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10 April 2013 @ 11:22 pm
I just started lurking in this community, and I’m looking for some suggestions. Background: 27 years old, never pregnant, using the DivaCup small size for about 5 years.

So, my cup is getting grungy looking. I wash it every time I use it, boil it regularly, etc. It still looks like my old period panties, you know? On a whim, I decided to start doing some cup research, which has turned into some heavy cup research… back when I first got a cup, I felt like I had two choices: DivaCup, or the Keeper – and since I have a rubber allergy and the DivaCup was easier to find, I went with Diva. I suddenly find myself overwhelmed with a ton of option I didn’t have before! I can’t decide which cup to get! I’ve been pretty happy with my DivaCup, but I’d like to try out another brand. I’m kind of leaning toward MeLuna (mostly because of the color options, I admit), but I’d like suggestions/input.

I have a deep cervix (I didn’t even need to trim my Diva’s stem), but I’m also fairly narrow. I’m thinking I’d like to stay around the same size as my current cup, or go a little narrower than the Diva small size, or else use a cup with a stiffer rim. Suggestions? Any experience? I also tend to have very heavy flows for the first 2-4 days, so I’d like to stay with a cup with a decent capacity (more than 15 mL – mine holds about 20, I think).

Like I said, I’m leaning toward the MeLuna size M or L, Classic, with the standard stem, OR the Sckoon Cup, which I can't find much about. However, I’m also considering: Femme cup, Fleurcup (small), Juju cup (large), Lady Cup, Lunette (2), Miacup (1), Miss cup (B), Natural Mamma (because it holds 27 mL!), She Cup, or Yuuki (1)… plus some others. *sigh*

Really, any suggestions/experience with any of these would be great. On a good day I’m indecisive, but now I’m just driving myself crazy with research! Thanks everyone :)
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 11th, 2013 09:07 am (UTC)
First off, there are several ways to solve the discoloration problem on your diva : rubbing alcool (and a good rub), sunning, and the most efficient off all, a peroxide soak (some suggest half peroxide, half water for a few hours to overnight, until it looks clear again).

Compared to other cups, the Diva size 1 is medium width, medium stiffness (but yours may have softened over time and use) and about the longest of all without the stem (the stem itself being on the short side). So basically, that means it is WAY longer than most other brands's small size, or the medium meluna which is a lot like most other brand's small sizes. Cups usually sit (o) around the cervix, contrary to most manufacturer's instructions, so that means a shorter cup would very likely ride higher on you. The closest Meluna size to your Diva would be a large or XL (that's wider but the same length). Compare them all here : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/

From your selection, I'd just say that the longest brands make more sense to me, such as Yuuki, Miacup (don't forget Cuplee!), and especially NaturalMamma. Small Lunette & Fleurcup could work, BUT you'll have to rely on the stem for removal, since they are much shorter. Thankfully, those have a good long grippy stem. I wouldn't go under a large Meluna for this reason personnally. She cup has a tiny nub for a stem, that might be tricky. The Jasmine cup, which is basically y colored Diva knockoff found on ebay could also work I think because it's long and firm-ish.Use google and this comm's name to find posts int he newest brands. oh and there's the Lilycup that's super long and narrow, but a somewhat different design, perhaps too long ? http://www.intimina.com/en/lily_cup_pd.php#lc_benefits
confusion323 on April 11th, 2013 09:26 am (UTC)

I'm also going to try your cleaning solutions, but I'd still like to try another cup... mainly because I've already budged another cup, and I'd like to try colors! I'll keep my Diva for my medium-heavy days. :)

ANOTHER brand! Intimina's Lilly. The Lily is 77 mm long - 10 mm longer than the DivaCup, with stem. (Diva is 57 mm, plus a 10 mm stem.) The Lily has a stem, but still - that may be pushing it. I'm looking into it, though! The shape is different, plus I LOVE that it's not white!

What about the Meluna with the classic stem? I couldn't find measurements for the stems online. Melune L is 54 mm; M is 45 mm. You would suggest the L Meluna because of the stem length? Their M and L widths are the same, I believe.

