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04 April 2012 @ 12:07 am
I have finished two cycles with menstrual cups, and to be perfectly frank, my experiences were mixed, so I thought I'd share them in the hopes of getting some feedback.

I bought my first cup after painstakingly careful research and consideration. I measured myself while on my period, and found that my vagina was 7 cm long and my cervix was 4 to 4.5 cm deep. On my heaviest day, I saturated a regular tampon in 4 to 5 hours, so I estimated that my flow rate was around 2 mL per hour. I am also small-framed, in my mid-20s, and sexually active but without children.

Combining all of these criteria, I thought that the medium soft MeLuna (ring-stem) was the most appropriate choice. Lengthwise, it matched my internal dimensions, and with its 20 mL capacity, I figured I'd only have to change it every 8 to 10 hours (my biggest desire was being able to sleep peacefully through the night). I also thought that a soft cup would be more comfortable, given the fact that I'm fairly tight down there, and I didn't want undue compression on my bladder, urethra, or rectum.

When my cup arrived and I tried it out, I immediately discovered that I probably erred by going soft, especially since I was also able to try the small klassik sample that MeLuna included with my order. Beyond my initial issues getting the cup to pop open (I did finally get it working with the labia fold and lots of fiddling -- fortunately, I am quite comfortable with my body), I discovered that the cup was so soft that it was basically being collapsed by my body, which would obviously reduce its capacity. I also found that I liked to push the cup all the way up around my cervix to ensure a good seal, which probably further diminished its capacity. I noticed that it would start to leak after 4 or 5 hours, filling only up to 10 mL.

Undeterred, I bought a large Lunette next. I figured that since it was longer, firmer, and had a much higher capacity, it would work better for my body. When it arrived, I was happy to find that not only did it pop open readily, it fit me well, did not collapse, and I could not feel it when it was in. Removal was way more difficult -- unlike my MeLuna's ring-stem, the Lunette's tab stem was much harder to grab onto and tug down on -- and I basically had to reach all the way in and push down the rim in order to break the seal.

I was fine with everything until I used it on my next cycle, and found that it, too, leaked after only five or so hours, with around 12 mL of fluid inside -- barely an improvement over the MeLuna, despite the fact that its capacity was 10 mL greater. And this time around, I can't blame it on a soft cup that was being collapsed. Admittedly, I do lose capacity to my cervix since I push the cup as far up as it can go -- otherwise, the stem pokes me, but I cannot trim it because the cup works itself up naturally and I need it for removal -- but I was honestly still expecting a bigger difference in effective capacity, since I also wore the MeLuna high.

To study the capacities of my two cups, I then did an experiment. I took both cups, and filled them with water. I tilted them at a 45 degree angle to simulate its position inside a vagina, pressed my fingertips together to form the shape of a cervix, and dipped them 2.5 cm inside. When I measured the water that remained, I got 10 to 12 mL -- which was exactly what I observed to be the cups' maximum capacities when I was using them.

Now, up until that point, I was still willing to entertain the notion that perhaps I was still on the learning curve, and leaking due to an ill-fitting cup or a newbie mistake. But now, I'm beginning to think that there is a ceiling to a cup's leak-free capacity, and it is nowhere near the 20 or 30 mL that is advertised. I must say that I am a bit disappointed, because not only do I think I have a fairly typical vagina, but my periods aren't even all that heavy. But right now, on my heavy days, I have to empty my cup at the same frequency as I have to change my tampon, which does not make the cup more convenient than disposables.

With that said, I still do like the cup because I don't have to worry about carrying disposable products, and on my lighter days, I don't have to worry about TSS or drying out my vagina, and in the long run, a cup still wins out economically and environmentally. But I do wonder whether any veteran cup users can comment on whether or not their actual, true, realistic cup capacity tops out at 10 or 12 mL like mine does, and if not, whether they can offer any suggestions for improving capacity -- whether it's an even larger cup (are there any?!), wearing them lower, or anything else. Any thoughts would be much appreciated!
 
karenoh on April 4th, 2012 04:27 am (UTC)
Hmm. I've never tried a Lunette, but I can say that my small divacup holds more than my medium melunas.</p>

One of my melunas is a soft one and you are right: the soft style definitely makes it both harder to open as well as more prone to leak.

irraeniirraeni on April 4th, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
The small Diva can hold 27.5 mL to the medium MeLuna's 20 mL, but the large Lunette holds 30 mL, which is the same as the large Diva. I considered the Diva, but decided against it because I was concerned about its length (I wasn't thrilled with the hollow stem style or tiny air holes, either, to be honest). I thought the Lunette would be a good compromise between length and capacity.

