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01 June 2013 @ 05:08 pm
So i did a lot of research and I really like the Me Luna classic cups and the Femmy Cycle.
The the thing about the Femmy Cycle is that you have to replace it every year because it can have fungi developing in it... Is it not made of medical grade silicone? Other wise i really like their idea.
So now I am leaning to buy the Me Luna classic starter kit. But what sizes should I get? Usually the first days of my period i go through 3 super playtex tampons so i guess i have a pretty heavy flow, then the rest of the days my flow is normal and at the end a bit of spotting.
So should I get sizes M+L or L+ExL?
If I get the Me Luna and go to sleep with it, can i leak a little because of the little holes on the end?
Can I swim with it without worrying that water can get through the holes?
Big thank yous to anyone who answers these questions.. Just making sure I buy a great M.C. with great protection against leaking.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 2nd, 2013 12:29 am (UTC)
I don't know where you read that but cups of any kind don't spontaneously grow fungi (lol?) they're as clean as the person using them. All cups are great and potentially leak free in any of the above mentionned situations, if you use them right (avoid residual slobber since they won't absorb it, make sure it's unfolded and (o) around your cervix, don't let it overflow). Now the question is, which one will fit YOU best ? Capacity is definitely one thing to consider, and the femmycycle has a very high capacity. Another just as important factor is length. Have you seen this page ? http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ Another thing you can consider is stiffness : the Meluna classic is going to be a lot stiffer than the femmycycle, and then there's quite a few other brands and sizes in between.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 2nd, 2013 12:35 am (UTC)
No, you don't have to place any cup once a year. With proper care, they can last 10 years or more. And fungus will not grow on it if you just wash it regularly.

Don't pick a cup by what it's called. Use actual dimensions, capacity and shape to make your choice. http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ and the other charts at the comminity FAQ are a good place to compare.
jwthemathsterjwthemathster on June 2nd, 2013 12:48 am (UTC)
This scale is really helpful in translating # of tampons/pads to mL, in order to figure out the best capacity for your needs (copied from the internet somewhere--I lost the link a long time ago, but the authors are cited as stated below):

The Mansfield-Voda-Jorgensen Menstrual Bleeding Scale can give you indication about how much you are bleeding:

1. Spotting. A drop or two of blood, not even requiring sanitary protection though you may prefer to use some. Use of a liner appropriate at this point. It will not be filled only marked.

2. Very light bleeding. You would need to change the least absorbent tampon or pad one or two times per day, though you may prefer to change more frequently.

3. Light bleeding. You would need to change a low or regular absorbency tampon or pad two or three times per day, though you may prefer to change more frequently. 15ml/day - 4 days of this is 60ml

4. Moderate bleeding. You would need to change a regular absorbency tampon or pad every three to four hours, though you may prefer to change more frequently. 4 pad changes =20ml/day 3days is again 60ml

5. Heavy bleeding. You would need to change a high absorbency tampon or pad every three to four hours, though you may prefer to change more frequently. 4 pad changes/day is 40ml and 2 days of this is 80ml

6. Very heavy bleeding or gushing. Protection hardly works at all; you would need to change the highest absorbency tampon or pad every hour or two. If this happens for longer than an 8 hour stretch you should call your DR.

pascallewest on June 2nd, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
I think you'd be fine with either of those size combinations. The height of your cervix could be the deciding factor though; is it high or low or average? I have an average/high cervix and both the L and XL work great for me. For reference, the Large Melunas are a bit smaller than "larges" from other companies. In my opinion the XL is more comparable to other brands' larges. That makes the Large more like a Medium. my Large Meluna is the smallest cup I own out of a Large Fleurcup, a Natural Mamma, and obviously the XL Meluna. It's nice to have two different sizes for different amounts of flow.
Bountygina_trent on June 3rd, 2013 01:02 am (UTC)
Hi! I don't have answers to the sizing thing but I have answers to a few of the others that might help.

If you have a properly sized cup you shouldn't leak through the holes at the top over night. Also remember you're in a reclined position while sleeping so if you empty first thing when you wake up (and who doesn't pee when you first wake up?) you should be ok.

As for the swimming thing you shouldn't have to worry about filling the cup with water via the holes. You might find a little water in there but nothing that bad.

I hope I helped!
joellep1234joellep1234 on June 3rd, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
Thank You =)
Everyone who responded really helped me.. Thank you