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22 April 2009 @ 06:11 pm
So I've been reviewing the posts on this community and it seems to me that there's a large number of cup-users that end up cutting the stem completely off the cup.  I know when I cut mine, I had to work to make it be smooth and it's still not perfect.  One of my friends had a huge issue with making it comfortable after cutting the stem off.

Given the large number of different brands and colours now, I was wondering if anyone had heard of a cup that had a "stemless option."  Some of the cups have removed the raised lettering for somewhat of the same reason and easier cleaning.  I'd imagine the same could be said of a smooth, no stemmed cup.

I guess I also mention in the hopes that maybe some lurking cup company will hop on this bandwagon. It would certainly entice me to replace my cup :D

Have you heard of a stemless cup?  Would you buy one?
Mrarmrar on April 22nd, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
I have not heard of a stemless cup but I would definitely buy one as long as it was of a smaller size and had a softer body (I had major issues with the large, hard bodied Divacup). I always cut my stem off and it is annoying trying to get it to be as comfortable as possible.
crochetaduckcrochetaduck on April 22nd, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
I think it would be cool if the existing cups came with the option of stem or no stem, especially the Lunette, since that's the one I have and like!
aedificaaedifica on April 22nd, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
I did cut my stem entirely off, but I'm glad to have had the option of the stem because I didn't know how it would fit in my own personal body until I tried it. So if I were replacing an identical cup, I might possibly go with a stemless option, but for trying a cup style/size I hadn't used before I'd buy it with the stem.
elizabbyelizabby on April 22nd, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
Agree - I would always buy a cup with a stem because you can cut off a stem if you don't need it, but it is a pain to realize that you need a stem when you don't have it!

I have one cup with stem and one without, so I like the option. It wasn't really that hard to get the cup smooth when taking the stem off, IMO.
Dina Clare: dreamlintilla on April 23rd, 2009 07:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, this is how I feel too.

My girlfriend totally removed the stem from her Diva, but her LadyCup still has a bit of a stem.
Ide Cyanide_cyan on April 22nd, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
I'd buy a cup without a stem, although I think it would be a good idea to still have some ridges at the bottom to make it easier to grasp without a stem.
Goat Friendsfrolicnaked on April 23rd, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
This. I think that when there was one of the "design your perfect cup" posts, I said I wanted one with no stem but with easy-to-grasp base ridges like the MCUK.
Kellyrainbowtastic on April 22nd, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
It'd be a cool option to have, but I don't think its very feasible for the cup companies to make. For example, the Lunette Selene would have to get approval separately in Australia from the Lunette itself as a product to be sold. That costs a lot of money, and its the same thing except for the color. Not only would getting another mold made cost money, but getting the OK to sell that new mold, even if the only difference is without the stem, would cost a lot too. While its a nice idea, it doesn't seem as if the cup companies would pursue it because its not economically sensible for them.

What you may want to try, is getting a super sharp knife, surgical grade if possible, and smoothing out edges. While this won't be perfect, its better than attacking it with a scissor. I'm not sure what the effect of trying to melt silicone is, but if it were possible, that would make a nice smooth surface if done correctly. I personally use sterilized piercing needles with a slanted edge for my cup-customization needs, but I'm sure there is something better out there better suited to this specifically.
crochetaduckcrochetaduck on April 22nd, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
Someone posted a while back about trying to melt her stem, but it just burned.
galenbrethilgalenbrethil on April 23rd, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
Yeah, silicone in general is really hard to melt. Think about it; they even make silicone baking pans and stuff these days... (although it's probably a slightly different composition than what they make the cups out of).
Jenn: nathan disguisenakedfaery on April 22nd, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)

I think stemless and smooth would make removal difficult for me. Ridges or something to grip onto when pinching the base would be good.
REGEEregee0304 on April 23rd, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
I had issues w/the stem on my lg. diva & cut it off, but it was a learning experience. If it hadn't been on there.........anyhoo, I still had issues & ended up turning it inside out-which worked like a charm!!
I've found the smoothness does not hender me w/removal at all. So Now I guess I'd buy a stemless one.
hmmeversochili on April 23rd, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
i love my stem! but it IS getting easier to remove the cup without it
freznowfreznow on April 23rd, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
I would not buy a stemless cup. It is simple enough to trim it, and I'd rather have something and not need it with the option of removing it, than to not have something you need.
the artist formerly known as Merkabamysticabythebootstraps on April 23rd, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
what if it had a string-thingy, like a tampon, but made of silicone?
khendrix85khendrix85 on April 23rd, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
what if that string thingy was connected to the RIM of the cup, so when you bull on it, it breaks the suction and tips the cup?!
Daniamanita03 on April 23rd, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
Nooooooo, I hated tampon strings! Getting rid of that annoying string was one of the best parts of switching to a cup!
siennasky on April 23rd, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
I always cut the stem off, but I can't say it's really an issue for me. It's easy to cut off.
khendrix85khendrix85 on April 23rd, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
i wouldn't care, being that on both cups i had, i have cut and filed the stems down so it looks "flush". i'm not sure if a stemless cup would sell well among new cup converts.
Kitkitrinlu on April 23rd, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
Personally, I like my stem. It reassures me that I can actually get the cup back out again :)
Lindseyas_she_melts on April 23rd, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
Oh! I've come up with my ideal (imaginary) cup! A size small, stemless, frosted pink Lunette that could be shipped to the US! I had a hard time cutting the stem off my Diva, and now that I've gotten it mostly smoothed out, it's still too long.
radicalancient on April 23rd, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
Aaaaah, stop tempting me! :D
Frosted pink Lunette... :lies back, closes eyes and daydreams orgasmically:

Not sure about the stemless part though, I'm past cycle #3 on my MCUK and have been trimming the stem slowly in bits. I don't think I'd buy a stemless cup, especially when I can trim off the stem if I need to.
Math Goddesscatculus on April 23rd, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
I'd consider buying one if it was the right shape and size for me and if I needed a new cup.
fireaphidfireaphid on April 23rd, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
My cup rides high, and I have a long vagina. For me, bearing down just barely brings the end of the stem into reach. I would not be able to use a cup if not for the stem, and I don't see why it is so hard for others to cut off their stems (even if it means they have to file them down to get it smooth).
slenderstar on April 23rd, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
I would definitely buy a stemless lady cup! it was very difficult for me to file the stem down so that it didn't have a little pokey nub, so I resolved that by turning it inside-out and now love it!! so yes, I would buy a stemless cup--happily!
strizzie on April 23rd, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
Hi everyone,

This is my first entry aside from my introduction post: I wanted to share my thoughts on this subject.
To the OP:
Personally, I wouldn't want a stemless cup, because as it shifts around it can get hard to reach, and the stem is useful for practicing how to remove the cup. Only after mastering removal with the stem on, I'd trust myself to put it in with the stem off.
But I think it'd be cool to receive a special device to cut the stem off easily without having to file any edges:-)

I wonder how long it will take until I cut the stem off my Lunette when I get it...