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Chasechik
04 January 2009 @ 04:39 pm
I'm finally decided that the C'elle cup probably isn't coming through and I am going to just have to buy a menstrual cup for myself. I'm just floundering a bit on where to buy cups/what to buy.

I'm a 22 year old student in the northeast USA. I'm disabled - I have a neurological condition, dystonia - so I think I want to start with a small and/or a softer cup because I anticipate having more-than-average difficulty in inserting it (I have some difficulty with fine motor skills). (My flow is not terribly heavy, so I'm not concerned about that.)

Any suggestions? The cups that are easier on the hands/require less manual dexterity?
 
saltlesstearssaltlesstears on January 4th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
I don't know what cup I would reccomend since I have only used the Diva- though I do love it. I would, however, recommend using the 7 fold. It does not take a lot of dexterity to do. I also twist the cup clockwise once it is is and that helps it pop open and create suction.
Good luck!
PS I have pretty much given up hope on getting my free mooncup in the mail too :-(
Chasechik: brunettechasingtides on January 4th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
I am sad about the C'elle thing - I'd been so hopefully.

I've seen the Diva on Amazon, but are there other places to buy it that are better? (I am so paranoid about buying online.)

Is the cup itself more flexible or stiff?
lupus unaiamjustme on January 4th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
In my experience, there really isn't a better place to buy than amazon lol. They're incredibly safe and reliable :)

I also have a diva and I love it, but do beware that it is the longest cup, so if your cervix is close to your opening, you may want to invest in a shorter cup like the Lunette. I believe that the diva small and lunette small have the same (or similar) capacity.
Emiipurplefog on January 4th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
I have a friend who is in a similar position and isn't great with fine motor control. She uses a UK Mooncup and gets on with it just fine - I'm not sure what the USA equivalent is, though.
semi-titledpocochina on January 4th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
I don't have any motor control issues, so, huge grain of salt with what I'm about to suggest. I'd recommend you look less at size of the cup, and more at ease of insertion and popping open, to minimize the amount of times you'll need to insert it. Softer cups seem to tend to equal more difficulty in insertion, though of course YMMV. A member a couple of days ago came up with the great idea of comparing how easily cups pop open here for users of several cups. It seems like the Keeper, Lunette, and MCUK tend to be easier to open up, and of those, the Lunette small is the smallest.

Hope this helps!
Chasechik: brunettechasingtides on January 4th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
I'm a little worried that with a particularly stiff material, my fingers won't be able to keep it folded (I worked regularly on keeping up the muscles in my fingers, but things like writing with a pen have been known to give difficulty). Maybe finding a middle ground would be the best idea...
slenderstar on January 5th, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)
I think I'd recommend the (small) lady cup. I personally have never had problems with getting it to pop, and it's squishiness makes it easer to stay folded while you insert it. I used to use a diva, but found it too stiff and long for my body. Having said all of that, I don't have any motor problems, so I don't know how helpful my advice is. Good luck!
hiriel1804 on January 5th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
Second this. The small LadyCup is very soft and easy to fold (I don't have motor problems either, so I can't tell how it'll be for you, OP, of course) and I've never had problems getting it to pop. The large LC is kinda tricky sometimes, but the small one is all good. It is small though, but since you said your flow isn't very heavy, that should be ok.

You can buy it at ladycup.eu, but for US residents I think it's cheaper to buy off eBay, the LC company has an eBay seller.
fireaphidfireaphid on January 4th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
Supposedly, the softest cup is the Ladycup (whose small size is also the smallest cup). I have a small Lunette and had some difficulty keeping it folded for insertion when I had a hand injury, so I think stiffer cups might give you some trouble.

