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24 April 2013 @ 10:09 am
Hello, all!
I have been crawling through a lot of information, but I still need some help.
I am an 18 yr old virgin, average flow, 5'5" 117 lb (if that matters) and have been using a small Lunette off and on for the past 10 months. I say off and on because I used it for about 6 cycles and took a break because I was frustrated, and have started using it again but am still unhappy. I feel I am past the initial learning curve because I've gotten where I could insert very well even if it was still extremely uncomfortable at the entrance to get in, it was alright once in except it rides very low, the stem pokes even and after trimming, and some awful cramping. I don't usually cramp at all during my period, but when the cup is in it is miserable. And removing it is very painful, again, at the entrance is where most of the pain is.

I understand that the cramping while in could be caused by the cup suctioning to my cervix, or because the material is too firm for me. I had thought my cervix was medium height, but I guess it is lower especially during my period. Could the pain of insertion and removal be because I have a narrow entrance? Would a softer or shorter cup help with that or the cramping? The capacity of the Lunette seems to have worked fine, very few leaks, mostly my fault not making sure it was popped open all the way.

From what I have read I am considering a Meluna, but I would appreciate any advice.
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 24th, 2013 06:41 pm (UTC)
The most relevant info upon picking a cup is the height/depth of your cervix. It could be that your cup is too long or it's just an awkward shape for you, or both. Meluna comes in six sizes, which one are you considering ? Have a look here before you settle on a size/brand : http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ The there's stiffness to consider. I would usually suggest a softer cup to relieve pain/discomfort, but again, it might also be a shape issue.
sonnymaiden on April 26th, 2013 03:34 am (UTC)
Cervix floats around 50 mm. What should the difference theoretically be between cervix length and cup length? I know it sits (o) around it, but does that make the cup length then also be about 50 mm or a little less to account for variation?

I'm considering the Meluna small, Classic. I also have considered the small soft, but I'm young and quite active and I've heard such reports of cups that are too soft getting crushed and causing leaking. However, the idea that it might be easier to remove is very enticing.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge!
juliiie87juliiie87 on April 26th, 2013 10:12 am (UTC)
Since it sits around the cervix, and if your is portrudding (sp.?) some, it does not need to be shorter or the exact length to the tip of your cervix. my cervix is about 55 mm and I can wear 53 mm with half of a stem left on (Cuplee), so just under 1 cm extra, but Your Mileage May Vary. I also wear the softest cups, I'm 26 no babies, and I'm happy with them. So unless you lift weights and/or do an awful lot of yoga/kegels/core muscles strengthening, you should be fine. the Meluna classic is supposed to be firmer than a small Lunette. Have a look at the stiffness comparison chart linked on the sizecharts page (near the top). The small Meluna is really an XS size when you compare it to others. The downside is you'd be left with little capacity. I'd look into the small Si-bell, medium Meluna soft, and possibly the small Sckoon cup, although the large has had mixed reviews so far (some love it some struggle with popping open), I just watched a raving review of the small last night on youtube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRwbewe1W2I&feature=youtu.be

But do your research and compare them, there are lots of reviews here and pictures and more reviews using the links on the sizecharts page. :)

Edited to add : Just to be clear, you need to take into account the depth of your cervix while on your period, because that may change over a cycle and it's usually lowest at the beginning of a period. Those cups I mentionned seem like a good alternative shape to try because they have a rounder bottom, unlike the Lunette. You could also try a large Fleurcup or Si-bell if you needed more capacity, because larger cups tend to sit higher anyway. I ruled out the small Fleurcup because comm' members have reported it's about the same stiffness as a small Lunette. IF your cervix is decidedly lower than the Lunette's length, then maybe you need something shorter. A good way to find out is to flip it inside out and wear it that way, it should make it shorter.

Edited at 2013-04-26 10:30 am (UTC)