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16 May 2013 @ 08:58 pm
Ok so I'm not very sure what cup I should get. I'm 16 and a virgin. I usually use tampons and never had problems inserting them. I think I might have a moderate flow throughout, I can usually get about 4 hours out of a regular size tampon. Right now I can reach my whole middle finger inside and just touch my cervix (or what I believe is my cervix) but during my period it goes as low as about 5 cm in. I was thinking about getting a meluna cup since they are cheap and have a Canadian site that seems very straightforward. But I was wondering if I could just put the meluna cup inside a normal mug and then in the microwave for 1-2 minutes? I would get the sterilization cup but I don't got much money. I was thinking about getting the medium size. Would you recommend the meluna cup? Does anyone know any other cups at a cheap price that ship to Canada that I could also consider?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 17th, 2013 02:22 am (UTC)
Considering that MeLuna makes 6 sizes (7 if you count the old style large that some distributors might still have a few pieces left of) that range from the narrowest to the widest and the shortest to 1mm short of the longest, yeah, one or more of them would probably fit you.

Compare their sizes to those at other brands at any of the size charts at the Community FAQ or at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ to determine whether you still like them best or another brand might fit/suit you better.

Edited to add: As for cleaning, washing with plain old soap and water is clean enough. "As clean as cutlery."

Edited at 2013-05-17 02:29 am (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 17th, 2013 08:23 am (UTC)
mc_sales or Fleurcup.com offer good prices and ship worldwide. I think a medium would suit your fine. You can still chose between soft and classic. I would go for soft if you are sensitive in that whole area (especially a sensitive bladder), otherwise classic.
Charissacharissa on May 17th, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't microwave it - microwaving can "super heat" the water hotter than boiling, which could damage your cup. Or, if your microwave it a lower power, make it not worth it as the water doesn't actually get hot to sterilize.

I simply soap and water mine often.
mech_chick on May 18th, 2013 02:17 am (UTC)
According to wikipedia, superheating can be avoided by having something like a popscicle stick in the mug. The mentsrual cup itself would probably prevent superheating.

But I too believe that boiling isn't really that necessary. Soap and water is fine. On the other hand, meluna says on their material page that that a freshly made cup is all shiny and a bit different but this is fixed with the first boil. I don't know if it makes too much difference though.
jwthemathsterjwthemathster on May 18th, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
I don't microwave or boil either. Just a good soap and water wash, maybe a peroxide bath to remove staining. If I want or need to boil my cup, I just place it in a mug and pour boiling water from the teakettle over it--easy, low-tech, and no worry about "super heating" or burning the cup (if you use a stove).
beebs88beebs88 on May 18th, 2013 12:15 pm (UTC)
If you haven't ordered your Meluna yet you could order the Fleurcup, today the have a special offer on their site: two cups 19.99€ + 4.50€ shippment, around 31.5 USD. I guess is still more expensive than a Meluna but you could order along with a friend of your mother.
If you finally go for the Meluna M I think it could also work for you as this cup suits almost 90% women's anatomy according to them (I e-mailed them a thousand times before I got mine)and it will have enough capacity for your moderate flow.
jwthemathsterjwthemathster on May 18th, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
Awesome suggestion (and thanks for the tip about the sale! I'm off to order backups...). To the OP--I think either the Medium Meluna or Small Fleurcup would be a good fit for you. I don't think you'll go wrong either way. Both are a good price, good size, and come in pretty colors (if that matters to you). Good luck to you!
Yamxyamx on May 18th, 2013 10:47 pm (UTC)
I have a Meluna (two, actually.) I usually just wash them with soap, but I have boiled them on occasion--when I had a yeast infection, when I left one in way too long because I forgot it was there, etc. I used a regular mug in the microwave and it worked fine.
tjs77tsa on May 22nd, 2013 07:25 am (UTC)
Meluna sells microwave disinfection cups microwaving it will not hurt it. I use a microwave safe plastic container to boil mine so yours should be fine boiling in a mug as long as you have plenty of water