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18 July 2012 @ 07:53 pm
Oh-wow. How much more awesome can a cup company get ? Meluna have apparently decided to embrace the full awesomeness (is that even a word?) of the wide and innovative choice they offer, and help the customer along with very detailed, english language recommendations - not to mention their offer for personnalized customer service. Read through this page, if you dare : http://meluna.eu/select?___store=english&___from_store=english

I've just ordered from them for the first time, so I'm very excited about Meluna right now, can you tell ? :D
I got 4 cups, 2 for me (M+L in classic and soft) and 2 for a good friend I've just talked into cups (the classic, M+L cheaper bundle). Meluna set my account tax-free, which feels even better. I think the pretty colors and cheap price definitely helped make our buying decision. This is would be my second cup convert, hopefully the girls I met over the week-end are next... How many people have you converted ? I'm thinking this type of detailed information can only help. What do you think about their sizing advice ?
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on July 18th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
PHYSIQUE: Small, petite women often use sizes S or M. Women who are tall and strong tend to prefer larger sizes. Body size and stature seem to have an impact on the required size of a menstrual cup.
that's kinda bs though :/ as well as the default rec of size S to virgins, which is only a good choice if you have a light to medium flow. of course they won't admit that a virgin with a high cervix might do better with some other brand - even their 4 sizes aren't enough to fit EVERYONE!

it's better than most guides simply because they don't have to say silly things like "if you have a sensitive bladder, get a size 1 Lunette because size 2 is stiffer". a truly good guide can only be provided by an independent "expert" or a store that sells practically all brands.
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 18th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was my impression too, that the virgin with a high cervix (or the big person with a low one) are often overlooked in those recommendations. I'd never advise anyone a small tbh, unless they told me their cervix was fairly low and their flow super light... but then the medium mini seems ideal for this kind of people... So no, these recommendations won't replace "us" independant experts ! :p

It's still a progress to see a company care about their customer's choice beyond the basic "under 30 or haven't had children, you need a small size".
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on July 18th, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
the lunette guidelines go beyond that too, with the weird things like rec'cing the small for ppl with a heavy flow but really strong muscles (yoga, pilates) or a sensitive bladder just because this particular brand produces just one soft cup.
it's not just overlooking... i'm already tired of saying that don't base your choice on your height/weight, keep calm and look for your cervix. and they're reinforcing the myth that a petite girl needs a short cup >__< tbh i find those differences between their sizes kinda artificial... why make sure each one is slightly wider and slightly longer than the previous size? it's good that they realized that some people didn't consider a meluna because of the capacity..well not everyone can use the new'ish XL either because it's so bloody long!!! if you're trying to please everyone, you gotta make some unique options...i was so disappointed when i saw that the XL was shorter than the diva! if any company could produce a cup for those that want something even longer than the available options, this should've been meluna...
it kinda feels like they want to monopolize the market :S
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 19th, 2012 12:22 am (UTC)
It does feel a bit like they want to pretend they have a cup for everyone, when clearly they don't, not even with so many options.

Then again, they most likely have one or two cups that'll work OK for most... And they do let some give, like "if you have a heavy flow, go up a size" (and I would add, use the stem options to approach you ideal length) or, "if it likes to sit high, then maybe you could try a L..." well, how the hell would you know that if it's your first cup, hum ? JUST CHECK FOR YOUR CERVIX. That, they don't say much, unfortunately.

I know what you mean about virgins / tiny young girls thinking they need the tiniest thing eva', only to end up getting it "stuck", argh. Just the other day, I was advising someone on another forum, and they thought the L Meluna was "only for" older folks or mothers and I was like look, I'm none of those, using what you'd call a large (both according to Cuplee or Meluna), and I'm still here talking to you about it. Virgins all over America are happy using the Divacup. So get a large unless you feel your vagina is shorter than that, you'll thank me later ! ;)

And what an awful idea, to rec' the small Lunette to athletic people with core muscle of steel... they'll crush the thing ! lol

Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on July 19th, 2012 11:40 am (UTC)
i'm not sure i understand it about the core muscles of steel... by default it increases your number of options, imo. it's such a rare problem that i think it's fine to just try whatever you want to try based on length, capacity and stiffness. only if it does prove to be a problem, choose a cup with that in mind. everyone says different things, whether you need a stiff or a narrow cup or both, so it's really hard to decide before you've tried one.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on July 18th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
as for the small size... if someone has a light flow and wants a really narrow cup, why not? it's just important to point out that there are, like, no examples of people for whom a 40-42 mm cup is too wide and who REALLY NEED the 38-mm meluna. (funny how even 40-42 are called teen size..what's 38 then???)
i myself like my new small, it would perhaps be my preferred cup if i could wear it inside out. i indeed prefer the medium mini, but i don't like how it suddenly gets very narrow. i *think* for me a better cup would be a 45x45 medium in the new shape.
Xenos: Connectiontimesofsplendor on July 18th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
I just ordered from them as well. It'll be my first cup! I didn't see the recommendation page before I chose but I think I made the right choice. If nothing else, it'll give me a better understanding of what I need in a cup. So excited!

juliiie87juliiie87 on July 18th, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
Well, only you can tell if you've made the right choice, so most likely you have. I didn't quite follow these recommendations myself, because I already use a cup, and it's closer to a large than a medium or small, so it should work FINE ! :)
loveyourcuploveyourcup on July 19th, 2012 07:02 am (UTC)
Great page, I shall update my Meluna info page then.
Yes guidelines will be guidlines, they are only here to help you choose but in the end, you are unique :)
chamekkechamekke on July 20th, 2012 06:08 am (UTC)
I saw the new guidelines in this month's Meluna newsletter. Much better than most (I'm looking at you, Diva), although I do wish they'd said something about measuring the depth of the cervix when menstruating. That's still the #1 criterion for cup choice, in my book.

That said, I'm really glad Meluna acknowledged that age alone has nothing to do with cup choice. There are sooo many cup "guidelines" out there that would have steered me towards exactly the WRONG cups simply because I'm nearing 50 :-P

Lastly, I'm really grateful that they've finally decided to market the MINI Meluna on its own merits instead of not mentioning it/dismissing it as the "old" style of cup. For those of us with a low cervix it's nothing short of a godsend, and I'm pleased Meluna is finally acknowledging its unique usefulness.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on July 21st, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
another thing that bothers me is that they mention prolapse as an imporant reason for a low cervix. while it's true, not everyone with a low cervix has prolapse. lunette beats them here as they quote childbirth as a common reason and aknowledge that some just have a low cervix naturally.
so a meluna customer is likely to think: i definitely don't have prolapse, so i probably don't have a low cervix. meh. i know mine was low already when i found it when i was 14. i think it's due to my retroflexed uterus.