If you're paranoid about buying online, the Diva, Keeper, and Keeper Moon Cup are available in health food stores around North America. However, I have never had problems buying online, and posts about online disasters are rare.
lutyalapolutyalapo on January 4th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
I do think that maybe a softer cup would work well for keeping it folded for insertion. I know some have had problems with getting the Ladycup to pop open but I've never had any issues with that, however the LC is the first and only type I've used. I have ordered twice from the LadyCup ebay store with fast delivery (one week to NY). I don't know if you've ever used paypal but I have used it to pay for things online for years without a hitch.

http://stores.ebay.com/LadyCup-PinkCup-menstrual-cups
avant-tardesilkfetus on January 4th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
the only two cups i have tried are the diva and the lady cup. the lady cup is very soft compared to the diva. i don't have the same neurological issues you have but people do make fun of me for my poor fine motor skills. ;)
i had a lot of problems with the diva, and have loved the ladycup so far. with the diva i had a hard time getting it to pop open, it seemed to always leak, and it sat too low so it was uncomfortable. i've had none of those problems with the ladycup, i can get it in and popped open easily even with the standard c fold, it's shorter, and no leaks yet.
Lorienblueberryeyes17 on January 4th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
You know, I'm not sure about a softer cup being easier. The firmer cups pop open more easily and aren't that much more difficult to hold. I have used a Diva and a Mooncup UK and sometimes had problems getting my softer Diva to open that I have never had with the MC UK - it opens beautifully! The Diva would sometimes take 2-3 tries to open properly and I can see that being harder on your hands.
elizabbyelizabby on January 5th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
I agree with this. The firmer Lunette pops open more easily for me than the LadyCup, and when it comes to manipulation, I'd rather do it out where I can see it than be stuck mucking around on the *inside* where I can't see what I'm doing!

I like the softness of the LadyCup, but when I just can't be bothered fussing with it, I use the Lunette because I know it will work when I'm in a hurry and can't afford to muck around.

(I put a summary of the "popability" survey at the bottom for those who are interested.)
putting the jew in judicialquackington on January 5th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
blueberryeyes17 raises an interesting point - I have used both the Keeper (latex) and the Keeper Mooncup/US Mooncup (silicone). The Keeper was my first cup and I stopped using it because I thought I had a latex allergy (it was just a yeast infection). It's *is* a bit stiffer, however, it's latex so if you run it under hot water it softens up a lot. I also really liked the cup because I never had any issues with it popping open. I put it in and it was open. Done.

The US Mooncup/Keeper Mooncup is silicone so it's softer and easier to fold. I've found that it's been more difficult for me to tell when/if it has popped open. I have only had two leaking incidents (both were from forgetting I had it in) with the Mooncup, so it's not like it doesn't pop. It just doesn't feel like it.
Kai: pic#77976566kuradi8 on January 5th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
Start with ones that you think would FIT you best: http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/1285963.html And then narrow your choices from there.

Of course, as soon as you order one, the C'elle cup will show up.
shivadidj on January 5th, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
2nd re C'elle cup showing up. Mine showed up as soon as I forgot about it. Also, I consider removing it to be a greater concern. If you can't get it in, no big deal. If you can't get it OUT, bigger problem, one that several posters have gone to the ER for. (Not that it's truly an emergency, just that many people have considered it so, and it would be easy to do so) I have a Ladycup, it's my first cup and I like it, but it's a sucker to remove. Just sayin. You might be more concerned with which cup is easier to remove.
Saramari_mac1109 on January 5th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
I'd just like to advise against the Keeper. i have it and use it and generally like it, but I still have trouble keeping it folded long enough to insert it sometimes and I would consider myself fairly dextrous. Yes, it pops open easily, but the material is stiff so it likes to pop open too soon sometimes.

From what I hear (and I haven't used either, so this is just based on collected opinions) a Lunette or a LadyCup might be your best bet. :)
Dina Clare: JUST KISS ALREADYlintilla on January 5th, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
I'd say the same about the Mooncup UK, love it as I do. I have strength problems in my hand, and sometimes it's really hard to keep a grip on.
bomega on January 5th, 2009 07:27 am (UTC)
If you really want to try something free, I would wait a little longer on the C'elle cup, as there are still people posting about just getting their's now.

I don't know which cup to recommend that requires the least dexterity as they all require some...manipulation. I've heard reports that the Lunette and the Mooncup UK open up the easiest, but that wasn't my experience.

As far as where, ebay has a lot of good deals usually, and if you decide to by the Diva, www.iherb.com and www.southcoastshopping.com have the best price. In addition, if you want a MooncupUK, Lunette, or Ladycup, you might want to consider buying from the Leastore as they are currently offering a 6 month satisfaction guarantee for cups purchased in January 09, it costs more, but if you are concerned about your success rate, it might be worth it.

hth.