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20 September 2012 @ 09:20 pm
I recently bought a diva cup, and have used it for I think 5 cycles.  I love the idea of it, and I really want to continue using a cup, but I had some problems with it. 

1.  It leaked no matter what I tried.  I had to use a back up pad, which was very disappointing because I hate pads! 

2.  I don't think it was opening fully.  I have been told by multiple gynos that I am very small down there, so I think it is too big.  However, I have a pretty heavy flow, so I am worried about ordering a smaller cup.

3.  I had to cut the stem off because it poked me, which was ok, but a bit of a pain in the butt trying to remove it. 

4.  Also, after only 5 months it was starting to get discolored even though I boiled it every month.  I know its still sanitary, but it grosses me out.

So... the other day I made an impulse buy and ordered a Meluna classic.  The sizing chart suggesting that I use a small, but the capacity is half that of my diva cup.  I odered a medium, which seems to still be smaller than my diva.  I'm not sure if it will be too big still.  I ordered a ring stem, which I'm really excited about.  Also, I got a red cup thinking that it won't get discolored :P

Anyways, I'm really hoping that the Meluna will solve my problems.  I guess I am wondering if anyone has tried both of these cups, and if you think the Meluna cup will be better?  Or if you have any other suggestions?  I really want to love my menstrual cup!  Thanks!
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 21st, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
1. Do you know where your cervix is ? You want the cup (o) around it. And unfolded of course, so that might be the reason it's not working.

2. You need to get air inside and above the cup for it to expand and open fully. Some do this by creating an air channel with one finger at the bottom of your canal. Or you may need to try several folds. But mostly you need to be very relaxed, bear down even, as if you where having a wee.

3. Does bearing down, as if trying to poop the cup, helps any ?

4. Boiling sanitizes but doesn't do much for stains. A good scrub with a face cloth, an old tooth brush or bicarb', a few days sunbath or a hydrogen peroxide soak should take care of the discoloration. Also, when your cup is all bloody, rinse it in cold water first to avoid setting in stains.

A medium meluna in classic will be narrower, firmer, and also shorter.
Here's to compare them : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
akcupakcup on September 22nd, 2012 07:00 pm (UTC)
I am fairly certain that the cup is around my cervix, but it just doesn't want to open. I will try the air channel thing. Bearing down helps me in removing it, but I didn't realize it was helpful in positioning it too. I will try both of these suggestions next period. Thanks!
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 23rd, 2012 11:16 am (UTC)
In this case, be careful that the cup doesn't end up squished past your cervix on the side ! try to let it open as low as possible. Bearing down is only helpful because it works to further relax the opening area, so the cup has more room to expand.

Edited at 2012-09-23 11:17 am (UTC)
Michellepinkdagger on September 21st, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
A medium classic MeLuna (with a ball stem) and a small Diva were my first two cups. The Diva works fine for me, and it was the first one I got, but I wanted something lower capacity where I wouldn't feel the cup either pressing on my bladder or kind of poking out of my cervix was sitting low. I cut most of the stem off and use the body of the cup for leverage (pressing it a little, and gently pulling it down with the same finger still pressed in).

I don't really mind the discolouration, but I've heard exposure to sunlight can help. That's always been the most appealing option for me since I don't want any of the material to degrade, but I'm also lazy and after almost six years, I'm not all that concerned with the colour. That's more of an upside with the coloured cups too - my blue MeLuna never showed signs of discolouration, but because it was for non-period days most of the time, it wasn't around all that much blood, and once in a while, I found that if I used my Diva during certain non-period times, the cup would come out of me whiter.. which was kinda neat!

I took some pictures when I first got my MeLuna to show the size comparison, but I can't find those photos now so I just ran up and took some now (Diva might look gross. I just finished my period and haven't cleaned it yet - sorry!):
side by side
MeLuna in Diva
rim to rim

I really like both cups and they both work well for me for different reasons. My only complaints for each are that the Diva feels funny - but not uncomfortable or painful - when my cervix is low, and that the MeLuna is so much shorter that if my cervix is sitting high, it can be tricky to fish out. :P

Like juliiie87 mentioned, it's important to know where your cervix is to position the cup correctly, and this also carries some significance with the size (or length) of specific cups.

Edited at 2012-09-21 08:42 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 22nd, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to comment that this Meluna is actually the old model, now refered to as the "Mini". The new medium is more bell-shaped, and measures something like 41x48 mm, while this one should be 45x45. The small Diva is 43x57 fyi.
Michellepinkdagger on September 22nd, 2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
Ah, thanks for clarifying this! I just assumed they took the old model and called it classic. My bad!
akcupakcup on September 22nd, 2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
I can't really feel my Diva when its in. When I put my finger up there, though, I can tell its not open all the way. I guess I'll just wait for my Meluna to come in the mail and see :) I think I might still need to use the Diva for heavy days. If I could only figure the pesky thing out!

Thanks for the pictures!