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11 August 2009 @ 10:55 am
So, here's that MeLuna review finally! Sorry it took so long, things have been busier than I expected. But my period came today AND fearthefear commented to ask me where my review was, both of which were good reminders!

I have mixed feelings about the cup. I have their smaller size and I chose the ball stem. On the one hand, it's the most comfortable cup I've ever worn; on the other hand, it can be more difficult to use than my others.

My background:
I also have and use a small Keeper Moon Cup and a small and a large LadyCup. I cut the stem entirely off the Moon Cup because it was poking me and I don't need the stem for removal; I left the stem on the LadyCups because I can't get as good a grip on them and so I do need the stem for removal, but it pokes me.

The rim is stiffer than any of my other cups, so I have to keep a good hold on it during insertion and when it pops open, it thwacks the back of my bladder (momentary ow). I will say there's no problem getting it to pop open. *rolls eyes*

Very comfortable! Usually can't tell it's there even when I'm thinking about it. (Other cups, I can feel the stem or base.) I haven't had any leaking with it so far. One oddity: today the cup was sitting slightly differently than usual, and I couldn't pee. Sitting there on the toilet, full bladder, could tell my body was trying to pee but nothing came out--the feeling was a little like having a UTI. I finally removed the cup and was able to pee with no problem then, so I think it may have been pressing on my urethra. But as I say, when I've worn the cup before it has sat higher and that hasn't been an issue.

Removal: This is where it gets tricky. The cup only has two holes under the rim, and I think having more holes to help break the suction would be better. Also, sometimes it rides high in my vagina and the ball is hard to get a good grip on (it gets slippery with vaginal fluid, of course). The first time, I ended up having to use a rubber glove in order to get a better grip! I think the ring option might be a better choice for ease of removal than the ball, but I haven't tried one myself.

Verdict: I like it as long as I can make sure I'll be at home when it's time to empty it (this is not something I have to worry about with my other cups). Luckily I have a light flow and only need to empty any cup morning and evening. Also, the price can't be beat even with transoceanic shipping, and I like the colors they're coming out with. And the person I corresponded with at the company was very friendly and helpful (and even complimented my German *grin* ).

Lined up on the edge of my tub from tallest to shortest: large LadyCup, small US MoonCup, small LadyCup, small MeLuna. Please excuse the darkening on my Moon Cup--it is clean, just stained.

There have been a lot of questions about ordering. When I ordered mine I completed the order process on the website, then emailed the company to ask what email address to use to send the money via PayPal. (Their website says you can use PayPal, but it doesn't show up as an option when you're making an international order, or at least it didn't a month ago, which is why I emailed them to get the address.) That worked fine, and it shipped out quickly.

(Mods et al.: I threw on what tags looked relevant, feel free to add or remove tags as you see fit.)
all you ever wanted was the light to save youtwirly on August 11th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
How much did it cost in US dollars?

I just can't decide which one I want!

Thanks for the review.. I'm totally considering buy one! :)
aedifica: Achillea millefoliumaedifica on August 11th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
The price in US dollars will fluctuate with the exchange rate, of course, but at the time I bought it the price for cup + shipping was $25.78. You can find exchange rate calculators on Google to show you what it would be now.
mom2two83mom2two83 on August 13th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
It cost me $25.60 I just bought one this past weekend. I cant wait for it to come in yet
the_amazee_azthe_amazee_az on September 4th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
Mine was $32.57. >_
newselenenewselene on August 11th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the review! Much helpfull!!!

And see, it was worth it attending the German classes!
All of you in French and German classes (and other languages), hang in there, that might come handy one day, with a cup-related issue. :)
aedifica: Achillea millefoliumaedifica on August 12th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
You're welcome! And I never doubted that my German classes were worth it, but I also never dreamed I'd use the knowledge for buying a menstrual cup. :-)
elizabby: Cup iconelizabby on August 12th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
Interesting - I was considering getting either the ball or the ring stem, but it sounds like the ring stem is worth a look. Not keen on the idea of a stiffer rim though...
aedifica: Achillea millefoliumaedifica on August 12th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
If I get another (and I really don't need another cup, but I seem to be on a slow quest for The Perfect Cup) I'll try the ring stem and see what it's like. The stiffer rim is a small nuisance, but not bad.

