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colormonochrome
23 March 2010 @ 04:10 am
I've currently got a large Lunette Selene, and I (mostly) love it. Primarily because I can sleep 12 hours with it in even on my heavy days. ^_^

However.
It's probably about 6 cycles since I started using it, and last cycle I began to notice really sharp bladder/abdominal pains on insertion and removal. This cycle, it's the same, but they don't go away once the cup is in. I can feel it popping out (which I wasn't able to at first) and the suction is excruciating. I of course, do some adjusting to remove the suction, but the pain still remains.

I've been wanting to get a smaller cup for cycle days 3+, just because it would be cool and a smaller capacity one would be practical (and I was looking forward to the Diane, but it's a bit too glo-stik for me!), but now I'm thinking I really need something narrower and squishier, perhaps with a less stiff rim? So, any suggestions about what to look for in my 2nd cup would be really appreciated. (I'm in Australia, and more than happy to buy from overseas if the store will post here. =) I don't want anything from Keeper because they fail at good business...lol)

In the meantime, I'm desperate for any advice on what I can do to stop the pain right now. Day 3 starts tomorrow, but I have to use the cup as I don't have any disposable backups (and no money to buy them). I'm coping with the pain because I have endo and I've got much worse pain to contend with, but I really don't need the added ouchies from my beloved Lunette. =( It's not leaking at all and there's been no other problems. I've tried different folds and I'm definitely making sure it's in far enough but not too far, I'm easing the suction, inserting/removing in the most comfortable position.....I don't know what I'm doing wrong!!! (if it matters, I'm 24, never been pregnant) And I haven't noticed any other changes in my body in the past 6 cycles that would explain the difference. Maybe it was just beginner's luck, and I have to re-learn properly?
 
kat000 on March 22nd, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
That's too bad that your lunette isn't working anymore, and that you're in such pain. Are you sure you don't have a UTI? I really don't think you should be using the cup when you're in such pain, unless someone can give you tips that help. I've read about some women simply folding washcloths to use as an alternative to cloth pads, so if it gets too bad and you have no way of getting hold of disposables, you might try that. Make sure the cup isn't touching/squeasing your cervix somehow. The large lunette didn't work for me personally, too firm , which made it hard for me to hold a fold and I could mostly feel it when it was in. I'm very happy with my large LadyCup, even though it's pretty much the same size as the large Lunette, it's very squishy. You could try a small lunette if you think the capacity/width is enough for you. They're MUCH softer than the large. Good luck!
colormonochromecolormonochrome on March 23rd, 2010 09:43 am (UTC)
i don't think i have a UTI, and it really is just relating to the cup.

however it was much better today, and i think what's causing the pain is that my endo pain was particularly bad this month, so my insides must have been extra tender. i'm still going to look for a smaller squishier cup for my lighter days though, because the large Lunette is really overkill at those times, and i could do with some variety. ^_^
kat000 on March 22nd, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
also, if you still have the stem, you might try cutting if off if you feel confident about removal.
colormonochromecolormonochrome on March 23rd, 2010 09:37 am (UTC)
i've still got the stem, but it doesn't hurt at all. sometimes it's a bit annoying if the cup rides low, but it settles upwards after about a minute anyway =)
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on March 22nd, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
I hear the small Lunette is quite squishy.....

Narrow down your choices with the size chart:
http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/1285963.html
colormonochromecolormonochrome on March 23rd, 2010 09:43 am (UTC)
i'm pretty good with the sizes and knowing what i want in terms of measurement and capacity, and i think a pretty good range of products would fit me.

what i really need is a chart to compare levels of 'squishy'...hehe.

but the small Lunette being squishy is good news! the large Selene is quite stiff at the rim, but for everything else i love the design and the material.
quietasamoussequietasamousse on June 6th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
So's the large ladycup.