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17 January 2013 @ 09:41 am

This might get to be long, sorry in advance!

I really want to use a cup. I really really want it to work for me.

I've tried so many and all of them were not quite right. It's complicated by having a baby vaginally in the middle of trying them. Sort of feel like I need to go back to the beginning and start again. But I can't afford to keep buying cups. I want to save money by not having to use tampons and constantly buying cups that I don't like is not going to save me money. So I thought I'd turn to you all here for some advice!

I've tried (in no particular order)

Small mooncup UK - post caesarean but pre vaginal birth - definitely too firm and irritated my urethra. Chose because it was the first one on the market way back then.

Large diva cup - chosen because I was looking for a large capacity cup that was softer. But even turned inside out it was a bit too big and the uber suction was uncomfortable. Tried post Caesarean section and pre vaginal birth.

Small ladycup - more comfortable than the other two. Liked the firmness level. Capacity was too low and it was too slippery to remove easily. Tried post caesarean and pre vaginal birth.

Natural Mama cup - also liked the firmness if it but the bottom of the cup was a weird shape and irritated my vagina, even with the stem removed. Closest I've got to finding the right cup. Tried post caesarean and vaginal birth.

So I need a cup that has a fairly good capacity, has some kind of grip to remove, isn't too firm, opens easily ish (I appreciate that's difficult with a softer cup) and doesn't have uber suction.

My thoughts on the issue have been:

-fleurcup - sounds like its softer than the mooncup UK but firmer than the diva. Which sounds about right. Shape sounds good too but could potentially be too long. What is the capacity like? Grip at the bottom seems good too but stem may be irritating. How easy is it to remove without the stem?

-Meluna - have a big choice of sizes, firmness and removal nubs (like ring, ball, stem, stemless etc). So many choices though and I'm extremely confused.

-Femmycycle - this is new so there aren't a lot of reviews which is obviously making it a bit harder to find out more about it. The shortness of the cup and the softness appeal to me as well as the spill proof thing, as I am physically disabled and have quite shaky hands. But am worried that it won't open easily and that it'll have uber suction as it has no holes.

Can you all help me with suggestions for my goldilocks cup? I have heavy periods and if I want to be physically active during my period I need to find a cup which will work. If I go out just wearing pads I flood or leaks everywhere. I found sea sponges way too big and uncomfortably rough to insert. Tampons aren't ideal to me because they're wasteful and dry out my vagina.

I haven't tagged the post as I'm on my phone and can't figure out how to access the list of tags on here. Apologies in advance mods. I also can't find the comparison charts on my phone, which is the only net access I have atm.

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juliiie87juliiie87 on January 17th, 2013 02:17 pm (UTC)
Well, I have several suggestions but for me the most important factor in picking a cup is length, so it's hard for me to assess the length of you vagina from here, lol. I do note that you said the Diva and Natural Mamma irritated your bits, so I'm betting those were probably too long. Keeping that in mind, I'd suggest either a large Fleurcup or Si-bell. The main difference between those is the smooth texture (lack of grip rings) and slightly softer material of the Si-bell. Dimensions are identical, both shorter than Diva and Natural Mamma, both amongst high capacity cups with 30 ml. Both are also a frosted peach texture, unlike the Ladycup. They are also a rounded bell shape that some find more comfortable than the V-shape of the Diva. Compare them to your previous cups here : http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/t497-natualmamma-cup-comparison-photos

Another option would be the Mamicup, U-shape, slightly narrower than Fleur & Si-bell, supposedly also soft, and the newly re-instated large soft Yuuki, but this one is amongst the longest so idk if it'll fit.

Just fyi, there should be several Fleurcups for sale on mc-sales due to their recent sale, and I'm likely to list one up myself soon.

Edited at 2013-01-17 03:06 pm (UTC)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on January 17th, 2013 04:47 pm (UTC)
If the Natural Mamma was almost right, I would try the large Fleur. As someone pointed out earlier, the NM is like an elongated version of the large Fleur (slightly longer, slightly narrower). Similar capacity. This link has good comparison pics of the two: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2852556.html?thread=32765388 . If the roundness of the NM was bothering you, the Fleur is slightly more pointy on the bottom. I don't have a large Fleur, but I'm guessing the firmness is about the same -- both are on the softer side, but no one seems to have much difficulty getting them to pop open. I don't think you'd have any trouble removing a Fleur even if you cut off the stem and filed down the grips on the base of the cup a bit.
neetzscheneetzsche on January 17th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
You mentioned not wanting to lose money from buying cups that aren't right, but have you sold any of the ones that didn't work? MC-sales is a great way to break even, if not just get money back.
pinkmathpinkmath on January 17th, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
This post quelled my worry of the Fleurcup grip ring and steam:


M03m used sandpaper to smooth the cup out! How cool!!! :D