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16 April 2013 @ 07:55 pm
Hello cuppers!
I am not an entire noob, I know where my cervix is and I have looked at posts and comparison charts a thousand times. I really think the femmycycle is my cup for many reasons. But the main one is, it does not have to pop open. It sounds crazy to me, but so many people swear by it, it really works! The weird anatomy of my vagina (it is an odd U shape, so tampons have always leaked for me, through the ends of the U). So, popping open is not gonna work out. But, this cup does not need to be fully open to work!
But I have some questions....

1. Is it really medical grade silicone? I know that there has been a post about how Fleurcup might not be 100% medical grade silicone. If the femmycycle is not, I'd really like to know. Has anyone tested a femmycycle? and what were the results?

2. How long does this particular brand last? I know on their website it says only a year because it is made from extremely thin silicone. Is this true? If it only lasts a year, this will cost so much!

3. Any feedback for people who have tried it? I couldn't really find many reviews for it since it came out recently...

Thanks for any help you could provide!
 
fluffmyflamingofluffmyflamingo on April 17th, 2013 06:34 am (UTC)
I've tried it, sadly it wasn't for me. I was drawn by not having to pop it open too as I struggled with my last cup (a Mooncup UK size A) and also the stem as removal was also a bit of a struggle. I personally just couldn't get the FemmyCycle to work for me at all, it leaked (possibly because I really struggled to keep the air inside it before insertion), it pressed constantly on my bladder and last but not least it made a very embarrassing loud farty noise on removal!! Obviously though as with other cups they're either suited to you or they're not. I'm 33, nulliparous and have a high cervix if that helps. It may be that due to the latter I just couldn't get the cup in far enough as since I've switched to my current cup (a meluna classic xl) with the longer body I can direct it nicely up to my cervix and I never have bladder pressing issues at all now. Sorry my review is so negative but it could just be down to my anatomy/lack of skill, you may have much better success!
bunnylove555 on April 17th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the review!
Can I ask how you got the cup? I know they sell it on their website, but international shipping is ridiculous!!
fluffmyflamingofluffmyflamingo on April 17th, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, I'm glad you got the fairly positive review below also! I'd be interested to hear how you get on with it as I was so excited and certain it'd be good for me but sadly it wasn't to be! I got mine from femininewear but I'm afraid they no longer sell them at present.
bunnylove555 on April 17th, 2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
Oh okay.. I guess I'll have to find another place to buy it haha
fluffmyflamingofluffmyflamingo on April 17th, 2013 06:56 am (UTC)
I should have added that I'm unable to answer one and two I'm afraid because obviously I didn't use the FemmyCycle for long enough to find out what it's lifespan is but it does feel very soft and delicate, definitely a very different feel to normal cups and I have absolutely no idea about the silicone sorry!
beebs88beebs88 on April 17th, 2013 12:36 pm (UTC)
I've got to try the Femmycycle thanks to a giveaway in Femininewear =). Even though I just tested it for one cycle I think my opinion could help you.
I'm 25, nulliparous, sex-active and I have a medium-high cervix. I've been using a Meluna cup (S and M) since last September and I've got used to it very quickly, however I had some leaking problems with the Meluna M a couple of times per cycle (even though I always check it's completely open). For that reason I wanted to try the Femmycycle, I thought it would be nice to have a cup that you could use without having to worry about it popping open.
When my cup arrived I thought it was huge and that it couldn't fit into my vagina, but the extremely soft material made the insertion easy enough to get the Femmycycle all the way up (C-fold, the only one I think you can use with this cup). The thing about this cup is that you have no way to check if it's correctly settled as it fits partially closed, so I was always afraid of it leaking. The first day of use I only wore it at home with a pantyliner, I used it overnight and the next morning when I woke up I went to check if I had some leakage. Nothing! My pantyliner was as white as it was the night before and the cup has managed to hold all my blood (with the Meluna M I had to change at least once due to my heavy flow). From there on I used the Femmycycle also outdoors (with a pantyliner just in case) and I only had some minor leakage once in 5 days.
The Femmycycle has a sturdy stem that I don't recommend you to trim as the cup has a cognac glass shape and no grips which would make it difficult to grab. Fortunately the stem is flexible enough to not bother me, even though at the end of the cycle I felt slightly sore at the point where the stem lied.
About the lifespan I can't tell you much as this cup has been with me only one month, but I guess it wouldn't last as long as other cups on the market. The material is extremely thin and boiling could probably damage it before it does on thicker cups. Also the lid could break off (I'm just guessing, it's not a fact)due to the frequent push up-down to clean it. However I think a cup could easily last longer than a year and if you only use one of the two provided in each set maybe you could expect them to last you 4-5 years (2-2.5 years each).
bunnylove555 on April 17th, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! I love giveaways haha :D
So do you prefer the femmycycle over the Meluna?
And the C fold is the only one able to be used with this cup? Would that be because of the lid?
Thank you!
beebs88beebs88 on April 18th, 2013 12:09 pm (UTC)
Right now I still prefer my Melunas, but that's because I'm more confident using them as I can test they are fully open before I leave home, once I get used to the Femmycycle working partially opened I guess I would switch to this one due to its higher capacity.
I found myself only capable of using the C-fold because of the firm-double rim (the lid) and the globular shape of the cup. I tried the punch-down, the 7 fold... but any of them worked because the cup stayed really wide to pass through the vaginal opening.
Hope this is useful for you.
=)