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04 March 2012 @ 01:53 pm
Hi! I am new to cups though I have done my research so I'd really like help choosing the "right" one. I am a virgin and have something like an 2 1/4 or 2 1/2 inch cervix (when off my period) and a light-average flow. Basically, I got it down to fleurcup and lunette. I've noticed that fleurcup is barely shorter (which is good) and also softer, but Lunette has better reviews. I wanted to know what the pros and cons are to softness vs. firmness and what you think might be a better cup for me. Also, where can I buy a fleurcup that ships to US? Just in case that's what I decide.
juliiie87juliiie87 on March 4th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
You can buy Fleurcup on their official website only, but it's not really a problem since the whole website and instructions translate into several languages. Their website is really well made. And they ship worldwide for a reasonable price.

The main difference between the 2 is stiffness as you already know, and the fact that the Lunette is more tappered, and the grip rings on the Fleur are more noticeable, but there are ways to remedy that in case it bothers you. From what I could read on here (and I read through a lot), they both have outstanding reviews. It's more a quess of what will fit your body more. Personnally, I'm a fan of softer cups so I'd give Fleurcup a go.

But first and foremost, you should try looking for your cervix on your period. Not to gross you out, but the length of your vagina is likely to vary, especially on those days. If you're one of the few for whom it doesn't move down, you should be fine with about any cup lengthwise. Just make sure you are.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on March 4th, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
yeah, definitely look for your cervix while on your period.
officially, these two cups have the same dimensions. there are several others with reallllllyyyy similar dimensions.
reviews don't matter. what works for one person won't work for another. it seems pretty common to hear "i got a diva but it was too long so i got a lunette". in fact the diva is the longest cup, so almost any cup would've been a huge improvement.
between these two, i'm not sure about stiffness. i have a small lunette and several cups of the same stiffness as the fleurcup, and the difference is not that significant.
if you think you want a cup slightly shorter than these two, there are several with the length of 45-46 mm.
the shipping restrictions are all listed at the sizecharts http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/

also: it's not considered a default that just because you say you're a virgin and/or have a light flow, you mean the small size. i'm also a virgin with a light flow, and with my really low cervix, wide cups are a good option.

Edited at 2012-03-04 11:53 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on March 5th, 2012 09:39 am (UTC)
Seconding the last part : I'm in my twenties, no kids, but I use a "Large" size that's actually just 43 mm wide... "large" or "small" doesn't really matter, unless for those who feel they definitely need it. If anything, a larger cup might just sit higher, encircle the cervix better, stay put for longer before it's full. Or, if you really have a light flow, NEVER reach its full capacity in 12 hours or more ! :D
moonhoney925 on March 6th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
I have both and I like both equally, they are also the only 2 that I happen to have. It's personal preference whether you prefer a soft or a firm cup- I cannot answer that for you, for me it did not make a difference. I will tell you that I find the Fleurcup easier to fold (I use the pushdown method) and insert but removal is harder and it can cause a little discomfort. The Lunette for me it harder to fold (same method) and insert therefore that causes a little discomfort but it easier and painfree to remove.

Size, rigid grip rings, easy cleaning and tab stems I think were more of a factor for me than firmness. I should add that I use the larger sizes. Also both are very easy to clean.

You can only purchase the Fleurcup from their website and they have a special on at the moment so the cup plus the postage (EUR14.99 + EUR3.99) should cost you around $25.00. For the Lunette try luneshop.com that cup and postage (GBP17.99 + free shipping) would cost you around $30.00. Good luck.

Edited at 2012-03-06 01:02 am (UTC)
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on March 6th, 2012 09:54 am (UTC)
@ OP, the large lunette is A LOT stiffer than the small.
daniellebee88daniellebee88 on March 16th, 2012 12:15 am (UTC)
So you like the Fleurcup more because of the rigid grip rings and size? That's why I am looking at it as well. I'm stuck between Lunette and Fleurcup. They both equal in how much I would spend on them, but I'm not sure which to go for, haha.

