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Hello All! This is a wonderful community filled with so much great information. So glad I found it!

So I've been using a menstrual cup for about 6 months now and love it. I have a small LadyCup which has worked wonderfully, no problems with leaking. I guess I have a very light flow which was news to me. Anyway, although I love this cup I have one major issue with it. I struggle to get it out every time I have to empty it. I did trim the steam a bit because it was irritating me slightly. I don't think this is the problem since it is more about the texture of the cup that makes my fingers slip off of it. I can never seem to get a good grip on those tiny bumps that are suppose to help with removal. So, does anyone have any good tricks to get this thing out? Are there any cups with a similar size, shape, and firmness of the LadyCup but maybe with a better texture for gripping?
Thanks so much!
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 26th, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
Find the small LadyCup on the size charts at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ and look at the other cups around it. Many of them are more textured. The small Lunette, the small Fleurcup and the medium MeLuna are probably the three most popular of that bunch so start by looking at those.
spiderslovemespidersloveme on January 26th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
I would think the small fleurcup would be the easiest to remove since it has pronounced grip rings and a stiffer bottom/ softer top to help break the suction.
teacupcake89 on January 26th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
compare your small ladycup next to other similar sized cups in the photo compariosn albums here: http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/f52-moderator-s-photo-library
The melunas in the Ladycup album are the really old ones so look at the Meluna album too for the current ones. Not all the newer brands are in the ladycup album so look at the most recent ones too! :)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on January 26th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
I really like my small LadyCup, but I agree that it's a slippery beast! I end up pinching the stem really hard with my nails and tugging until the cup is low enough for me to pinch the bottom of the cup and break the seal. Other people have also recommended using toilet paper to dry your fingers between attempts, but I don't usually have to do this.

The small Lunette is just a tiny bit more flared than the LadyCup, but I can feel it more when it's in. It's also firmer throughout the body than the LadyCup. Small FleurCup is about a firm as the small Lunette but has very pronounced grips that are almost too grippy. Si-Bell is similar to Fleur in size but has an unusual stem that looks like it would be relatively easy to get out (I don't own a Si-Bell). It's one of the softest cups, so it might be harder to coax open.
earlgrey088 on January 26th, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
I also have to use my nails to pull it out! However by the end of my flow my thumb nail always gets messed up (I have very weak nails) and I can't get a grip on it anymore. What a pain! I've tried the toilet paper thing too and it doesn't really help. Thanks for the other suggestions on cups. I've been looking at the Meluna's for their different stems but I'm not really sure how I feel about the TPE material they use.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on January 26th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
I had a Meluna soft (small) and got rid of it because I had so much trouble getting it to open. I wonder if it's because I do pilates and need a firmer rim? TPE is less springy than silicone, but people who find firmer cups uncomfortable swear that getting Meluna softs to open is just another learning curve.

Edited to add: if you can reach up far enough, the IrisCup, which looks very similar to the LadyCup, has grips around the cup body. It also has grip lines around the stem, but they don't look like they'd necessarily be much grippier than the LadyCup's bumps.

Edited at 2013-01-26 11:28 pm (UTC)
earlgrey088 on January 26th, 2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
That is interesting point about pilates and firmness. The soft cup may not be a good choice for me then. Blahh! Now I'm even more confused. Wayyy to many to pick from. I'm a huge fan of nice colors as well. Something about clear cups doesn't sit well with me and I don't know why since I'm the only one who sees it :)

Also, I find that the rim of the LadyCup can be painful to get out sometimes, usually when I'm in a hurry to get it out. Someone mentions the Fleurcup which I may look into.

Edited at 2013-01-26 11:43 pm (UTC)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on January 26th, 2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I can't think of too many people who haven't liked the Fleur Cup. The grips can be filed down if they're too grippy, they pop open without a problem, and they come in pretty colors. :-) I have a small Fleur, and while it's not *quite* as comfortable as the LadyCup, which I cannot feel at all, it's not bad.
mood_swinger23 on January 27th, 2013 05:31 am (UTC)
I'm still having a love-hate relationship with my large Fleurcup.

I use a more condensed fold but it still seems I can never get it to stay open, OR, I do manage to get it open and spend way too long (over an hour) with that "I know something is in me" feeling. Once it goes away, it's okay. I can't use it on my higher days though because I have to tug it down to be able to pinch it and the tugging pressure = no me gusta.

This was my first cycle using trying to use all 3 of my cups, but after about the 4th? day I just gave up on them because I still can't get comfortable enough (for various reasons) so I'm using my cloth stash instead. Oh well I guess. Just wish cloth wasn't so hard to take care of.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on January 27th, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I've heard that the large Fleur is softer than the small, which pops open quite forcefully. My small Fleur seems snappier than my small Lunette, which takes more coaxing for me to open. I'm sorry you haven't found your perfect cup yet! The LadyCup comes close for me, but occasionally I need something with more volume.

I started with cloth pads and switched to cups, but I didn't find cloth too hard to take care of. I have a lidded container on my bathroom vanity that I fill with soapy water and some hydrogen peroxide, give used pads a quick rinse in the sink, then pop them in the container until laundry day (changing the water every day is a good idea).
juliiie87juliiie87 on January 28th, 2013 01:05 pm (UTC)
I think it's totally ok to mix cloth and cups, especially when your flow gets lighter after a few days, I usually end up using just my liners on the final days of flow anyway. Funny you should say that about the large Fleurcup, I recently got one and am trying it on a dry run for the 2nd time, and I find that it is giving me an odd feeling, like random dull cramps and pressure... :( it happens to be the widest and firmest cup I have, so that may be why. I'm still hoping my body will feel different once I actually start the real deal. Think of it this way : all your cups (and pads) have pros and cons, now you're free to pick the best option for any given day. Are you planning on hoarding some more ? ;)
mood_swinger23 on January 28th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
My hoard is too excessive now! :) (And I've switched my hoarding tendencies to a different hobby now!)

I think it is the widest and firmest, which is possibly why I'm taking issue to it. I really wanted the larger size to work didn't think but it's been really the most annoying to get used to. I can tell it in for a while, it's harder to open since it's bigger and I'm relatively tighter, and it hurts to take out. When it works and isn't irritating the crap out of me, the capacity is nice compared to my Lunette, but the Lunette still seems comfier (minus the stem). I'm still hesitant to trim any of my stems off to see if it makes a difference, though. I could probably use my knockoff Jasmine through the heavy days but I think it's too long for those. I tried to turn it inside out and couldn't get it to keep it's shape when trying to put it in! Didn't end up using it til about the 3rd/4th day. Almost thinking I should have just gone with the Diva now! But really don't want to buy a 4th cup. Actually, maybe I'll still look out for a L meluna since it's shape is a bit different. *Sigh*

Edit: Maybe I won't look for a Meluna! Still doesn't seem much better :(
Also editted to say; I think the fleurcup's rim is what gives me the biggest issues. If I cut the stem off it might work for my lower days but then it would be useless for my other days because it would get lost and I can't get to it without the stem. Blah.


Edited at 2013-01-28 07:49 pm (UTC)