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14 May 2013 @ 01:35 am
Hi everyone.

I really hope someone can help me out or at least give me a few tips on this. I am 27 and have never given birth. Reading up on the different cups I decided to buy a Large ladycup thinking it'd be the right one for me. Turns out it was too big. It wouldn't fold out and it hurt so bad. I tried with lube and every fold technique, NOTHING. So I then went and bought the smaller one... which fits and actually folds out, unlike the other one... but I am really uncomfortable using it because it seems like it "disappears" really far in over time and gets sorta errr... "stuck". Reaching it is really hard, I literally have to grab the end of the stem with my finger nails and slowly wedge it far enough down for me to get a good hold to pull it out. And this is after having pushed for ages with my actual vagina to get it to move down a little and sitting in an odd position on the toilet. Other than that, which kinda scares me everytime cause I think I'll never dig it out again, I'm very happy with the cup :(

It really bothers me because I love the concept and I want it to work for me. I don't want to waste anymore money on cups that don't fit or just aren't "right" for me. And seeing as I'm sure someone around here will have more experience than me... for the love of god, HELP!

Would getting a longer or more narrow cup do the trick perhaps? Or one with a longer stem? Which cup on the market has the longest stem but still has a small ish cup like the small ladycup has? I'd really appreciate it if someone could help me. Thanks in advance!

trejoytrejoy on May 14th, 2013 02:11 am (UTC)
So, the large LadyCup is too wide and the small is too short. The following may help in finding a longer but still narrow cup: http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/

If you want to try selling them to recoup expense, check out http://mc-sales.livejournal.com/

Edited at 2013-05-14 02:12 am (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 14th, 2013 02:29 am (UTC)
Many of the size charts at the Community FAQ also include stem lengths.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on May 14th, 2013 03:51 am (UTC)
I am a happy small LadyCup user, but it sounds like it is too short for you. I wanted more capacity without a lot of extra width, so I went for a Cuplee, which is slightly wider (43mm, small LadyCup is 40) and slightly longer than the small LadyCup, and quite a bit softer in the rim. Comparison photos here: http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/t498-cuplee-comparison-photos . It also has better grips on the stem. I'm happy with it. Also, the small Lunette has a very long stem, but I don't care for the flared hoop shape as much, and it somehow feels bulkier than the slightly wider Cuplee.

If you're looking for something similar in shape with a stem that is even longer, the small MiaCup might work (I haven't personally tried it). It also has good grips on the stem and is said to be fairly soft.

Finally, I wonder if a small Diva would work for you? Decent grips, narrow shape, one of the longest bodied cups, easy to get cheaply on the MC sales board.
Piles85Sophie Rundkind Lawrence on May 14th, 2013 06:03 am (UTC)
Thank you all so much for your input. It's been really helpful! I've been looking over the different charts now and watched a few videos... and the UK mooncup seems to be the way to go? According to the chart the small mooncup is preeeetty much the same size as the ladycup but has a longer stem.

The small Sibell seems great too... small cup, long stem but I watched a video and apparently it's very soft. Wouldn't that make insertion harder?

I'll keep looking around for a few more days. Thank you all so much. I love this place, love these cups. Love you guys!

Edited at 2013-05-14 06:11 am (UTC)
teacupcake89 on May 14th, 2013 08:57 am (UTC)
I wouldn't suggest a small Mooncup UK: It's very stiff compared to your Ladycup and has a thick stiff rim. like your ladycup it also has a lowish capacity dues to the low airholes, but only you know if you would like more capacity/to be able to go for longer between emptying.

actually softer cups are easier to insert because they can be folded narrower to make insertion and removal more comfortable. they can sometimes take slightly longer to open up than stiffer ones, but if you've been using your soft ladycup fine then that shouldn't be a problem. tips here on getting cups to open up for future reference, if you fancy trying your large ladycup again: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2618390.html#comments

The cuplee sounds good but the stem is only slightllly longer: look here and see if you think you need more stem than that to make removal easier. http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/t227-ladycup-comparison-photos

a small Lunette could be a good option as they also have a pointy v bottomed shape and a good long bendy stem with higher capacity because the airholes are higher up.

my vote is for the small Si-bell, 74mms total length with a good long bendy stem and smooth body outside like your Ladycup.
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 14th, 2013 12:07 pm (UTC)
I vote for that small Si-bell or Cuplee too. They're both super soft which means extra comfortable. The Si-bell is most similar in size to your Ladycup, and I've heard some people can even get it out by yanking on the stem! which is very unusal and worth noting.
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 14th, 2013 12:12 pm (UTC)
On second thoughts I also agree with teacupcake89 that "the cup wouldn't fold out" sounds like it might be a stiffness or inexperience issue : I hear the small Ladycup is somewhat firmer in the rim than the large... In this case a small Fleurcup might be a safer bet than the super soft Si-bell, I find the rim of that one to be super springy.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 14th, 2013 02:00 pm (UTC)
And my first thought was that since the small Ladycup traveled way up there, a long cup like a Diva would fit you. Enlarging the teeny anti-suction holes around the rim often makes a Diva easier to pop open and remove (a common complaint about them.)