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OmniAlia
07 August 2012 @ 04:47 pm
Hello! 

I am a recent menstrual cup convert. I researched carefully to try to get the right fit, and have been very pleased with my Lunette cup.  I can't believe I haven't heard sooner about these amazing things!  Can't fathom why these aren't better advertised everywhere! 

Anyway, I'm currently living in Asia, and I had the chance to tell some of my friends here about these cups.  Naturally, they'd never heard of them and are eager to try! Especially the swim coach and swim team!  

However, I had to buy mine online, and I am not sure the best way or place to advise them to buy theirs. I'm even wondering if there is a bulk cup option??  

It's very exciting to be able to spread the word... :)

Thanks for the help and tips. I read a LOT of posts here before making my purchase, and thanks to everyone's advice I think I made the perfect choice for myself!  Now I need to figure out what to do with all tampons I no longer need. :) Save them for the plane rides, I suppose! :D
 Again, if there's any advice.. I wish there was a store in Asia to buy these things, or if not, is there a bulk cup supplier online anywhere?

My thanks :)
 
musicgeekbabymusicgeekbaby on August 7th, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
hmmm ali express may be anoption for bulk. but i'm not sure if they'll have lunette, diva cup, etc.
Kai: BugsBunnykuradi8 on August 7th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
"...is there a bulk cup supplier online anywhere?"
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=bulk+menstrual+cup
teacupcake89 on August 7th, 2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
You can buy them in bulk from most cup suppliers and websites that sell more than one brand eg. femininewear.co.uk, menstrualcup.co etc. but the problem is that one cup will not suit everyone. Cups come in different lengths,widths, capacities and stiffness because everyone's muscle tone, flow and cervix height are different.

I think it's great that you want to spread the word, but it's a waste of money if the cup doesn't fit your friend!

I would suggest giving your friends a list of useful websites such as here, the size charts, Melissas blog and photo comparison:
http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/
http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/f52-moderator-s-photo-library

and suggest measuring cervix height on their periods, looking at the size charts and photos and going on from there! :)

for spare tampons/pads: you could give them to friends with the website links "they're so great I don't need these anymore!". or leave them in public bathrooms for people to take or homeless/refuge shelters! :)
OmniAliaomnialia on August 7th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
The websites wouldn't help that much because my friends who are interested only speak Chinese... I explained to them that shape matters, for example, low and wide, low and short, tall and narrow, as well as how heavy bleeding is. Not to mention wanting a soft or stiff cup, tho I think a very soft cup might be harder for beginners? Anyway.... might chat with friends again and see what kind of shape they might want and help them order one by one. I was hoping we could do a bulk buy--shipping to asia is nearly half the cost of the cup again. :(
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 7th, 2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
I would guess not necessarily, for example, if several of your friends make their mind on different cup brands, you could order them all together in one parcel from femininewear.co.uk, who sells many different brands. I think her costs are pretty decent, although yes, there are additional shipping fees.

Other than that, Meluna has so many different sizes it's *almost* got one model for everyone, and luneshop.com ships Lunettes worldwide free of charge. Fleurcup.com, which is considered a pretty awesome brand too, ships worldwide for a standard, pretty decent fee. Check them out with your friends, and help them make their choice ! that's how I've done it for my best friend, and she's a happy cup user now. ;)

And no, soft cup are not necessarily very difficult to use, I started with a Cuplee and swear by them. It's just a matter of finding the right fold, and learning to relax so the cup has room to expand. Plus they're very comfortable. Although medium soft cups such as small Lunette and small/large Fleurcup are extremely popular, with beginners too.

Edited at 2012-08-07 10:38 pm (UTC)
OmniAliaomnialia on August 8th, 2012 06:57 am (UTC)
luneshop.com ships lunette for free??? Damn I wish I knew that when I bought my lunette... I bought it directly and paid the shipping. T_T

I think my second cup will be a soft meluna. I love my lunette but it's stiff to me- I've had trouble regaining pelvic floor strength after a difficult delivery to a 9+ pound baby. Works perfectly though. A softer cup would probably be more comfortable. Swimmers are more in shape so perhaps they'd need meluna sport? or just classic? no idea. Thanks for all the tips, will be checking them out.
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 8th, 2012 11:29 am (UTC)
If you got a large Lunette, then yes, it's definitely amongst the firm cups. But keep in mind that there are other coft cups beside Meluna. Large Fleurcup for instance, has similar dimension to large Lunette. See the stiffness comparison chart : http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/
teacupcake89 on August 10th, 2012 12:55 pm (UTC)
If you like the shape/size of the large Lunette but find it's too stiff for you I would suggest a large Fleurcup as it has the same dimensions only much much softer (softer than a small lunette which is softer than large lunette)

People who use stiffer cups tend to be those with very strong pelvic floor muscles (advanced in yoga/pilates etc) but can also be used by anyone else, or those with weaker muscles but stiffer cups tend to press on the bladder more which can make them uncomfortable.

softer cups are more comfortable than stiffer cups/less likely to press on the bladder than stiffer cups. you can make a soft cup stiffer by running under cold water to help it pop open but you can't make a stiff cup softer. :) Softer cups are also more comfortable/easier to insert than stiff ones for virgins/beginners.
Medium stifness cups like small lunette, fleurcups, are a good middleground :)

I would get your friends to write down their:

-age (height/weight are irrelevant as vagina size does not correlate to being thin/tall/short etc)
-whether they've been pregnant/had a baby
-cervix height during a period (most important)
-flow light/medium/heavy
-muscle tone against stiffness/pressing on bladder/comfortable.

then compare to the size charts, perhaps even post here once you've got details and narrowed it down a bit! :)
Culfitzbeew on August 8th, 2012 03:39 am (UTC)
I can't help you with buying in bulk, but I just wanted to say it's so exciting that cups are spreading around the world! :D
OmniAliaomnialia on August 8th, 2012 06:59 am (UTC)
I know right? We know how awesome these are, I jus can't fathom why they're not advertised more widely. Or why some people think they're not as 'clean' as tampons (FYI: tampons from China are not considered safe in Asia.... so these past several years i've had to buy tampons online... insane! if i had this cup YEARS ago I'd have saved SO much $$$!!)

I feel happy I can spread the word- Amazing!
teacupcake89 on August 10th, 2012 12:40 pm (UTC)
YEY! :) I LOVE that the word is spreading! :)
moonhoney925 on August 9th, 2012 09:45 am (UTC)
In your's and your friends' situation I would definitely go through a reseller- Feminine Wear (UK), Luxury Moon (UK) and Environmenstruals (NZ) all ship worldwide. I know that Anna-Maria from Environmenstruals also still has the old style (stiffer) small Fleurcups in stock. If not Fleurcup's postage is quite low EUR3.99. Teresa from Feminine Wear is very helpful and sells many brands as well as having a huge range of cloth pads. Luxury Moon stock plenty of brands and also many accessories (eg sterilising cups, etc) as well.

You can purchase melunas in bulk through their site and luneshop.com is the best alternative if everyone wants a Lunette as there is no shipping charge.

Good luck and I think that it is great that you are taking such a pro-active approach to promoting cups :)