July 20th, 2015

Mini Review

Hello there! I'm pretty new to the community and to using menstrual cups. I really wanted to post my own review on the various cups that I own. I have a LadyCup (S), MeLuna (M) Soft & Classic, Meluna (XL) Classic and LUB (L).

*LadyCup (S) - This was my very first cup and I actually wanted to get the (L) but it was out of stock at the shop. The sales assistant told me that it would be fine to use and I just had to empty my cup more often. Boy, was that a bad decision! The cup was leaky and just too small to handle my heavy days. I did not have a peaceful sleep as I had to get up every 1 to 2 hours to empty the cup. It popped open fine but was just too leaky and too small for me.

MeLuna (XL) - My second cup. I bought this after spending many hours comparing the sizes of the cups that were available for sale at the shop. I did not want a transparent cup and the (XL) was the only one that was coloured and had a stem. It worked pretty well and I averaged about 4 hours before it started leaking. And even then, the leaking was pretty minor. This cup was a bit painful to use at first as I could feel it springing open inside and it gave me such a shock when it happened.

MeLuna (M) - I bought the (M) because it had a bigger capacity compared to the LadyCup and it could handle my lighter days. But I made the wrong decision of getting the Soft...it was way too soft to handle my pelvic muscles and I just could not get the cup to pop open no matter what I tried.

LUB (L) - I was on the look out for a cup with a greater capacity when I saw Margalee's post on the LUB. It works really well and I averaged about 6 to 7 hours at night before I had to empty the cup. It pops open really easily and holds a lot of blood before it starts to leak**.

Well, it has been a bit of a trial and error but I think that I've finally gotten my two cups that I can use regularly during my period; LUB and MeLuna (M). I was quite worried that I would spend a fortune before I found the right ones for me and I'm really glad that I've finally found it.

*Disclaimer: I bought the LadyCup and Meluna because it was physically available in-store and along with MoonCup were the only brands of cup available in Malaysia. The LUB was purchased from Feminine Wear's website.

**I've since discovered that my period is quite "interesting" in that the first day is light, the second day is very heavy (LUB capacity is 38.75ml x 7 changes = 271.25ml and that equates to 18 tbsp), third day is fairly heavy, and subsequent five days are very light.

Cup help :-(

Hi friends! I'm currently on my third cycle with my cup and I've been having some trouble. I'm 22 years old, a virgin, I have a low cervix and I'm using the Ruby Cup Medium. I use the punch-down fold to get the cup in and make sure that the bottom part is fully inflated before I kegel it into place. My uterus is also slightly tilted to the left.

Here are some of my cup woes:

1. On my first/second day, I get intense cramps. I do get cramps on tampons and pads as well but I hoped that the cup could help eliminate the cramps altogether. They aren't that much lighter and still leave me weak and lying in bed the whole day. Does anyone know any natural remedies to get rid of the pain? I'm currently using a heat pack which helps a little, but it would be great to get rid of the cramps altogether.

2. I have to empty my cup every one hour over the entire day. My periods have always been heavy but not this much when I was on tampons (I'd change a super plus tampon once every 2 hours for the first few changes, then I can go 4-5 hours between changes). It's not too bad when I'm at home the whole day but can be an inconvenience when I have to go out. I suspect that it could be because of other gunk (e.g. uterus lining, clots) that take up space in the cup and cause it to overflow so quickly. Should I invest in a bigger cup? I'm eyeing the new Super Jennie cup which is pretty huge (41ml) but I'm afraid it won't make much difference considering I'm already using a Ruby Cup Medium (34ml to the rim).

On my other days the cup is fine but it's just the first 2-3 days that are the worst!! I would really appreciate some help please :-( :-( thank you!!