May 18th, 2014

TPE vs Silicone

Quick question... What is the difference between the material MeLunas are made out of (TPE) and silicone? I've been wanting to try a MeLuna but I've only used silicone cups so I'm not sure what to expect. I've read up a little about it but would love some personal opinions, like which you prefer or any pros\cons :) Thanks!

Ordered both Small and Large Si-Bell

I just finished my period using medium MeLuna in Classic softness and while it worked just fine for me (after I figured out the best fold for easy opening, which in my case was "labia" fold with the folded side facing towards the belly button), I'm curious about how silicon compares to TPE and want to see what a softer cup would be like. I don't exactly feel MeLuna, but sometimes there's this "fullness" sensation (even with an empty cup) and I wonder if it can be avoided with a softer cup. Also I got Meluna with the ring stem, thinking that I'm gonna need all the help getting it out, but turns out my cervix is not high while on period, so now I wish that the stem wasn't there at all. It's not uncomfortable, but it's just about in and it ain't particularly flexible. BTW, anyone tried cutting off the ring stem of a MeLuna?

I spent 2 days going back and forth on either Small or Large Si-Bell and eventually decided that I won't satisfy my curiosity, until I try both anyway and by ordering both at once at least I don't have to pay twice for shipping (which is almost half the price of the cup, so definitely a consideration). Small is nearly identical to a medium MeLuna in dimensions and capacity, so would be a safer bet. But I hear larger cups are often better for a "dangly" cervix and I like the idea of emptying it less often.

I considered Fleurcup too. It's very similar to Si-Bell in shape and softness and it would cost me half of what Si-Bell order totaled to, but for some reason I'm really drawn to Si-Bell's design and from what I gather Si-Bell's quality is better.

The bottom line is, I just ended up spending more money on cups than what a 3 year supply of disposable pads would cost me. And I don't regret it one bit! :D

New to cups, help wanted.

I am completely new to using menstrual cups and I have been looking around trying to find a bit of help.

I'm currently using the diva cup size one. It (thankfully) have had no problems with leaking, but at times I can feel it inside me, and it is a bit uncomfortable. I feel like the size isn't quite right and perhaps it is a tad too big or wide for me.

I feel like I have a high cervix - At the start of my cycle, I can not feel it at all, and on my heaviest day I can JUST touch it if I strain to reach with my longest finger. The diva cup rides very high inside me, and at times I can barely feel the stem and have to bare down in order to shift it down a little more to get the stem out. It seems like you're supposed to wear menstrual cups quite low but it kinda just gets sucked up in there.

I've been looking into alternative options - the smaller sized lunette with the very long stem (which seems like a smaller cup and perhaps I wouldn't 'feel' as much, but would still be able to get out), or a medium or large sized meluna (I thought perhaps the medium would be too short but with the easier grip would help, and it wouldn't be as big).

My question is considering my problems, what cup would you suggest I try out? Additional information: I'm 24, have had no children or ever been pregnant, I'm 175cm tall and I'm not a virgin.

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.