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25 September 2012 @ 02:45 pm
Hi everyone! I'm new to the cup world. I found them on the internet awhile back and recently decided to do more research on them.  & I've decided to get one, but I can't decide between a small Lunette, a small Ladycup, or a small/medium Meluna. I've really liked the ladycup since I first saw them, but I'm afraid it may be too soft, because I have strong pelvic muscles.& The Meluna, I've heard that people have had issues with them flaking, & the TPE makes me nervous, since I don't know what all types of plastics are in it/if it harbors germs or not, etc.  And the Lunette, I seem to not have any issues with, besides the softness also. I just don't want to buy a cup that's totally wrong for me, since their not exactly cheap.   I'm fifteen & a virgin, and have been using tampons for a year or two, I also can just barely reach my cervix with my middle finger, I don't know if that helps any or is just TMI.  Any suggestions on what cup I should get? I'm open to other brands too. 
Thanks!! 
 
Herdaladoir on September 25th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
Hi!

I started out with a small Lunette (after looking at the same three cups you're currently considering) and while it is on the softer side, it's still firm and springy enough to pop open with ease — and when it didn't, I simply needed to push it higher up or wiggle it around a bit. The square tap also makes removal really easy and it's so soft that I've not had to trim it even if it does poke out occasionally :)

I also own a medium ring stem Meluna and to be honest, I've had a lot of issues with the material. It's not so much the peeling, but the fact that the cup just isn't as springy (as the small Lunette and the MCUK) which meant that I had a lot of trouble getting it to pop open. It also didn't retain it's perfectly round shape after being folded up for a certain amount of time (looked visibly wonky from the top). This problem was even more pronounced in my small ring stem Meluna.

That said, I'm not saying that you shouldn't buy a Meluna if you so choose, but those were some of the issues I've personally had which make me favour my Lunette over the Meluna.

Hope this helped! :)
teacupcake89 on September 25th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
Hi! :) welcome to cups! :)

is your flow light/medium/heavy? :) did you check your cervix during a period? (as it tends to move lower down).

I wouldn't suggest a small meluna unless you have a light flow and a low cervix as the capacity is rather low. Lady cups are soft but they have quite a low capacity becuae the holes are lower down, and many have found it tricky to remove because the silicone is slippery! :)

do you do lots of yoga/pilates/squats etc to give you 'strong pelvic' floor muscles? unless you do/are very athletic there's no reason why you can't use a soft cup! any 'tightness' is a function of the pc muscles, which you need to learn to relax the muscles for insertion and removal. :) here's an faq post on getting cups (and soft ones) to pop open if that's a worry you have :)http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2618390.html#comments

I have a small lunette which I love, and it has a long stem if you need it, but really the best cup is the one that fits you best :)

here are a couple of links in case you haven't found them yet:

the size charts:http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
compare the cups you've narrowed it down to with the photo comparisons here:http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/f52-moderator-s-photo-library

The Virgin's Guide to Cups: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/1243131.html#comments

There have also been quite a few posts recently by similar aged posters, if you search under lunette/virginity/other useful looking tags you should fins them! :)

Good Luck! :)
chamekkechamekke on September 25th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
I have 5 different Meluna cups of various ages - 3 of the older-style minis (1 soft, 2 classic), and 2 of the newer style in 'classic' firmness only. None of them has shown any signs of flaking.
simply_cierra on September 25th, 2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
Wow, quick responses!
I'm not quite sure what my flow is, but probably somewhere between medium and heavy. Yes, I did check my cervix during my period. & I do some yoga & I also ride horses, which I read somewhere during my research on cups that riding strengthens your muscles. I don't mind having to change my cup often either, so capacity isn't a huge issue for me. But I think I'm leaning towards the Lunette now. If I decide to get a cup that's made outside the US, does anyone have any experience as to what the process of getting it? Thanks for all your help everyone!!
teacupcake89 on September 25th, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
yeps, just checking as people often confuse 'tightness' and 'athletic muscles'. :)

for buying you have several options: femininewear.co.uk sells as wide variety of cups :)zanashop sells lunettes, divacups and mooncups to the US, luneshop.com sells only lunettes, you could also get one from amazon just make sure it's legit, but you might have more problems with refunds/exchanges/delivery etc if you can't contact the seller directly. :) you could also buy from the cup company website but the shipping costs are probs best on zana or femininewear.

:)
foggyimagefoggyimage on September 25th, 2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
If your period is heavy, I wouldn't necessarily get a ladycup. I use a ladycup and as much as I love it, it is a short cup with a decent capacity but you might be happier with a cup with more capacity. I am fifteen, a virgin, and ride horses lol! So we are a lot alike ! I haven't tried a lunette so I can't say anything about that brand but trust me, I have strong PC muscles and my LadyCup pops open really well. My divaCup doesn't pop open quite as well. Mostly you have to buy online. I would recommend a Diva just because you say you have a medium length vagina and a decent flow.
foggyimagefoggyimage on September 25th, 2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
plus Diva is available in the US but that's so cliche because I normally don't praise my Diva as much as I do my Ladycup.
loveyourcuploveyourcup on September 26th, 2012 07:58 am (UTC)
Hi, due to your young age i would suggest a smaller size. I personally think the small ladycup is great but if you think you need a stiffer one a small Classic meluna would be perfect. Don't worry TPE is fine, it has all the certification. If you have really strong pelvic muscles a small yuuki could be also a good choice.

Have a look in http://shop.menstrualcup.co/categories/Menstrual-Cups/

Don't hesitate if you have any questions :)
juliiie87juliiie87 on September 26th, 2012 09:20 am (UTC)
Small Meluna is really short and low capacity, so it might be hard to reach and fill up quickly, which kind of ruins the purpose of using a cup imo.

I'd suggest you (OP) look through the charts for cups that would be approximately the length to your cervix while on your period (as this may change depending on when you reached for it).

In the medium-long range, I'd consider a large Meluna (don't get scared by the name, it has similar dimensions to a small Diva, just a bit shorter), Large Cuplee which is awesomely soft imo, and therefore easy to fold for insertion and removal, and small Miacup. From the brands you've mentionned, small Lunette could also come into consideration, but be aware that it is a fairly short cup, with a fairly long stem, so you may have to bear down to reach it, if your cervix stays this high.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on September 26th, 2012 10:28 am (UTC)
Hi simply_cierra! We're glad to have you here :) Could you please edit your post to remove the gendered language? We explain why we ask this in this post. Thanks!
simply_cierra on September 26th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Hey everyone. Thanks for all of your help & advice. I'm ordering a small Lunette Selene today!
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on September 27th, 2012 05:19 am (UTC)
Chiming in a little late, but I have all three of the cups you mentioned and roughly the same cervix height. The Meluna (soft, small) is my least favorite. Even after using cups for several months, I find it difficult to pop open in comparison with the LadyCup and the Lunette. The LadyCup is firmer at the rim than the Lunette (softer in the body), which makes it easier to open for me and also a little more comfortable than the Lunette. I do occasionally have slight leaking issues with the Lunette. However, the LadyCup doesn't have as much capacity, so if your flow is medium or heavy, I think you'll be happy with the Lunette.
sammi_j1234 on December 30th, 2013 01:25 am (UTC)
I am young too and I ride horse every week (I am a virgin and have strong pelvic muscles) and I use a small lunette. Absolutely perfect for me, no leaks not spotting and I can wear it for up to 12 hours. Being able to spend a whole day with the horses without having to worry about leaking is AMAZING! Not to mention sleeping without a bulky pad, and camping is sooo much easier on my period now! I highly recommend lunette.