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brytewolf
14 May 2012 @ 10:41 pm
I am happy to report a success story! I have just finished my first period with my menstrual cup, and I am HOOKED!

I went through size charts, I scratched my head, and like so many of us I didn't really know where to begin. I decided to go middle of the road - middle height, middle width, and see how it worked. I thought as long as I had *A* cup I could figure out what worked, and what didn't, and go from there if my initial choice just wasn't a good fit. I ended up getting a Model 1 Miacup (which I haven't really seen promoted by the users here, and wondered if there was a reason, or there were just other brands people used more/were comfortable with?).

I emptied it at least twice a day. On my heaviest day, it was half full, so I think the size is good :) I can't feel it inside, and it doesn't migrate in too deeply (I can reach the base after only a little bearing down, and squeeze between two fingers to break the seal). I did have some leaking the first real day of my period, when I first woke up - but I believe that was due to the cup not opening all the way, and therefore the seal wasn't created. I was able to empty in public restrooms no problems! \o/

But it's not perfect. I still find sometimes I have to insert it a couple times before I can get it to fully open inside. I seem to have better luck when I don't fold all of it over, and leave a pocket of air in the base to help it pop open? If anyone has any suggestions on something that might work better (as this did not work 100% of the time) it would be much appreciated!!

I wanted to thank this community, and especially those who are also members of vaginapagina as without you I would never have discovered cups!!! I couldn't stand having diapers (pads) on, and was never comfortable with having bleach-filled tampons in all the time, but couldn't find a better alternative! And now I never have to worry about having enough tampons on me to survive a day :D
 
nocebo_domingonocebo_domingo on May 15th, 2012 11:58 am (UTC)
I love my L Mia; smooth and soft, good capacity, grippy base that makes it easy to remove. The smoothness is almost like having a bit of lube on there. I find the 7-fold pops best, and that may be what you are describing. Tip: the stains sneak up on you because the dark color disguises them for a while. If you care (and not everyone does) give it a soak in diluted hydrogen peroxide every few months.
brytewolfbrytewolf on May 16th, 2012 07:33 am (UTC)
Haha! Hello fellow Mia user :D And you say the 7-fold pops the best? I will have to check out that folding method and try it out next time, thank you! I don't think I'll mind stains, as long as I know it's clean. Nobody sees it but me :) but if it does bug me, I'll keep that in mind!
acat112233acat112233 on May 15th, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
I took one of those quiz/poll things and the Miacup was a match for me. I've always been interested in trying a Miacup, but the three things that made me choose other cups over this one were: stem type, capacity, and price. I try not to let pricing influence my buying decisions when it comes to a product such as this, but it was hard to ignore. I ended up going with a large Si-Bell and I absolutely love it.

I'm glad you're happy with the Miacup, though. If I ever get a chance to snag a Miacup for cheap, I totally will. Thanks for the review!

Edited at 2012-05-15 10:59 pm (UTC)
nocebo_domingonocebo_domingo on May 16th, 2012 12:14 am (UTC)
Can I ask why you don't like the stem type? I find the stem very comfortable - by comparison to the Fleur's, more soft and flexible so I feel it less.
acat112233acat112233 on May 16th, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
I haven't been a fan of hollow tube stems or tab stems. It's more because I have carpal tunnel and repetitive use injuries that cause my wrists and fingers to lock up and cramp when I hold them in a pinching position for too long than with the Miacup specifically. For those reasons I'm unsure of ever trying a Fleurcup or Lunette and I know I'll never try a Lady Cup even if they come in the most dazzling array of colors *_* It also doesn't help that I have a high cervix...

With my MeLuna ring stemmed cups I can do a quick one finger hook, dent, and remove (once it's down far enough).

The Si-Bell cup's stem is incredibly flexible and thin. When I go to remove my cup, it rides so high that even the end of the stem is a bit of a reach. So while I do have to remain in the pinching position for a short time there's enough give to the stem that I can drag it low enough so it's outside of my body. Overall, removal of the SI-Bell is super easy for some reason.
nocebo_domingonocebo_domingo on May 16th, 2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that. I've often thought we need a chart for stem types. It matters a lot for some people and like everything else with cups not necessarily for the same reasons.</p>

In my opinion hollow stems are just plain bad design.

acat112233acat112233 on May 16th, 2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
I agree! I never feel I've cleaned them well enough.
brytewolfbrytewolf on May 16th, 2012 07:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, the price gave me pause too. I was also looking at a Yuuki, but the Miacup impressed me more (their website seemed more put together, and I kept ending up back with it when I was checking out the sizecharts) so I decided to take the plunge!

But you said capacity was another thing that made you choose another brand - wouldn't all the ones in that general range have the same general capacity? I was so overwhelmed by the size chart, I didn't even do more than gloss over capacity!
acat112233acat112233 on May 16th, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
I agree. The Miacup's packaging and overall aesthetic is very impressive. (Not to mention I love all shades of purple/violet!) :)

Using this size chart: http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ I went by user reported capacity. The difference of about 2.5-5 could be negligible, I still preferred this small margin. (I also wanted something that held more than my medium MeLuna to make it worth buying another cup.)


http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/t496-si-bell-cup-comparison-photos
brytewolfbrytewolf on May 17th, 2012 08:16 am (UTC)
\o/ Purple is awesome :)

Ahhh, yeah, in your case then I can definitely see how that would make a difference! Thank you for the pictures - I find it interesting to see all of them lined up together for comparison. Though I am glad I didn't see them before I bought, or I probably would have ended up even more conflicted XD
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 16th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
Just out of curiosity, what do you think about the second rim (or ridge) of the Miacup ? Is it uncomfortable at all, to remove, etc. ? I'm in the process of helping a friend pick her first cup and it looked huge to her...
nocebo_domingonocebo_domingo on May 16th, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
I think it helps give the cup some spring in opening. But I don't feel any difference in comfort.
brytewolfbrytewolf on May 17th, 2012 08:11 am (UTC)
To be honest, I don't even notice it. To remove, I just squeeze the base (as mentioned, the base is nice and grippy) to break suction and pull it out. I can't feel the second ridge, and it doesn't make the rim stiffer to complicate removal.