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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!
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.

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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
Hi!
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

Hello!
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!
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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...
02 January 2018 @ 10:04 pm
Every time I hear the song "Blood in the Cut" by K. Flay, I keep thinking "Blood in the Cup" and think about menstrual cups. Is it just me?

https://youtu.be/k2WcOdz96ko
 
 
Current Music: K. Flay - Blood in the Cut
27 December 2017 @ 09:17 pm

I use the large Super Jennie because I have a really heavy flow, and I can't seem to remove it without pain. I pinch the base of the cup to break suction and then fold it into a C before pulling it out. It slides out smoothly but I feel a sharp pain in the vaginal opening when the rim of the cup comes out. Lube helps minimally. I should mention that inserting using a C fold is also super painful. Inserting with the punch-down fold and lube works, but I can't get it back into that shape to remove it.

Part of me feels like the large SJ is just too large for my anatomy, but using a smaller cup with less capacity just wouldn't be worth it for me. I have similar pain at the beginning of sex with any male partner, but I'm less willing to endure it for a cup. 

Anyone have a similar experience? 

21 December 2017 @ 10:58 am
Hi, I'm new here and i'n in need of some help im having some leakage with my diva cup. I have 2 children so I purchased the size 2 cup. It seems in place and feels comfortable but once I begin to move there is serious leakage. I tried the punch down and the cup wouldn't open . the c shape it pops open and i can turn the cup, yet there is still leakage. I'm also hearing a suction type noise when I romove it. Thank you
18 December 2017 @ 07:33 pm
Hello, I am looking for a specific picture comparing cups I thought (I could be wrong) I found through this forum a few years ago. It was a picture showing many different cups placed on a flat surface with the stems pointing up with lines in the background showing the length of the cups/stems. Those lines in the background had measurements on I believe mm. I think I saved it but not sure where. Anyone?
 

Hi! I'm in my early-twenties, virgin, never used tampons. I'm not sure whether I have a low cervix or a dangling cervix. Actually I'm not too clear on what the difference is, and how it affects your choice of cup. 

Is it low cervix = low cervix + short vagina canal, and dangling cervix = low cervix + long vaginal canal? If so, does this mean that if you have a dangling cervix, you need to buy a shorter cup so that it sits below the cervix without the cervix dangling inside the cup, or will your muscles pull the cup up in further along the canal and cause your cervix to sit inside even with a short cup, so you need to buy a longer one with more capacity? 

I don't have the opportunity to buy different cups and go through trial and error, so I'm hoping to get some advice here. I'm trying to decide between the Lily Cup and the Lily Cup Compact. I'm leaning towards the Lily Cup because some reviews have said it's easier to insert than the Compact version, and because of its higher capacity. Also because it's rimless. 

Originally I thought I had a low cervix so I'd have to get the Compact, but now I'm not sure. When not on my period, I have a medium/high cervix (whole finger fits and just reaches the cervix (~65mm)). On (the first day of) my period, it's like this: 

Touch cervix – Before 2nd knuckle (~38mm? Halfway between 1st and 2nd knuckle) 

Right of cervix (on my right hand side) – Whole finger (~65m) More roomy 

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15 December 2017 @ 01:41 pm
Two years ago I made the decision to switch to menstrual cups after a long time of thinking and debating. Being my first time making an online purchase,I didn't pay attention to what cup I should be using( unfortunately), so my first ended up being a small Ladycup. Really bad choice for me. Firstly,I am a virgin,so insertion was absolute torture,and the popping sensation was really unconfortable(I ended up sitting on the edge of the tub all tensed up so it wouldn't take me by surprise). On the bright side,I learned all these tips and tricks so by now I gathered some useful knowledge about inserting and removing the cups. I decided to bite the bullet and bought a second one,a classic Lily cup size A. It was heavenly compared to the Ladycup,all smooth silicone,no rim whatsoever to get in the way ,but I noticed it's too long for me during tne first two days. It pushed my cervix up and causes unbearable cramps that don't go away until I remove it. So I decided to get a new,shorter and softer cup,but I really need advice until I make the purchase:would a Sibell cup be ideal,or a Lena sensitive? They cost the same for me,shipping and all , but so far I think the Sibell has nicer silicone. I'm holding back on the Lena because of the grip rings:I don't need them at all(my cervix is medium) and they look like they could become uncomfortable.
12 December 2017 @ 08:46 pm

Hello,

I have had my meluna cup for about a year. 

Over the last couple of months it has started slipping down when I am wearing it. I have a really bad cough at the moment and a couple of times I have almost coughed it out. Once it gets down too low it feels really uncomfortable.

It is a medium sized meluna cup. I am 39 and have had two babies. I suspect my pelvic floor muscles are not what they were so I  might need to go for a bigger size. However I also have a lot of trouble getting it to pop open, especially when it is already at body temperature (rinsing it in cold water helps, but I can't always do this eg in the toilet at work). So I'd like to try something springier. Any recommendations?

When I first got the cup I had some teething troubles with the cup — I had to cut the stem off as it was too long, and I also have to turn it inside out as there was a rough edge where I cut the stem off . So this time I would probably get one without a stem.

Thank you.


12 December 2017 @ 05:20 pm

Hi Everyone,

I've read through the old posts, but I'm still not sure what the solution is, so here is my question.  I'm a long-time Diva Cup user — I've been using it for over 10 years.  Starting about a year ago, I started to leak while running and also frequently, over night.  My first thought was that my cup was simply too old, because I'd been using the same one this whole time.  I bought a new one and went up to a bigger size but I'm still having the same problem.  In fact, it seems almost impossible for me to run now without having a leak.  Heaviness of flow seems to have nothing to do with it.  It is rarely anywhere close to full when I take it out post-run.  I've experimented with emptying it right before a run only to have it leak 15 minutes later in any case.  I've tried to make sure I'm positioning it careful, checking the seal, etc., but really, I've being doing this for 10 years without a problem, so this seem unlikely to be the issue.  I do feel like the cup is moving around too much.  For example, having just come back from a (leaky) run now, it seemed a bit tilted to the side.     

I'm thinking I may just need a new brand, but I tried the Moon Cup on my sister's recommendation and I found it uncomfortable and it also leaked.  Any ideas on what is going on?  I really don't want to go back to tampons while running, but I'm running out of ideas here.

Thanks for your help!

07 December 2017 @ 11:13 pm
I am really struggling to get a lily cup compact in. For a bit of background info, I have never had sex nor used tampons before. I have however masturbated a lot and feel comfortable with my body, turns out none of this was relevant. I cannot get it in at all. I know where the entrance is and can fit 1 finger in but even so the walls cover the one finger and it is tight. This is not me being tense because I am not nervous and my vagina has the same tightness when masturbating (which is typically when the vagina is most relaxed/loose for me). I can't fit the cup in, I have tried numerous folds and positions. It just does not go in and it feels really bad. The exterior and interior burns whilst it occasionally throbs. I am tried absolutely everything, read so many manuals, threads, and watched a plethora of videos. Nothing seems to work and all I am left with is a sore vagina. I tried laying down, sitting up, lifting a leg, spreading, etc. Absolutely hopeless.. What do I do?! I have seen other comments and threads of girls struggling go fit the cup in as well but there were no clear responses, just ambiguous answers such as relax and try different positions. I am relaxed and I tried everything. It does not fit, perhaps I am inherently just not loose enough yet? I have been a pad user for 5 years and thought the cup would be an eco-friendly change.