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carmellah
21 January 2013 @ 01:49 pm
Hi everyone!

I am new to menstrual cups and am deciding between Lunette and MeLuna. I hope my questions aren't weird!

I absolutely LOVE MeLuna's color selection and that they have so many different stem types. However I have searched online and read that TPE is slightly more porous than silicone, thus harder to disinfect. That is the only thing holding me back from MeLuna because I'm worried about infections or TSS or something?

Could it be that there are different kinds of Elastomers and the ones in MeLuna is not porous? Does it even really matter that it is slightly more porous than Silicone?

Thanks everyone!

UPDATE: I emailed MeLuna asking if Silicone is slightly more porous than TPE, and my concern that it might harbour bacteria and got a response :)

" Oh - this is a strange and even wrong information. Who says that?

There are many different types of TPE, and there are also many different types of silicone. So there are no global characteristics of the material.

Just think of silicone for bathrooms and for breast OPs J

Our TPE has excellent characteristics, it is approved for medical devices and blood contact. It is used in hospitals. Because it is hypoallergenic. Because it's absolutely perfect to disinfect.

For more information: http://meluna.eu/material "


Yay! This puts my MC newbie mind at ease! Can't wait to get a glitter cup! Thanks everyone for your responses! I'm new to all this and tampons is all I've ever used, I only found out about MC's a few days ago! <3

UPDATE #2: I tried the small and large Lunette today and have come to the conclusion that I really do prefer soft cups. Of course, this is only based on a dry run. The soft is actually easier to open than the hard one in my opinion, and I know from what I've read it's usually the other way around. Maybe I just have a technique that works best with soft cups. Can't wait til my next cycle!

 
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teacupcake89 on January 22nd, 2013 12:02 pm (UTC)
Do you have a link/more info on the coloured cups not being ideal/not strictly vegetarian? I haven't heard that before :)thanks!
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on January 21st, 2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
there's no noticeable difference at least. maybe there would be some if you were to just dump and reinsert it every time without rinsing, or if you were using some highly complicated methods of truly sterilizing... for practical use, this doesn't make a difference.

if you're anxious you could boil your cup before each period, this way you'll already be cleaning your cup more thoroughly than 50-70% of the members here :D

in the real world, what matters for the ease of cleaning is mostly whether the stem is hollow and whether there's anything on the inner surface (text, logo, measuring lines). small or slanted holes can also be hard to clean. this matters far more than the material of the cup.
carmellahcarmellah on January 23rd, 2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
Interesting, thank you! I do plan on boiling before and after every period, and washing in between. Do you think it's ok to just rinse and not use soap since my bits are a bit sensitive to soap? Even mild soap can irritate me :/
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on January 23rd, 2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
well it's best to use something apart from water, imo. you could use baking soda or a baby shampoo. (i use johnson's baby)
it's normal for the ladybits to be sensitive to soap. as long as you rinse your cup well it shouldn't be a problem. it's not like you'd be actually putting soap down there.
m03m on January 23rd, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
It's perfectly fine to rinse with water alone during your period. I do that, too, and I've had no problems.
juliiie87juliiie87 on January 22nd, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
Any sterilizing method you may choose (rubbing alcool, boiling, hydrogen peroxide, milton soak, etc.) is likely to clean your cup just as well, whether it's TPE or silicone, I think. It'll be cleaner, and harbour FAR LESS bacteries than a tampon, that's for sure. It'll likely never be perfectly sterile either, but hey, most things we commonly put in vaginas aren't. Also, you can't sterilize your hands completely, and they're holding the cup... sooo...

However, I'll say that some people seem to develop a smell issue after a few hours of wearing their cup, more so with Melunas. We don't know what the reason is, but bacteria is a likely cuprit. But most people here are fine and happy with their Meluna, myself included. :)
carmellahcarmellah on January 23rd, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for putting this in perspective!! I guess I have to try to remember that vaginas are like self-cleaning ovens lol! Can't sterilize everything going in! :D
teacupcake89 on January 23rd, 2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
Yey for getting a response!

I know you really like the melunas but consider other cups too, you're much better off with a cup that is right for your vagina! i.e. the meluna mini, small are pretty small and have low capacities, the meluna 'large' is really in between most other brands small and larges.

you may have come across the following advice and tips below already in your research but if not here are some starters for choosing a cup:

if you haven't already done so, find/measure how high your cervix is on your period: if it's right at the entrance then you need a short cup, easily reachable a medium length cup and very hard to reach or unreachable even when squatting=long length cup.

Next choose width based on your flow, age and childbearing history (if you're a virgin and have a heavy flow then go for a 'large' sized cup)

Stiffness= soft cups more flexible for folding and less likely to be felt/press on the bladder, stiffer cups are good for those who have really strong vaginal muscles that crush softer cups.

compare the cups in numbers without stems at: http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ and compare side by side comparison photos at: http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/f52-moderator-s-photo-library

hope this helps! :)
carmellahcarmellah on January 23rd, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
Oooh thanks so much! That helps tons!! I already ordered clear Lunette and red Fleurcup in both large and small (I know i probably went overboard lol! just got really freaked out at the toxins in tampons! I don't ever want those things in me again!!)

I think I prefer a softer cup because sometimes with tampons in I feel like when I pee that the pee stream goes much slower for some reason. It also feels like sometimes not all the urine comes out of my bladder, like a tiny bit remains inside the bladder. This isn't all the time, but sometimes it does. However I've never had children and I'm 27 years old,sexually active, not really the sporty type and i never really work out, I do Kegels sooometimes but not nearly enough on a regular basis. I'm getting an IUD placed next month hopefully.

On my last period I tried to feel my cervix but I couldn't feel it. I tried to feel it standing up though, I didn't know i had to squat. I do know my cervix isn't low, so it might be average or high.

Based on the links you gave me, I would need medium capacity with a long stem and medium or soft stiffness. Do you think the soft ones will get crushed inside of me and leak? Or will they still form a seal just as long as I unfold them properly inside of me?
teacupcake89 on January 24th, 2013 12:06 pm (UTC)

I have a small lunette and a small and large fleur too so I think you'll be fine! I use the large fleur on my heavy and lower cervix days because of its great capacity! :)

the small lunette is medium to soft stiffness (softer than meluna classics, stiffer than meluna softs), the fleurs are soft like meluna softs. The large lunette is fairly stiff. (see the stiffness charts linked to on the size charts page for other cups' stiffness)

Squatting shortens the vagina which is why it's a good position for removal :)

I reckon you'll be fine with the cups you've bought! soft and medium stiffness, and medium-high capacity with the small and large fleurs.

for a great tips of getting soft cups (and any cup really!) to pop open check out this post and comments: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2618390.html#comments
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teacupcake89 on January 24th, 2013 11:58 am (UTC)
yeps to this! mine is on the left too, which means by cup slants towards it, so don't worry if your cup does that too OP! :)
carmellahcarmellah on January 24th, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
I think mine is a leftie too!! I just got my small and large Lunette (yay for 2 day shipping!) and I put it in a few hours ago for a dry run. Just now I went to take it out, well... more like birth it out lol and the stem was pointing slightly to the right.
Thanks sooo much for your help!! <3