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24 April 2012 @ 02:59 am
I have used a Diva (s) for a little over a year now (kind of off and on) I'm thinking though that I want one that's a bit softer, partly because my Diva I have issues with after insertion it pops open and cause cramps, even when I take time and do it carefully, (I was kind of thinking a Meluna) though I don't know how much the size difference would affect leaking or anything. (the diva seems to be the correct size for me, but I kind of want slightly shorter for certain activities such as horse riding) and would a softer cup have a tendency to leak more than a stiffer one? Also since I am looking at getting a shorter cup, I was thinking the stem should be smooth (like not a tube, which is another reason I was looking at meluna)
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 24th, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
Have you seen the charts ?

http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/

If your cup sits low, you could always trim the stem.
I don't think softer cups leak more, if anything, they tend to conform to your body better. The only case when a soft cup might leak is if you have strong muscles down there, from exercising, kegels, pilates and such. Several brands have a fuller stem : Si-Bell, Lunette, Miacup, Meluna, etc.
karenoh on April 24th, 2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
I, too, began looking for a second cup after using the Diva (s) for a while.

Others in this community disagree with me but: I do think my soft meluna medium leaks more often than the stiffer meluna classic.

That said, I highly recommend either the meluna soft or the meluna classic medium. You could try some of their stem options: I looove the ball stem!

My ideal cup would be a medium meluna classic with ball stem (shorter cup than diva, but similar in capacity -- meluna m holds slightly less than diva, plus the comfort of the ball stem, entire cup easier to clean than the Diva).

You could try a soft as well, but insertion is trickier and, in my experience, my soft cup leaks more.

Not so much that I never wear it, but I'm more confident with my classic.

As for those who say it's just a matter of finding the right technique to get a soft cup to open: well...that takes time, energy, and a lot of patience, frankly.

I'd rather just stick with an easy-to-open cup...and not risk yanking out my IUD to triple check to see if my soft cup has popped open. Which by the way, my soft cup always seems to have a delay in opening. It doesn't feel all the way open after I insert it, but sometimes it will open on its own after I've given up.

I alternate between meluna soft medium with ball stem and my meluna classic medium with regular stem.
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 24th, 2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
I'm part of the ones who support soft cup and think they aren't that difficult to pop open. In fact I wouldn't get a stiff cup just because I'd be afraid to feel it, which is more important imo. But I use a Cuplee, not a Meluna, which probably makes a difference : although it's supposedly just as soft, the pointed shape may help it pop open easier. I've heard the Mini Melunas are a lot easier to pop open for this very reason.

If it's of any help, I found that the tighter, most complicated folds made the cup most eager to pop open (origami, labia, half diamond). And also, that incerting lying down it made it pop open like a charm because everything feels so much looser around the cup. Basically, you want to get air to reach the top of the cup for it to fill up like a balloon, all the while preventing your tissue to collapse the little thing.
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on April 25th, 2012 12:10 am (UTC)
I personally found the MeLuna soft a PITA and not worth the irritation to get open, but the Mini MeLuna soft is super easy. I also didn't like the new shape MeLuna for other reasons, so you might want to diregard that.

Maybe because it's the type of sports I do, Ballet and Figure Skating, but I find my softer cup leaks less. In fact my Mini MeLuna soft has never leaked at all. The seal is very secure. There's a lot of bending and contracting of my muscles in my pelvic area and my cup has to be able to move with it. I think the pointed shape is a lot more sport friendly.