etonish (etonish) wrote in menstrual_cups,
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New menstrual cup recommendations?

So I've been using the smaller sized diva cup for about 1 1/2 years. I've had relative success and my vaginal health has really improved. However, I'm now wondering if there is a better cup out there for me.

I've tried nearly every fold I've seen out there and the C fold is the only one I can get to open fully, but it still seems like I have to wrestle with the cup to get it in and open. Here are some of the problems I'm having... While folded, the cup is a little to big for my vaginal opening so I have to wedge one side in and then the other (often pretty uncomfortable). Then once I've gotten the first little ridge just over my pubic bone I open it. Most of the time I have issues with getting it to pop open, to the point where I'll often have to take it out, rinse it and start over. If the "C" is just barley holding it's pretty easy to get it to pop open, but if the "C" is tight (which most of the time it is because that’s how it goes in easiest) I have to press the full length (of the cup and my finger both) of the convex side of the C to get the concave side to the rounded position. At this point, one of 2 things happen, either it expands fully when I remove my finger ("yay success!", it's a little celebration every time for me) OR I pushed a little too hard for a little too long and the cup pops over into the "C" position but facing the other direction. When the C in the cup is facing that way I can't manipulate it, as it's awkward for my right hand and my left hand isn't coordinated enough. So if I'm lucky I can spin it and try again, but sometimes I can't get it to spin so I have to take it out and start over (Ugh!). All in all it's a pretty frustrating experience for me and can be so time consuming and painful that I give up and go for a tampon (which I really don't like doing).

Now I've used lube to get it in but then it goes sooo high that even with bearing down and all that it's pretty hard to grab so I usually just go without the lube.

Also even without the lube, my cup slowly gets higher and higher throughout the day/night and especially if I'm active. With lots of practice, I've now got a science on how to get it out. Sometimes it gets a little difficult though because its so dang high or a little extra slippery.

So, with every period, my right wrist will start to crackle and is sore for at least a couple days because I spend so much time with it bent trying to manipulate the cup. I climb and guide rafts for a living so a repetitive use injury due to my menses will not due! haha

Anyway, to rap up my novel long question (sorry!)... I'm assuming I have a very long and narrow vagina and I know I have short stubby fingers and frail wrists. So what I'm looking for in a cup is one that folds very small, pops open easily, and rides low or is very long. Is there any cup anyone knows of that would fit my bill? If not, what are your best suggestions?

Lastly has anyone had experience with the FemmyCycle Menstrual Cup? That's what I'm looking a getting next.

Thanks for taking the time!
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