September 6th, 2012

New to Menstrual Cups, Lunette vs. Meluna

Hello Everyone! 

I'm new to this community and menstrual cups. Before today, I had never heard of menstrual cups. At first, I was completely grossed out, but now I am sold and excited! I love the fact that it is reusbale to help reduce waste and I'm sure it will help me get more in touch with body. During my research, I found this site to be by far the most helpful! It saved me from certain agony if I had bought the first cup I found, the diva, since I discovered through here that it would not work well with my body. I have looked at the measurement and soft/hardness charts as well as a quiz that member foggyimage posted. I came to realize that my vagina is considered short, as I was able to reach my cervix to my 2nd knuckle on my middle finger (about 5.5cm). I am 24 years old, not a virgin, and have not had a child. Despite being a virgin, my vagina is pretty tight. It is always difficult at first having sex until my vagina gets stretched out. I'm not sure if this is because I'm naturally small and my husband is rather large. As a result of my body type, I decided the best cups would be ones that were shorter and narrower. Based on the suggestions of cups from foggyimage's quiz, I am deciding between a Small Lunette, Small Meluna Classic, or a Small Meluna Soft. I decided on these because I liked how they had ridges on the bottom of the cup to help with grasping during removal. I know these three range in softness levels, which is my biggest obstacle right now in choosing. I also have some incontinent issues, which I guess means my pelvic muscles are very weak. I'm not quite sure, which softness or hardness level would be best for someone with weak pelvic muscles, but a tight vagina. I'm not sure if it is even possible to have both! I should also note, that capacity is not a big issue for me. I have a pretty light period due to being on birth control pills. I change out a regular tampon about every 6-8 hours. I would greatly appreciate if anyone that uses these three cups or anyone with similar body type/issues could offer their experiences and advice on what cup they have found to work the best. Thank you! :) I look forward to hearing from you all and the continual learning on mentstrual cups! 

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Hello folks, wonder if I could get some specific details on a couple of cups.  I looked at some comparisons but didn't find the exact answers.

Does anyone have a Lunette AND a Meluna classic? Does the Meluna feel much softer? (the meluna classic, not the meluna soft). The stiff rating for lunette was 8 and for Meluna is 4.  Does it feel noticibly different?

The large meluna seems that it has a slightly lower capacity than the large lunette.  Does it make much of a difference?  I like wearing my large lunette up to 12 hours and it does get full on the so so heavy days and has to be changed more often.  I'm worried I'll have to change a large meluna even more frequently.  But also worried about buying an XL meluna- the large Lunette is about the biggest size i can use, anything else is too long.  

Lastly, how do the holes on the meluna differ from the lunette?  The holes are very hard to clean on the Lunette, and it's hard to sometimes release the suction on the cup.  

I'm about to buy a meluna, and i'm struggling what to get.  I'm getting two, but whether i should get a meluna large, classic, or meluna soft, or xl soft or xl classic, and what combo of both! So hard to decide.  And even wonder if I should get the medium for low flow days.  Is that a bit silly? 

I Do like my lunette a LOT, the only things that bother me is that its stiffness has way too powerful suction, and that stupid stem always irritates me- I cut it off and tried to file it with a metal file which did NOTHING. Heh.  So yeah, whichever meluna cups I get, I plan to get the basic cups (no stem/no ball/no ring).  I don't need them at all.  But do want a softer cup.

Thanks for the tips!!

Btw my husband keeps teasing me because I keep telling all my friends about the cups and I sound like a commercial.... but seriously I can't fathom why these aren't advertised more.  All my friends are going and buying these cups now.  And one friend is a nurse, and she's so excited to spread the news too.  That makes me very, very happy. :)

Too bad we don't get commissions when we get friends to buy cups!  Or at least a free cup! ;)