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Just wanted to share my experience switching to a cup for any readers thinking about switching.  And because I'm excited :-)

I decided to get the small Lunette Selene and I think I made a good choice.  I trimmed the stem to about half of it's original size after it bothered me during a dry run.  I figured I'd use it this week as is to see if I want to keep the short stem or completely remove it (so far I think it can stay).  Insertion is slightly uncomfortable at the start, but I think finding a folding technique that makes it thinner would remedy that.  It popped open easily enough, sometimes I had to twist it a bit, but still didn't take much effort.  Once in place I did not feel it at all and it stayed suctioned in place.  With a tampon I would not feel it at first but after a while it would start to slide down and bother me.  There was no leaking with the cup, just a little more spotting than I would normally see with a tampon.  It makes sense though, a tampon will absorb any liquid all around the sides, while the cup will just collect any new liquid from the top.  The spotting was pretty clearly oxidized and was likely on the side of the cup underneath the rim where it couldn't be trapped.  But the spotting was still so minimal that I didn't even need a panty liner.  The small selene lasted for 10 hours before it got full on my heaviest flow day, if I had gotten a large it might last me another 2 hours but I didn't want to risk comfort for less emptying.  I could tell when it was full, I guess about the same way I can tell when I need a new tampon, but the cup still did an excellent job of holding liquid whereas an over-soaked tampon would have ended in a huge mess.  10 hours is still excellent though, I would go through a super plus tampon in about half that time.  Removing it was easier then the dry run.  If I bear down and pinch the base it comes out without too much effort.  Cleaning it was easy too, I just rinsed with water (skipped the soap on the cup, washed hands with soap before removal), and put it back in.

Overall I am very happy with the lunette and use of a cup in general.  I don't have to remember to take extra tampons to work with me  anymore (I never failed to forget them and since I work long 12 hour days it was always a disaster), I don't have to buy tampons anymore, I don't have to send all those little applicators and wrappers to a landfill, I don't have to run to the bathroom as often, and the cup really is far more comfortable than tampons.  Where have these things been all my life??

I also decided to test out some different washable cloth pantiliners/pads. So far I have some from party in my pants (PIMP), pink lemonade shop on etsy made with minky & fleece, and sckoon organic cotton.  Another one from ecoAlternatives is on its way, made of bamboo.  The sckoon's are day pads that I probably won't use often, they are super super soft but very thick and bulky, I have them for days when I can't or don't want to use a cup.  The pink lemonade liners are also super soft and comfy, as thick as 2 layers of fleece so not too bulky.  The fleece on the back helps keep them from sliding around.  The PIMPs are very very thin, not quite as soft to the touch but not uncomfortable at all.  In fact, the PIMPs are almost invisible, I can hardly feel their presence which makes them great for work clothes.  They are waterproof/leakproof which is nice but the backing is slippery so they do slide around a bit compared with the fleece backed one.  Does anyone have a favorite cloth pantiliner used as cup backup that I should try?
 
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on March 9th, 2012 03:46 am (UTC)
Oh great to hear! I just ordered the free mini PIMP pantyliner to try after the GladRags ones I got ended up being too wide for me. I was hoping they would be super thin and that the cotton one would be smooth.
ihaskittehsihaskittehs on March 9th, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
I have the cotton PIMPs, they are super thin and super smooth. Some of them can have 2 snaps for $0.25 more so you can have 3" or 2" wide which makes them versatile. These things are thinner than some disposable pantiliners. If you like them wait about 2 weeks and they will send you a coupon for $5 off $35 or more via email.
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on March 9th, 2012 04:39 am (UTC)
Sweet. I don't think I'll ever need the 3 in since the GladRags didn't work for me and they are 2 3/4. I'm not into flannel, so I'm glad they offer the smooth cotton.
juliiie87juliiie87 on March 9th, 2012 08:39 am (UTC)
I'm glad everything works smoothly with your cup. If you google "menstrual cup info folding techniques" you should find Melissa's video on youtube, featuring precisely a Lunette Selene. I found it very useful.

About cloth pantyliners : I'm addicted to them. Personnaly, I like the smooth, warm (not hot) feeling of flannel and bamboo velour more. I'm a fan of Pink Lemonade's velour, Caroline's Creations flannel on Etsy, very functional and affordable, and WeeEssentials, which are the thinnest ever, but not exactly water resistant. FuzzyVenus made me super thin flannel liners with a velour top (!) as a special request. And I've just ordered a couple liners from CCbums on hyenacart, which are also very cheap.
Arrow_Bright: Benedick & Beatricearrow_bright on March 9th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
Great! I've recently switched to a small Lunette Aine, but I haven't gotten to use it yet (I will soon, though).

My favorite cloth pantyliners are from yurtcraft and Mimi's Dreams (both on Etsy). Yurtcraft uses flat cotton on top and WindPro (a type of fleece) on the back and Mimi's uses flat or flannel cotton with fleece on the back. I just got two EcoAlternatives bamboo velour liners the other day, and they're so soft!
ihaskittehsihaskittehs on March 10th, 2012 05:05 am (UTC)
I'm sad PIMP no longer has my favorite fabric "mod squad", I was going to order more :-(

Yurtcraft and Mimi's Dreams both look very well made, I think I will try one from each next. Caroline's Creations is on vacation right now but I will check back, her previously sold items all look nice.
Arrow_Bright: Benedick & Beatricearrow_bright on March 10th, 2012 05:39 am (UTC)
Yurtcraft's stitching, particularly, is impeccable. I'm really jealous of her sewing abilities (I still struggle with straight lines...). They honestly look machine made. Also be sure to check out their FB pages, too. They occasionally post coupon codes. :) I've never bought from Caroline's Creations before, but they look nice. I might try them since she doesn't use batting anymore.

I forgot to mention before, but you can also check out cloth_pads. It's basically a cloth pad version of this community.
juliiie87juliiie87 on March 10th, 2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
She shouldn't be for long, she was just finishing up outstanding orders. :)