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13 August 2012 @ 04:37 pm

I've had my Diva cup small for about 4 years now, and its very discoloured and much softer than it used to be. So I'm thinking about getting a new cup of somesorts. I was wondering how all the design aspects of the cup effect its performance? So for those of you with multiple cups, how does each aspect effect its use such as insertion, suction, keeping in place, staining etc.

Length and Width are fairly obvious.
What does firmness effect?
What about size of the first and second lips?
How about positioning of the holes, number of holes, slantedness of the holes?
Silicone vs Rubber?

I liked the length of the Diva Cup with the stem completely off,
I also was thinking that I could do with a wider cup.
I definitely wouldn't want any smaller, I like how much it holds.
But I found I didn't get very good suction with my Diva Cup and it discoloured really fast.

Thankyou :)

Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 14th, 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
My two primary cups are a large Lunette and a large UK Mooncup.

The large Lunette is wide bodied and stiff all over. The stiffness makes it pop easily and seal securely but, especially because I use it on my BLECH heavy days, sometimes it feels like I've got a bowling ball up there. I often wonder if a large Fleurcup wouldn't be more comfortable because it's squishier.

My large UK Mooncup has a stiff flared rim but its body is quite narrow and surprisingly squishy. Because it has a low capacity, I use it as my light days cup.

I had a small Lunette for a while and even though its body was wider than the large UK Mooncup's, it had a nasty tendency to shift and leak like it wasn't there at all, especially if I was lying down. Sitting and standing, it was usually OK but within moments of lying down, I could feel it shift and then disaster would strike. My guess is that even though the Mooncup is narrower, its flared rim keeps it in place.

But some find cups with dramatically flared rims to be hard to insert and remove. (I never did.) And some find that stiff rimmed cups impede peeing. (Yeah, sometimes.)

My Lunette hardly shows any staining but my Mooncup gets dingy at the mere mention of use. I have a Diva (my "emergency cup") that I rarely use and that stains at a medium rate.

I must point out that mine is an OLD Mooncup and that they have made changes and improvements to the cup since mine came off the production line.

As for holes, I say the bigger the better. And up as high as possible to maximize capacity. I like frosted texture for the grip and secure seal that it provides. I like a tab stem instead of a hollow tube. And I like white or pale colors with a good deal of translucency so I can see how much is (or isn't) in my cup by the dim nightlight in the middle of the night -- to gauge when I need to return.

Since you're wondering about a wider cup, my vote goes for a large Fleurcup.
rbca03rbca03 on August 14th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to second the large Fleurcup suggestion. I love mine. I used a small Diva for several months and had occasional leaks. I also have a small Lunette that's ok on medium/light days, but my large Fleurcup is my favorite. No leaks, great capacity for my low cervix. :) They're easy to order from, and not terribly pricey. ($28 US including shipping).
lovelong22lovelong22 on August 14th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the info on your experiences. Greatly appreciated.
moonhoney925 on August 15th, 2012 12:23 pm (UTC)
I purchased a large Fleurcup earlier this year and was sent an email from them advertising a one week special discount of EUR3.00. If anyone is interested please send me a message.

I'm thinking of purchasing a second one myself.