearing my cup all day Thursday and half a day Friday before I switched to a pad because I was now late for 2 days and I was wondering if I might be pregnant (we are actively trying, but haven't been able to conceive). Finally, my cycle started on Saturday. Inserted my cup, wore it all day, things are going pretty smoothly. Sunday morning, I dump and reinsert like normal, but after about an hour or so I discover I'm leaking, so I figure I must have insert it wrong and not had a complete suction. When I go to remove it, my entire vaginal area is completely swollen! My clitoris and inner labia are so swollen, I didn't even realize at first that the thing I was touching WAS my clitoris and my inner labia feel like they're just falling out of me entirely! It was like prodding my fingers into a huge hunk of raw meat! I could barely find the end of my cup, and when I finally bore down and removed it, I was too scared to reinsert. So I'm currently sitting in a pad.

Guys, is it normal for your parts to swell like that?? I mean, before this cup, I never touched myself down there during my cycle, so I don't know if this is normal or not. My only known allergies are to nickel. I had no swelling last month, but I also started using later in my cycle, so maybe I skipped the swelling stage? I've also never in my life had a yeast infection or UTI so I wouldn't know what those looked or felt like if I had one. I'm very freaked out about what's happening down there and it's got me leaning towards never using my cup again (even though I loved it last month). It really scared me because it really did feel like my vagina was just erupting out of my body. Just looking to see if it's just me... :( 
12 February 2018 @ 08:21 pm

Hi, I'm really hoping someone could help me out with this.

Last year, I bought both the small and large Yuuki Classic as my first set of cups. I have a medium-low cervix, so I wanted to see what size would work best. For the first few months, I started out with the small, but it always leaked no matter what I did, so I tried out the large and found that it works better as I can walk, sit, and sleep in it without leaking. However, when I exercise.....that's when I have a bloody mess.

I can't do lunges, squats, push-ups, ab crunches, or yoga without it leaking, but it works great when I'm just out-and-about.
I make sure to empty it before I start my exercises and that it's opened, sealed, and my cervix isn't hanging out of the cup, so I'm not sure why I leak only when I exercise. I purchased the Yuuki because I heard it was so firm that it was great for sports, so I thought it would definitely work for my exercises, but it doesn't.

So, I started thinking all sorts of things like....Could it be that my pelvic floor muscles are crushing the cup as I workout? Or it might be too firm that it doesn't flex with my body? Maybe the shape of the cup isn't right?

I was thinking about purchasing a Lena cup because I heard it is also a firm cup, but the shape is different. It's more rounded on the bottom instead of being narrow. Maybe it would hold better? I just don't know. I've been dealing with this for a year now and kept thinking I was doing something wrong, but now I'm for sure that the cup is just not the right one for me as I've tried to make it work. It works great, but just not when I exercise.

Any advice/cup suggestions?  Note: I'm kind of a heavy bleeder.

12 February 2018 @ 10:15 pm

hello, this is my first post to this community and my first lj post in a looooooong while so do forgive me if i do some thing wrong!

at any rate, i am 22 y/o, sexually inactive and moderately physically active. i bought and used the divacup on the recommendation of a friend but gave up after a couple cycles because of how long and stiff it was. however i am newly tired of using pads again so i thought i would try to get one more suited for my body.

my main concerns are that i have a medium to low cervix (can touch it easily with my middle finger) and a very small opening which made removing the divacup pretty painful. i have a moderate to light flow (only a bit heavy on the first day or so) so don't need a lot of capacity.

i am considering maybe the si-bell based on what i've read but would love recommendations! thank you in advance.

05 February 2018 @ 09:41 pm

Hi all :)

I'm writing my first post so I hope I'm going to do it right. I'm having a problem with a heavy leaking from my Si Bell, it's been already around seven months that I use it and I think it's the time to ask for help because this is just not normal. So in the beginning it was also leaking, but I thought that I just needed to learn by practicing and I just kept trying different things to stop it from leaking.

I tried everything I found on the internet, folding it in different ways, trying to do it while sitting, while standing, with a leg resting on the top of the toilet, I tried twisting it inside, putting it deeper and less deep, pusshing it in the direction of the butt, pulling it when it's inside, everything and everytime I try to put it it just leaks. And it's not that it's full because when I pull it off it's just halfway full. 

I wish I could know what I'm doing wrong and I hope it's not that I'm weird inside and it will never work on me.

Thank you for your help!

