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26 November 2012 @ 01:35 pm
I was a long time Diva cup user but always had a problem getting the cup to open. Finally decided to try other cups and got two classic Melunas. I was loving the classic ball stem cup except I realized that it keeps me from peeing or makes me feel like I have to pee. It's really weird. I never really had that problem with the Diva. But I love how easy it is to get the Meluna in and open! Whaaa! Is there a cup with good capacity (I'd say medium to large capacity) that has firmness between that of a Diva and a classic Meluna? Does anyone know offhand or can you point me to a good way to compare/find that?

Thanks so much!
juliiie87juliiie87 on November 26th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
Aehm, not really... http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/cup-stiffness-comparison-chart/
For more accurate comparison in sizes and capacity : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/

I'll just add a rec for the Naturcup size I (the medium one), it's very similar in to a small Diva in shape and dimension, with a squishy base and quite a firm rim (Melissa says it's comparable to a large Lunette's... my best friend owns one and she complains about the firmness of the rim being a bit uncomfortable for removal).

Ladycups seem to be firmer in the rim too, especially the small size but it's tiny and low capacity, so I wouldn't recommend the small.

Softer cups are not all necessarily difficult to pop open... Imo it's mostly a question of finding the right fold and position (works with my Cuplee!). The Diva has notoriously tiny holes placed high (so very much inside of you), which might contribute to your issues... Large Fleurcup is very high capacity and people rave about it for the softness and easy use, so if capacity is a factor, you might want to consider it. And along with it, more V-shaped softer cups such as Miacup & small Lunette, which is similar in softness to the Diva, but much shorter.
barkingantsbarkingants on November 27th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link and the info!

I was under the impression that firmer would pop open more easily.

I did make the holes in the Diva a little bigger and I think it helped. And I actually think trying the two Melunas out (and just reading people's suggestions here) helped me use the Diva better. But this pee thing with the Meluna is just a bummer. I'm still hoping to find a cup that I don't struggle to use.
juliiie87juliiie87 on November 27th, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
If I did not make it clear, then yeah, I think you'd be better off with a softer cup for the pressure on your bladder issue, and possibly the Naturcup would be a good solution ?

Some people also think that cups with a proeminent second rim pop open easier, something to consider.

Edited at 2012-11-27 09:46 pm (UTC)
teacupcake89 on November 27th, 2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
have you tried all the 9 different folds? here's a video showing them all if you havent: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep5hh0W-nFw you might find that some folds work best manually unfolded once inside.

have you read this post about getting cups (and soft cups) to open? http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2618390.html#comments it's really helpful, loads of great tips in the post and comments :)