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02 September 2012 @ 08:13 am
So, I got pregnant 3 cycles after getting my very first cup.  It's a femmecup, and I was quite happy with it even though it takes a bit of an expedition to get the thing out most of the time ( my cervix is fairly high at the start of my period and just keeps getting higher as it goes on).  I had a c-section, by the way.

Anyway, on to my issues.  I've just gotten my first period postpartum (not quite 8 weeks, which is a shame, really.  I'm breast feeding and was hoping for something like the 7 month reprieve I got with my first) and things are mostly the same.  The only differences are:  1. The rim is hurting me a bit at removal!  I didn't notice this at all last time around, and I'm guessing it's because it's been 4 months since anything solid has been in or out of my vagina.  Just general postpartum sensitivity.  It did get me thinking about issue 2. I haven't really got time to squat over the toilet pushing and reaching for 5 minutes to get the thing out these days.  My baby does not like being put down at the best of times, and the stress of her whinge-ing and crying is not super conducive to relaxing.  So, now I'm thinking new cup.  What I need is more length and possibly a softer or less obtrusive rim.  I'm thinking NaturalMamma or possibly an XL Meluna?  I really like the softness of the body of the femmecup,  and am a bit afraid to go too firm.

Just thought I'd check in here to see if there's anything else I should be considering or something glaringly wrong about my thought process, here.  Everyone always seems so knowledgeable and helpful.
melissa569melissa569 on September 3rd, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
Both of the cups you are interested in are good.

I'm comparing mine right now, they both feel about the same in softness. Look like they could probably hold the same amount. Also about the same in body and stem length if you go with the traditional stem of Meluna...

But the XL meluna's rim is a bit wider.

NaturalMamma has 4 suction release holes instead of 2 Like Meluna. Some people like that for popping open. But some people, it just doesn't matter.

Also consider price, I can't remember which one is cheaper but I'm sure one of them will come out a winner :) And also if you have color preferences, you can consider that.

Hope this helps.
shump76shump76 on September 3rd, 2012 10:51 am (UTC)
NaturalMamma is a few £'s cheaper, and with a slightly narrower rim and four suction release holes (have no experience with 2, but I KNOW 4 works, I might have to forego colour choice. :) Thanks, that was really helpful!
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 3rd, 2012 11:05 am (UTC)
Last time I checked, the Natural Mamma is just 1 GBP less than a Meluna when ordering from femininewear.co.uk, but Melunas may com a few bucks cheaper from meluna.eu, if you're outside of the EU and e-mail Meluna for a tax-free account. So in any case. the difference in price should be pretty slim. The main difference between those 2 is width : depending on your shape/tone post-pregnancy, you may like a wider cup better (XL Meluna is very wide) or if you're in good, strong shape and sensitive you may like the narrow shape of the Natural Mamma better. In the same-ish size range, there's my beloved Cuplee that's 44x53 mm, 7 mm total including a hollow stem and very soft - I don't know if that would be enough of an improvement from your femmecup. http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/t498-cuplee-comparison-photos
shump76shump76 on September 3rd, 2012 11:48 am (UTC)
I'm in the UK, so EU as far as tax laws go, I think? I don't really care a bout a few £'s difference, to be honest, although cheapness doesn't hurt! Honestly, by day three, removal didn't hurt any longer, but the width of it coming out is still a little disconcerting. I have a hard time folding it up to take it out because I have such a hard time getting a grip on it because it wanders up towards my cervix and has always been a bit too short. But I'm definitely not interested in more width! Not sure how I'd feel about a hollow stem, honestly. I'm looking to reduce time spent fiddling around since I have a demanding, high needs kind of baby, and another place for goop to hide seems counter intuitive or my purposes. Really, I wish I could afford to try everything. LOL
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 3rd, 2012 12:10 pm (UTC)
If you're positive your cervix is beyond 7 cm from the entrance (btw I meant the Cuplee is 7 cm not mm) then a natural mamma sounds like a safe bet, with it being not too wide and super long. Being able to fold for removal is definitely one of the advantages of any soft cup, you'll see. :)

And I've never gotten goop in there, but that might just be me.
shump76shump76 on September 3rd, 2012 12:58 pm (UTC)
The femmecup is really soft! I could fold it on it's way out if I could get at enough of it, lol. It's just that I can barely get a grip on it at all with my finger tips. It suctions right onto my cervix, so I'm pulling my cervix and all down with it far enough to get a finger up there to break the suction...at least that's how it seems. Maybe it's just me, but by then everything is so slippy and my fingers are so tired that I just cocentrate on getting it out without turning the whole thing sideways and making a mess. I'm a complete and total clutz, though!

My periods tend to be pretty clotty, and usually at least one of the holes in my femmecup gets clogged, so that's why I'd worry about a hollow stem.
Wow, it's kind of a strange feeling to discuss such personal details with complete strangers. :)