May 25th, 2010

burn (Starbuck)

iud and cup advice

I've looked through the archives here and read accounts on iud_divas, and am still curious as to how a menstrual cup and an iud can really coexist together. I'm 28 (today!), np, and getting a Mirena in two weeks. I've been using my DivaCup since 2005 and don't want to abandon it entirely. The cup stories on iud_divas are skewed towards expulsion because most of all the posts are from worried users or very happy anniversaries. Still, almost a third of iud_divas use a menstrual cup!

I'm planning on waiting 3+ months after insertion before returning to the cup. Many of my friends have the Mirena and few of them have actual periods. But if my periods turn out to be too heavy for a sponge, I'd like to have the cup as a continued option. (I'll be going to grad school and teaching full time in the fall, so I can't pop into the bathroom every hour to empty a sponge!)

So, my questions:
1. How do you use your cup and your iud together? What tips do you have for me?
2. I read somewhere that DivaCup is the only cup of that style that discourages use with an iud. Anyone know why?
3. Any advice for sponges + iuds, besides "don't sneeze when they're full"?

Thanks, cup-loving vagina-havers.

Lunette on the MPowercup Issue

Over on femininewear's facebook page, Heli from Lunette left this statement to clarify Lunette's reasoning on this issue:

Hello all!

First I thought that I won't say anything but it seems that it's not possible :) So I'll try to open this discuss a bit more from our end and I'll hope you'll then understand a bit more where we are standing and why we are doing the things we are doing now.

It all goes to the year 2004 when I started to design a new menstrual cup that would fit me better than the ones in the markets (Divacup, Mooncup, Keeper). So after a months of designing and talking to different experts I came up with the design of Lunette. If you have seen other cups you know that Lunette is totally different than the cups then (Divacup, Mooncup, Keeper) and the main differences are the stem and the rim. Then I made couple of cups as a samples, send them to my friends and friends of friends for trying and they all loved it! So Lunette went to production.

Since I spend months of designing the cup and it was totally different than other cups back then we decided (as a company) to get all the possible intellectual property rights in place. We didn’t wanted our hard work to go wasted and we truly believed (even back then) that menstrual cups can be mainstream products in the future.

Lunette was the first menstrual cup sold in South Africa and around year after we started to sell there, Mpowercup was launched. We knew that it was our cup that was the base for it and we have seen the designer even saying in the forums that “I actually copied the Lunette exactly so the size difference should be marginal”. We didn’t mind about that too much since South Africa wasn’t never a big market for us but now their cups were sold in the EU which is still our main market. Therefore we asked Teresa to stop selling them (as a importer her company is responsible for the product in the EU) because we (and our lawyers) believe that Mpowercup is violating our intellectual property rights such as our model protection. If you’ll look at pictures of these two cups you can’t really which one is Lunette and which is Mpowercup but if you compare for example Mooncup and Lunette you can say that. Even Miacup with a flat stem is different since the rim is totally different. The color or the transparency of the cup doesn’t matter, it’s the design that does.

We value greatly Teresa’s work with different kinds of reusable sanpro products but we want the competition to be fair and not based on copying. We think that every sold menstrual cup (even if they are not our cups) are good for the whole business. And we don’t mind about the competition since we know that our cup is the best :) Our real competitors are disposable pads and tampons!

Hope this clarifies our point of view!


I'll refrain from adding any personal opinion to this post. I just thought y'all might be interested to read it.

Replacing ring stem Meluna?

I've had my small ring stem Meluna for less than a year and the stem broke off. First it broke on one side, and since I was travelling I had no choice but to keep using it, and it came off completely. Now, I know I can get it replaced, but with what?

My cup rides very high. I don't pull it out from the stem, but I need to pull on the stem some to get the cup down where I can reach it. That's what the stem is for. The ball stem just won't work - I got a free medium Meluna with ball stem when I ordered mine, and it is very difficult to get out. As for getting the (small) Meluna out after the stem broke off - when I finally managed to get it out, my hands looked like I'd been out with Jack the Ripper and the date ended badly. (I think I managed to overturn the whole cup while it was inside me. I just couldn't reach it to pinch the bottom properly.)

I really liked my small Meluna. :(

Is there a point in asking for a replacement if the replacement either will have the same problem (ring or antenna breaks off) or is just impossible to use (ball). Does anyone know whether Meluna's trying to fix this issue?

Small lunette for sale!


I have a small (clear) lunette for sale (+the small yellow pouch). I got it, but the lady cup turned out to be right for me. It is brand new--I'm just a student who is trying to recoup some of my loss on this cup.

Is there anyone who would be interested? I guess I'd be asking $30 +shipping (which couldn't be more than $5 in the continental US, and will probably be less). I know how hard it is for some women to afford cups (it took me forever to save up for mine), so if you are in that situation I can chip in for the shipping.

Let me know and thanks so much.

(this board has been so helpful)