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21 May 2013 @ 05:17 pm
I am 24 years old and never given birth. I have Endometriosis and a tilted uterus that tilts back towards my spine. I have a relatively normal cervix length. I currently use the Instead Soft cups. I like them but I dont feel they are secure enough. The amount of firmness to the ring is near perfect but they can pop out with a sneeze easily. I know that the Diva cup is out of the running because it is longer than the length of my vaginal canal. I am wanting to stay under $30 as well. I have a really light flow now due to my Depo Provera but I would want something that could hold a moderate flow to slightly heavy flow.

Cups I have narrowed it down to:
Medium Meluna
Small Lunette
Small FleurCup
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 21st, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC)
There are 3 dozen unique brands now, plus Insteads, plus knock-offs. There are various size charts at the Community FAQ and at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ with links to side by side comparison photos and things like "squishyness" ratings.

Neither endo nor a tilted uterus should interfere with cup usage.
mrslevell2bmrslevell2b on May 21st, 2013 10:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your reply. I will check out the link.
pascallewest on May 22nd, 2013 01:34 am (UTC)
Hi, welcome to the community! Out of the ones you've narrowed it down to, now narrow it down even more to ones that have substantial GRIPS on the base and stem. If there is little to no grip, it may be quite slippery, therefore difficult to grasp for removal. So especially for a beginner in cup use (I"m still one) I think grip is vitally important. I found the Keeper Mooncup WAY too slippery and it was really frustrating. I"m now using a Fleurcup, a Meluna and a Natural Mamma. Out of the ones I've tried, I'd recommend to you a Medium or Large Meluna or a Fleurcup. I"m sure there are lots of other ones that could work for you as well though!
mrslevell2bmrslevell2b on May 22nd, 2013 02:35 am (UTC)
Great idea to narrow it down from the stem grips. I honestly never thought of that. Thank you. I am thinking a fleurcup will be my best bet. How much bigger is your Fleurcup to the Medium Meluna? Price wise they are nearly the same.
pascallewest on May 22nd, 2013 05:57 am (UTC)
The cool thing about Fleurcup and Meluna is that I believe they both still offer deals on getting two different sizes. I have a Large Fleurcup, Large Meluna, and XL Meluna. The Large Meluna is maybe two mm shorter, and maybe 1 mm narrower at the rim than the Large Fleurcup. Out of my cups, I can say that my Large Meluna I feel the LEAST; It is the MOST comfortable. However, it is not made of silicone and I wish it was. It is made out of Thermoplastic Elastomer (plastic - WHAT?) I really like the material of the Fleurcup, I love the softness/stiffness of it, and it has a pleasant texture. Plus it has 4 suction-release holes instead of the 2 that Meluna has. With both brands, they are smelly upon removal but it goes away after washing and sitting out. The Meluna comes out of my body as an oval shape and seems to stay that way, whereas the Fleurcup goes right back to a perfect circle the second it leaves the body. I got my Melunas from menstrualcup.co and the Fleurcup from the Fleurcup website. I got both within I would say 10 days or so, no problems. I like both and will continue to use both. For you, I wouldn't go any smaller than a Medium on the Melunas; they tend to run on the smaller side than other brands. Beware of going too short, because you can always trim excess stem off but you can't add length to a short cup.
mrslevell2bmrslevell2b on May 22nd, 2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I realized that I may need to get both a small and large Fleurcup and or a medium or Large Meluna. I am not thrilled that the MeLuna cups arent silicone but I am not too put off by it. I will spend today deciding.
mrslevell2bmrslevell2b on May 22nd, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
Found a few stiffness comparison charts and they seem to differ a bit. Between the Small lunette, small fleurcup & medium/large meluna soft which is softer? I read a review saying their Fleurcup was softer but I am not sure thats correct.
pascallewest on May 22nd, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
I think you're on the right track for sure. Although I haven't tried the Meluna Soft, I can speak again about the Fleurcup. I think you'd like the softness/stiffness of it. It holds folds well. I'm sure the Meluna softs and the Fleurcups are much less stiff than Lunette - I vote for either of those, and definitely take advantage of the FLeurcup 2 size deal or the Medium and Large Soft Meluna deal on feminine wear: http://www.femininewear.co.uk/meluna-soft-starter-pack---medium-and-large-3792-p.asp
mrslevell2bmrslevell2b on May 22nd, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
In that case I will take the Lunette out of the running. Those are great deals so I am sure I will go with one of them.
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 22nd, 2013 09:17 am (UTC)
Since you say you have endo, I think it means potential for a really heavy flow ? I think it would be wise to get a 2 cups deal from Fleurcup, or just the large : it's known to fit low cervices pretty well and holds a ton. I've never given birth and I'm wearing my large red Fleurcup right now, it's surprinsigly comfortable. It gave me a *tiny* bit of cramping/discomfort on my dry runs but absolutely none now, first day of flow. It's also fairly soft compared to others, but if you think the slightest pressure from a cup could add to your endo pain, I'd suggest going with one of the softest cups to be sure : Meluna soft or Si-bell, which is very similar in size and shape to Fleurcup. Unfortunately Melunas don't do duo packs in soft, so I would get the largest size you can accomodate judging from the length of your canal while on your period.