I looked at the firmness and softness comparison chart and it gave Fleurcup small a 2 (meaning soft) and Lunette small a 4 (medium range i guess). but then other reviews say that Fleurcup is stiffer? From your experience what do you think?

and why does fleurcup cause more discomfort to remove....? is it harder to break suction?

Sorry for butting in! I just like getting all sorts of opinions.
moonhoney925 on March 16th, 2012 01:35 am (UTC)
I don't mind the questions as I perfectly understand that you want to make sure that you purchase the right cup.

I like both of my cups, I use the larger size though as I am in my 30's and have 2 kids. Personally there is not much difference between the 2 for me but the large Lunette is a lot stiffer than the Fleurcup. I find the Lunette easier to remove than the Fleurcup but the Fleurcup is much easier to insert. The Fleurcup causes me discomfort as I am removing it from inside myself after breaking the suction but the way I look at it is that it is not as painful as childbirth (which I know you have not been through yet) and it is only for a few seconds so its not a huge deal.

I have not had a problem breaking the suction from either cup.

Maybe get both so that you always have a spare. You can carry one with you and keep the other one in your bathroom (that's what I do). If one of them is not working for you at all, you can always sell it on mc_sales.
daniellebee88daniellebee88 on March 16th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
ordering both doesn't seem like such a bad idea...but that's a lot of money for me at this point unfortunately...the lunettes i've seen all go for $40...i can't find them much cheaper anywhere else and the Fleurcup was around $30 if I bought the little black pouch to go with it. Are there any other places that offer them cheaper?

I'll definitely need the small size probably since my flow is pretty light-moderate

I've had discomfort down there and I can't see it being any worse than having a dry tampon removed...OUCH.

but the idea of ordering two seems like a good idea...I honestly hadn't even though about it, haha
moonhoney925 on March 16th, 2012 02:08 am (UTC)
If you purchase your Lunette from luneshop.com it should cost between $25-$30, their shipping is free. The Lunettes come with their own bag. I store my Fleurcup wrapped in a handkerchief for the time being, I plan on sewing it to form a bag but have not got around to it yet.
daniellebee88daniellebee88 on March 16th, 2012 02:10 am (UTC)
Oh thank you so much! I was looking at femininewear.com but thank you for the luneshop link!

also, do you have a particular type of lunette or do you have the basic clear? is there a major difference between selene and clear? I plan on getting a clear fleurcup...unless the colors are proven to be safe? I like the idea of a colored cup, haha.

I would think a place like etsy has some good bags for cups :)
moonhoney925 on March 16th, 2012 02:22 am (UTC)
I have the Lunette Diana, my first choice was the Selene but they were out of stock then, I think the Selene is available now. My Fleurcup is green too (their green is so pretty) and so far I have not been sick from silicone dyes.

There are a few bags available on etsy.
daniellebee88daniellebee88 on March 16th, 2012 03:07 am (UTC)
oh awesome! I'll have to look into it then :)
moonhoney925 on March 17th, 2012 08:57 am (UTC)
I just looked at my 2 cups again and I wonder if this will help you:

1.) The grip rings are a lot more pronounced on the Fleurcup.
2.) There are 4 grips on the Fleurcup and 3 on the Lunette.
3.) The Lunette has a much smoother finish to it compared to the Fleurcup.

Let me know what you think :)
daniellebee88daniellebee88 on March 18th, 2012 12:23 am (UTC)
I definitely will let you know what I think about them! I think I'm going to order both, at least that is what my gut is telling me to do! I'm so determined to be a cup convert! I'm tired of pads and tampons!

The Lunette Selene is sooo pretty, I'm probably going to order that one and a clear Fleurcup small.
moonhoney925 on March 18th, 2012 04:59 am (UTC)
Did you see the pics of the Fleurcup in a newer post? Those colours look awesome.