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spidersloveme
07 October 2012 @ 09:43 pm
I've used a small diva for a few months and while it seems to be a good fit, especially in length, I wanted something with slightly more capacity, less suction, and easier to clean so I bought a lunette size 2. While the lunette in comfy, it is soo hard to break the seal and getting it out requires me to get a little closer to my iud strings than I'm comfortable with and it leaks occasionally. With the diva I can just pinch the bottom and kegel it into a C fold and take it out while not getting near the cervix, but for some reason (stiffness, maybe?) I need to pinch the top of the cup to break the suction. I'm debating on selling my lunette or trading.... Which leads to a few questions.

1. I'm interested in mc_sales. While the rational part of me realizes that a boiled cup poses no harm, I'm still a worry-wart. How many of you trust a second-hand cup? It would be nice to trade and/or sell the lunette so I don't lose the 40$ I spent on it.

2. What's the best way to enlarge the holes? Breaking the seal on the diva would be so much easier and cleaning wouldn't be such a pain.

3. How can I remove that horrid writing and detailing on the inside of the diva? Cleaning it off in public restrooms in a PAIN with all those little details. I thought about using a nail file, but I'm not sure if it would work well.

4. I bought the diva in 2010 and I heard there were some recent changes to it. Did it change since then? Is it stiffer or softer? How is it different? I'm thinking about upgrading to a size large for some more capacity.

5. I'm eying a large fleurcup. Is the material softer or stiffer than the diva?
 
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on October 8th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
here's a stiffness chart: http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/
removing the "made in canada" stuff seems like too much...
if you don't mind a wide cup, best try something like an XL meluna.
きみえ (Kimie)kimie_catclaw on October 8th, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)
Both of my cups were bought secondhand. I wiped them down with rubbing alcohol before using them myself, and have had no issued.
chamekkechamekke on October 8th, 2012 02:54 am (UTC)
1. I've bought 4 cups through mc_sales. Two of them were unused and sealed in the original packages while the other 2 were "lightly used". I cleaned them very thoroughly to be on the safe side. No ill effects.

2. Some people have described enlarging the holes with a toothpick, but in my experience the material just reverts to shape (we're talking medical-grade silicone after all, it's not supposed to be permanently modifiable by poking and prodding!). I had (I think!) some success by sterilizing/heating a needle until the tip was red-hot, then cautiously pushing it through the DivaCup's holes to enlarge them gradually. TBH I'm not sure how much "enlarging" actually took place on mine (to the naked eye, it's hard to tell) — but it seemed to me afterwards that the seal was slightly easier to break. So you might try that?

3. Eep! I personally wouldn't dare take a nail file to a menstrual cup. You might be able to file off the letters, sure, but I suspect the result would be a roughened surface that wouldn't be any nicer to look at, and might actually be harder to clean. But admittedly, that's just a guess...

(And I don't know the answers to #4 and #5 :-)

Edited at 2012-10-08 02:55 am (UTC)
spiderslovemespidersloveme on October 8th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
1. I keep looking through the listing and finding things I want, but I chicken out last minute! I think I'll finally do it in a bit! I would love to skip the international shipping of a fleurcup and get some money back for my failed lunette.

2. I've tried using large needles to enlarge the holes, but like you said, they just go back to their original shape. I'll try your method next. What do you think about cutting them slightly with small scissors?

3. I'm desperate to get that dreadful writing off that cup! Worse design flaw and I wonder how it hasn't been changed yet. I'll find a say somehow.
chamekkechamekke on October 8th, 2012 03:11 am (UTC)
2. I myself wouldn't try cutting them with scissors as the effect would probably be a bit jagged (not to mention I'd be scared of inadvertently making the holes so big, there wouldn't be any suction to speak of!). However, I've heard of people using hole punches used in crafting... presumably very tiny ones. So if the hot-needle approach doesn't work for you, hopefully someone else will post to this thread with more info.

3. Is it a matter of aesthetics, or are you finding it hard to clean blood off the lettering? Because if it's the latter, I dunno, you might try turning the cup inside out.

(Although I agree, I hate the lettering too. Talk about a pointless place to advertise!)
spiderslovemespidersloveme on October 8th, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
3. It's very hard to clean the lettering. I live in dorms with community bathrooms so most of my cleanings are in a stall until I can clean it in the shower later that evening. My lunette is very easy to wipe clean with little water, but the diva takes a lot of scrubbing and water to clean well.
juliiie87juliiie87 on October 8th, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
I don't usually empty during the day thanks to a light flow, and my cup doesn't have lettering but... You know, you don't really have to scrub the inside of your cup pristine if it's just to shove it back in your bloody vag. I could see why you'd want to remove most of the blood and get the outside clean enough so you won't end up with blood all over your hands when you refold it, but as long as you give it a good cleaning in the shower, it should be fine hygiene-wise.
rah_beenrah_been on October 8th, 2012 04:53 am (UTC)
Ive bought a few lightly used cups from mc sales. I wipe down with alcohol, soak in peroxide and then boil. Maybe its overkill but it makes me feel better. No ill effects here.
I have filed the grip rings off all my cups because they chafe me. I dont have a diva but assume its about the same silicone. I used regular sandpaper. Im assumming the writing is on the inside, just flip wrong side out and gently sand away a little at a time.
m03m on October 8th, 2012 06:31 am (UTC)
Exactly. Sanding to make silicone smooth works really well. You'll be left with a matted, soft feeling surface.
Tweekietweekie on October 8th, 2012 06:56 am (UTC)
You could get a dollar-store toothbrush or nail brush and bring it into the shower with you. A soft brush gets all the gunk out of the writing/ridges super easily, especially if you're using hot water (which I assume you are, in the shower).
juliiie87juliiie87 on October 8th, 2012 10:05 am (UTC)
I just wanted to add that a large Fleurcup is the same length as your Lunette, only much softer (possibly softer than the Diva), and with a rounder bottom. Other options in the long range include large Yuuki (stiff & high capacity), Natural Mamma and large Si-Bell (very soft) and XL Meluna, which is the same length as a Diva, with extra capacity because it's wider. It comes in very soft, medium stiff and extra stiff.
ohletmeteluohletmetelu on October 10th, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
Hi there! I'm selling a NEW in bag Fleurcup over at mc sales, if you're interested :) Itll ship faster than from Fleurcup and you don't have to worry about bank fees since theyre not taking Paypal! Message me if you're interested :)

Good luck on your HG cup search!!

Edited at 2012-10-10 02:43 pm (UTC)
bec_clothcyclebec_clothcycle on November 18th, 2012 08:25 am (UTC)
Used cups
Regarding using used cups - this is just my personal opinion and I am coming from the perspective a cath lab nurse (very particular about asepsis in working environment). When there are crevices such as small vent holes or embossed writing it is virtually impossible to sterilize a device adequately where you could be assured that there are absolutely no residual microbes/viruses.

For the sake of $30-40 dollars, depending on your location/country I personally think its not worth the risk.

Bec