I've read that Diva is medium/stiff... perhaps the older ones are stiffer? Or the chart I looked at was off? Mine may just be getting old. It doesn't always pop out well, but I didn't think it was because it was old. Good thought, though.

Thank you for the input! I really appreciate the feedback. :)



Edited at 2013-04-11 09:29 am (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 11th, 2013 11:54 am (UTC)
The small air-holes on the Diva could be another reason why it's difficult to pop open, stiffness is not everything, sometimes shape also plays a part, for instance the flared rim on the Fleurcup pops open extremely well. Some people have reported that their cups grew softer over time though.

Each Meluna size is both narrower AND shorter than the next size up, here they are below : http://meluna.eu/meluna/meluna-classic/meluna-classic-stiel.html As you can see the large is 51/66 mm without/with the stem. It's really the closest to your Diva when you factor in that the width is almost exactly the same. Sorry for the multiple edits, apparently I can't type without typos!

Edited at 2013-04-11 12:19 pm (UTC)
teacupcake89 on April 11th, 2013 09:34 am (UTC)
your small Diva and small lunette/fleurcup hold roughly the same amount to the airholes
Femmecup only holds about 15mls to the airholes

I wouldn't suggest a Lady cup because the low airholes make for low capacity and it's notoriously a slippery beast to remove.

You could consider a large fleurcup or a large si-bell both softer than the Diva and have good long stems (si-bell especially) they also both hold 30mls to the airholes, 35 to the rim so much more than your Diva. This is mostly due to the higher airholes and the round bottom shape which is why a large Meluna soft (25mls to airholes) or xl meluna soft (30mls to airholes) are good options as they have the ssame rounded bottome shape unlike to 'pointy v' bottom of your Diva. The stems aren't very long on Melunas though but compare them in the newer albums here to see if you think they would be long enough for you: http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/f52-moderator-s-photo-library

ignore the 'large/small/etc' size labels your Diva is more like a 'medium' in between most brand's smalls and larges, and the meluna small/medium/large/xl are more like xs,s,medium, large compared to most other cups! Don't be afraid of a couple of mms width, if the cup is softer than your Diva it really shouldn't make much of a difference (I'm no kids, very small inside and struggle to insert my small Mooncup UK because it's so stiff, but can use a large Fleurcup just fine)

Edited at 2013-04-11 09:35 am (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 11th, 2013 12:41 pm (UTC)
The cups you mentioned range from narrow to wide and short to long. http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ Since you know that the Diva fits you well, stick to longer-bodied cups.

You seem to like the Natural Mamma for its high capacity. If you're an ebay addict like me: http://www.ebay.com/itm/190650713809

Edited to add: An overnight soak in some hydrogen peroxide will take care of the dingies. Here in the US, it's 3% which is strong enough to clean it but not too strong to hurt it. Also, just like soda loses its fizz, HP gets weaker as it sits out so straight out of the bottle is fine.

Edited at 2013-04-11 12:58 pm (UTC)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on April 11th, 2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
I prefer narrow, pointy cups myself -- I can feel wide bottomed cups more when they're in. The small Fleur on a dry run feels like a beach ball! I also have a NaturalMamma that I rarely use because the body of the cup seems to be a little too long for me, and the round bottom thing is annoying. However, I think your cervix is higher than mine (the untrimmed Diva is the perfect length for me, but I wouldn't want to go much longer), so it might be okay.

I really like the Cuplee, which is similar in shape and size to the small Diva, comes in a few different colors (I have the green, and it is the prettiest translucent mint green color), and has bigger holes and pops open without a fuss. It's supposed to be similar to the MiaCup, and kind of like a stretched out version of the LadyCup without the lower set of holes. I love my small LadyCup, which has never, ever leaked, but it's not for everyone (lower capacity, unhelpful grips).

The Lunette 2 may be uncomfortable for you since it is both fairly wide and fairly firm. I've heard that the JuJu is hard to remove due to lack of grips on the stem. Then again, I use a LadyCup, which is also known to be slippery, without issue.

Most cups will work for most people, so don't feel pressured to pick THE perfect cup -- if I hadn't gotten a little obsessive, I could have stopped with my first cup, the small Lunette. :-)