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Hello all! I spent a good amount of time trying to find answers by looking through others' posts and didn't quite find what I'm looking for, so I apologize if my questions seem redundant.

After inquiring in this community, I purchased both large and small LadyCups over three years ago. On the whole, I am pleased with my experience and have no plans to stop using cups. I do have issues with both sizes of LadyCup, however.

With the small LC, I'm more prone to leaks. They tend to occur at the beginning and middle of my period, even if it's not (IMO) completely full. To elaborate, I'll get a bit of leakage even if the volume is just below the holes. It is possible that's a normal maximum volume. I've had the "morning flood" type of leak. Also, if I'm laying down and changing positions periodically, I'll sometimes hear a wet gurgle, after which I get a small, steady leak.

I don't recall any big leak issues with the large LC - it's actually pretty reliable in that regard. I got both sizes because I wanted to have the option of larger capacity, especially at night, and the large LC fulfills my desires well in that regard. My problem is the width/diameter. At 46 mm, it fits, but sometimes uncomfortably so. When it's fully inserted, I'll have this vague and disconcerting stretching sensation at the cup's widest point, and I'll get brief pain upon removal, just due to the size of my vaginal opening. I've had instances where I've had trouble getting it to open fully once inside - again, due to size - and this has caused a few leaks in the past. I've actually not used my large LC in months because of the size issue.

I've also had some cramps with both sizes. There's the general cramp, and also a slight, dull throbbing pain inside my vagina. Both dissipate upon removal.

Now I'm in the market for a new cup.

- I'm open to buying two different sizes again as long as the total price doesn't exceed around $45 USD, but I'd be very pleased if I could buy just one that would be comfortable for the duration of my period as well as suitable for overnight wear (unlike the small LC!). I'm looking for a capacity of at least 20 mL.

- I chose LadyCup because users described it as being one of the softest available at the time. This is still pretty important for me because of the comfort issue and also because I have incontinence. Cups press on my bladder and also affect bowel movements sometimes.

- I suspect that a slightly larger width would solve the leaking problem I have with the small LC, which is 40 mm, but keeping in mind the width issue with the large LC, I don't think I'd be served well by going above 43 mm. Let me know if you think differently/have a different experience.

- I think I have a medium length vagina, and during my period, I can touch my cervix with my middle finger being just over two knuckles in (my fingers/hands are not small nor large). Does this mean I need a short cup?

I've had a look at Kuradi8's size chart, and I think a small Fleurcup may be a good choice. I'm also interested in the Sckoon Cup in size 1 and the FemmyCycle. I don't think I'd be too pleased with the large pull stem on the FemmyCycle, but I'd try it if it meant no leaks!

I'm not sure where the true question is hidden here, but if you have recommendations on cups or on solutions to any of my problems, I'd be truly grateful if you shared!
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on May 29th, 2013 10:37 pm (UTC)
I'm happy with my small LadyCup, but I occasionally need more capacity. That lower set of holes really reduces the volume the LadyCup can hold without leaking. The width of the large LadyCup didn't seem like it would work for me, so I ended up going for a Cuplee (one size, 43mm diameter). I am really happy with it. If you look at photos, it is just about the same height as the large LadyCup, but narrower, softer, and with better grips. http://menstrualcups.friendhood.net/t498-cuplee-comparison-photos If length is not a problem for you with the large LadyCup, the Cuplee should also fit. Although the rim is softer than the LadyCup's, I don't have any problems getting it to pop open, even though I am quite small inside.

