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09 October 2010 @ 05:07 pm
I've been lurking in your community and archives for quite some time, and I've finally decided to take the leap to a cup thanks to all of you! I'm still rather undecided about what cup I want to purchase ( I need to do so by monday at the latest, since I would like it to be here before my next scheduled withdraw bleed.) I am interested in the lady cups (they're so pretty!) and lunette. I'm not sure what size I should order though, I am 18 and have fairly decent periods while on the pill. Unfortunately I haven't been able to figure this out using the archives, so now I turn to all of you and your vast knowledge!
Thank you so much!
 
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on October 9th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
Use the size charts to figure out which might fit you best:
http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/1285963.html

سوهاناgreenmandarin on October 9th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
I have a lunette (Diana edition) I got it because it's IUD friendly and it was green...and green is a favourite colour of mine...
Karlyneonvultures on October 10th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
I'd go in favor of the Lunette because it's more user friendly (especially for the first cup!) because of grip. The ladycup is pretty soft and slippery while removing, in my opinion. I'm sure there are tips and tricks though!
sarahlynn27 on October 10th, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
So sorry to seem like a pain, but could you elaborate a bit?
Karlyneonvultures on October 10th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
Well, for example:

The Ladycup:
-is a softer, smoother silicone
-has a hollow stem(makes it harder to clean because things get stiuck)
-has "grip bumps" instead of rings, and the bumps aren't very pronounced

The Lunette:
-has a frosty finish and is made of a thicker silicone (although not too thick, but it's a good "in the middle" squishiness)
-has a flat tap stem, with grip lines
-has easy to use, pronounced grip rings

I hope this helps!
Griffin Rosegriffinrose on October 10th, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
I agree with getting the Lunette. It isn't so soft that there are problems with opening, but it isn't so stiff that it will snap open and hurt your insides.

I found with the Ladycup it was so slick when inside that when taking it out was difficult to grasp. The Lunettes frosted exterior and grip rings really make a difference.

As for feeling like you have to pee all the time, that sensation goes away after a few cycles of getting use to it. Eventually you don't notice it at all. I have a Large Lunette Selene, and I LOVE IT!!!
sarahlynn27 on October 10th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
I'm not sure that I could handle a thicker cup, in all honesty. I feel like it would mess with my bladder or something, and I already go pee many times a day >
Katrinakatrina_splat on October 10th, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
If you're peeing very often, you might have a related issue which you could discuss with a GP.

The vagina is a pretty huge muscle, you can fit a lot in there without feeling it much.

I would go the lunette as it isn't as slippery as the ladycup.
sarahlynn27 on October 10th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
Actually, it's doctor caused. I ended up in the hosptial 4+ times this summer because I get dehydrated so easily, therefore I've been told even in the winter I'm to consume at least 130 to 160 oz of water a day! I feel like I never put my water down, but it certainly has fixed the issue. I can hold my bladder for quite some time before needing to go as long as I'm not wearing ridiculously restricting clothes >
Katrinakatrina_splat on October 10th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Oh that sucks :( I was just mentioning it in case it was for a different reason.
Serpentserpent_849 on October 10th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
it's not really thick, the difference is just enough to make the lunette pop open easier. initially the ladycup actually pressed more on my rectum&bladder (the large size, though...). more as in the lunette didn't press at all.
oh and fleurcup is really very stiff -_- (comparison chart)
also, i kinda have the same problem and it got better once i started doing kegels :D it's good for you in the long run too, my grandma recently started having incontinence, she never did them -_- the other grandma is 10 years older but does them and she's fine:)
m03m on October 10th, 2010 06:52 am (UTC)
I have a large Ladycup and a large Fleurcup and I actually find the difference rather small.
The Lady is a bit firmer around the rim, because the rim is thicker, the Fleur is a bit firmer in the body of the cup itself.

I'd never say that the Fleurcup is very stiff.
Serpentserpent_849 on October 10th, 2010 07:06 am (UTC)
wow really? i've read plenty of times that the small one is as stiff as a large lunette, which i've seen in a store and which was way stiffer even than their small, let alone than a ladycup. Melissa seems to agree lol. it's probably less stiff than it looks, but still... had a chance to have a look at/squish any other cups? :D
m03m on October 10th, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
Nope, just the large Ladycup.

