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12 March 2011 @ 05:17 pm
I received my Ladycup about a month ago and am finally getting to test it out. This is the very first menstrual cup I have tried. I was drawn to it because of its earth friendly and green qualities (apparently one cup lasts up to ten years if it is taken care of). I am 22 years old, if that matters :) When I made my decision to try out a menstrual cup I chose the Ladycup because it is shorter than other cups. I had tried the disposable Instead cups sold in drugstores and was unable to use them. They were too long and quite difficult to fit it 'up there'. The Ladycup seemed to be a good balance of 'short' with good hold capacity. So I put in the order from the Czech Republic. The cost was reasonable considering the long term savings. It was around 35$ for the cup and only 2$ shipping to Canada. It didn't take very long to arrive (maybe a week - a week and a half). I also prefer the Ladycup because they are pretty, as a menstrual cup can be I suppose, I got the turquoise and they come in a nice bag.

Now for the nitty gritty details :) I really like the Ladycup. I will never go back to tampons and especially not to pads. Insertion is easy, there are tons of different folds you can do. I got a lot of information on this via MenstrualCupInfo's Youtube Channel www.youtube.com/user/MenstrualCupInfo before I ordered. While insertion was easy... getting it to 'pop' open was initially a challenge. I was using the 'punch-down fold' (shown in the linked video) which never seemed to open up in me. I would have to use my fingers to kind of help it along. I've sinced tried the 'C fold or U fold' and life is better :) I don't have to help it out, I just insert with this fold and it opens right up. This could really just be my anatomy, I guess other people will have to try out different folds and see what works for them. When I first got it to open up I felt a slight suction. When I'm wearing it, I can't feel anything unless I really try to. If my mind isn't on it then I don't feel anything, certainly not more than a tampon and much much less than those awful plastic pads. Removal is not difficult after the first time really. It's much easier if you kind of 'walk it out' of the vaginal canal, rather than just tug on it.

I bought the small Ladycup. I've seen on forum posts before that people said they wouldn't consider the Ladycup because they think it wouldn't hold enough... and while I recognize that everyone is different... I have never had a problem with this. In fact if I left the Ladycup in the entire first day of my period I only would have made it around 3/4 of the way full. The first day I wore it I emptied and cleaned the cup around everytime I used the bathroom (~every 4 hours or so) and there was really no need to. At least for my body the small Ladycup holds quite enough for how much I bleed.

So, if you're thinking of trying out the Ladycup, go for it. I highly recommend. Pros: environmentally friendly, no waste, not exposing my body to the chemicals and bleach of tampons and pads, comfortable, and my vag doesn't dry out from the cotton of tampons, no leaking. Cons: None... except for maybe when I first told a few friends they just kind of raised their eyebrows and said "....alrighty then". lol.

Lastly: I slept last night with the Ladycup in and it was very comfortable. This is the first time in years that I've worn an internal mode of menstrual product and it hasn't leaked.
 
 
Current Location: Canada, Saint John
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melissa569melissa569 on March 12th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
Great review, glad you like the vids.

I'm really curious what the turquoise ladycup looks like in person. Or maybe that newer green one they have. :)
ladycupca on March 12th, 2011 10:01 pm (UTC)
The colours are seductive! haha. When I was buying one I was about to grab two, because they had a two-fer price and well... who doesn't want another colour? But then I thought... no why would I need two of these? I don't. The turquoise is really nice. It looks quite close to the picture... perhaps a tad more blue.
purplelover11 on March 14th, 2011 11:55 am (UTC)
I grabbed two (orange and green), although I sometimes think I don't really need them both either ;)
michaela: cheersokayprettygood on March 12th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I keep eyeballing that turquoise ladycup...SO PRETTY. But since I just bought a Lunette recently and I'm broke...I guess I shouldn't. That said, glad to hear you like it.

AND, I agree about the folds...in my 4 years of using cups, I have never gotten the punchdown fold to open properly, and even after trying variations of other folds, the C fold is my no-fail standby. :)
Lebannen Luitreath: Norway can be prettylebannen on March 12th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
they just kind of raised their eyebrows and said "....alrighty then".

ahahahaha.... My brother has a girlfriend, and assorted friends-who-are-girls who spend time in our house. So one day I mentioned to him that if any of them ever had an emergency requiring girl stuff, that box there had girl stuff that I didn't need because I had a magic silicone thing instead, they were totally welcome to it any time, bye. And my brother just kind of raised his eyebrows and said "....alrighty then". I thought it was just a Cornish thing but I see you're on the other side of the Atlantic, so apparently not!

ETA - the specific phrasing, I meant, not the reaction in general. The reaction in general seems fairly common :)

Edited at 2011-03-13 12:01 am (UTC)
Serpentserpent_849 on March 13th, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
yeah, the one time i tried the punchdown fold it suctioned past my cervix XD
i'm glad it works for you, it really isn't a good balance of short with good capacity tbh.
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on March 13th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
I had trouble with the punch-down fold at first too but then someone suggested flipping it over so the folded part faced the other way. BINGO! Now it's my no-fail fold.
Dina Clarelintilla on March 13th, 2011 05:15 am (UTC)
Mod note
Just a reminder - we're not all women here. :)
ladycupca on March 13th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Mod note
Mmm... I came across that forum after I posted this but didn't think I could edit it. This is my first time here. But I figured out how to change it.
Saráh: bettertamponwhimaway on March 14th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
Hurray for you! :) When I've told my friends about cups, they have either been grossed out or slightly intrigued. It took some of my friends awhile to come around to the idea, but two of them are now excited to try their first cups. And I have one not even close friend that tried a cup and loves it. :)

I tried a small LadyCup and for some reason it was exactly the right size to seal really well onto my cervix. Combined with the slippery texture it was really hard to get out, but I always wondered if a large would have been easier to use. They are gorgeous cups. :)
ladycupca on March 14th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
I had heard that Ladycups were slightly more difficult to take out (if you trim the stem off) because there was less gripping at the bottom. When I posted this I still had around 1/3 of the stem on because I wanted to make sure I was comfortable taking it out without the stem before I chopped it off. Last night I cut the stem off completely and I'm not having a hard time taking it out. My vag is kind of short. So I can just kind of reach right in, grab it about mid-way, squeeze to let some air in and right out it comes :D I'm pretty happy with it.
Saráh: heartselenewhimaway on March 14th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I always had the stem on all the way, but I have a longer vag, so it was hard to get out. Every time I bore down with my muscles and managed to wiggle it down a little, it would slip out of my hands and back out of my reach! Some cups have more of a frosty texture than the ladycup give it a better grip. But it sounds like it works for you :)