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Hello Ladies :)
Just finished 2nd cycle using a cup.  Last month I went OCD and purchased a Large and Medium Meluna, A Large and Small Lunette and a Large Diva to go with my 1st cup, a Mooncup UK.   This cycle I used the Large Lunette, the Large Meluna and the MCUK.....


I liked using my cup first time, but was plagued by leaks.  This month I still had the same leaks but I think I've finally worked out where I'm going wrong. (the other option, that my cervix is too low, too wonky, and my flow too heavy to use a cup properly, is too terrible to contemplate).  I don't want to buy another box of tampons! 

Anyway, I had a dry run with the Large Lunette and it felt uncomfortably large for me.  Did a similar dry run with the Large Meluna and loved it straight away, comfy and easy to insert and remove.  The little ball stem stays just at the entrance to my vagina, but I can't feel it at all.  I haven't found it too slippery to grip either, like some people have.  I wish I hadn't spent so much money on the other cups - I'd rather buy a couple of spare Meluna's in case it ever breaks or I lose it.

Used the Large Meluna for the first 2 days or so then tried the Large Lunette for the bigger capacity, unfortunately it was just as uncomfortable as the dry run.  I felt like I had a rugby ball up there! (or football to you Americans)**(PLEASE READ THE EDIT BELOW!).  I had to remove it and go back to the Meluna.  According to the size chart, there's not much difference between them,  so maybe it's my vag that's weird!

Tried the MCUK again, and whilst it's definitely comfortable and easy for me to insert and remove, I find the capacity too small.  I'll probably use it for the end of my period when the flow is light, to save wear and tear on my precious Meluna.

Now to ask a favour: I've journalled my first 2 cycles and originally it was just for my own amusement and I had them so only I could read them.  Now I've made them public and I'd appreciate a critique if anybody has a few minutes to spare.  I want to know if they're TMI Central and also if they're likely to put off a newb from trying a cup.   Any other comments would be very welcome too.  

**EDIT: Since writing this a month ago, I've worked out how to position the cup optimally and not only has the leaking stopped, but the cups are riding higher and the Large Lunette is now wearable.  Still not quite as comfy as the Meluna, but the higher capacity has been worth the compromise for heavy days.
 
epiphany_of_luvepiphany_of_luv on October 22nd, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
Yikes, I have yet to try my large lunette and now I"m scared! I'm going from a small diva....
I hope it doesn't feel like a ball up there!
adrialien on October 23rd, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
I went from a small Diva to a large Lunette, and only had trouble the first time, which, granted, put me off the Lunette for a cycle. But now I LOVE my Lunette for the extra capacity and the fact it opens easier.

(The problem I had with the Lunette was that I'd positioned it wrong or something, so it was either bumping my cervix and causing crazy cramps or super suction-y and causing cramps. But like I said, you should be fine :) )
epiphany_of_luvepiphany_of_luv on October 23rd, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
Thank you for the comment!! This makes me feel better :-)
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on October 22nd, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
I journal my cycles too. :o) I didn't used to -- just since I got my first cup.
uk_cupuk_cup on October 23rd, 2009 11:12 am (UTC)
I know. I read them and very helpful they were too.
m03m on October 22nd, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
Well, I wouldn't think they're TMI (and anyone who thinks so will probably stop reading really soon!) but then, I've been reading this community for a while, so... yeah.

They might put a newbie off... on the other hand, they might be reassuring to someone who's climbing that learning curve, and tell her* it's not just her.

*for a rather broad value of the word 'her', as in 'anyone who menstruates and/or might use a cup'
uk_cupuk_cup on October 23rd, 2009 11:13 am (UTC)
That's what I don't want (to put a newb off) as I was thinking of showing it to someone. Hard to decide - I guess it will put off some and not others. :(
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hairballsplathairballsplat on October 22nd, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
i'm looking for a large Lunette if you're wanting to get rid of it. (I live in the US and suspect the FDA approval might NEVER come thru for it.) :)
femininewearfemininewear on October 25th, 2009 08:19 am (UTC)
Lunette have put on their Facebook page that they are just waiting for the final letter :-) http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lunette-menstrual-cup/6408058249
So, it shouldn't be long now.


Teresa
http://www.femininewear.co.uk
Reusable menstrual products
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Feminine-Wear/262280740292


hairballsplathairballsplat on October 27th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
THANKS!
Karlyneonvultures on October 22nd, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
I'd take the small Lunette should you choose to get rid of it! :P

I'm so happy you like the Meluna, though! Hopefully I will too.
uk_cupuk_cup on October 23rd, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
I haven't decided yet what to do with them. If I do get rid you'll both have first refusal. neonvultures, I hope you like your Meluna too :)
Karlyneonvultures on October 23rd, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yeah, I ordered a large no stem, so I'm hoping it will work as well as my small Diva.
Simply Adorabelleadorabelle on October 22nd, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
Here's a contest to win a free Moon cup or Keeper. Would be worth a shot! http://bit.ly/37VFvi
femininewearfemininewear on October 22nd, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
That's a great journal, really interesting.

Teresa
http://www.femininewear.co.uk
Reusable menstrual products
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Feminine-Wear/262280740292
uk_cupuk_cup on October 23rd, 2009 11:20 am (UTC)
Thanks :)
droodles515 on October 22nd, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
I love how we are all so unique...what works for one, "feels like a rugby ball" to another. Glad we have lots of cups to choose from.

I have a large Lunette and I never, ever can feel it. (Can't feel my large Miacup either.)

On the other hand, my medium Meluna....I can feel it! It makes no sense to me, because sitting next to the Lunette or Miacup, the Meluna looks teeny, tiny! It's still comfy and works fine, I'm just aware that something's up there!

uk_cupuk_cup on October 23rd, 2009 11:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, we must be all be different shapes up there! I really wanted to like the Lunette for it's capacity and because so many on here love theirs. I might give it another try next month.
ninahamchuck on October 24th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
Newbie to the Menstrual Cup
Howdy,

I found this to be incredibly helpful. It just validates that, on my search for my first menstrual cup, the comfort really can vary between brands and most likely accounts for the variety of discomfort reports. Many thanks for your shared experiences!!!

Best,
Nina
uk_cupuk_cup on October 24th, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Newbie to the Menstrual Cup
Thank you too :) The comfort varies between individuals certainly. I read a few comments about the Meluna that made me regret ordering it, and my first impressions of it were slightly negative until I tried it. Whereas I thought the Lunette would be fantastic and I couldn't wait to use it, lol. My Vag definitely varies. Best of luck choosing your first cup, I hope you love it!