I am one of relatively few people who doesn't care for the small Fleur. The rounded, rather stiff bottom with the pronounced grip rings is quite conspicuous when it's in (it can feel like a beach ball! I prefer V-shaped cups). I also have occasional leakage problems with mine and am thinking of getting rid of it altogether.
Zita DMzitadm on May 29th, 2013 11:03 pm (UTC)
I also endorse the cuplee. I think, for all the reasons you mentioned, it would be the one for the OP.
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 30th, 2013 10:42 am (UTC)
Ha! Funny, I came here to recommend the Cuplee as well! <3

The small Fleurcup is nice, but actually much firmer. If that's the shape you want, get a Si-bell instead.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on May 30th, 2013 01:50 pm (UTC)
Cuplee fan club! :-) Seriously, I don't know why they don't come up more often -- I think they correct a lot of the issues other people have with LadyCup and Diva.
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 30th, 2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
Founding member! ;D
Our campaigning is starting to pay off hehe.
appelaya on May 30th, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you all for your input! Noteasy, I was concerned about the fact that the CupLee's rim is just 2 mm smaller than the large LC's rim and not as firm, but your experience has reassured me a bit.

Where did you guys buy your CupLees? If you bought it at cuplee.com, did you end up paying duties from Russia? I'm in the US. CupLee is on Feminine Wear also (I think it's the same brand?), but the checkout hasn't been working for some reason.

Edited at 2013-05-30 09:47 pm (UTC)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on May 30th, 2013 10:21 pm (UTC)
I got mine from Feminine Wear (I am also in the US), had no trouble with the checkout, and received it about a week after ordering. Maybe ping the owner Teresa over on their Facebook page if you continue having trouble? She is very helpful and also posts on this comm often.
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 30th, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
I got it from their website and had to pay additional fees. Fortunately, I know of ALL the places to get one now :

And femininewear.co.uk

Width doesn't matter so much because it's *SO* soft.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on May 31st, 2013 02:51 am (UTC)
The LadyCup rim is very firm -- firmer than the body of the Diva or Lunette, firmer than any part on any other cup I own. I actually like it, because it's easy to pop open and doesn't bother me as much as a uniformly firm, wider cup (the small Lunette, although softer in the rim and body, has a wider shape that presses on my bladder). The Cuplee is pretty uniformly soft, probably comparable to the bottom 2/3 of the LadyCup.
appelaya on May 31st, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks you guys. I was able to place the order at Feminine Wear. Turns out my bank was declining it automatically because it was a foreign transaction.

Noteasy, that's the point of my concern - the body of the large LadyCup is soft, but the rim is firm and sort of forces its way open once I get it inside, despite the fact that it's 46 mm and too big. I wonder if a 2 mm difference will be enough such that a soft-rimmed cup can still open (and stay open!) without any trouble. Guess I'll just have to cross my fingers!
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on May 31st, 2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
The cup I found hardest to pop open was actually the smallest I ever owned -- the small Meluna soft. The second hardest was the Natural Mamma (44mm diameter). I think material and shape made a big difference. The Meluna TPE isn't as springy as silicone, and the U-shaped cups don't seem to open as readily for me as the V-shaped ones. The Cuplee opens very readily (I use the origami fold, but you can play around with some of the others if it's not popping with your usual fold). I don't remember ever having trouble with it, even on dry runs, when I have the most trouble getting cups to open. I hope the Cuplee works out for you!
appelaya on May 31st, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, a large MeLuna soft was amongst my considerations, but the TPE squish factor I read about made me wary of its ability to open easily. I've actually never used a U-shaped cup; I'd think V-shaped would be more comfortable for me, as I'd be less likely to feel the body of the cup closer to the opening of my vagina.

I myself use a hybrid of the punch down and 7 folds. I'll keep the origami fold in mind if I have any issues.

Your comments have been detailed and I appreciate it! I'll post an update and a review when I use it.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 2nd, 2013 09:43 am (UTC)
I use the half diamond fold facing down, I think it's never failed me.
appelaya on June 3rd, 2013 05:28 am (UTC)
Thanks! I actually hadn't seen the diamond or half-diamond folds before. The half-diamond looks quite compact, which I imagine would help with opening. I'll try this out also.

For other readers, here's the video I found of these folds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cdc3VaVgJM
jwthemathsterjwthemathster on June 3rd, 2013 01:51 pm (UTC)
Yes, half diamond fold FTW! Actually, I think it was you that helped me discover that one.

And to the OP--great YouTube video. It's always so helpful to see the folds "in action", isn't it? Bookmarked!