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02 August 2012 @ 07:15 pm
Hi everyone--this is my first post here but I've commented on some others. I guess that's the cue for a little "about me"? I'm 24 and have no children, started using a small Diva in June and have no plans of ever going back to disposables. I also picked up 2 Meluna cups during the buy 1 get 1 sale beginning of July, a large classic and a large soft.

I chose the large because it seemed most similar in dimensions to my Diva, but I don't think they're going to work out. The rim on the classic is so firm I found it painful trying to insert and wanted nothing more to do with it. The soft will not open up no matter what I try. Various different folds (punch down, C fold, 7 fold, s fold) making sure air holes are positioned strategically, manually opening it up...nothing works. I'm not sure if it's just too soft for my body or what.

Last month my Diva had a couple of problems that seem to have resolved for the most part since I trimmed the stem almost completely off, but I also had some leaking. My Diva is much better this month. However, my problem of overnight leaking is persisting.

I managed to cut out any daytime leaking through tips I found here--namely checking to make absolutely sure my cervix isn't sitting outside the cup. It goes in fine, is pretty comfortable, and overall I'm quite happy with it. I empty it before I go to bed and in the morning, leakage. And I'm guessing because of the cup, my flow doesn't go where it normally would sans cup and can't really be contained by a pad because it spreads out over a much larger area.

When I remove the cup in the morning, it's not even quite half full. I took a nap earlier today (more like a short sleep, about 2 hours) and had no problems.

I love my backup cloth pads, but this overnight issue is driving me nuts. Any ideas how to fix this? Would really like to be nice, clean, and dry in the morning.

Another more minor issue is some difficulty with urination, I think because the cup is compressing my urethra to a degree. Other than this, the cup fits very well but I was contemplating a cup with a slightly smaller diameter? Maybe a small Lunette? It has the same softness rating as the Diva but seems like it's a little shorter and narrower. Opinions?

Thanks for the help.
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 3rd, 2012 10:41 am (UTC)
Usually, pressure on the bladder calls for a softer cup, not necessarily a narrower one.

About leaking at night it *might* be overflowing, in which case you might need extra capacity, so I don't think a narrower cup would be the answer there. And again, a softer cup might be more likely to move along with your body and not loose its seal, if that's the issue. So my vote is on a larger, softer cup, such as large Fleurcup. Have a look at the charts : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ and http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/

About Melunas : I have a large classic too, and I don't really like it either. I mean I can wear it just fine, but insertion and sometimes removal is a slight pain. I also have a medium soft and I think I'm starting to fall in love with it.

Wanna try my insertion method ? Run the cup under cold water, place one hole in the middle of the fold (try labia & half diamond, they're my fav'), pick a comfortable position (lying down with your butt up slightly or sitting on the toilet), face the fold towards your anus, relax, bear down, and shove it in. With those folds, you can actually give the folded part a simple poke inwards to help it unfold compeltely. Good luck !
Janinecandyj9 on August 10th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
Thanks for the advice--I was curious about the Fleurcup before I got the Melunas but Meluna won out for the price. I've done some more research and comparisons and think I will go ahead and give the large Fleurcup a try. I just wish the large was available in violet--on their page it only shows it in small. Thinking I'll go with a green one...so pretty. :)