July 9th, 2015

Firm, round bottomed cup recommendation?

Hi, I've been having trouble with my small classic meluna being flattened when inserted, even though the seal is formed. I've posted about this before, and the replies were very helpful. Trying to get air in results in a "pfft" sound which I assume means it was successful, although when I remove my finger it seems to flatten again (without any sound or feeling of air escaping). I suspect that my muscles might be crushing it. I am a teenager and run often, also occasionally use weights. My cervix seems to be taking up space inside the cup. The combination of these results in decreased capacity and the cup leaking when it's barely half full. It's frustrating and gets painful having to empty every three hours.

After reading through posts on the forum, I found out that a round bottomed cup is useful for people with dangly cervixes for capacity, and that the usual recommendation was a fleurcup. However, the cup is really soft, I don't think it would work for me. I've read through as many comparison charts as I could find, and will continue checking. I would like to try a silicone cup like the lunette, but I'm worried about it being softer than the classic meluna. Also been considering the medium sport meluna. I was wondering if there were any other recommendations?
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LadyCup LadyProtectors

I received an email a few days ago about a new product LadyCup is selling - LadyProtectors. They are just finger cots (think condoms for fingers). You'd have to use at least three per cup emptying episode.

It makes me a bit sad. I get it. Once they gain a customer, that customer likely does not need their services again for 5+ years. I understand why they try to flog cleaning solutions, cleaning vessels, pouches, new colours, glittery cups, etc. But one of the reasons I committed to using menstrual cups is the environmental factor, which is out the window if I start buying finger cots and vag wipes and cup wipes and then a new cup just because I want a different colour (please don't interpret that as me judging anyone who buys a cup because of its colour - it's so tempting! The marketing works!).

I guess I'm pretty passionate about cups, and I want the companies to succeed, but not by having a negative impact on the environment, or making us feel like we should be uncomfortable with our natural processes.

I'm obviously not a marketing person, but I feel like there must be another way. Has anyone noticed companies trying some sort of refer-a-friend scheme? I have never seen any advertising for cups. Should they be advertising, and should they be gearing it towards the eco-friendly types? I bought Thinx underwear, maybe menstrual cup companies should be linking better with companies that offer similar products? Maybe instead of trying to sell us cup-related products that we really don't need, they should be trying to sell us other reusable products? For example, I have quite the collection of reusable coffee cups, and they all get heavy use. Cups cups cups. And there are some beautiful grown-up lunchboxes around.

Sorry for the rant. Happy menstrual cupping, everyone!

Surviving the apocalypse : Menstrual Cups and TEOTWAWKI, SHTF, Prepping

I wanted to have a discussion about menstrual cups and survival situations. Feminine Hygiene is a big issue in a post-apocalyptic or even regular survival situation. But yet it seems to be glossed over in the media and even on some survival blogs. In alot of the popular end of days shows TWD, Fallen skies, they never address this issue. We see the characters hunting for food, water, etc but never a tampon.

Cloth pads are great don't get me wrong and disposables are nice for convienence, but in a long term (weeks or months) situation either product seems like it would be difficult to manage.

The issue with disposables would be finding a regular supply. In a major calamity the stores will be stripped of that sort of thing. And Cloth pads have to be washed and dried and can be bulky.

So I'm wondering do we have any MC LJ users who prep or are thinking about long term survival (weeks, months, years). What do you plan on using? Does anybody have suggestions for storing a unused menstrual cup for long term? And if you're forced to pack out what would be your go to product, a few disposable for convinence, a menstrual cup for reduced bulk?

Request for Organicup comparison, review, pictures...

I've been thinking about trying an Organicup, hoping it could be just right, but I'm having trouble finding side by side comparison photos with cups I have or even people talking about how it compares to other cups.
I currently only have a Sckoon cup and Lunette, both small, as my Si-bell is on 'loan' to my sis, and my old Diva cup died after 7 years.
Does anyone have or use an Organicup who could offer more insight to it's characteristics, or would even be willing to snap and post some line ups?
Thanks so much.

Silicone lubricant for the MeLuna cup?

(First of all, I apologize if I'm posting this wrong. I can't really figure out this LiveJournal thing.)

I'm a first-time cup user, and I purchased the small MeLuna classic for my first cup. I bought some lube online (Wet Platinum) and I thought it was water-based, but apparently it's silicon. Is this alright to use, or will it damage my cup? Thanks in advance!

Update: it looks like a silicone-based lubricant is fine! A tidbit from MeLuna's website: "Since MeLuna is not made from silicone, it will not be affected by silicone-based lubricants or fats and oils unlike like other menstrual cups made from silicone or latex for which oil based or silicone based lubricants are not recommended."

Update #2: I've done a dry run and used my cup for 1-2 days on my period at this point, and I've found that I don't even need to use lubricant -- even on a dry run! So, I guess that solves that problem.

(Editing to add a few more questions)

I live in a large household, and it would be difficult to boil my cup discreetly. Is there any other (effective) way to clean it between cycles? Should I clean it before I start my period, after, both?

Also, how can I wash the pouch it came in? Can I just send it through the laundry? I'm pretty sure the paper said it's microfiber.

Please help me pick a cup:)

Hello! I would like some advice. I need to buy a new cup, and I'm not sure whether I should buy a new model than the one I had before.

I've been using a Lunette (size 1) pretty on-and-off for the past six years. When I was younger it fit very well, and overall I was very happy with it, wore it horsebackriding/swimming/dancing/during yoga/travelling/everywhere. In the the past six months or so, I started having issues. I began to find it very difficult to insert and take out: I felt like I was having wrestling matches with my cup every time, which was both painful and time-consuming. Sometimes I couldn't get it to go in at all. When I succeeded it getting it in there, there would usually be some spotting some hours later.

Anyway, I got back from a trip about a month ago...and just realized that I forgot my cup behind. Whoops! So, I need to buy a new cup. Considering the problems I was having, I was thinking about buying a model other than the Lunette, but I'm kind of overwhelmed by the number of options. On the other hand, it is possible that the issues I was experiencing were due to normal wear-and-tear of the product, and maybe it's just time to buy a new Lunette.

Relevant info: I have a high cervix, I'm a virgin, and my flow is normal-light.

Thank you so much in advance! Advice and cup recommendations will be so much appreciated:)