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02 March 2012 @ 10:29 am
For those who read my first post on cups, a brief recap: never pregnant, 22, EXTREMELY sensitive down there (pap smears and tampons yeouch!), low cervix, tilted uterus, super-light flow.

I simply must put out a shameless recommendation for Teresa at Feminine Wear. I literally cannot say enough good things about my experience ordering from her. =D It has been a delight. My order experienced a couple of problems, first with the ordering system -  so she sent me a free small soft Meluna with ball stem with the Si-Bell I had ordered! Then, the wrong size was shipped and when I notified her she immediately sent me out the right size and told me I could go ahead and keep the large! My small Si-Bell should arrive soon because the first shipment only took a week to arrive! She also sends candy, pens, and a pad of paper with each order (I'm a pen fanatic, so I was thrilled of course!), and two flyers you can use to spread the word about cups and cloth pads. =) She is so nice and helpful!

Since the MeLuna she sent me was exactly one of the ones I planned to order later and try (no animal testing,  MeLuna assures), I was so tempted that I had to go ahead and boil it and try it out. It took me about 5 minutes to get it to work for me because with the fancy folds and regular straight back insertion it would not open at all, no matter how much I tweaked it. Solved the problem by reading through Melissa's comments on her blog regarding opening - she mentioned some people intentionally allow it to open halfway in because it works better for them and then work it in the rest of the way. Worked. like. a. charm!

Up until I read about the opening fix I had felt it pressing on my bladder a little and it was slightly uncomfortable but after letting it open a little earlier in the insertion and twisting it up I can barely feel it at all; much less than tampons! (And this is coming from an astounded lifelong pad devotee.) It also doesn't stick out at all except when using the facilities, so it's possible my cervix isn't as low as I thought? I have measured when sitting and it is lower then. I may feel the stem/rings a little and it might be pressing against my cervix a little more than I'd like but it's almost perfect (will know more next cycle). And above and beyond much better than tampons. No dryness, no wet sogginess on the outside, I thought people were being dramatic about it almost being like not having a period, but it's true. o.O It's ridiculously effective!!

I went ahead and ordered the Mini Small MeLuna and when it and my small Si-Bell arrives I can compare the 3 and see which is best. I'll know more about how they feel at the end of the month because this one only arrived in time for me to try it on the 3rd day of my cycle. Still, each time I've removed it it's been about 1/8-1/4 tsp. in it so the Mini will do just fine with my super light flow on the Pill. Oh - and I checked with the MeLuna rep and he says the Minis in S and M will not be going anywhere! =D (Thought us low-cervix ladies should know!)

It's unbelievable how exciting and fun this is to have something cute and pretty to use instead that makes such a drastic difference in feel. I had my doubts, but cups are incredible. I wanted to wait and share what happened with the Si-Bell but I had to bubble over a little early. =) I'll let you know what happens with the Si-Bell (and Mini MeLuna) though! Thanks to all of you guys for the troubleshooting and advice, it's invaluable and helped me feel more confident throughout the whole process! <3
tinkerandcrabtinkerandcrab on March 3rd, 2012 01:18 am (UTC)
So glad to hear about your success! Also, looking forward to hearing your feedback about Si-Bell... another MCer had positive things to say about this cup, and it will be interesting to read another's perspective.

I just placed my first order with FeminineWear yesterday... I've decided to try out two longer-bodied cups (NaturalMamma & Meluna XL Soft), although in general I am happy with my small Lunette.
candiceelizacandiceeliza on March 3rd, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
I'm happy the review will be of some use. :) I thought people might want to hear about the letting it open just a little ways in thing since I didn't read about it but once and it really helped me. When I get the Si-Bell I'll take pics of it!

I can say that I took the large Si-Bell out to examine it and it is definitely softer than the soft MeLuna by a small amount, and quite a bit thinner/more flexible. I like that the rim has a less obvious indention and there are no textures (rings, bumps, very smooth). Anything firmer than these two brands and I can tell I would feel it so I'm glad I was discouraged from buying a Lunette, pretty certain the pressure would have been too great for me, so for sensitive people these are ideal.

I hope you like your cups from Feminine Wear! It was a great experience for me, I will definitely be ordering from her again. Makes me want to do my best to regularly support the good cup companies and retailers out there so that they will continue to produce these.
Ex astris, scientia.component on March 3rd, 2012 03:06 am (UTC)
Re: Si-Bell
Yeah, the Lunette is almost rock hard in comparison to MeLuna XD (exaggerating obviously but its pretty firm). Also the rings on the bottom of the Lunette kinda scratch me when I take out the cup. So these super soft cups are definitely great.
tinkerandcrabtinkerandcrab on March 3rd, 2012 03:34 am (UTC)
Re: Si-Bell
Oh lawdy! My Lunette feels like a fluffy cloud compared to my first cup: Keeper Moon Cup. Talk about your firm cups! LOL... very glad this community is informing people about the comparative squishiness of cups so the newbie stage is less ornery.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on March 3rd, 2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Si-Bell
which one? when i got my small lunette i thought: aww it's soooft! how can anything be even softer?
my soft melunas are softer, but i'd never call my lunette rock hard, lol.
Ex astris, scientia.component on March 3rd, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
I was recently given a small pink Meluna and I was amazed when I took it out of the package... they are so.freaking.small O_O I thought my Ladcup was small when I got that about 3 and a half years ago... but this is soooo squishy and small :D I love it! I was worried it wouldnt pop open becuase its so squishy, but I inserted it the same way I do with my other two cups and it worked perfectly fine. I usually push on the side of my vaginal wall to get my cup to fill with air and pop open and seal. Seems to be just as effective with the Meluna.

At first I vowed I would never get a colored cup because I thought it was a bit gimmicky (still think so), but its honestly cute, and kinda makes having a period more fun XD lol
candiceelizacandiceeliza on March 3rd, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
Lil Pink MeLuna!
Mine is pink too! When I saw it in the package, it looked so little! XD I'm not a big fan of pink, but even I thought it was just adorable. And you're right, it DOES make it fun, and I thought I'd just have clear also! XD I read that idea about pushing on the side and I'll try that, too, it seems like it might also work. :)I'm almost disappointed my cycle's pretty much over. XD
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on March 3rd, 2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Lil Pink MeLuna!
I thought so too, but I have a clear glitter and it has a slight yellow tinge after one cycle that you can't detect on the orange or pink cups I've used. Pink isn't my favorite color, but I do think that cups in the orange, pink, red, purple family hide discoloration better. At the end of the day though, I don't think I care as much as some do. The cup is either going to be in my body (covered with blood) or in my storage pouch. I'm not really spending any time ogling the color!
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on March 3rd, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy to hear the Mini S and M MeLuna are here to stay. That shape is perfect for us low cervix girls. I'm no virgin, but I am a lesbian, and I find the S the best fit for me length and shape wise. I can pop it in and out with no problems.