July 29th, 2013

Natu vs. Si-bell

Not much has been written about the Natu cup, so here goes:

I happened to find a good price for a Natu, and ordered one in size 1, though I already have more than enough cups. In some pictures, the Natu looked different from the Si-bell, in others the same.

Anyhow, for all those who always wondered, the Natu size 1 is almost identical to the small Si-bell. The only difference is that the walls are a bit thinner, the Natu cup therefore softer than the Si-bell.
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Everything else is the same. Not sure how I could get the softness charts updated to reflect this, any ideas?

Update: I just realized that what I have is the OLD natu, the new one has the natu logo across one side and is a bit rounder in shape. Bummer - they sent me old stock.

Newbee to menstrual cup world, need help deciding what cup for me?

Hello everyone, I am happy to have found your sight, I am 25 years old, never had kids, or been prego. I am sexually active (with my Bf), and when my period comes around its hell for us, with the no sex. aside from that I have been using tampons for years and always wore them to long and over night, all very bad for me and put me at tss risk. I was going to start purchasing the expensive organic cotton tampons from IHerb, but I started looking at the diva cup, and thought hmmm maybe this is time for me to try something new and save some money.

Im on day 3 of my menstrual cycle, and yesterday I went to go buy a diva cup at the local CVS, well they did not have it so i settled for the instead soft cups. I was excited to try it out, and possibly have a little fun with the BF ;) if all worked out well. So the insertion was a breeze, I noticed it made me feel like i had a tampon in that was full and needed to be changed but thought maybe i just need to get used to feeling it there. I left it in for 5 hours then went to the bathroom to Pee and I guess i popped the seal because it released as i squeezed my mussels to pee. I was a little grossed out and worried about me flexing those muscles at other times when i wasn't over the tolite. Needless to say later that night my Bf and I tryed out having sex, and it does work, no mess, but had to be careful, not all the usual stuff we do could be done, but we did it! I love the no mess part. After we went to bed around 2 o-clock i still couldnt sleep, and i was pretty crappy. I figured it was from the cup, so i checked it, and there was barley any blood, so i rinsed, re set it, and tried to go back to sleep... no luck. so i grabbed a pantie liner and took the soft cup out. I have yet to replace it, thank god iv got a light flow, I know of a place that sells divas localy, but i want to make sure i invest in the right thing for my body.

I Ride horses and do yoga, My pelvic mussels are very strong, so that makes me think the instead soft cups arent for me and there ring is way to large. I felt like it was as far as i could get it positioned behind my pubic bone, also when i took it out it was pretty pain full. I tryed to compare it to the nuva ring which i have used along time ago, and never felt that or had pain from it, But maybe i didnt have the cup in all the way? I know that the cups and the insteads are completly diffrent, Iv done quite a bit of reading the last few days, and think i will invest in a cup.

So here are my concerns, I need something that will be able to be soft enough not to press on my bladder or press on my uterus and cause discomfort. It needs to be able to stand my crazy strong vajays strength, and I am a pretty light bleeder except for one day of my period. When i checked to see how far in my uterus is today I used my middle finger which is 3 inches in length, i got almost all the way inside before i felt it, i would say Its 2 1/2- 3 inches in before i can touch it. The sizing chart was confusing for me to read, but i think im leaning toawrds a Small ladycup, or possibly the irish cup, but that one maybe to soft. Which cup should i pick small or large depending on how far up my uterus is, and what stiffness, i am leaning towards a small, and a medium stiffness. Any help or suggestions will be greatly apprishiated!!! Thanks for reading. :)

Where am I going wrong??? So frustrated, help please!

I will try to keep my story short. First, thanks to anyone reading this that can offer me a suggestion or help. I tried my first menstrual cup for my cycle at the beginning of July. I had been thinking about trying this, since having children tampons leak all over or I have to wear 3 at a time to even catch my flow. I still was having to wear a pad for back up. Worse yet was at night when a pad would leak all over, ruining my sheets! So the cup I was sure going to be for me.

I purchase the Mooncup (usa) from a reputable online retailer. I had no problem getting it in or having it unfold. I thought this in fantastic! Until, the stem kept poking my labia so terrible. I kept trimming it and thought that would fix my issue. I always felt the cup pushing out. It was like my vagina was spitting it out! Sorry, but I am so frustrated. Upon reading, I tried different folds, pushing it up high enough, twisting it to make it seal, turning it inside out, but still it works it's way out. The most it has stayed up where it belongs is about 10 mins. Reading some more, I began to think I might have purchased the wrong cup for me. I thought it must be too long. I have 3 children, ages 9, 7 and 2. So, started to think maybe my vaginal muscles need work and I should try a cup more designed for weak muscles. So since the beginning of July I have been doing kegel exercises.

I was so certain that when my next cycle came around I would be able to use a cup. On top of the kegel exercises, I bought 2 cups from the Meluna website. The MeLuna combi-pack, which included the MeLuna classic size L and the Meluna Mini M. These are supposed to be perfect for the mom who has weakened muscles and had vaginal births. I was really sure the Meluna mini would work because it was shorter. Again, no problems with getting it in or folded. It just won't stay up. It keeps slipping/pushing out of my vagina. I tried inserting on the toilet, in the shower, laying on my back, it just won't stay in. What or where am I going wrong?

Now I am on the other end of it thinking maybe my muscles are too strong??? How can you tell? My guy doesn't complain, so I can't even ask him! LOL I am very active. I am about 5'8" and 135 pounds. I worked out steadily before my kids with weights and cardio. I have been hit or miss with exercise now but still manage to maintain. Right, now I am biking and thinking of weight training again.

This would be a great thing if I could just get it to stay put. Sorry, for long post and if I gave too much info. Just really want to figure it out. Then I can pass this info on to my own daughters!! My mom never told me anything. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you all.
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