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15 March 2013 @ 07:53 pm
Hi so I have heard of people tying floss to the ring of a MeLuna to help remove it. Also MeLuna sell this cotton thread but the shipping is insane if you're just buying that alone. :(
And I don't know what to look for safety-wise if I were try and buy regular cotton thread here in the UK. Maybe I should try floss (if there is a non-mint variety), idk what would be comfiest/most hygienic but MeLuna themselves don't mention using floss.

It would be nice not to have a string but small lunettes (what I have now) are actually one of the longest cups (including their stem) and I find them too short. :( It is a shame that the only cups with a ring to tie to are the melunas which are quite wide sadly.

They have the biggest variety in their makes and extra short cups so I emailed asking if they'd thought of extra long cups and they replied saying they didn't think it was a thing which was really in demand. I'd be interested to know if there are other people like me who would like longer cups, or easier to get thread, or more cups with rings etc. You know because I get the feeling some cup companies do pay attention and maybe if there is a demand then they'd make one. But perhaps it is just meeee. :(

tl;dr:
-your thoughts on using floss/string with a cup, and where to get this cheaply in the UK which is safe for use
-is there a demand for longer cups or not really?
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juliiie87juliiie87 on March 16th, 2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
Maybe not quite qhat you are looking for, but there are a couple longer cups actually, see this one for instance : http://www.intimina.com/en/lily_cup_pd.php#lc_benefits

I think floss would be better than cotton because it doesn't absorb anything.
luxurymoonluxurymoon on March 16th, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
Hi I stock MeLuna products. I am getting some of the cord in a delivery next week so it will be available at a UK rate. I have done a bit of thinking about the cord. In some ways its not ideal as it will be absorbent and I think users will have to disinfect the cord daily as it will be exposed to air too. But I think any non natural fibre cord might risk the problems of TSS.

I have asked MeLuna for a longer XL cup as I would like one myself. They explained very charmingly that the mould for a new cup is extremely expensive - we are talking several thousand pounds. They didnt think they would sell enough XL pluses to justify the cost. But if we get a good response from your post it would be worth going back to them.
questiontyme on March 18th, 2013 03:50 pm (UTC)
Hi, thanks. I will look into the thread next week then. :) Hopefully postage is cheap for just some thread? But then again I might buy the cup from you also. :)

Can anybody make a poll or a sticky thread or something which would actually be seen? I feel like then at least we can find a percentage of people who'd want a longer cup rather than just an amount of comments which might be low just because nobody sees the thread.

Anyone with a low cervix has to go with meluna really so if they cornered this end of the market too then it might be profitable for them, especially as their brand would become even better known.
m03m on March 18th, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
I have a low cervix and my perfect cup is the large Fleurcup.

Any user can make a poll; only the mods can make a sticky thread. Feel free to post a poll.
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Sayga: sp-camerasayga on March 17th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
My IUD was attached by something that looked and felt a lot like fishing line. I bet if the OP can find out what IUD strings are made of, that would be a good starter. They'll need to withstand the same basic environment, after all!
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on March 17th, 2013 09:32 am (UTC)
IUD strings are basically fishing line (monofilament nylon).
femininewearfemininewear on March 17th, 2013 07:30 am (UTC)
What about using just thicker thread used for sewing, or very thin knitting or lacemaking thread. I wouldn't worry too much about it being sterile, the vagina doesn't need to be sterile. Also, if you are just using it for removal then if you have a roll of it then you can throw it away and cut another piece off next time.
amandamandaryn on March 17th, 2013 08:27 am (UTC)
That looks an awful lot like cotton bakers twine.

m03m on March 17th, 2013 10:08 pm (UTC)
If I may ask, for how long have you been using a cup? Most users eventually learn to push the cup down by bearing down, and then they don't want or need a string. Besides, you can't release the seal by pulling the cup down with a string, and wouldn't that hurt?
questiontyme on March 18th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
I've had it about a year or so, I don't use it every time because it's so much effort. :( Surely that can only move the cup down so far? I can't release the seal without pulling it down first with the stem (when I finally reach it after much effort) so I think string would be the same.

It does suck though. :( If only there was just an uber long cup with a small stem. :p Maybe that would have its own problems though.

I don't get why I'm so weird. I'm a short person! Maybe because my fingers are short too.
m03m on March 18th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
It can only move the cup down so far, but then again a vagina is only so long. In other words, for most users, it's enough once they get familiar with their cup.
I'm sorry to hear using your cup is so much effort still; I hope that gets better!

Body length is not related to vagina length. Just so you know. So being short with a long vagina is not weird at all.
ionracasionracas on March 18th, 2013 10:44 am (UTC)
Plain dental floss is available in the UK. If you can't find it in the supermarket for some reason, a health shop is bound to have it. Don't use sewing thread!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 18th, 2013 02:06 pm (UTC)
A longer bodied cup might help. Perhaps a small Diva or a Natural Mama? I think the Lily Cup is longest, including the integrated stem. And if you want to use string, I would recommend something non-absorbent like fishing line over cotton twine.
questiontyme on March 18th, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
hi, thanks I have thought of that but I don't think the naturalmamma (or any other cup) is actually any longer than a lunette when you include the stem. :( Maybe I'm wrong but I think that's what I found out when I researched it. Otherwise I would go for that. I feel like floss/string might be my only option.
teacupcake89 on March 18th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
The small lunette including stem is 66mm, Keeper Mooncup 79mms and the Lily cup 82mms, with most other cups (Fleurcup, Divacup, Si-bell around the 70mm mark).

So, yes there are cups that are longer than the lunette including all the stem!

also there's definitely a market for long cups as the Keeper mooncup and Lily cup exist, and I'm sure not all the KMC users trim the whole stem off :) Would like it if all cups had longer stems though.
questiontyme on March 18th, 2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
oh
I just measured my small lunette and it's about 73mm :S is there some special way of measuring? So confused!

Will look into the Lily cup though.
teacupcake89 on March 18th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
Re: oh
sorry typo! from here: http://menstrualcup.co/compare-cups/ the Lunette is 72mms, the Naturcup is 75mms, Si-bell and large Yuuki 74mms, Keeper Mooncup 79mms, and Lily Cup 82mms.
juliiie87juliiie87 on March 18th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: oh
About the Naturcup... I think that's a misunderstanding, I mentionned it to the owner before, but no one seems to care. :( the ball stem can't be longer than 1 cm so 65 mm would be more realistic.One can see it clearly on Melissa's comparison photos. Like I said earlier, the Lilycup appears to be the longest.

And on a side note, I've heard back from sevral users who said they could pull their Si-bell down by the stem.



Edited at 2013-03-18 09:09 pm (UTC)
luxurymoonluxurymoon on March 18th, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC)
Ive never had an IUD but the string on it does sound promising as tried and tested in the environment.