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30 June 2012 @ 06:22 pm
Sorry that this is my second post, but I just finished my first cycle with my small DivaCup. There were some small issues, and thanks to responses on my first post, I learned to effectively clean the air holes to avoid clogging as much as possible. Thank you for that advice! From day three and onward, it was pretty much smooth sailing.

I did see that on my first two days (my heaviest days), I would probably have to empty my cup every two hours. That wouldn't be such a problem at home, but this Fall I'll be going back to college (and staying in a dorm this time). Emptying every two hours just sounds like such a hassle in stalls around campus. It felt really good not to use pads this cycle, so I wouldn't want to resort to wearing pads as backup if I can help it.

So I'm looking for a higher capacity cup. I saw that the MeLuna XL holds up to 42ml up to the rim, in comparison to my Diva's 30ml to the rim  (I remember on my second day, my DivaCup was filled to the rim in a bit less than two hours). Also, as others mentioned, my cervix is probably taking up some space in the cup, making it fill faster. MeLuna's XL cup has a wider rim, so would that help my cervix take up less space? Also, I'm guessing MeLuna's holes are bigger, so that would stop the problem I may had had with the holes clogging up on my heavy days and thus, breaking the seal. I'm not sure if that was what actually happened in one of my leaking episodes, but I thought I should mention it in case there is some truth in the matter.

Also, I mentioned that I always have trouble getting my cup to open. It seems that the C-fold opens easier because it has less folds, but that still takes some five minutes to get it open with some twisting and turning. I haven't tried laying on my back as someone suggested (I'll try that later tonight when people just won't barge into my room), but I can't really do that outside my home if it does work. The Diva's is a 4 on stiffness while the XL MeLuna is a 6, so I'm thinking that would help make it pop open easier.

I'm not sure if there are other cups that would benefit me in capacity and stiffness (the MeLuna XL was the one that caught my eye with capacity). If another cup won't necessarily give me more capacity, then that's alright then. I will just have to make due with more bathroom breaks and perhaps a backup pad. I just thought I would put this out there in case there is a better cup for my heavier days. Any help or suggestions is appreciated!
 
melissa569melissa569 on July 1st, 2012 12:10 am (UTC)
If you are filling your cup up too fast, higher capacity cups usually do help. Meluna certainly has higher capacity cups, but of course you also have choices of firmer or softer, and now I think they have one that is even firmer than Classic. The sport one? So that shouldn't be a concern.

Large Lunette is firm and pops open easy, but the capacity may not be too much more significant that Diva...
phantomkat on July 2nd, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
I did read that MeLuna came up with their Sport cup, but I haven't been able to find any reviews on it to compare with the Classic. That's why I'm currently debating between the two. I'm afraid of going too stiff with the Sport but not stiff enough with the Classic.
lovinggirl88lovinggirl88 on July 3rd, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
The sport is pretty stiff. I haven't gotten to try it out yet but I have a sport cup, a classic, and a soft. I have used the soft and the classic but I just got the sport. When I got the classic I thought it was pretty stiff (compared to the soft) but it worked fine and I didn't even feel it when it was in. Now that I have the sport to compare them to, the classic actually seems pretty soft! Comparing them all, the soft seems like it has NO resistance, the classic has resistance but is still fairly soft, and the sport is pretty stiff with the least give. It's kinda like this: the amount of pressure needed to compress the sport a quarter of the way will compress the classic halfway and the soft all the way. If you go to meluna's website and click on the menstrual cups tab they have a picture of all the cups right on top of each other that demonstrates what I just said.

BTW, meluna's website is meluna.eu

Edited at 2012-07-03 03:15 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 1st, 2012 12:56 pm (UTC)
Popping open issues are often beginner's issue, to be honest, but I can see how they can be frustrating ! Personnally, I find the most intricate folds work best (origami, half diamond or labia).

I think your choice is a good one, especially because the XL Meluna is the closest to the length of your Diva, and this is imo the most important factor to look at. Besides, classic Meluna wouldn't be that much of a jump from a Diva. Now if you wanted something really firmer, there's Meluna sport or even Yuuki but that's a bit of a jump, maybe. I read Melunas can be tricky to pop open due to their shape I guess, but I think it's worth a bit of learning curve. Large Lunette sounds fine but it is shorter, and if your cervix steals capacity inside the cup (if it's "dangly") then a bell-shaped bottom is your best bet at extra capacity.
phantomkat on July 2nd, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have been having a learning curve, and getting it to pop open can certainly be that. I have done many dry runs before this, though, and it's still troublesome.

I did consider length, and you're right. My Diva stays pretty high in there, so I don't think going much shorter would be a good idea.

They're a bit tricky to open? Good to know, then. I'm currently debating between a Classic and a Sport.
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 2nd, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't know personnally, I just think I read some people (not all!) complain mostly about the soft, and in rarer cases even about the classic. People also say the classic is still fairly squishy and very comfortable. My guess is they can be tricky to some people because they're so U-shaped. Another guess is that TPE is probably somewhat more elastic than silicone, it's also known to adapt to your body shape while wearing it. The only risk to go too firm with any cup is the likelyness to feel pressure on your bladder, having trouble for using the bathroom, etc.
loveyourcuploveyourcup on July 2nd, 2012 07:34 am (UTC)
Yes for sure a Meluna XL could be a good option, a classic one not soft so it pops more easily. The Large Yuuki is also an option, i can hold 37ml, not as much as the Meluna but it's slightly stiffer. The Juju can hold 40ml. If you filled a divacup in 2h, I guess capacity is more important.
phantomkat on July 2nd, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
I definitely ruled out the Soft Meluna and have been considering the Classic (and perhaps Sport?). I haven't looked into Juju, so I'll take a look at that just to cover all my options. Thank you for your input!
loveyourcuploveyourcup on July 2nd, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
You're welcome :)