Although I've only used it for a single cycle, in my experience, I actually wouldn't say that my MeLuna soft leaks more than a firmer cup. When I push the cup all the way up, I always get a good seal, and I know it's solid because I have to work to break it when I tug on the stem for removal. My issue at hand is that it 'leaks' past 10 mL, which I think is a capacity issue rather than a leakage one.
dareva on April 4th, 2012 04:50 am (UTC)
I have a small Diva, and I've often filled it nearly to the rim on heavy days. That's 15 to 20 mL if I remember correctly. I generally just push the cup in and let it find its own level, which is fairly high. The stem, which I have never trimmed, tends to rest just outside my vaginal opening--some days it's a tiny bit lower and thus is pokey, but I am reluctant to trim it since I use the stem to wiggle it low enough for removal.
irraeniirraeni on April 4th, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
The small Diva, according to the size charts, holds 27.5 mL. But even 15 to 20 mL is way more than what I'm getting. Do you know where your cervix is? If I were to use a Diva, there's no way my cervix wouldn't sit inside, even if I were to place it low.

Do you find the Diva's stem to be comfortable when it sticks out? I can't stand it when the Lunette's tab stem sticks out. I can't even stand it when it is barely inside -- when I sit down, the pressure still causes the stem to stab me. I need to push it ALL the way up in order to not feel it, but I can't trim it either -- my vagina apparently clenches onto the cup like a friggin' vise and it takes two hands to remove it -- one to tug on the stem, and the other with my finger worked all the way up around the rim to push it in. If the tugging hand has to hold onto the base instead of the stem, the level of contortion required for removal would be astronomical. I'm not sure if this situation would be improved with a Diva.
dareva on April 4th, 2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
I've never actually tried to measure with a measuring device of any kind, but I can reach my cervix with my middle finger whether I'm having my period or not. I can just reach it without difficulty. I have long fingers as well. My Diva never quite seems to make it all the way back to my cervix though it rides fairly high.

The stem is not all that comfortable; there's something about the hollow stem that pokes the heck out of me on the occasions it touches me. It doesn't happen often because of where it sits, though. It's also soft enough that it can be, I guess, compressed, by one's flesh. So it would be less pokey than a more solid stem, but still not a good time.

My Diva cup apparently just fits me. It stays in but there's not a lot of resistance when I try to get it out except that wiggling it down is often an adventure.
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 4th, 2012 02:40 pm (UTC)
From what you say here, I'd say give the Diva a go, since you have such a looong vayjay. You can get one for relatively cheap on the mc-sales community. It's also a little softer than your Lunette, so easier to squeeze, but the suction-release holes are a bitch from what I've heard.

See the 2 bottom last for comparison : http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/t226-lunette-comparison-photos

But also before you get another cup : do you relax & bear down during removal ? it's crucial if your cup rides so high. Also squatting shortens the canal. And it does take practice to get it right, so no worries ! :)
Arrow_Brightarrow_bright on April 4th, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, I was also going to ask if you remember to relax and bear down. If not, bearing down can really help you reach your cup, so you might be able to place it lower in your vagina and trim the stem so it won't poke you.
irraeniirraeni on April 4th, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
To answer both you and juliiie87, I do bear down, actually. And I think I'm fairly relaxed, as well -- I've been playing with my vagina for as long as I learned that I have one. :) The way that I remove my cup is that spread my legs and lean forward on the toilet. (I have not tried squatting, although I've tried lying down once on a dry run, and that did not work. I guess at home I'm worried that I'll get blood all over the floor, and it's not really feasible in public bathrooms, but I'll try it on a dry run or in the shower to see if that works better.) I bear down while I work the middle finger of my right hand up the side of the cup till I reach the rim, and I push it in to break the seal. At that point (still bearing down!), I use my left hand to grip the stem and tug downwards. Because my right hand is in the way, my left hand can't reach very far into my vagina, which is why the stem is important. I'm not sure if I can physically reach the base with my left hand while my right hand is still inside my vagina, breaking the seal.