I like your icon, I don't remember seeing that one before!
elizabby: Cup iconelizabby on August 12th, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
Someone here made it - if you look in the icons tag you can probably find it still!
kelleysunshine on August 12th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
The rim looks VERY prominent. ALmost makes me wonder if it gets a good suction ... like if the holes can suction properly because the rim is so large?
aedifica: Achillea millefoliumaedifica on August 12th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
Believe me, it can get good suction! Hoo boy. That time I mentioned that I needed a rubber glove so I could get a better grip? It was near the end of my period so my cervix (and therefore also the cup) was higher, and the suction was strong enough I couldn't push the cup down like I'm used to doing with my other cups. I could just push it enough that I could kinda reach, and of course it was slippery... I tried for half an hour (with breaks) before I finally thought of trying the rubber glove. It was just an ordinary household cleaning glove, left over from the cleaning we did when we moved in, and I was so glad I had it!
melissa569melissa569 on August 12th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
Kind of looks like a cross between ladycup and mooncup US. Interesting...

Thanks for this review, I've really been wanting to read one. Maybe I'll put a link to this page on my wordpress blog, for Meluna...
aedifica: Achillea millefoliumaedifica on August 12th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
You're welcome!
fearthefear on August 12th, 2009 07:53 am (UTC)
compared to the small ladycup, is there more or less suction?
aedifica: Achillea millefoliumaedifica on August 12th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
In my body there's definitely more. Though, now that I write that... the reason I say there's more is that it's harder to remove, but part of the difficulty is that on the LadyCup I grab the stem and on the MeLuna I can't as easily grab the ball. So I don't know how much of it is suction and how much is method of removal. I still think there's more suction with the MeLuna, though, just maybe not as much as I was originally thinking.
Sarah1girl on August 12th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
I had huge problems with the LadyCup (enough so that I gave it away) because it was just too slippery for me to get out without a ton of wrangling. How does it compare in slickness to the LadyCup?
aedifica: Achillea millefoliumaedifica on August 12th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
I think about the same, but the ring stem might still be OK for you because I think it would give you more to grab. OTOH, I'm told the ring opening is smallish, so maybe not.
poofy_sheep on August 12th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
how long did it take for it to get to you from the time you ordered it?
poofy_sheep on August 12th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Re: shipping
oh and would you suggest it for first timer use? :P
aedifica: Achillea millefoliumaedifica on August 12th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
Re: shipping
I think so. I think every cup user would agree that all cups have their own problems, we just tend to think that tampons and pads have even more (or worse) problems.
aedifica: Achillea millefoliumaedifica on August 12th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
Re: shipping
At this point I can't say. It's been about two months since then and I don't remember how long it took, just that it didn't seem especially long.
Obsidianpurple_obsidian on August 19th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
The ring stem isn't a big enough ring for you to stick your finger into (I could get my long little fingernail in, but not my little finger (though I admit my fingers aren't the most slender examples out there).... it's more that when you grab the ring, your fingertips touch (through the hole), and that gives more grip than holding a slippery plasticky surface.

At least that's what I think... :)
aedifica: Achillea millefoliumaedifica on August 19th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
Do you think a crochet hook would be useful? And is the ring stem comfortable to wear?
Obsidianpurple_obsidian on August 19th, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
it would have to be a pretty big crochet hook.... and I don't know, maybe it's just me, but the thought of putting a crochet hook up there to pull a cup out with - just all kinds of wrong :)

I found no difference in the feel of the ring, tab or ball stems... but the tab one is even harder to remove than the ball one, because it's so slim my fingers slid right off.