July 11th, 2013

Should I try a softer cup? Or should I be looking for something else?

Hi everyone. I apologize for the length of this post. I'm honestly trying not to include any superfluous or redundant information but I still want to be thorough.

So I thought I would see if anyone had any suggestions for me. I love my lunette cynthia but I believe that I would do better with a softer cup with similar dimensions. I am, however, still open to potentially still making my current cup work or looking for a different sort of change if someone with more experience than myself thinks it would help.

I keep having issues with having some sort of awkward cramping every now and again with my lunette. Like it doesn't quite feel like the cup is conforming to the shape of my vagina throughout the day and my muscles are straining against it. During some points in my period I don't feel it at all but towards the end I can usually feel it all day and it's quite uncomfortable. This is becoming more of an issue as time goes on because my periods are getting lighter and more infrequent due to my IUD, yet I still need a cup when my period does come. It seems like my muscles were more relaxed when I had more normal periods than they are now. I know that using a cup when you're on your period and off of it is very different, but I essentially need a cup that I can use off of my period too now because I don't know how long it last these days, when it might come, or when it's actually over. I use my cup in anticipation of my period a lot, and it used to work splendidly but since my periods have gotten lighter my body doesn't seem as comfortable with my lunette as it used to be.

The stem is trimmed completely off so I don't think that is my issue either, and the cup is fully open. I love the dimensions, the capacity, the color, and overall design and everything else. I just really wish my cup were a bit softer because I'm getting the sense more and more that that is my problem. But then again, maybe it's the rim or something else that I may not have even thought of. My first cup was a divacup which I believe is a bit softer than a small lunette. I never had issues getting it open and usually when I did have it in it felt fine. My only issue was it's length because it started to poke out of me as it crept down throughout the day and that was very uncomfortable. I've gotten pretty good at inserting and removing cups so I don't think that I would miss the springy action too much when inserting the cup, and I managed inserting the small diva well enough.

So... is a softer cup my best bet? Is there any other factor that anyone thinks could make a difference? Any help is very appreciated.

Meluna Mini Soft vs Classic??

Hi everyone,
I've been a bit of a lerker for a few years now, just checking in when I have an issue and also when I bought my first cup.

I have a small Mooncup that I've been using for maybe 3 years or so? I always put up with the issues I had with it till now thinking that's just the way it is but I want a new cup now.

The problems I've had with Mooncup is on the first couple days of my period my cervix drops and the stem nub on the cup sits just inside the entrance and it's annoying. Also I have Multiple Sclerosis (neurological disease) and it affects my bladder, I get urgency so I can't hold on for very long and I also go reasonably frequently. The Mooncup rim is large and stiff so it puts pressure on the urethra which is irritating and also restricts the urine flow which I really don't need.

I suspect the cup rim pressure thing could be because I have a small vagina and need a smaller and possibly softer cup. So I've just ordered a MeLuna Small Mini in Soft, the MeLuna Small seemed to look a bit long for when my cervix drops. I was going to get the Mini Classic but I read in a post that the Mini Soft rim is stiffer then the Small Soft rim so might still pop open easily enough and be soft enough not to irritate the urethra. Anyone able to confirm that for me? or is it super soft and difficult to pop open or get leakage?

Who has tried both or compared them by hand? I still have time to change my order to the Classic if I need to and there aren't many of video's or pictures comparing these two specific cups.

Thanks for any help :)

BTW I'm 28, 5'3, petite size and not a virgin.

UPDATE: I'd just like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has helped me with this, I really appreciate it! Everyone in this community is so supportive and it's so nice to feel safe to speak freely about all this stuff :-)