05 February 2018 @ 10:32 pm

Hi, I'm new to menstrual cups and I've just started using mine last month. Since I have no experience with inserting anything into my vagina before this, I couldn't really test the cup until my period was almost over. However when I managed to get it in, I noticed that I was leaking.

I got to try the cup again this month and it happened again. My cup was collecting blood, but it was also leaking. Since it's the first day of my period, it leaked more than the last time.

I don't experience the 'pop' like some people say it does when inserting their cup, but I am pretty sure mine is open. I tried inserting in and pulling it out a little bit, tried putting in higher or lower but it still leaks.

I've also tried to locate the opening of my cervix. I didn't expect my cervix to be in the precise location like how diagrams are but all I can feel are walls of muscles. I can't really determine the opening of it. But I think my cervix is on the average height(?), since I can touch it with my finger.

One thing that I have noticed is the tip of my cup always tilts to the right. No matter how I position my cup, the tip tilts to the right after some hours.

Could this be the reason of the leakage? Or if anyone knows how I can stop the leaking?

Thank you in advanced to whoever that might be able to help me.

03 February 2018 @ 07:01 pm
I’ve used my menstrual cup (JuJu) for three cycles now. I feel liberated from buying disposables.

First time I used it, I had only a few tampons etc left, and deliberately did’t buy more, then sprained my right wrist badly (I’m right handed). Out of necessity, I persisted with insertion using my left hand! That first cycle was difficult with my left hand, though!! I remember trying to remove it late one night, exhausted, with my left hand, while my right hand throbbed with pain!

I did what seems to be the usual rookie mistake and believe the manufacturer’s diagram which implies that you only insert your cup half way along your vagina. I read around here, then tried again using pelvic floor muscles etc to push higher and seem to have sorted out insertion and removal 90% of the time now. Thanks for the wealth of information stored here, and the hive mind!

I seem to have been fortunate in buying the right size first time. What surprises me is how much things change each day of my period. Not just flow, but where the cup rests. First day everything seems “normal”. I think on my 2nd day it sits so low I feel the stem a bit in the lower vagina. Then around my 3rd day (I’ll have to take notes next cycle to be sure), it disappears so far up I’m glad i kept the full stem, and it tilts to one side and I have to prod around to find it (I’m pretty sure I have a tilted uterus).

So next cycle, I plan to take detailed notes, and maybe try to touch my cervix (gradually getting less grossed out by all of this), but suspect it’s quite high up...
31 January 2018 @ 01:04 pm

Hi everyone,

I am new to this group, and have been reading the posts. Thanks to everyone for making such informative entries. I was using a Yuuki cup, but I think over time that the rim changed enough so I experienced a lot of pain when I took it out.

Thinking nothing of this, I purchased a new large Yuuki, only to find it stiffer than the older one was previously. To make a long story a little bit shorter, I am now considering a shorter softer cup with a larger capacity, because my cervix is lower. I have narrowed it down to the Super Jennie or the Fleurcup from what I have read here, since those cups are shorter and softer. I also have a Lunette as a back-up, but it tends to leak on heavier days. My bladder is sensitive as well, so I am thinking that a softer cup would help that situation also. Could someone help me?

Thanks so much.

30 January 2018 @ 07:41 am

Does anyone use the femme cycle and have a high cervix? I am currently using a luv ur body and looking at the size comparison the femme cycle is almost half the size of the luv ur body cup. And as it is I have to bear down lots to get the luv ur body, so the size difference concerns me. But there just seems to be so many pros with the femmy comparatively, and the reviews are all good!! Please help with any advice .

28 January 2018 @ 12:47 am
Hey everyone!

So this is my first cycle using the Diva Cup model 1, I've always used pads, never have tried tampons before,my flow is low to medium, and though I'm not completely sure I think I have a medium height cervix.

The first night of my period I inserted the cup succesfully and went to bed, I had zero leaks and was super happy about that, but the next morning when I stood up, walked around my house and sit for a while, it leaked luckily I was wearing a panty liner; the same thing has happened for two days. I really don't know what's wrong, when I insert it I'm extra careful to make sure the cup seals, I rotate it and feel the ''pop''haha!

My other concern is that it has been giving very painful cramps, I usually have some discomfort during the first days of my period but that's not as painful as this. As soon as I remove the cup the pain is almost gone. Also, I had to take a break and put a pad on because I feel like my vaginal canal is kinda sore and swollen which I guess would make insertion and removal painful.

