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So I own the small Ladycup and I've been using it for about 5 months now. It is my first menstrual cup and overall I have to say that it is pretty good.

After a few days of hit-and-miss, I find inserting/releasing the cup fairly simple, it rarely leaks, and I don't have to empty it too often.

The huge issue I am having though is that the stem quite noticeably pokes my vaginal wall and rubs against it when I move around. It's not the worst feeling ever but it's unpleasant enough that I am looking into getting a new cup.

I've thought about shortening/cutting the stem but found that it was extremely difficult for me to reach the base of the cup with my fingers alone.

Since the stem stops quite a bit up inside me, I'm looking for a cup that is longer and hopefully has more stem to avoid this issue again.

I really enjoy the squishiness of the Ladycup so I'm hoping to find a cup that is similar in that aspect but I'm willing to branch out. 

I also think I am going to swap to the large-size because the small Ladycup gets a little lost in there and I find myself changing it every few hours.

I've looked around the forum for a few days now and examined most of the charts and the choices I am looking at most seriously are

  • Large cuplee: this has the length I am seeking (even though the stem is quite small) and it rates as very soft. I am hesitant about getting this cup because I fear it may be too soft and I really don't know if a firmer cup would comfortable and/or stop the occasional leaks I get with my Ladycup
  • Large Lunette: I really like the way that this cup is shaped and it's length/stem make it look pretty ideal to me but I keep hearing that it is super firm.
  • Large Fleurcup: I like the size of this cup and I also like that it is of apparently similar softness to the Ladycup
  • Large Yuuki: The Yuuki rates as quite large but I like the shape of it. Like the Lunette, it is apparently very firm

So overall I'm hoping to get some opinions from people who have used a few of these cups (and maybe used the Ladycup) about what worked out for them.

Advice in particular about firmness would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

juliiie87juliiie87 on July 1st, 2012 01:44 pm (UTC)
I would guess so, but I can't honestly remember anyone complaining on here. I know Cuplee's tappered shape looks more appealing to me, but a happy Fleurcup user would probably disagree, and obviously that's fine.

OP, according to Melissa's photos, the large Fleurcup looks like it has a slightly longer stem, but according to this chart they should be similar... http://menstrualcup.co/brands/comparer-coupe-menstruelle-tableau.html
So idk, it's really up to what appeals to you most (and possibly how high you think it'll ride). A wide cup such as Fleurcup would probably go as far as possible. But the stem looks like it'll be sturdier if you really have to pull it down. I never had issues cleaning the hollow stem, but maybe that's because it sits rather low inside me, idk. The main difference is width and of course, capacity. And the shape is obviously very different.

It can sometimes be tricky to remove such a soft cup, for me it helps being able to reach in next to the cup, but I also appreciate the grip rings and the firmer spot where the stem is attached to the body which allows to pinch it and wiggle it out.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on July 1st, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
well, if the OP wants this shape there's no need to get a fleurcup when there's the green donna, which is soft unlike the large lunette and yuuki.
m03m on July 1st, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
It's almost like you prefer that people don't recommend the Fleurcup... which is a great cup and easy to get. Like juliiie87, I can't remember reading about anyone who did not like the shape.

Frankly I'd have no idea where to get a Green Donna, I don't see any on Ebay at the moment.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on July 1st, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
depends on where you're from. in russia green donnas are MUCH easier to get.
i like this shape in general but when my small meluna slides down too much i just HATE it. and there were enough people not liking the new meluna shape that the old one was brought back.
it's more like green donna is under-recommended because it's not so well-known and because of the lunette campaigns. i'm just stating the fact: the OP wants a long cup with a yuuki/lunette shape but softer, like a cuplee but preferably longer. green donna seems perfect.
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 1st, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
True, it's toally a valid advice, I just never suggest it because I wouldn't know where to get one if I wanted to. Plus I don't really know how it rates stiffness-wise. And I wonder about the quality, because you can't really complain to the company in case anything goes wrong, that's all.
m03m on July 2nd, 2012 06:54 am (UTC)
Easier than ordering a Fleurcup? How does that work?
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on July 2nd, 2012 10:25 am (UTC)
several resellers and co-op orders. nothing like that for a fleurcup. almost nobody bothers with ordering directly from abroad, making it pretty similar to misscup or shecup in terms of availability.
m03m on July 2nd, 2012 10:34 am (UTC)
Ah, I didn't realise people consider buying from a reseller 'easier'.

No one I know has problems ordering stuff from abroad. Plus, most of the resellers are 'abroad' too.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on July 2nd, 2012 10:56 am (UTC)
duh, of course nobody you know has problems. the ordering thing, along with visas, is why i consider myself *less European* than ppl from, say, Spain or Sweden. I'm currently in Finland and I'm trying to order everything I need while it's easy.

there are plenty of russian resellers selling cups, the most popular ones probably being meluna, green donna and ladycup.
moonhoney925 on July 3rd, 2012 04:49 am (UTC)
Huh??? Serpent_849, why are you so against the Fleurcup? Did you have a bad experience with one?

I'm in Australia and have had no issues whatsoever ordering anything from abroad including the Fleurcup (when you are Australian, you find that its a priority to order things from O/S if you're on a budget). I'll admit that it was the first thing that I have ordered from France and if that is anything to go by then I have no hesitations ordering anything else from there.

I ordered my Fleurcup and my Lunette (luneshop.com) on the sameday and the Fleurcup arrived 2 days before the Lunette. The price for the Fleurcup was good too EUR14.99 + EUR3.99 for postage. Their site was straightforward as well.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on July 3rd, 2012 08:34 am (UTC)
well good for you. i don't trust our post and i prefer having the opportunity to get stuff delivered directly to me or, even better, to meet the delivery person at a metro station (because then they won't make you wait). i think it's silly that they sell only through their official site, though there weren't any russian distributors before that either.
i was just pointing out that there's no need to get a fleurcup if the OP wants somethink like Yuuki but softer. i do rec it when i really see that it's the best option.
m03m on July 3rd, 2012 08:53 am (UTC)
What's 'the ordering thing'? Can't people in Russia order from abroad?
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on July 4th, 2012 06:36 am (UTC)
Russian customs is notoriously red-tape driven, clunky, and slow. Many sellers won't even ship there because it's so slow. So you can order from abroad, but it's often a painful exercise.
moonhoney925 on July 2nd, 2012 06:51 am (UTC)
The Fleurcup has a slightly longer stem than the Lunette but it would only be by about 2mm at most.

It's a really nice cup. The texture of it is good too- not slippery and very easy to clean, even with toilet paper if you need to empty it while you're out.

I'm quite happy to recommend it.