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Ex astris, scientia.
I thought I would do a detailed comparison for those wondering just how small the mini and classic Melunas are. But I also wanted to do a squishyness comparison. These cups are smaller than the small Ladycup and Small Lunette, which are also pretty small cups. I originally bought the Ladycup about 3 or 4 years ago because I think it was the smallest on the market at the time. I also bought a Lunette a few months ago from someone in mc_sales because I had always been meaning to try it since it was only slightly bigger with more capacity. Now that smaller cups have come out I was curious to try them as well because they are shorter, and my cervix tends to move pretty far forward at the start of my period. So I got a free Small Soft Meluna from a user in mc_sales, and recently ordered two mini cups, one soft and one classic from this person as well. Here are my thoughts and some great comparison pictures.

In order of height: The Lunette is the tallest from the rim to the base of the cup. (the stem has been trimmed on this cup) The Mini Classic Meluna is the shortest cup from rim to base.

Here is an alternative height comparison. The difference between the Lunette and Meluna is emphasized in this photo. So if you are questioning what cup you should get regarding length, consider the vast difference between a Small Lunette and a Mini Meluna.

In order of diameter (from the outside): The Lunette has the widest outer diamter, and the Ldaycup and Mini Classic Meluna have the same diamater. The Small Soft Meluna has the smallest diamter.

The Small Soft Meluna fits inside of a Small Lunette, and the difference in diamter is emphasized.

The Small Soft Meluna also fits almost entirely into the Small Ladycup and the difference in diameter is emphasized:

In order of the rim firmness: This is only a matter of my opinion, and not quite as objective as my other observations, but in my opinion, the Ladycup has the firmest rim (because it is thicker), while surprisingly the Lunette has a pretty soft rim (its not as firm despite having a firmer body overall), and the Small Soft Meluna has the softest rim. Consider these comparisons when getting a cup because you may have trouble popping open a Soft Meluna which will make creating a seal more difficult.

Other observations: I think it is odd that the Mini Classic has a thicker rim than the Small Soft. Perhaps the rim on the Small Classic is thicker and therfore more firm? I do not know because I have not seen a Small Classic Meluna in person. Any comments regarding that are welcome.

Interestingly, the small Ladycup has a different consistency throughout its body. The half portion closer to the stem is softer than the other portion closer to the rim where the holes are located. The Lunette has a more consistent feel throughout but is still not 100% consistent. The portion of the Lunette closer to the stem is softer in comparison to the portion closer to the rim, but the portion closer to the rim is not as firm as the Ladycup. I would say overall though that the Ladycup's body is squishier than the Lunette's body, which is why I prefer it over the Lunette.

Side by side the Soft Meluna and Classic Meluna do not feel that much different in firmness, but when compared to the other cups you can feel how much softer the Soft Meluna really is. I had trouble opening up the Small Soft Meluna so I am not using it, but I did not have trouble opening my Mini Soft Meluna (not pictured in this post since I'm using it now :P). I think the firmness of the rim really makes a difference. The rim on the Mini Soft Meluna that I'm using now has the same thickness as the Mini Classic Meluna, which is thicker than the Small Soft Meluna. Even though the bodies of the Mini Soft and Small Soft feel the same, the thicker rim on the Mini Soft really helps with popping open the cup, despite the Small Soft being bigger. The firmness of the bodies of the Mini Soft, Mini Classic and Small Soft are consistent throughout their bodies, unlike the Lunette and Ladycup.

Recommendations: Out of these cups I would recommend getting either a small Ladycup or a Mini Classic (or Mini Soft) if you are concerned about length. I would not recommend getting a Lunette because that little bit of difference in size, even though its hardly anything at all, really makes insertion and opening very uncomfortable for me. The Small Soft Meluna is just far too soft to open, but oddly enough the Mini Soft Meluna is not, perhaps because the shapes are different and the rim is firmer on the Mini soft, so I would choose the Mini Soft over the small soft. If you want to get a Meluna I recommend getting any of them with a stem because even though the ball stem is cute, its a little more difficult to grab onto. So unless you really like stemless or short stemmed cups, get the traditional stem instead :)

Hopefully this post wasn't too confusing XD
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Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on March 31st, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
Thanks for all this info!
These are exactly the cups I've been debating buying. I have a small Lunette, which works OK, but I can feel pressure when it's in and am looking for something either a little smaller or a little softer. I have light cycles and an average length cervix, so length and capacity are not really an issue. I'm still curious about the Meluna soft, but now I'm leaning towards the mini rather than the bell shape. I wonder if I'd also have problems getting the bell shape to open.

Also, LadyCup just started selling on Amazon (just under $30 including shipping), so that option seems much more tempting now.
Ex astris, scientia.component on March 31st, 2012 12:15 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks for all this info!
Well, so far I have to say the Ladycup has always been my favorite, but the Mini Soft Meluna definitely seems nice so far. I've been using it for a day and I think it might be the second favorite cup so far :) Although I would recommend the Mini Classic with a traditional stem over the Mini Soft with a traditional stem just because its slightly firmer yet still as squishy as a Ladycup. I would recommend a ladycup to anyone who is looking to try a small cup unless their cervix is just really far forward all the time. If someone's cervix is really far forward i would just go straight to any of the Small or Min Classic Melunas :) Don't even bother getting a Soft Meluna because it really isnt that much softer than a Classic, and its just way too soft to open on the Small bell shaped cup since the rim is far too squishy.
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on March 31st, 2012 07:13 am (UTC)
Hey you! I'm glad at least one of them worked for you. The small Mini Soft is my favorite too, except ball or ring stem. The traditional stem is too long for my low cervix and dislike cutting things. Silly, but true.

I very much dislike the new shape soft MeLuna's, but they work for some people.
Ex astris, scientia.component on March 31st, 2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yes I'm loving the mini soft so far. It seems that the 7 fold is ideal for opening it in my case. I want to try out the mini classic ball stem next month : D the minis are so cool!

Its too bad the small soft hasn't worked for me so far but I want to keep trying anyway. I'm curious to know if the small classic has a better rim.
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on March 31st, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
I doubt it...I think the whole idea behind MeLuna changing the shape was to make the cup more comparable to other cups. I think some people prefer a more seamless rim. The softs are too soft to bother me, but some people may be sensitive to the pronounced rim.

What I like about the small Mini is that a plain old c fold works for me. I don't have get complicated like I did with the other one.

Ironically I find the Mini classic more obnoxious to position than the Mini soft. The classic pops open too quickly, sometimes hitting me not so nicely in the cervix, and then I have to readjust. The soft goes in perfectly the first time and opens easily, because of the rim and the cone shape. I also think the suction breaks too easy in the classic, making it less suitable for sports IMO. I'm entirely too athletic to have that drama in my life. The thicker rim stands up to my muscles, but is soft enough to go with the movement. It's the best of both worlds!
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Ex astris, scientia.component on March 31st, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
Yes I don't understand why they don't :( I personally like the shape even though some people don't. I hope they improve the rim on all the soft cups.
sparklemooosparklemooo on June 2nd, 2012 09:06 am (UTC)
this is an excellent post -thanks so much! I am in the process of purchasing my next Meluna cups :)
Ex astris, scientia.component on June 3rd, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
Glad i could help!
tjstjstjstjstjstjs on April 4th, 2013 06:45 am (UTC)
Is the mini a SMALL mini or a MEDIUM mini?? thanks :D