Edited at 2013-05-22 09:24 am (UTC)
mrslevell2bmrslevell2b on May 22nd, 2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
Wouldnt a soft cup like the Si-Bell or soft Meluna make it really hard to pop open? I have never used a cup like this before and I am sure there will be a learning curve. I was looking on google but I didnt see any place to order the Si-Bell...do they have their own site? I also looked at Yuuki and saw that they now offer soft versions. Anyone try it?
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 22nd, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
Femininewear.co.uk and luxurymoon.co.uk sell those brands internationally, plus they do have a website, I think it's called si-line. I'm partial to soft cups since my first cup was a Cuplee and I've had virtually no issues, for me it's just a matter of using the right fold (half diamond or labia facing down) and so it's not hard nor does it take extra time. The large Yuuki is fairly long, almost as long as a Diva, but the small (definiely in soft! the other one is quite firm) would be a good choice I think. I don't exactly know your anatomy as well as you do ;).
mrslevell2bmrslevell2b on May 22nd, 2013 03:49 pm (UTC)
LOL thats true. I will def stick to soft cup options first. I dont want to cause any cramping. I have enough of that anyways. I will try the half diamond fold as well.
jwthemathsterjwthemathster on May 22nd, 2013 03:58 pm (UTC)
Like you, I was at first worried softer cups would be hard to open, too. I used to have a Large Lunette (very firm, Small Lunette is soft) and sometimes had some *very bad days* where that thing did not want to open fully. I wrongly assumed, "if this firm cup is hard to open some days, a softer cup would be worse."

Finally replaced it after many years (thanks to the wonderful advice here) with a softer cup of equal size. My Large Fleurcup (completely opposite on the "squishy" scale than the L Lunette) has virtually no problems opening. I use the punch down or origami fold, but I'd bet a half diamond would work great, too (my fine motor skills are lacking, so it's difficult for me).

Master some of the "fancy" folds and any of the soft styles will open like a charm.
mrslevell2bmrslevell2b on May 22nd, 2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
Yea I am thinking the fancy folds will cause the sift cups to bounce back more. I am gonna try that. I have severe hand tremors so I am not sure how that will work out for me LOL. Fingers crossed!
jwthemathsterjwthemathster on May 22nd, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
Hint--make sure the toilet lid is down (sigh-my occupational hazard of living with 4 males). Before I knew what I was doing, I launched a cup into a crazy, bouncing frenzy about the bathroom, LOL! You've done your research well, so you already know to *practice* this stuff before AF shows up suddenly and you're all scared and nervous and clueless.

Wish I knew about this site the first time I used a cup, yet so glad we're all here together to share experiences and advice (the good, the bad, and the ugly).
mrslevell2bmrslevell2b on May 22nd, 2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
Yes I am def doing a dry run before attempting to use it with AF here. I could so see the bouncy mess happening LOL. Thank you again!
jwthemathsterjwthemathster on May 22nd, 2013 02:33 am (UTC)
If you peek at the size charts page, I think you'll be able to cross off some of those based on capacity alone. Even though many of those have similar overall dimensions, the capacity of some may just not be where you want it.

Your needs sound similar to mine: light flow usually, but want to be prepared for moderate/heavy flow. Because of that, I like the largest capacity cup, it doesn't care if I don't fill it up daily, but I'm sure glad I have it when the flood gates break open.

Based on that need, I'd say Fleurcup, Yuuki, Si-Bell, Meluna (med, maybe even large), and Lunette are great options. The other great thing about those 4 is that they're close to your budget. Even the Melunas, Yuuki, and Fleurcups will be well below $30 (that includes the shipping fee).

Try menstrualcup.co for Yuuki (free shipping right now) and Melunas ($18 each or 2 for $27). Fleurcup.com sells direct to worldwide customers. I've bought from both sites with no problems whatsoever, so I would personally recommend them.
mrslevell2bmrslevell2b on May 22nd, 2013 02:38 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I also agree those may be my best bets. I am leaning towards the medium Meluna, small Lunette or small Fleurcup.
jwthemathsterjwthemathster on May 22nd, 2013 02:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, sounds like you're definitely on the right track. And all three of those share a lot of similarities and are quite popular, for good reason. Any of them would most likely serve you very well.

Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 23rd, 2013 03:21 pm (UTC)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/160940197470 Get one of each size.
Two different colors so you can tell them apart at quick glance.
mrslevell2bmrslevell2b on May 23rd, 2013 04:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Have you purchased from this seller? Are the cups actually silicone?