And pulling on the stem/pinching the base alone does not work. I can pull my soft MeLuna out fine via the stem alone (although I'm still having to yank pretty hard), but not the Lunette -- I've tried dry runs and wet runs; I've pulled until my arm cramped up and I fear that I'm going to give myself a hernia -- all with no success. My vagina is, like, super-glued to the damn cup until I can break the seal. I imagine the entire process will get easier with more practice, but the fact that I need both hands is probably not going to change. Hence the de-stemming dilemma -- if I take off the stem and it stays low, I might be okay if I just bear down. But if it works its way up by itself, it's not going to be a pleasant battle getting it out, and it's not really one I'd like to undertake every five hours.. in the middle of a work day... in a public bathroom... with an auto-flushing toilet going off every 30 seconds, if you catch my drift. ;)
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 4th, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
It seems to me like you're doing all the right things.
It WILL get easier, and faster, I promise. Just like any other skill ! I never have to reach for the rim, I just press against the side of the cup with one finger, drag it lower while pinching the bottom half with my thumb and pointer, wiggle a little bit, all while pushing and that usually does it. Yes, I'm lucky it's that easy.

I wouldn't cut the stem off in your situation. Usually, I find a couple of nudging and kegels is enough to position the cup higher. I did trim a bit of the stem off, but my cup is long enough that it pretty much fills my vagina.

I do find that squatting helps (in the shower is an excellent idea). Lying down is THE best position to insert a (soft) cup in my experience, it gets sucked up and expands immediately like an air-balloon or a parachute or an umbrella or whatever ! to remove, which should be the opposite process, not so much.
irraeniirraeni on April 4th, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
You know, it's funny that you say I have a long vayjay. During my research process, I actually looked up scientific journal articles on the length of the vagina and cervix (so sue me, I'm a biology nerd :D), and I'm actually below average in the length category. I don't have the exact numbers right in front of me (I can look them up when I get home if you're interested, or even post the paper itself for download), but I believe the average distance to the cervix is 60 mm, and the average cervix length is 30 mm, while mine is 45 mm and 25 mm, respectively. The inter-person variation is huge, though, which is probably why fitting individual menstrual cups is so challenging.
Summers0mmer on April 4th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
Vaginal length increases pretty dramatically when one is sexually stimulated. If the study measurements weren't done in a relaxed state then they'll seem much longer. Fellow biology nerd here ;)
irraeniirraeni on April 4th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
I'm fairly sure the participants were unstimulated (unless they are, I dunno, somehow turned on by MRI scans? ;)). The PubMed abstract is here. BIOLOGY NERDS UNITE!
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 5th, 2012 10:34 am (UTC)
I was about to say, I wonder how and where in the world did they take these measurments... It's hard enough to get accurate statistics on penis length ! (lol) but then I read the abstract.

One factor that needs to be taken into account though, is that the cervix typically drop at their lowest point during one's period. I'm so glad I found this community, for one thing, I've learnt so much about the female body ! :)
irraeniirraeni on April 6th, 2012 03:14 am (UTC)
Ha, you want info on penile length? Here, have this study of 2276 healthy young Turkish men. They compared flaccid and erect, and also measured circumference. :)

It's way easier to measure penile length than vaginal dimensions, though. Just look at the sample sizes of the vaginal study vs. the penile one -- I mean, it was 28 women to over 2000 men. That, alone, is pretty telling.
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 4th, 2012 11:51 am (UTC)
Tightness of one's vagina is a function of the muscles in that area, not a given, since as we all know, vaginas can expand almost at will. However, having strong vaginal muscles from kegels and intense exercising is definitely a factor in favor of a firmer cup : as you've found out, you may well end up crushing your cup.

I've never experienced leaking problems, but I've read most users can fill their cups up to the holes. Considering the measurments you gave, you seem to have a case of "dangly" cervix. You might want to look into a longer cup, if you think it would fit. The large Lunette is wider, firmer, but still pretty short. There's no need to get a cup the size of your vagina from the tip of your cervix, since you know now it will most likely sit (o) around it. But mostly, my advice is to look into bell-shaped cups exclusively, such as the large Fleurcup, Si-Bell (both pretty soft, fleurcup has a slightly firmer rim than Meluna though) and Meluna classic. Pointed / tappered cups inevitably lose a lot of their capacity if your cervix fills up the top half. The Diva is much longer than your cups, but I wouldn't really advise this one as a first choice capacity-wise since it's tappered too. I kinda see it as the last resort extreme long cup lol. But to be sure, you might want to compare where your Lunette's stem ends up inside of you to the length of the Diva.

