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25 May 2013 @ 04:02 pm
To those of you who have used both, what would you say the differences are? I'm gonna keep working with my Diva cup for now because 1. I wanna make it work perfectly if I can and 2. I don't have the money to try anything else yet, but I was thinking about getting a small or medium Meluna soft to try and was just curious how big of a difference it would be and if it might fix my problems any, like that my diva is to long and a bit hard to get in and out and also the popping open and the suction from taking it out, even after I break the seal, hurts some.
teacupcake89 on May 25th, 2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
have you seen this comparison photo of the Diva and Melunas in the Meluna album? http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/t224-meluna-comparison-photos the Melunas in the Diva album are the old ones so ignore those.

I wouldn't get a small unless you have a light flow and low cervix/very short vagina. look at the medium soft (like other brand's small's) and the large soft (like a medium really)

The Meluna softs will be softer than your Diva but they are also made from different material.

Have you tried enlarging the airholes on the Diva slightly to help break the seal more easily? they are notoriously small, many users find this helps!
twilight_girl20 on May 25th, 2013 08:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah after looking at that as far as length I probably should get atleast a medium. Do you know how big around the Meluna medium and large would be compared to a small Diva? I took meluna's quiz on their site and it told me a small, that's one reason I was thinking I'd get that. but like I said, medium might be better.

No I haven't, I'm a little afraid to alter it any, I don't wanna mess it up. lol how would I enlarge them? and how much?

Edited at 2013-05-25 08:37 pm (UTC)
jwthemathsterjwthemathster on May 25th, 2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't hold too much faith in the Meluna quiz. It tells me I am a Medium. From my experience, I *know* that's way too narrow (I'm 37, 4 vaginal births, I wear *wide* cups quite fine). I think that quiz tends to be conservative (gives one or two sizes smaller than ideal, IMO).

I think your instinct is right--a Medium Meluna would be a wee bit narrower than your Diva, but certainly shorter, which sounds like you need, without sacrificing a ton of capacity (if you need that).

teacupcake89 on May 25th, 2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
looking at the size charts here: http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ the Medium Meluna is 41mms wide, the Small Diva is 43mms wide and the Large Meluna is 44mms wide.

from Kuradi8: "Some methods have included small drill bits, manicure scissors or body piercing punches. FYI, the holes on the cup with the largest holes are 2mm, which is appx 1/16".

Edit: IGNORE the Meluna quiz! they suggest a small to anyone who's young/virgin/no children regardless of their cervix height etc!

Edited at 2013-05-25 08:53 pm (UTC)
jwthemathsterjwthemathster on May 25th, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
Enlarging the holes, if possible, would likely alleviate some of the suction/pain with removal. Also, have you tried the Diva inside out? The Diva is one cup that gets quite a bit shorter inside out. That may at least improve its fit enough to make it work for you.
teacupcake89 on May 25th, 2013 09:01 pm (UTC)
having read your previous post: have you tried using some lube or coconut oil on yourself to help with removal and insertion?

have you tried some of the other folds that make the cup narrower like the 7 fold or triangle fold? folding video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep5hh0W-nFw

for removal: squeeze the base for 10-20 seconds to release the seal (you might hear a noise) or slide your finger up and press the rim inwards then slide out.

Try to remove the cup diagonally one corner first at the side so not to irritate the urethra and then the rest, keep a hand behind the cup as it comes out so it doesn't 'pop' out and tip up.

You can also partially refold the cup to make it more comfortable for removal: when it is close to the opening make a partial 'C' or ‘punchdown’ fold, using both hands if you need to.

You could also try the 'hot dog in a bun' removal method: cup=bun finger=hot dog, press your finger or thumb inwards and keep it there whilst you slide it out (shouldn't leak unless the cup is over 3/4s full)

This post lists some users’ own removal techniques in the comments and might be worth a gander: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2901135.html#comments :)

This video is really helpful, with removal techniques and tips from 4 minutes in: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLPBZz3uJEg

if you're still having problems getting the cup to pop open try the tips in this FAQ post: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2618390.html#comments

I would try all the above and see how you feel after a couple more periods under your belt! It's amazing what a difference practice and getting through the learning curve can make! :)
Kengwenkengwen on May 26th, 2013 05:22 am (UTC)
The Diva cup is so........long. Is my experience. I way prefer Meluna.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 26th, 2013 01:11 pm (UTC)
As the others have said, compare the dimensions of the Diva to all of the other brands (not just MeLuna) and using what you know about your Diva, then decide what you think might fit/suit you better. Jumping from the long length of the Diva to a small or medium MeLuna is a drastic change. You might be better off with an intermediate sized cup instead.

In the mean time, try enlarging the anti-suction holes around the rim of your Diva. And if length is an issue, then flip the Diva inside out to shorten it (but be adept at removal without using the stem first.)

The holes and length might be contributing to your problems but I suspect your insertion and removal techniques also need perfecting. Read up on the good advice under the appropriate tags. Relax, slow down and "practice makes perfect."