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Hello all.  This is my first post here.  I have been using menstrual cup for a few years now, it's a large size silicone Green Donna, and I love it, but have a few issues with it, the major one is I often have trouble removing my cup.  I have a long stem on my cup, but still sometime can't reach it even with finger and thumb to the hilt and a thumb, and this is painful.  The other day I was having real trouble getting it out again, and to my horror I broke the tip off the stem with my fingernail, then I had to fish around and bear down a lot to get my cup out  When I finally got it out it was empty, as my period had finished, but moments later there was quite a lot of sticky bright blood coming out,  different from period blood.  I thought that's weird so put the cup back in before bed, next morning I took it out with great difficulty, and it was clean and empty again, but straight after I removed it I bled again, and also had stinging burning sensation like perhaps I've torn something in there near the opening.  It is really hard to grab onto my cup sometimes and I often keep pinching the skin inside trying to pull it out,  so this is possibly what has happened, but I've never torn anything before.  It's been a bis sore down there since.  I am now looking at buying a new cup.  I also have had problems with leaking, and because it has been often difficult to remove, have had quite a few spillages.  I have extremely heavy periods at times.  I am 33, and have not  been sexually active for about 10 years.   I am extremely..um strong in there, so says my gyno, and find it very difficult to relax, and my cups often end up firmly wedged in there, it's a real battle to get them out, partly because of pain as I have endometriosis and fibromyalgia.  Also I rarely seem to get my cup to open fully.  I am wondering if anyone else has similar issues, suggestions for a better brand cup?  I was thinking about one of those x-large MeLuna TPE plastic ones with the ring stem - maybe easier to hook it out with my finger nail?  Does anyone have experience with these or recommend something else for me?
 
 
Current Location: New Zealand,
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 14th, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
Well I don't actually have experience with the Meluna ring, I heard good things about it though, so I'm just gonna offer some info that I have. I did try a large Meluna in classic, and I didn't think it was actually easier to pop open, compared to my soft cups.

The XL Meluna + ring is 69 mm long, I don't know how this compares to your GD. There are actually cups that are slightly longer including the stem, such as the new large Mami Cup and large Yuuki, at 75 mm. Yuuki is the same size as your GD in the body, while the Mami Cup is just 2mm longer. It's also a smooth bell, so I'm not sure how easy it would be to break the seal. And it does appear to have a strong grippy tab stem. On the other hand, Yuuki is amongst the top firmest cups now, which is supposed to be good for strong muscles and popping open. I hope you'll find something that you like !

Edit... On the other hand... If Meluna calls your heart, there's a sport one on mc-sales for $10 ! http://mc-sales.livejournal.com/

Edit 2... And you can see the large Yuuki nest to an XL Meluna here : http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/t224-meluna-comparison-photos

Edited at 2012-08-16 03:53 pm (UTC)