Now, wider cups usually sit higher for some reason, I wonder if a narrower cup would sit lower around your cervix, it might be worth experimenting how much you can fill up your small Meluna before it leaks?

Alternatively, keep emptying as often as you do : cloth pads are also an option for back-up at night (or always). Hope any of this makes sense !
irraeniirraeni on April 4th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your detailed response! And because no good deed goes unpunished, I shall now crush you with my own wall of text!

I was under the impression that softer cups were for folks with tighter vaginas while folks with looser muscles -- say from childbirth or older age -- need the structural integrity provided by firmer cups. Most of the discussion I've read centered around the fear of cups being too firm or large rather than cups being too soft, and that probably swayed my decision, even though I'm personally not intimidated by shoving stuff up my vag.

I agree with the notion that a longer cup might be better -- I went with the large Lunette for that reason. As for the Diva... I initially didn't go with it because I was worried it'd be too long. Given the fact that I can wear the large Lunette with its stem intact if I shove it all the way up, it looks like I can get the Diva to fit if I cut off the stem. But at this point, I'm honestly more concerned about removal. Like I posted in a previous comment, my vagina grips onto the cup like a mofo, and I absolutely cannot pull it out by pinching the base alone. The only way I can get it out is if I insert a finger up to the rim and push it down to let in air. But letting in air alone doesn't do it -- the moment I let go, it seals back up, so I need my second hand to simultaneously pull the cup out, and since I have to do that with my non-dominant left hand, the stem is essential to me maintaining my grip. This exercise means that currently takes me 15 minutes to deal with my cup, and while it's kinda fun the first few times when you're playing around at home, I can see this getting really annoying after a while. And my work place has those automatically flushing toilets which will go off if you so much as breathe, and I don't like to put my pants all the way down in public bathrooms so I can't spread my legs as much, and I'm sure you can see where this is going. :) Having to do this multiple times during a work day is enough to give me serious pause. :-/

When I looked at the Fleurcup, I decided against it because it was the same softness as the soft MeLuna. Si-Bell as well. Whereas the Lunette is hard to remove, the softer cups are hard to insert -- I'd basically spend just as much time trying to get it in, unfolded, and properly situated, and there's the concern about crushing the cup. (I also know that when my rectum is full, it puts pressure on my vagina, so I'm constantly paranoid that BMs will affect cup capacity as well.) The main contenders for cup #2 were the large klassik MeLuna and the large Lunette, and I chose the Lunette because the TPE of my MeLuna had started to yellow after only a single cycle, so I thought I'd try out silicone instead.

Regarding cup shapes and where they sit... I'm not surprised that wider cups sit higher, because the vagina itself is tapered. I've found that my Lunette automatically works itself up if I insert it lower, and another reason why I prefer to insert it high myself is because I worry that it might miss my cervix if I let it work itself up. That's actually another reason why I'm a bit doubtful that I'd do better with a bell-shaped cup -- I feel like it'll either go up on its own, or my lower vagina would end up crushing the bottom of the cup anyway, and render the extra volume moot.

But with that said, I will definitely stress test the MeLuna more next cycle. I'll try inserting it lower and see how it fairs. If it still can't hold more than 10 mL, then it would almost certainly be due to cup crushing and not cervix displacement. If it does better, then bell-shaped may be the way to go, or I can work up the nerve to de-stem my Lunette. If I could fill the cup with water, insert it, let it finish leaking, and then take it out and measure what's left, I'd do that, but I doubt I'd be able to get it in.

As for pads... I do have a homemade one, but I don't know where it is. I tend to despise pads in general, though. I usually just wear black underwear and dark pants and practice CONSTANT VIGILANCE!!!!! ;) Not being able to go overnight is a bit of a bummer, but it's not really worse than tampons, so I'm still okay with it.
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 4th, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
I'll try to keep it short now so please forgive me for not making stylish, elaborate sentences. :)

- You can't really decide where your cup sits, that'd be too easy, it will move up to wherever it pleases, which is generally (o) around your cervix, unless it hasn't open at all and lies squished to one side of it (which you should notice right away). Also, when you're trying to make your cup open or bring it down, it's up to you to RELAX those super strong muscles of yours (I mean, push the little sucker OUT !). ;)

All you can do is decide where you'd rather have it pop open, or where you can best. Also don't get discouraged by the reputation of some cups for being more difficult to pop open : that's only a matter of practice really. Otherwise, no one would use them !

