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17 September 2012 @ 08:25 pm
I'm new to the menstrual cup world so I have a couple of questions about my MeLunas.
I've ordered a MeLuna Starter set a couple of weeks ago (a clear S and a purple M, both Classic with ball) and they arrived 5 days later. I was delighted with the very prompt delivery.
However when inspecting the cups I noticed a clearer area area on the inner part of the rim of the medium purple MeLuna, with a different texture as well. Later I’ve noticed the same mark on the small clear cup. As the marks are on both cups I thought it could be a moulding mark, but the purple cup seems to be delaminating/flaking from that area. I wish I could upload some pictures, but I don't know how to do it. Anyway, I leave you a link to a Flickr album so you can see by yourselves how the cups' rims look like.

Has anyone had this problem before? I've mailed MeLuna to ask about it, but I haven't got any reply yet.
Now that I've seen the actual size of the cups I'm afraid I will need a larger one. I took the size quiz on the MeLuna site and it concluded my size was an S. I ordered both S an M, thinking the small one wouldn't be enough on my heavy days, but now a medium seems to be also pretty small (I haven't tried them yet on my periods). I have very heavy periods, I usually have to change the super plus o.b. tampons every two hours and I'm afraid I will have to change with the same frequency my medium MeLuna. Changing is something that really bothers me, since I work as a vet on a rural area and it's not always possible to find a place where to do it, or I just don't have the time if I have an emergency. Do you think a large MeLuna will work better for me?
Thank you in advance for your advice
Edit: I've got a reply from the MeLuna team.To them the clear cup looks perfectly usable but according to their standars the purple M Meluna should be replaced. They required me to cut off the damaged cup and send them a picture of it in order to get a new one.
The customer service is slow, but when they finally read your mails they are very nice and supportive. Good for them!
Charissacharissa on September 17th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
The small meluna holds about as much as a super plus would, in theory http://pms.about.com/od/hygiene/f/tampon_absorben.htm tampon absorbencys vs the ml capacity chart http://meluna.eu/meluna/meluna-classic-kugel.html

I have a meluna mini medium (which has the capacity of the regular small), it lasts 2 to 6 hours for me. I tend to use super tampons with the occasional super plus. I've since upgraded to a Large Fleurcup, but haven't had a period run with it yet.

juliiie87juliiie87 on September 18th, 2012 10:32 am (UTC)
Actually, even a small meluna holds as much as the theoretical capacity of a super plus tampons. Don't forget that tampons often make it look like you're bleeding an awful lot, and quite often new cup users are surprised at how little it really is. Plus you can never be sure a tampon is filled to its maximum. That being said, the small Meluna might not be the best choice for a heavy flow. But I'd still give the medium a good go before deciding it's too small for you.

Truth is, the single and most important factor in picking a cup size is the room available from your entrance to your cervix. Then capacity, which will be greatly influenced by a cup's width. With 38mm, the small Meluna is the narrowest cup ever, and therefore aimed to virgins with a light flow. About the weird spot/flaking : there's been a post this summer about the dot all Meluna have inside the rim, which is left from the moulding process. If it looks like you cup is flaking and won't hold its purpose, I'd shout meluna an e-mail with pictures and see what they say about it. They might offer a replacement.

EDIT : after looking at your pics, I think your melunas look perfectly normal, go through the meluna tag on the side bar and find that post about the Meluna molding dot.

Edited at 2012-09-18 12:21 pm (UTC)
beebs88beebs88 on September 18th, 2012 12:57 pm (UTC)
I will give a try to the medium MeLuna before I decide to try a larger cup. I guess I'm actually so excited about switching from tampons to cups that I want to have the whole range. =)
I've already sent MeLuna an e-mail about the flaking on the cup, but I got no response. Do you know how long they usually take to write back?
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 18th, 2012 01:46 pm (UTC)
Apart for the few cases where they seem to forget, and that time in August they were on holiday, they can reply as soon as the next day. I understand your excitement, but be careful that bigger Melunas not only hold more, they are also longer, which may or may not fit you. If you want more capacity, there are other brands to look at, some of them in a similar price range.
Michellepinkdagger on September 17th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
My MeLuna has a little messy lump like that too, but I didn't think of it and saw it out to be a manufacturer/mechanical flaw finishing off the mould.

I had my medium classic ball stem MeLuna for about a year(?) before I started noticing something similar with the peeling though. It was fine before then, and then it started peeling and little pores started showing up, not on the rim, but just under it on the inside of the cup in what looked to be unrelated since the areas weren't in contact with the rim... but it took a persistent funky smell to convince me to stop using it. I emailed MeLuna with photos and not even being angry or asking for a handout - because it was suggested that I ask for a replacement - but I just asked what I should do, and that was several months ago. I never received a response. :c

Definitely not to say your cups are doomed to the same fate, but the flaking did remind me of my experience. Since I bought a MeLuna when they were fairly new, I can only assume with the different models, they've changed some of their materials and/or methods too.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on September 17th, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
it's perfectly normal... my clear glittery cup got stained in that area though:(((

ALL cups are very different, don't go for the large meluna just because the S and M work for you. see the sizecharts http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ and decide which one would have enough capacity while not being too long. (or too short, but if the ones you have aren't too short, there's nothing to worry about)
is your cup full when it leaks? if it isn't, choose something with a rounded bottom (like that of the melunas), for example a large fleurcup or an XL meluna.
chamekkechamekke on September 21st, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
The mark on the inner rim was discussed at length in this post: "Scrape" on MeLuna cup. (It's locked down to members only, so if you haven't already done so, you'll need to join the comm in order to read it.)

My comment to the post includes a photo that shows the cup's production process and explains why the mark appears as it does.