November 21st, 2014

Need advice about frequent removal...

I have been using the Ladycup for a few cycles now and its great!! I do have issues with heaviness though vitamin E has helped a lot. But for 1-2 days each cycle, I have to empty the cup every hour sometimes. Its not the most comfortable thing to do, to say the least lol but better than going broke with pads. My question is.. can constantly putting it in and out cause any damage or stretching? I have had 1 child so I think its comparably not a worry haha but I did notice a bruised feeling sometimes. I don't really want a bigger cup because this one is already a bit long.

Stiffer alternatives to Skooncup

I am trying to get back into using my menstrual cup. I was uncomfortable with using my menstrual cup while my IUD was in place as I'd previously accidentally sucked one out with a cup (a Mooncup UK).

I love the shape of the Skooncup. But it is just too soft. I'm 30 and have had two children (one vaginal birth) but my muscles are still way too tight down there. *Nothing* I can do will coax the cup to open. It actually still seems to catch the blood, but obviously where it doesn't open properly the capacity is not going to be good. It's only lasting an hour or so before it leaks. As I said, the blood is definitely going in there so I know it's not because it's missing my cervix. I bleed very heavily (I use about 12-14 maxi pads in a day on my heaviest day).

I'd like a cup that's a similar shape but stiffer. It either needs to have a soft stem, or a base that I'll be able to grip and remove without a stem. I have a sensitive bladder and the steam always seems to irritate it until I cut it completely off.

I was wondering if the Fleurcup would be good idea as its stiffer and has the same sort of bell shape.

Or are there any Melunas (the options for the stems appeal to me) that have a similar shape?