- People in general are way too obsessed about vaginal tightness or scared to shove anything up there imo. I can't really give advice about what older women or weaker vaginae/s need, I guess there's no definite rule for that, but I definitely read about athletic users crushing their cups a couple times. For me, I'm 25, not athletic, sexually active, and I can use a super soft cup just fine !

- All cups may stain, regardless of material, it's only more noticeable on clear ones. To avoid staining, rinse the blood off with cold water. Oxygen peroxide and sunning (not for meluna though) should get rid of the stains.

- I only advised bell shaped cups because they offer more capacity to someone with a dangly cervix. I don't think you would crush them more easily, as long as they are of the firmness you need. Now that I think again, I'd only advise you an XL Meluna classic, preferably traditional stem, or a large Diva. The others are all just as short as your Lunette. It's a pity you can't do soft cups, or I would point you towards the natural mamma. There's the Missucp but I've never heard anything about this one stiffness-wise. Oh wait, large Yuuki looks nice and firm too ! And it's often cited as a high capacity cup. Take a look at the pretty pictures. :)

Edited at 2012-04-04 05:59 pm (UTC)
irraeniirraeni on April 4th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks again for taking the time to respond, I really appreciate hearing your thoughts! I hope you don't mind my being incredibly long-winded here... It's so liberating to be able to talk openly about menstrual products with somebody, anybody, and I guess I have a lot to say, haha.

So the more I think about it, the more I think I just have a freakishly tight lower vagina. It explains why I crush softer cups, and why I wear my MeLuna high -- the cup won't open until the rim reaches the depth of my cervix because there's too much pressure lower down, to the point where it's actually opened above my cervix and I've had to shove my cervix inside. Firmer cups do work for me, but because they tend to stretch me out more, that extra tension makes removal rather difficult.

I think the consensus is that I need a longer, perhaps more bell-shaped cup in order to mitigate volume displacement by my cervix, but the cup itself would also need to be firm enough to remain uncollapsed in my lower vagina. The large Diva and klassik XL MeLuna are both longer and fairly firm, but neither beats the large Lunette in capacity, so I'm not sure if there'd be a net gain there. Plus, I'd have to get over my concern about going stem-less, which is not trivial. The Yuuki looks interesting, and I'll admit I hadn't seriously considered it previously because I thought it was a super-high capacity cup and I don't consider my flow to be unusually heavy (it's heavier than average but not clinically abnormal). I'm probably going to experiment with my existing cups for a few more cycles and see if I can get better at using them, but the Yuuki is definitely on my radar now.

I'm curious as to why you recommend a traditional MeLuna stem over a ring-stem, though. Having used both, I actually prefer the ring-stem because it's easier for me to grip (and I need a good grip due to how hard I need to pull), and it pokes less because it's round. Is it a matter of personal preference, or am I missing another point here?

As for the staining... it's definitely a secondary concern for me after function. I was merely peeved that the TPE had stained. I got some hydrogen peroxide, but if I'm perfectly honest, I haven't tried soaking my cup yet because I don't actually care that much. If it truly bothered me, I'd just get a black cup.

I love your comment on vaginal tightness, BTW, because it's so true! When I first got my period at 14, my father initially refused to get me tampons because "They are only for married women". Fortunately, he eventually relented, but I was honestly shocked by his statement because, unbeknownst to him, I've always been fascinated with my body and I'd been playing with my vagina for YEARS (I discovered my clitoris at age 7 -- that was fun!), so if he thought that nothing should go up there until I was married, he was already *way* too late for that, LOL.

(Is it terribly surprising that I went on to study biology and now I'm a researcher? Probably not, heh.)
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 5th, 2012 10:29 am (UTC)
I actually enjoy discussing these matters extensively, it's just that I don't want you to think I'm rude if I sometimes go bluntly to the point : english isn't my first language, so it takes me time and energy to build correct sentences, and sometimes I just don't feel like it. But it's good practice !

