April 14th, 2010

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  • zebrui

Selene or Diana - which would stain less?

I've been very happy with my two lunettes in the past two years. But despite my best efforts the smaller lunette kept getting darker and darker (even hydrogen peroxide can't return it to half its former glory). It's a uniform darker colour and a far cry from clear white it had been when I bought it. I was thinking of getting lunette Diana or Selene to counter this problem - which of these two you think would show less staining over time?
Also, where can these be bought other than lunette web page? The ebay seller I bought my clear ones from doesn't appear to be around any more.
MGG

Lunette Selene US Release

I just got an e-mail from Caron Rohman from Lunette regarding their US release of Selene.  Here it is:

You emailed me a while back about the availability of the Lunette Selene.  Just to let you know, we will be receiving our first shipment by April 26th (maybe sooner!).  If you’d like to place an order, you can on our website at www.lunette.com.

Thank you,

Caron Rohman
Lunette U.S. Representative
877.LUVCUPS (877.588.2877) or 435.649.6130
Caron.rohman@lunette.com

bittirsweet

questions

Hi there folks!

I'm working on a zine about menstrual cups and while I've been sifting through the info in this community for a few hours now, I haven't found much on the history of menstrual cups. On Wikipedia it says the first cup was patented in 1932 and that The Keeper was manufactured in the US in 1987 [making it the same age as me, haha]. From what I read in the FAQ, there was some kind of legal dispute over the 'Moon Cup' name and I'm wondering which -company- actually came first.

Also, does anyone know anything about the older cups? All it says in Wiki is that they were made of rubber and were bell-shaped.

Basically, I'd like to mention which of the current companies offering cups was the 'first', so to speak. I was completely unaware that cups have been being made since the 30s though, and I'd be very interested in finding more information about those!

Thanks :)
  • alycaz

Guide to Getting It On 6th Ed.

Sorry if this has already been mentioned but it's a great find.

A little bit of back-story: I am taking a psychology class at my university titled Human Sexuality. One of our papers that we have to write is a book review. I chose the Guide to Getting It On 6th Ed. (It's a long and sometimes boring book, but a great read for those who are interested in sex). Anyways, I'm mostly done with the book and I finally got to the chapter about menstruation. I thought to myself, "Oh great, more crap about the old tampons vs. pads debate." BUT there is an ENTIRE section devoted to menstrual cups including how much better they are for your body and the environment. At the end of the section this LJ community was cited with a mention of, "At the time of publication (2009), there were two excellent websites for women who are thinking about trying menstrual cups." The LJ community was the first website mentioned.

Long story made longer... I just want to say thank you to this community for being so helpful for me and pretty much everyone else as well as sharing an interesting reference that I found.

I thought of a good idea today

I was thinking about how carrying a menstrual cup in the little pouch is more convenient and discreet than pads. Then I was thinking about how my hands never feel clean when I wash them in public bathrooms because of the dirty atmosphere, cold water, and crappy soap. I was thinking it would be a good idea to keep a pair of latex gloves in the pouch with the menstrual cup so you can put it in without worrying about infection.

Just thought I'd share.

Removal issues, a bit worried about my IUD...?

I've given my small Lunette a couple of "dry runs" now, once for just a few minutes when it first arrived and again today in anticipation of an upcoming period. The first round was fairly uneventful, but the recent one was... Slightly complicated. I actually ended up inserting it in a public bathroom with no problems. I wore it comfortably for 6 hours or so, and when I got home, I decided it would be prudent to remove it (primarily to check for blood).

Removal was tricky, but not horrible. I managed to break the seal after a few minutes and wrestled the thing out of me with a minimal level of strain. There were a few spots of blood, so I figured it might be a good idea to reinsert in case I started REALLY bleeding. I washed it off and went for round two for the day... which went incredibly poorly. My cervix is quite low at the moment, but I'm not sure that that was the problem? Maybe I'll try a different fold next time (I used the punch-down fold), but I couldn't get it to seal. After much tampering with the placement and suction, it eventually seemed to work its way sideways and intently latch onto my vaginal wall. I remembered at this point how hilarious I'd found a comment on here regarding a similar experience, just how amusing the idea had seemed at the time; it's not nearly as funny when there's an IUD involved. :/ Once I realized it was sideways, I also found that I'd disrupted my strings. While I'm fairly certain that I didn't pull on them at all, all of that activity jostled them from behind my cervix and sufficed to thoroughly freak me out. I finally broke the suction (I really wish I had longer fingers...) and slowly maneuvered it out, but now I'm a bit nervous about using it for my actual period.

I have read that using it while really bleeding is an entirely different experience, and I'm sure it is, but I just don't know about the risk... As much as I love the idea of menstrual cups, I also love the idea of never having children, and pulling my IUD out of place would not be conducive to this end. I can't afford to keep buying disposable menstrual products (entirely disregarding their loathsome side-effects and sordid environmental ramifications), and I do intend to make cloth pads for primary use next month, but... I dunno, what would [probably] be the best way to remove my cup, do you think? I break the seal first, but I'm worried about pinching strings when I do this... I then pinch the bottom of the cup (which it would be damn near impossible for my strings to be pulled by) and move it side to side while still pressing on part of the rim to keep suction from forming. Is there a more IUD-friendly way to remove cups? Any reassurance or advice would be greatly appreciated. :)

(A bit of background: I'm 18, have had my ParaGard IUD for 2.5 months, am completely new to menstrual cups, and my strings are about 1" long.)