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16 February 2013 @ 02:32 pm
Hello all!

I haven't posted here in some time, but I do read the community regularly.

My issue is that I seem to have developed greater sensitivity to my beloved Lunette's (only cup I have ever used, both sizes) stems. They feel pokey-er than they used to, even on the smaller cup (which what I usually use), the large always was a bit pokey. I cannot trim them because I seem to have a very long vagina with very strong pelvic floor muscles. The only way I can get a cup out is to get down into a full squat, bear down, grab ahold of the end of the stem with one hand and hang on for dear life, and slide the index finger of the other hand up to the rim to break the seal. Pinching the bottom of the cup does absolutely nothing. It's always been very tough to remove the large cup -- I usually have to get some tp around the tip of the stem to maintain a grip, and breaking the seal is VERY difficult -- but it's become a problem on the small cups, too, now.

Anyway, I have finally (deep breath) decided to consider a different cup. I really want something with a softer stem than the small Lunette. It needs to be a fairly high-capacity type cup, and as far as cup softness goes, the softer small Lunette has always been better for me in terms of leakage than the firmer large. That's backwards from what it is supposed to be, I know, but that is what seems to work with my body.

I've though about the Femmycycle and the FleurCup. What are your thoughts on this subject?

Thank you, fellow cuppers!
 
Lorlorrainec on February 16th, 2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
I believe I remember reading (perhaps in this community) about someone who had similar problems with stem pokiness engineering a solution. They cut said pokey stem off, then poked a small hole horizontally through the solid part of the base of their cup and ran some kind of string or something like soft fishing line through it. Kind of like a tampon string, I guess. (I would want something non-absorbent, personally.)

My memory is vague, but maybe someone else remembers. Anyway, it could be an idea to get rid of the stem while still allowing you to retrieve the cup.
thelittleredfoxthelittleredfox on February 19th, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
I did that to my first mooncup, it helped me to get used to getting my cup in and out.

I cut the stem off and filed it down, then made a horizontal hole through the thick part of the base and threaded a thick nylon thread through which I tied in a long loop. I used it to get my cup in and out for a few months, before the thread broke and I just started grabbing the base of the cup itself.

Apart from that, I'm not much use as far as suggestions go on this one, I'm afraid. I've never had a problem with strong suction, so I've never had this problem, and I'm a cup fanatic so I've tried about 7 different styles and sizes.

I always remove my cup using forefinger and thumb, and I do it while I sit down on the toilet seat, which I find the easiest position. As long as I squeeze the base, my cup always comes out easily without spillage. I have an IUD and can touch my cervix to check the threads in this position, if I bear down, so I can't imagine getting the cup out should be a problem (my cervix isn't that low, I use a diva cup and it sits high behind the pubic bone for me).
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on February 16th, 2013 10:31 pm (UTC)
FleurCup's stem is pretty pokey. Compared to the Lunette stem, the grips on the FleurCup are VERY pronounced. You could sand them down, but I still don't think the stem would be much of an improvement over the Lunette. If you need a long, high capacity cup, have you thought about the Natural Mamma? It's not much wider at the rim than the small Lunette, but its body is like a stretched out Fleur. I don't find the stem pokey at all; it's sort of an oval tab shape.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on February 17th, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
What if you picked a longer bodied cup?
http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/
teacupcake89 on February 17th, 2013 11:03 am (UTC)
what about a Si-Bell? same dimensions as the Fleurcup but softer and then stem looks more soft/flexible than the Lunette (and fleurcup)

or a Natural Mamma could be an option or a Naturcup if you think you'll be able to remove it. Compare them side by side to your Lunettes to see if theyre long enough with/without stems etc :)
juliiie87juliiie87 on February 17th, 2013 02:05 pm (UTC)
I support Si-bell & Natural Mamma. Or just any longer cup that catches your eye on the pics. What about a soft Yuuki ?

Edited at 2013-02-17 03:12 pm (UTC)
djehutys_wisdom on February 18th, 2013 03:46 pm (UTC)
stem length
My instinct tells me that cup length (and as such the longer-bodied cups) will not help me because my large and small lunettes sit at the same height. The large's stem is very hard to grab because A) the stem is shorter, and more difficult to reach, and B) the stem is harder, and more difficult to grip.

I am not sure that the ridges themselves make much difference to me, beyond needing them to be able to grip the stem (can't imagine how the smooth-stem cups are gripped, LOL!)

Given that, I think the NaturalMamma (and DivaCup, etc) are going to be even harder to remove. The Si-Bell is an interesting option. I think Si-Bell is an Italian company, but does anyone know where the cups are manufactured?

The SckoonCup also looks like it might be an option. Any measurements available?

Also, does anyone have a measurement for how long the FemmyCycle's ring is?


Edited at 2013-02-18 03:50 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on February 19th, 2013 12:03 am (UTC)
Re: stem length
Si-bell seems awesome, I totally agree. Their website says made in Europe... http://www.si-line.eu/silicone/10-coupelle-menstruelle-l-si-bell-sachet-coton.aspx

Sckoon : http://sckooncup.com/sckoon-cup-1/why-sckoon-cup/menstrual-cup-resources.html Don't get fooled by how they rate the "softness" of their cup though, based on Melissa's direct review that's bull.

Femmycycle : http://www.femininewear.co.uk/femmycycle-menstrual-cup---twin-pack-3355-p.asp
moonhoney925 on February 19th, 2013 02:47 am (UTC)
Could you try filing down the notches on the stem a little, might help.

I have a Lunette and a Fleurcup and I think the notches on the Fleurcup are more pronounced.
djehutys_wisdom on February 20th, 2013 03:29 pm (UTC)
stem length
Wow, it looks like the SckoonCup might be perfect! The stem is 7 mm longer than the lunette, but same rim stiffness as the small (which works very well for me). Nobody has commented on how firm the stem of the SckoonCup is yet. Anybody have an idea? Also, is the cup going to come with a pouch?