Sorry for the LONG post, but I really wish someone with more expertise could help me cause I want this cup to work, the benefits are fantastic and I bought it with some money I had saved cause it was a bit expensive so I'm not considering getting a new one. Thanks in advance!
28 January 2018 @ 01:37 am
I’ve been using a Large Classic Meluna for a year now and I can say that it literally changed my life! It was my first cup ever and it worked perfectly from the first use, never had any problems with it, no leakages, no issues with insersion or removal. I have recently got a Large Sport Meluna and it leakes! I felt bubbling after I got up from a chair after 5 minutes from insertion and went to check and it was leaking. I tried reinserting it again and again but I get bubbling every time. I’ll get back to the Classic for now but I was wondering if you guys had similar issues and why does this happen?
27 January 2018 @ 09:13 pm

I'am 17 y.o virgin I have never used tampon I have always been using pad and i started to search menstrual cup and i wanna start to use it but i am little scared of toxic shock syndrome i heard that 1-2 case about that (because of menstrual cup) and i am not sure about If i can use it cause like i said I haven't used tampon.. should i buy ? is it comfortable in constrast to pads.. ? (sorry about my english)

26 January 2018 @ 10:33 am

Hi everyone :)

I've never posted before, but I thought I'd do a quick cup review because Merula is such a new cup and when I was looking into it there was very little out there. There are 2 helpful reviews already (here and here) and a few videos on youbtube, but that's about it.

I THINK I'VE FOUND MY GOLDILOCKS CUP! So I've always had loads of problems with traditional bell-shaped or cone-shaped cups. My Lunette only worked if I was sat or stood upright, as soon as I lay back on the sofa it would leak everywhere. I switched to MeLuna Classic M, same issue. Then MeLuna Sport M — slightly better but still not great. I bought the Merula because it looked so different, and by this point that was its biggest selling point for me. Just for reference, I'm 25, 5"3', petite, no births.

So, this is how I've found it:

  1. Comfort: I won't lie, when I first saw a picture of it I was intimidated. It just looks so....big. But when it arrived it felt so nice — it's really squishy The silicone is a really good quality, similar feel to the Lunette actually. The stem is possibly the stretchiest, most flexible stem I've ever encountered. I honestly cannot feel it. I ended up cutting it down to the last rung because I have a low cervix, but anyone who wanted/needed to leave theirs longer wouldn't find it irritating I don't think. I can't feel it when I'm wearing it, and it doesn't press on my bladder or anything.
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22 January 2018 @ 07:09 am
Good morning!

I have been using the Diva Cup 2 for about 6 months and I am still really struggling. It seems to be fine all day, even during the initial heavy period but at night it leaks like crazy! It leaks so much I feel like I may as well not even be wearing it but the cup itself is not even 1/2 full. It does the same thing when I’m participating in an extensive workout (bootcamp style), leaks like it’s not even there.

I’m thinking it’s shifting but I have no idea why or what to do; my best guess is another brand/style? Perhaps something firmer? I am 32 with 2 kids, c-sections for both, my youngest just turned a year.

Any advice or brand recommendations? When it’s working I love the cup and I’m dreading the thought of going back to tampons.

Thank you!
19 January 2018 @ 07:13 pm

What do you do when you have to go swimming and your period is due any day but hasn’t shown up yet. Do you just slip a cup in just to be safe or take a chance?

I ask because my youngest (2) is in (parented) swimming lessons once a week for the next 10 weeks, and I am the one who will have to get into the water with her, so this is bound to happen as I am not regular and don’t usually get much of a warning, I just track it and am wary when it comes.

16 January 2018 @ 02:12 pm
Hi all! I've had a Lunette Model 1 for a few years now, and it is time to get a new cup. I like the Lunette, but I want to try something slightly softer this time. Also my Lunette somtimes leaked, so I want something that doesn't do that. I'm thinking about the Lena Sensitive, does anyone have expeerience with this cup? I am also thinking about the Ruby, but it's only slightly softer than the Lunette. Any thoughts on that cup too? Thanks!
05 January 2018 @ 09:09 pm
Hi there. I have recently gotten my period back after 2.5 years of not having one.. I decided to try a divacup and its not going so well. Today was my second day using it and my vagina is so sore. Im having leaking issues, taking it out is such a pain and causing soreness... i am about to just give up on it. I also have had an issue with it slipping down to thr point of almost falling out..

Any advice would be appreciated. Ive watched several videos and read several articles on how to use it but for some reason its not working for me...