The reasons I still recommended these cups and stems styles is pretty simple : so you can get all the length you need ! However, I do think it's wise for you to practice with the cups you have first !
I'm not sure about the Diva though (I really don't like this brand for some reason, actually more than one, can you tell?), but the general idea was that there's only so far up it can sit, and only so far low your cervix can steal capacity. The Diva being the longest cup... But it's only the longest in the body, so idk.

Regarding the XL Meluna : don't underestimate it, this thing looks HUGE in pictures, and that's also the word some users have used to describe it. Supposedly, it holds at least 30ml to the holes. Large Lunette is shorter and pointy, there's no miracle there.

As for the full stem : I haven't gotten the chance to actually try Melunas so far, although I'd like to, but it's for the same reason : the stem is a few mm longer than the ball ! As for going stemless, well, why should you ? The point of full stems imo, is that you can trim them to suit your exact needs. The ring or ball appears more difficult to trim off. As a side note, most people learn to use the stem less and less over time. Unless you can't do without because of your anatomy, in this case just keep it on.

I've always been curious too, and verby, so now between converting my girlfriends and spending way too much timme on here, I'm pleased. :)
sweetrumbellesweetrumbelle on December 28th, 2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
Same exact thing, I hope you update on your experience
I am having the same issues it seems. The suction is really strong and I don't like the stem, but it helps guide it after I try breaking the suction. I want high capacity because like you, I don't want to deal with changing it at work.

I have to check my cervix later, but I know right before my period it was still high.

I hope you update with your experience.

I am also trying out menstrual cups for the first time. It is my first cycle.

I bought four cups. The Model 1 and 2 from Lunette and the model 1 and 2 from Sckoon.

I tried the small Lunette first and it was okay, but I think it was leaking because it was getting pretty full.

So, I decided to use the Large Lunette. It seems it fills to about the first line and then it started leaking. Which did not make sense.

I'll keep trying and I think I'll try the Sckoon on my next cycle.

2clueless2clueless on April 7th, 2012 04:41 am (UTC)
The large yuuki is pretty soft. Personally I feel the large Fleurcup is easier to pop open.
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 7th, 2012 11:51 am (UTC)
How old is yours ? I've heard they've made it much firmer now !
2clueless2clueless on April 7th, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah mine's a couple years old at least. That's great news! Thanks for the tip!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 4th, 2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you might have a "dangly" cervix which displaces volume in your cups. Sometimes mine is more "dangly" than others. Will yours vary too?

Hang in there and give it a few more cycles to figure out if there's a pattern or if there's something that you can do to position the cup differently. In the mean time, check out the size and capacity charts over at the Community FAQ. But don't rush into your next cup purchase. Get to know the ones you have a little better, what you like and don't like about them -- and then use that to figure out if you want another. Or maybe your ideal cup doesn't exist yet?
irraeniirraeni on April 4th, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
My cervix actually stays relatively put throughout my cycle. It's generally 45 mm in -- maybe a hair lower when I'm on my period, which is why I said 40 to 45 mm -- but its position also changes slightly according to how my legs are positioned. I don't know if there's a standard posture for cervix measuring, so that's the best figure I can provide. I'm sure arousal affects it too, since let's just say that my SO's penis is, ahem, longer than 45 cm. ;)

I think I agree with you about taking it slower from here on out, though. This is definitely becoming more complicated than I anticipated, and you may be right that my Goldilocks cup does not exist yet. Who knows... it's also possible that I can't physically fit 20 or 30 mL worth of volume inside the natural contours of my vagina. :-/
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 4th, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
Bollocks, vagina(e?) fit babies heads' and a penises ! How's that for natural contours ? lol
irraeniirraeni on April 4th, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
Ack! I just noticed that I wrote 45 cm instead of 45 mm. If he were 45 cm, I do believe I'd be f'ed... in more ways than one. ;)
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 5th, 2012 10:39 am (UTC)
Gotcha ! tha'd be some hard core stuff...;D Don't feel bad, it took me long enough to be able to think in inches !
sofia_airodebas on December 27th, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
Maybe you've already found the answers to your questions as you had a few more cycles since you first posted and I'm really curious to know!
I just wanted to say something about removal. I have a MCUK and I had a really hard time learning to remove it. I had an issue with breaking the seal and use to have to put a finger up to fold the rim. But with a lot of trying and experimenting I managed to improve my technique and it's becoming easier and easier after each cycle! I guess that our bodies gets used to the cup and vice-versa :)