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Jessie Clark
17 October 2012 @ 12:30 pm
I finished my first period using my large Lunette a few days ago, and I have a couple questions.

I guess I should start by saying to judge by some stories I read, I had an amazingly trouble-free first run.  No leaks to speak of, no insertion issues, no discomfort while wearing or weirdness or major disasters.  It's crazily much better than pads. (I've never been able to use tampons, they dry me out and itch like mad.)  I think I'm no longer going to look forward to my period with quite the level of loathing I used to.  Thank you SO MUCH for all your question-answering and information-providing!

My biggest question is, I suppose, a sizing question.  I really like how easily the Lunette opens and how easily it inserts and the no-leakyness, but removal isn't always quite as feeling-less.  Apparently, I'm much tighter right at the outside edge, especially towards the end of my period.  When I remove it, there's resistance at that lip and it's not so much painful as mildly uncomfortable.  But because it's the only even slightly uncomfortable part of it I wanted to ask, would a size-change be a logical thing to try?  How likely is it a smaller cup would leak?  (I'm above the "we recommend a larger size" age on every chart I've looked at.)  The size-jump between large and small Lunettes seems pretty extreme: if I wind up with a smaller one, would sticking with the Lunette shape be more logical (because I've had such good luck with it so far) or making a more-moderate size jump? 

I did manage to get blood on the outside of the cup and fingers once, and decided to just put a pad in while I cleaned the cup.  (The above removal question may have had a minor impact on this decision too.  It was almost at the end and it was just kinda like ... "meh, do I really want to have to remove it again when it's probably going to only be one pad's worth anyway?")   Almost immediately, I started cramping mildly.  Until then, it hadn't really hit me that I hadn't cramped at all with the cup.  Is this a known phenomenon?  Was it all in my head?  Maybe it explains some of my aversion to tampons too?

Thanks again for all the invaluable information!

*Edit*  I didn't realize there was such a softness difference between the Lunettes.  :S  Add another complication to my calculations. lol
 
 
Current Mood: excitedexcited
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on October 17th, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
This -> http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/ and the size charts <3 is all I need... ;) The pictures are good too, but check out the more recent albums at the top : http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/f52-moderator-s-photo-library

It is a lot of information ! I think what matters most is a convenient length, based on how your Lunette fits, a decent capacity based on how fast it fills up, and just a softer rim, which is easy since the Lunette is fairly firm. For example, the Diva is a little bit longer than your Lunette, with a shorter stem. It's also a good idea to give your first cup some time ! And you're welcome. ;)

Oh, and I meant to say, about the cup lessening your cramps... well, it's not based off science or anything, but you're definitely not the first to reports this ! Most people chalk it up to the harmful chemicals found in pads and tampons... others think it's something about the cup being there. Anyhow, cups are amazing ! :D

Edited at 2012-10-17 07:22 pm (UTC)
Jessie Clark: pic#118135263Jessie Clark on October 17th, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
Hehe. I know the pictures aren't top priority. I just like looking at them. It's like ... "each one of these pretty little things is capable of freeing a unique size and shape of person from nasty disposable mess." Or something. And the shapes are neat. Or ... I could just be crazy. lol