April 26th, 2011

Loving Fleurcup! (plus small cleaning question)

I posted a sizing question a while back; just a huge thanks to everyone who offered helpful comments! I ended up buying the large Fleurcup in green, because I needed the volume and who can turn down that pretty minty green?

I won't outline the entire process because it pretty much goes the same way everyone else's does, but here are some things I discovered on the way:

1. Definitely now agree with others that tightness down there is a myth. After the first few times of insertion and removal I felt like a total pro and it was so easy haha.

2. The first few times I attempted to remove it, I forgot to bear down to push the cup out as much as possible. Biggest mistake ever, it hurt like hell, and the cup was so high up my fingers almost couldn't reach it. That was rather scary.

3. The Fleurcup is definitely a firm cup but I honestly found it worked to my advantage because I would've hated to spend time coaxing a softer cup to pop open, especially when the punch down fold was the only way I could get it in comfortably.

I'm nearing the end of my cycle and it's been pretty much amazing. I haven't slept so well during my period. Anything beats sleeping awkwardly in a thick pad. So a huuuuuuge thank you to all of you for the information you've contributed to this community!

I do have a minor cleaning question - does anyone know if interdental brushes work on the holes in the Fleurcup? The holes are small (as you probably know) and I don't want to stretch them out. But I can't exactly whip out my cup in a pharmacy to compare sizes, y'know? xD

Frustration with Cup


Hi everyone. So I have wanted to try a menstrual cup for some time, and I finally bought the diva cup in October. And let’s just say the learning curve for me has been very, very steep. I am a virgin, and had major troubles trying to get it in.   So I gave up after what seemed like hundreds, and hundreds of attempts. Luckily, I came to this website and the archives were very helpful. This February was the first time I used the cup with actual success, and I have now used the diva cup twice with somewhat success. Now I’m in my third cycle using the cup and have had more problems than in the last two cycles. I feel I have regressed and I am very frustrated. So I have a number of questions to ask...

 

 

Inserting

This was my biggest hurdle and to some extent it still is. The first time I inserted it, I was in so much pain. Though it has gotten much better, I still feel considerable discomfort. I can only insert the cup when I am in my own bathroom, and even then I step in the shower stall because of spillage. I stand up, and try to relax and put it in. Although I have become familiar with my body, I still find my vagina is very tight (I can insert one finger but I can barely insert two fingers). I feel the passage is very narrow and resistant even when I relax. 

1)My first question is how to avoid minor pain when inserting the cup?

2) When inserting, especially on the first two days, I notice a lot of blood gushes out before I get the cup in. This is true for removal also. If I wanted to insert the cup somewhere public I would not be able to do this because of the globs of blood coming out. Any tips on how to overcome this?

Removing

Removing the cup has been much, much easier then inserting it for me, but I still have trouble.

Most importantly, when I try to remove the cup, I find a glob or globs of blood gushes out when I just press the base of the cup. This occurs when the cup is still in place, the suction is still pretty strong, and the cup is filled like a quarter of an ounce. 3) Any ideas how to deal with this?

I find even when I try to pinch one side of the cup, wiggle the cup back and forth, and bear down, I can’t avoid what feels like a sharp pinch on my vagina when the cup pops-up as it exits. This makes me dread removal. 4)Is there a way to avoid the pinching ?

Leaking

I know it takes time getting used to, but I find the leaking is worst now than my last two cycles for some reason. Most of the time I guess whether I am successfully inserting the cup right correctly, or not.   I try to make sure the cup feels round inside the canal, but I am still unsure if the cup is in the right direction of the cervix.  This cycle, I feel the cup changes shape and I often feel the cup feels like it is smashed against my canal at times. Last time I put the cup in and went to the mall. I was there for three hours, and I felt great. Then I felt a leak. When I got home, there was just a few drops of blood on my underwear, but there have been a number of times where everything is fine and then a leak just occurs. And not just a drop, or two, but sometimes a bloody mess. I don’t know what to make of it. The cup was just a quarter of an ounce filled up, or sometimes the cup barely has anything in it. It makes me still have to rely on pads which I really don’t like. 

 5)My last question is what could I do to avoid leaks?

Sorry for all the questions.


Advice on my first cup!

Hey, guys! I'm new to the community and new to cups, but I have been researching them quite a lot to figure out what would be best for me, but I'm still a little torn. I am torn between the LadyCup and the Lunette. I would have gone with MeLuna, but I am really worried about it not being made of silicon. I'm not sure what the material MeLuna is made out of would do to my body, since I've only found most of my information on silicon cups.

I'm twenty-one years old and am a virgin, so I think I would go with a small in either the LadyCup or the Lunette. I don't know how high my cervix is because I'm not really sure how to find it, and I'm not sure how it would affect the cup placement and everything.

Does anyone have any advice on which cup they like better if they've tried them both, or if there's something more I need to look at in order to figure out the best brand for me?