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27 June 2013 @ 06:19 pm
If the tip of my uterus is 6 cm up, would a small MeLuna (body 45 mm) with a ring grip be too short? What about a medium (body 48 mm)? I think I would prefer less width if possible.

Does anyone know the length of the ring grip itself?

Background info: I'm 19, 5'3" (1.6 m), normal build, seeking my first cup. MeLuna recommends size small, but based on my vagina length I don't know if that would work. Also considering a small Yuuki.
 
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on June 28th, 2013 12:51 am (UTC)
Hi there! I think it depends on how well you could fit your thumb and forefinger up there to remove the Meluna. I am long and tight, and since I can't fit more than one finger inside to grip the ring, I had an awful time with removal. I've heard other group members suggest tying a little string around the ring grip to help pull it down and allow you to reach it more easily, but it seems more straightforward to me to look for a longer cup. (I am trying the Femmycycle this month because, although it's not much longer, the ring can be pulled down with only one finger) Good luck!

Edited at 2013-06-28 12:51 am (UTC)
Luceafaraluceafara on June 28th, 2013 02:03 am (UTC)
Totally OT, but how can you fit a Femmycyle if you can only fit one finger in there?!

I find the design interesting, but it looks gigantic to me, and I am super tight in there as well. Have you used it yet?
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on June 28th, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
You're right, it does look gigantic--the nice thing is that it's really soft and it doesn't expand completely inside you, but removal has (so far) hurt like hell, though I appreciate that it didn't take several hours to remove like the Meluna did. I used the 7fold to insert the Femmycycle even though they say you can only use the C-fold--7fold worked fine and I didn't leak even after leaving it in overnight and through a morning class and a trip to the store. I thought I felt it pressing on my bladder, but since I still felt that pressure/fullness even after removing it, I think that was just my uterus feeling a little distended.
Luceafaraluceafara on June 28th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
Interesting. In the Femmycycle thread on the French forum Forum.easycup.fr a few other users are also talking about removal pain. Hmmm. Are you completely satisfied with it, then?

..::bella vita::..por_que_no on June 29th, 2013 03:27 am (UTC)
Well, I think I will need to ride out this cycle before I can say for sure, but so far, I think it's going okay. We'll see how it goes when I don't have the luxury of removing it in the shower, though :)

Initially when I reinserted it I wasn't leaking, but a few hours later I leaked a bit (only upon bearing down). When I removed it that time, it was actually much quicker and easier (granted I used topical anesthetic around my opening and let it "sit" for 5-10 minutes before attempting removal)...it didn't really pop open until it was out so it felt more like a rubber band popping against your skin. I reinserted a bit later and initially it would leak whenever I bore down, but I wiggled it around with the ring a bit and pulled it a little lower, and that seemed to fix the leakage issue (maybe it hadn't opened up enough because I had used the 7-fold and not the recommended C-fold). So I think as long as you fiddle with it after insertion you can avoid the leakage issue I had this afternoon.

(Thanks for the link, too--I don't actually know French but I can tease some out from knowing Spanish and Italian--maybe it's finally time to break out that French for Reading Knowledge that I've resolved to study for awhile!)

Hope this helps! :)

Edited at 2013-06-29 03:39 am (UTC)
Luceafaraluceafara on June 29th, 2013 05:25 am (UTC)
Helps a lot! Thank you.
I know they say that it does not need to unfold in order for it to work, but I keep thinking that a cup that doesn't unfold properly will have creases along the top, which blood can then flow through.

I only just saw the link to the French forum posted by quitterie myself, also haven't spoken it for a while, but it's all coming back to me the longer I lurk around it. :)
tjs77tsa on June 28th, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)
The length of the different stems can be found here
http://www.femininewear.co.uk/meluna-classic-menstrual-cup-20-p.asp
teacupcake89 on June 28th, 2013 08:59 am (UTC)
Meluna suggest their small cups to most young cup users so just ignore that for now.

Find your cervix on your next period and measure how far in it is. your cervix isn't actually at the end of the vagina and usually moves downwards during a period so that measurement will help determine what length cup to get.

width wise: if you have a heavy flow, you'll need higher capacity. I'm also of the opinion that a few mms extra width shouldn't be an issue providing you get a soft stiffness cup.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 28th, 2013 01:50 pm (UTC)
Compare the dimensions of the cups that you're interested in at any of the size charts at the Community FAQ or http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ Also compare their shapes using the side by side photos.

Don't be afraid of length if you think you'll need it. A cup that's too short will be hard to dig out.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 28th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
Based on your vaginal length, I would recommend a medium to long cup, as I said before. My first cup was the large Cuplee, I haven't had children but it's oh-so-soft, and I was very glad I didn't have to reach in far at all to remove it! Plus the capacity : as a newbie it's much easier to remove a half-full cup than one that is overflowing all over your hand. Pick a soft cup and don't worry about the width, they are not made of glass and will adapt to your insides! And btw, you insides are more flexible than you may give them credit for, and cups look smaller IRL than they do online. This may sound like a lot of blanket statements, but it's just what I found out from experience.
pursuitofhealth on July 2nd, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
I read you have to measure during your period, because things change. I didn't listen but now I understand what they are saying. My length changes a lot. It's easy to overestimate what size you can handle.

Still, you might want to try a medium meluna. Their mediums are not that big. Their medium is almost the same as the small fleurcup.