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13 March 2013 @ 11:47 am
After nearly 5 years of solid service, my large LadyCup has started to wear out (small tears at the holes) - so I popped in here last week  to see what's new in the world of cups.

I had been toying with the idea of a stemless or ball-base MeLuna, but I was probably just going to end up with another LadyCup -  the luscious purple of "Summer Plum" had been calling my name...
I read a post on here mentioning SckoonCup and googled it.
No purple, but there were some nice color choices and I was happy to see another US company getting on board with cups.
I decided to go for it!
On March 4th, I placed an order for a size 2 (large) "Meditation", and it arrived in my mail box on March 11th!

Despite the flimsy mailer it arrived in, the cup and box were intact.

The cup is a very pretty peacock blue with a very flexible stem.
The squish factor is more or less equal to the LadyCup, although the LadyCup seems to have more resistance just below the rim.
Based on appearances, I expected the capacity to be less than the LadyCup, however the holes are higher on the rim, and my very unscientific "water dump" method showed the capacity to be similar.  The SckoonCup diameter is 45mm vs. the LadyCup's 46mm.  Length is comparable.
There is a slight "new plastic" smell to the cup - I will clean it with baking soda and set it out in the sun to see if I can get that to dissipate.

I used the same fold (punchdown?) to insert it as I use for my LadyCup and found the SckoonCup more challenging to pop open - I think this is where the band of resistance below the LadyCup rim comes in handy.
I may need to experiment with other folds, although the fact that I am not currently on my period may be causing my cervix to be in a less cooperative position, so I will try my regular fold again when my period starts in a few weeks.

Once in, the SckoonCup was relatively comfortable, even with the stem untrimmed.  I usually wear my LadyCup inside out, so I decided to trim the SckoonCup stem and flipped it inside out - I found it easier to insert and it was more comfortable for me with the raised design flipped in.

I noticed in the instructions that SckoonCup recommends replacing your cup every 2 years.  When I first got a menstrual cup, I was under the impression that with proper care, a cup would last for up to 10 years.  I know Diva has been recommending replacement 1x/year.  I found this when I searched for "how long will my cup last?"  I am fairly pleased with the 5 years I've gotten out of my LadyCup and I expect my new SckoonCup will hold up just as well.
The SckoonCup holes are part of the molded design rather than punched out post-mold, so I am hoping they hold up better than the LadyCup's holes in the long run.

Additional info:
I have had an IUD in place for 6 years.  I have a moderate flow ( two heavy days in the middle).  My LadyCup always leaks upon rising in the morning on the day of my heaviest flow.  My cervix sits in the cup, so the cup essentially fits me like a cervical cap - I frequently have sex with my cup in on my lighter flow days, which is another bonus for being able to flip the cup inside out to have a smooth outer edge.

SckoonCup currently has an offer for $3 off, which helps offset the shipping.  I ordered directly from the site, but yesterday I noticed that both the SckoonCup and the LadyCup are available on Amazon.

I am excited to finally have a colored cup!
I will use it on my next period and will give an update if I discover anything of note to say.

Pictures!

front of box
401

back of box
427

side of box
430

cup out of box
440

large LadyCup & size 2 (large) SckoonCup
457

LadyCup with trimmed stem & SckoonCup with untrimmed stem
469

cups flipped inside out (how I wear them) with bags - SckoonCup bag is cut more generously - I might actually use it!
505

SckoonCup
479
 
Cenamenhoneypie3251 on March 19th, 2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting these lovely pictures. I have more than enough cups already but I don't have one in this color. Very tempting to get it in this color.
iudmamaiudmama on March 23rd, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
The practical/frugal part of me made me wait a few years before indulging in a color cup... I had always imagined getting a purple cup, so I wasn't sure how I'd like this color ~ but it is lovely!
AF starts next week and I'm looking forward to getting to use it for real!