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Tasha
30 July 2012 @ 12:41 pm
Okay, I think I've got all the tags I want!

I bought a small Lunette a few months ago and tried it for two cycles in a row. I am sexually active and while I consider myself small (and my partner thinks so too), I had no trouble with insertion. I trimmed the stem off completely because I felt like it pressed on my back vaginal wall, which was uncomfortable (or it protruded and chafed my inner labia). I found that positioning the Lunette fairly low (as seems to be recommended in directions) made it slip out, a little higher made me feel like I needed to pee really badly, and higher than that was a feeling of pressure, but not uncomfortable. Unfortunately, after a little while (usually within 30 minutes or so), it travels too high and I am left feeling nauseous, with terrible cramps, and I have to remove it immediately (it leaves me feeling flu-ish: cold, weak, trembley, and sick to my stomach). It takes at least 24 hrs for me to recover from that feeling! Removal without the stem is okay, I can bear down and retrieve it fairly easily. Except for one time, I believe I did not have any leaking problems when I was able to leave it in for a little while, when my flow was heavy. That time, I found that I had not inserted the cup straight and it hadn't sealed at all (fortunately I felt the leak as it happened).

I would really like to use a menstrual cup, as I've always had leaking issues, even with cloth pads (which I try to use now, but my stash is small, they are expensive, and my period is very heavy for the first two days so I tend to use them up very quickly), so I can sleep comfortably while on my period. I feel like I need to get a different size, but I have no idea what needs to change! My first thought is smaller, so I'm inclined to go with a Fleurcup. Maybe someone can ask some questions to help me figure out what needs to change (width vs. length, or both). I've tried Softcups, but they also made me feel very nauseous (and were slightly too large, though I managed to keep them in a couple of times, but they usually popped out from behind my pubic bone). I suspect this is from contact with my cervix. I have no idea where it is during my period, if it hangs low or not. I suspect yes, as I cannot insert tampons very far either.

I've been struggling with a yeast overgrowth for a while now and am treating it through diets and natural supplements. It's going well, but I'm a bit worried about trying to use a cup at all until it's a few months symptom-free. I don't want to risk not cleaning it well enough. Can anyone comment on yeast infections and whether they've had any and what cleaning method they used to prevent re-infection?

I can't afford to try multiple cups and have them not work out (plus I don't know anyone who would want mine if it doesn't work for me), so I'm trying also to decide if I should buy a few heavy-flow cloth pads instead, or risk it on a menstrual cup.

Thanks!
 
 
Current Mood: nervousnervous
 
teacupcake89 on July 30th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
you can sell your unwanted cups on the sister comunity mc_sales (see the sidebar)you might be able to get your next cup on there too! :)
Tashanamelessw0nder on July 31st, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC)
Oh thanks! I could not remember where that info was.
bicyclegasolinebicyclegasoline on July 30th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
I can't offer advice on a different cup, but I've had a YI for 13 months now, and have just continued using my cups. I've been cleaning them using Milton sterilising tablets, which I believe should be powerful enough! :)
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 30th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
First off, cups are supposed to sit wherever they please, and that is usually, as you've found out, up around your cervix. Anyway, they are meant to be positionned above your pubic bone and pelvic floor muscles, then from there they'll move up on their own, or not.

Small Lunette is pretty small as it is, I doubt something smaller would help. Fleurcup has actually the same measurments, only a more rounded shape at the bottom, and it's also softer. See the charts : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ (and a stiffness chart linked at the bottom).

Try to determine where your cervix sits, that's probably about where the cup ends up. And yes, the discomfort is likely from the cup rubbing on it, so if anything I'd recommend a softer, wider short cup. How short though, that depends on how far in your cervix sits.


Edited at 2012-07-30 06:12 pm (UTC)
Arrow_Bright: Benedick & Beatricearrow_bright on July 30th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
What you're saying seems to suggest softer, not shorter (length is more about cervix height). When I used a stiffer cup, I would sometimes get cramping and feel like I had to use the bathroom every half hour. A softer cup really helped.

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

That's the link to the stiffness chart. Find where your cervix is and cross-reference between that chart and the size charts (linked in juliiie87's comment).

I had a yeast infection several months ago that apparently was rather aggressive (it took three doses of the prescription-strength meds to get rid of it--you're only supposed to need one dose). I just washed my cup with soap and then boiled it for 10 min. Like you said, it's an overgrowth, so the yeast is there naturally. You just need to dilute it enough on your cup that the yeast doesn't have the means to reproduce like crazy again.
moonhoney925 on July 31st, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
Maybe try a small Fleurcup, it has similar dimensions to the small Lunette but is softer or try a Cuplee. It's a little bigger but quite a few users have had great results from it. I think its the softest cup on the market.
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 1st, 2012 12:56 am (UTC)
Cuplee
I love it to bits.
It's 44x53 a few mm larger than most small cups but not the largest, it's oh-so-soft but not frankly annoying to pop open either, and a bit longer, which I find convenient to remove. I think only Si-bell and Meluna soft are slightly softer, especially in the rim. I highly recommend it.
a rose-meow smileblushingmad on August 1st, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
I wish I could help you.

I currently use a small Lunette as well. I tend to have horrible cramping when using my cup, but I've learned to deal with it. I'm nauseous 24/7 anyway, but I don't think using my cup helps. :(

I've been struggling off and on with a yeast infection. I tend not to boil my cup in between uses nor do I cleanse it. I wash it hot, hot water, and will maybe use rubbing alcohol on it. But since I started getting symptoms again, I boil each and every cycle and will continue to do so.

Maybe a softer cup would help. I'm not experienced with other cups, just my Lunette.