I was very surprised because I expected the Fleurcup to be noticeably firmer than the Ladycup. But my large Fleurcup is hardly any firmer at all.
organicchef on October 10th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
If by "fairly decent period" you mean heavy, you may want to double check the capacity of ladycup with your flow. It is hard to compare tampons to cups, but with my body, the large lunette equals the capacity of a tampax super plus absorbency tampon (about 4 hr).
Don't be afraid of the firmness of a small lunette. seriously, i think a moderate firmness is much easier for a beginner to deal with than a flimsy cup. and if you want something with that size and capacity, but a touch softer and with more color choices, look at the fleurcups.

now whatever you choose: welcome to the rest of your life, uninhibited by your period!! hooray!!
sarahlynn27 on October 10th, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
My period on it's absolute worst day is about the capacity of super plus in 4 hours, give or take a little. Thank you for the advice, I'm looking at fleurcups right now. Would it be a bad idea in the mean time, or at least if my cup doesn't arrive by the time I start my period to try the instead cup?
Serpentserpent_849 on October 10th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
maybe you need a larger size then? i assume you're sexually active? shouldn't be a problem no matter what the guidelines say then :) (i myself am a virgin but need the width of a large ladycup)
fireaphidfireaphid on October 10th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
Definitely check out the "capacity" chart in the size charts post kuradi8 mentioned and compare that to your tampon use to see what you would be comfortable with. If I were you, I wouldn't even consider the small LadyCup, but you might have a higher tolerance for bathroom visits than I do.

If you need more time to choose, do take it. It couldn't hurt to give Insteads a try; if you like them a lot, you might not even want to get a reusable cup, and you'd still save a lot of money if you re-used them like many community members do.
sarahlynn27 on October 10th, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
Yes, after what I've read today from you lovely ladies, I definitely need a large cup. As for lunette, I've been looking at them and researching, but I don't know how I can buy one sine I live in the US. Ladycup sells on ebay, which is why they are really my preference at this moment because buying is easy!
fireaphidfireaphid on October 10th, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
You can buy almost any cup on-line; the Mooncup is (to my knowledge) the only cup that is not permitted to be shipped to the US due to a copyright issue. Lunette, Diva, and Keeper/Keeper Moon Cup are the only cups that have sought FDA approval, so those are the only ones sold from within the US, and they're available on many websites. I would strongly recommend picking the cup you think would fit you best and then asking the community where you can find it if you find it overwhelming to search for it on your own.
sarahlynn27 on October 10th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!
Just a girlstrattone on October 10th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
I have a Lunette Diana, the smaller size. It's my first cup and it rocks. :-)
belle_cfbelle_cf on October 10th, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
I can't compare, because I don't own a Lunette but I LOVE my large Ladycup!!!! I tried a large MCUK for 2 cycles first but much prefer the Ladycup. I haven't had any issues with it being slippery either.
Good luck with whichever you choose.
lizsterineglizsterineg on October 10th, 2010 08:17 am (UTC)
I have a large lady cup (my first) and yes, it can be slippery. My first attempt at removing a slightly full cup ended up me squeezing the contents out of the cup so it spilled over the edge thus slicking up the outside of the cup which then happily landed in the toilet upon exiting ;)

As annoying at toilet cup is, I believe it helped improve my removal technique. I haven't dropped it since, slippery or not.

But if you want capacity, I'd say go the lunnette. A small one holds as much as a large Lady. I've been eying off a small lunnette for my low cervix days.
Fae the Tayviolet_dragon on October 10th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
I just switched from a small divacup to a small ladycup. I love my ladycup! It is a little slippery to take out but I left a tiny bit of stem, not enough to feel but enough to have something to grab on to.
Dina Clarelintilla on October 11th, 2010 07:45 am (UTC)
Mod note
Just a quick point - not all of us are ladies here. :)
sarahlynn27 on October 11th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Mod note
I have edited my post accordingly. I feel completely embarrassed to say that I never even realized that possibility.
Dina Clarelintilla on October 12th, 2010 05:52 am (UTC)
Re: Mod note
Thanks so much for your understanding! :)